Our bullfrog tadpoles
are drop-shipped from our supplier by 2-day air. They come with a Reptile &
Amphibian Care booklet, as well as a Care Sheet with all the information you
need to get your aquarium set up and your tadpoles acclimated. Below are some
steps to get you started. (Note: make sure your hands are completely free
of any soaps or lotions. Traces of these in the water can harm the tadpoles.)
24 hours before your tadpoles are due to arrive, fill your habitat with
spring water and let it settle to room temperature. (The habitat can be an
aquarium or a shallow dish; bullfrog tadpoles only need water about 2 inches
deep.) It's a good idea to fill a "holding" container with spring water at
the same time to make the tadpole transition easier.
When the tadpoles arrive, open the bag and set it upright in the holding
container (don't let any of the water from the bag get into the container).
Wait 20-30 minutes or until you feel the temperatures have equilibrated.
Remove 1/4 of the water from the bag and replace it with water from the
holding container. This is to help balance the pH.
Wait 15 minutes and then repeat step 3.
Wait another 15 minutes, then carefully remove the tadpoles from the bag
with a net and put them in the habitat you have prepared. Throw the shipping
bag and its water away.
The whole acclimating process should take 50-60 minutes. If it is done too
quickly, the tadpoles might die.
As soon as your tadpoles start swimming around, beginning feeding them with
tadpole food. You will need
to change the water at least once a week; always use room
temperature water. Tadpoles may not survive a sudden temperature change of more
than 2-3º F.
Watch Tadpoles Swim
(Note: When the tadpoles are being transferred in the video, all the water in the shipping bag has been
replaced with holding tank water, removing the need for a net.)