The Tad-Pool – Dark Brown Cup Set is one of 6 color options available to choose from. Each cup set comes with 2 eggs drawers and your choice of either a Suction Cup or Hard Wire accessory to mount your Tad-Pool in your terrarium / vivarium.
In the wild, many dart frogs will select a very smooth, clean surface to lay their eggs on. Then the parents will transport their newly hatched tadpoles to a body of water. For many of these frogs, especially Oophaga and Ranitomeya, they will lay their eggs and raise their tadpoles in a bromeliad high up in the rainforest canopy. Utilizing the naturally smooth leaves and the axils (cups) of a bromeliad.
Tad-Pools are designed to mimic the shape and colors of bromeliad leaves in the wild, enhancing the dart frog’s natural breeding behavior in a vivarium. While still giving you full control to manage each clutch of eggs or tadpole being raised in the cups.
The Brown Cup was introduced to give frogs and keepers a darker color option. Sometimes your dart frogs will prefer a dark secluded cup to lay eggs in and raise their tadpoles.
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What colors do Tad-Pools come in?
Tad-Pools are currently available in 6 different colors. Yellow Green, Medium Green, Dark Green, Ruby Red, Coral and Brown. These bright colors are selected to mimic the natural colors of bromeliads in the wild, and blend seamlessly into you terrarium decor.
The 3 shades of green imitate the vast majority of bromeliads in the wild. While the Ruby and Coral imitate the popular Fireball Neoregelia bromeliads. If you wish to provide a dark secluded pool, go with the brown, as it blends into any dark background, wood or other substrates.
Unlike film canisters, previously (and currently) used by dart frog hobbyists. Tad-Pools look far better in your vivarium. The removable egg dishes will give you better control over your egg clutches. You simply remove and replace the dish, rather than removing the entire cup. This means far less stress on the frogs while keeping it super simple for you, the keeper.
How do I install a Tad-Pool in my terrarium?
You’ll have the option to select the highly popular suction cup, or the hard wire accessory.
The suction cup is the most popular as it will allow you to attach the Tad-Pool to any smooth glass, acrylic or flat plastic surface.
The hard wire option will allow you the ability to stick the Tad-Pool into polyurethane spray foam, EpiWeb, Hygrolon, Cork, Peat Bricks (BTS), Xaxim, Clay, Styrofoam and other soft background materials. It is made of inox steel, so it will not rust under tropical vivarium conditions.
How are Tad-Pools made?
Tad-Pools are injection molded using food grade polypropylene. They are NOT 3D printed using ABS or PLA that can either leach out chemicals on to the sensitive frogs, or decompose in the tank over time. It is very important that the plastic be food grade, so that it is safe for these delicate amphibians for their entire life.
Unfortunately with 3D printing, it is common to use ABS plastic. The ABS will slowly leach harsh chemicals into the water, and potential harm the frogs.
The issue with 3D printing with PLA plastics, while safe for the frogs, it is typically made from vegetable by-products. Thus it is biodegradable, and overtime, will break down in a bioactive terrarium or vivarium.
In either case, 3D printing is not perfectly smooth. The dart frogs will prefer the smoother texture of a leaf over a 3D printed cup. Which means they may or may not use the 3D printed cups to lay eggs or raise their tadpoles in.
Injection molding solves ALL of the above problems. By using a stable, food grade plastic, the Tad-Pools are very smooth, will last forever in a terrarium, is safe for the frogs, and can be recycled when (if) the time comes.
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Tad-Pool – Dark Brown Cup set is available for sale and shipping in Canada