Raising Tadpoles (Day 14) - Almost like Clockwork


First published at 03:35 UTC on May 11th, 2018.

Day 1: https://steemit.com/nature/@ribbitingscience/raising-tadpoles-days-0-2

Day 14 - Watching the tadpoles' continue to develop is quite interesting, they've become much more active overall. While initially after feeding, the tadpoles like to press their faces into the sides of the tank and let the food come to them, they go back to swimming a few minutes later (once the food's less concentrated on the sides of the tank).

I feed them in the afternoon and clean at night, by the time morning comes around, you can see half of them swimming along the bottom to try and get whatever food has accumulated. They also tend to swim faster in between feedings, no doubt to try and pass more water over their mouths as they filter feed. There's no need for them to swim fast when there's plenty of food in the water. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution and underfeed if you aren't sure how much to feed them. My tadpoles have no issue clearing 15ml of the tadpole suspension (tadpole powder + water) but there's also 82 of them so you may want to take that into account when you are feeding your own.

I've also begun taking out 1.5 gallons (5.678 L) from the tank instead of the original 1.2 (4.543 L) in order to compensate for the current overstocked state of the tank and the growing size of the tadpoles. My top for the 20 gallon (75.708 L) arrives tomorrow and I'll be cleaning that tank out either then or the next day in preparation for the move, which I'm planning to happen in around a week or so depending on either tank parameters or their growth stage (currently Nieuwkoop and Faber stage 49 (http://www.xenbase.org/anatomy/alldev.do)). As soon as they start growing legs, they're going in the 20, although there's still a few stages left before it's time for leg day.

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