Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Combating "Conventional Wisdom" with Common Sense

Anyone searching the internet about African Dwarf Frogs will soon find the following "Conventional Wisdom" in one form or another...

"...Typically, one frog for every 1 or 2 gallons of water is ideal...."

Ideal for WHO? The frog? Or the person selling Aquariums larger than 1-2 gallons?  Many websites seem to follow this common misconception without any real explanation, other than a misguided human emotion that these frogs wouldn't like  confined spaces.  

There's no scientific rationale behind requiring 1-2 gallons per frog.  It's a line of logic taken from setting up a standard aquarium, and taking in consideration of the needs of fish, who naturally need space to swim, and sufficient amounts of oxygenated water to breathe. Neither of which the species of African Dwarf Frog require. However, 1-2 gallons per frog would be good if you are setting up a unfiltered tank like a Goldfish Bowl... you'd then only have to change the water around every two weeks or so.
No oily skin...

In nature, African Dwarf Frogs only have need of water to keep their skin supple. ADF's do not produce a skin mucus which enables them to emerge out of water onto land like other amphibians, that's the only reason they are fully aquatic. Other than that, they could live in water which can merely keep their skin moist. Of course, they can be at home in larger bodies of water than what an EcoAquarium offers, but as for a NEED to have such... emphatically NO!

A more critical water need for this species is WATER DEPTH. Most specifically, THE LESS THE BETTER...

ADF Ancestral Home
In nature... such as in the Rainforests of Cameroon in West Africa, the African Dwarf Frog evolved in shallow rainforest swamps, in a habitat of stagnant low-oxygenated water, in water depths of 8 inches of water or less. Unlike gilled animals such as fish, ADF's breathe air with lungs, and go to the surface to gulp air. As a bottom dwelling creature, the frog subsists quite well in shallow water depths which give them a quick trip to the surface to breathe. Put them in an environment where the water depth is deeper, the frog can survive, but the longer trip to the surface for air is more stressful, and in the wild, would present more exposure to the frog from predators. In a natural environment, you would not find these frog in deeper water than a foot. 
The idea that these frogs need a lot of space, is also a misconception. African Dwarf Frogs main roles in life is simply to eat, avoid getting eaten, and make more frogs. In nature, it's behavior is dictated by instinct & environment, which again, in nature would be in the muddy bottom of a rainforest swamp.
Here's lookin' at you... I think!
The frog is a natural wait & pounce creature in the method of acquiring it's meal. The African Dwarf Frog has very poor eyesight, a heightened sense of vibrations in the water, and a keen nose to smell out food. You may have seen these frogs in a familiar "Zen Pose" standing motionless. This is a evolved trait of still stalking, waiting for something, like a tasty water bug to wander by. It also is a defensive posture that helps make them invisible to larger predators. Unlike fish, ADF's don't school & swim seeking food, preferring instead for food to come to them. Kinda like a aquatic couch potato. They do not migrate, & they do not have a extensive range, except along the shallows of whatever shallow pool of water they'd inhabit.

Remember, when searching the web, seeking out information about African Dwarf Frogs (or ANY topic) there is tons of "Conventional Wisdom" out there... some accurate, some simply a regurgitation of other information posted elsewhere, without much foundation of fact. It sounds right, but really... is it really right? If you have questions, count on us to help give you answers. Our wisdom isn't always conventional, but at least count on it to be grounded in fact.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

There are few causes we rally around more serious, than to raise awareness of one of the most dangerous chemicals around, DHMO (Dihydrogen Monoxide), a corrosive chemical easily found in most households.
Each year DHMO poisoning causes thousands of deaths worldwide, Insurance Underwriters report millions of dollars spent each year repairing damage caused by the onslaught of excessive DHMO exposure. We feel the Public MUST BE MADE MORE AWARE!
That's why we wish to promote today as DHMO AWARENESS DAY!
As the summer months arrive, more people are exposed to the effects of DHMO as they go outside and play along Beaches, Lakes, Rivers & Streams, often in an attempt to beat the heat by swimming, or in other summer past times like boating or fishing. THIS IS WHEN YOU ARE MOST VULNERABLE!
Learn more about one of the most dangerous chemicals found in nature. One that can aid life, but if left untreated, can be one of the most harmful chemicals around.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fuzzy Green Balls of Algae under Scrutiny

Recently on our Facebook Page, Carrie Ann Durkin Pitts posed a question which started us on a path of research.  A path which may lead to a new product offering.
We're currently testing a form of Algae which may offer a method of keeping other forms of Algae at bay in our EcoAquariums.

Carrie asked us if Marimo Ball "Moss" can be added in our EcoAquarium. Marimo Balls are a form of slow-growing Algae, popular as an plant addition in fresh-water aquariums. In reaching an answer for her, she peaked or interest in the funny, furry, unique plant.
As far as it's compatibility, since Marimo (Aegagropila linnaei) is a form of freshwater algae, it poses no direct threat to bottom-dwelling African Dwarf Frogs, and the frogs seem to pose no threat to the plant. (Frogs are not algae eaters) But what has interested us most is how the Marimo aids greatly in consuming nitrates in the water, effectively reducing the food source to other, more fast-growing algae commonly found in all aquariums, including our EcoAquariums.

We're currently testing several EcoAquariums with Marimo Balls in our office, each under different lighting conditions and plant/frog configurations, monitoring water quality over time. If this turns out favorable, it's possible we may consider Marimo Ball Algae as a plant to offer in future EcoAquariums. Stay tuned!

BTW: If you have included Marimo Balls in your EcoAquariums, or in any standard aquarium, we'd appreciate your comments & observations.

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's a Drippy, Trippy, Sunshiney Day...

After visiting a deep freeze for two days, we welcome the sun and warmer temps. The roads have cleared up and we're back at work!  We're sorry for those who may have orders awaiting shipment, we'll be sending those out shortly.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We're going to be closed Wednesday AND Thursday too!

UPDATE: We're sure everyone has seen in the news how the South East has been gridlocked due to the snowstorm. It's no exception here. Roads are very treacherous, and the forecast has temps. remaining under freezing. Because of that, OUR OFFICE WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON THURSDAY. Our staff will be monitoring call messages & inquiries, and our online store will still be open for business, however we will not be shipping or receiving, due to winter road conditions.

In light of winter weather forecasts for the coastal region of South Carolina, we will be closed Wednesday, Jan 29th. We're sure compared to other parts of the country, South Carolina has it easier than others in dealing with winter weather. But since we ARE in the sunny South, we're more accustomed to stocking up on suntan lotion than road salt. Down here, we prefer ice in our tea than on our roadways. So for the sake of the safety of our Wild Creations family, we're going to stay home tomorrow and stay off slippery roads and avoid all the typically nasty Northern climate stuff.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

FEEDING FROGS: When a little is a lot

Wild Creations Co-Founder Peter Gasca responded recently to a customer e-mail which address's a common concern many have with conflicting information given about African Dwarf Frogs. We thought it was worth republishing here on the blog...

Brenda writes:
"Good morning.  I have read articles from PetSmart and PetCo that state the African Dwarf Frog needs to be fed every day but you state that it should only be twice a week.  I am very confused.  I want them to be healthy but if i over feed, they will die and if they don't get fed enough they will die as well.  Can you help out?  Thanks"

A little bit goes a long way.
Thank you so much for the email.  The information you received from PetSmart and Petco is not inaccurate, but it doesn't consider the feeding portions.  Many websites, big retailers included, will tell you that you need to feed daily with blood worms or brine shrimp, which are small and not very dense.  The food we provide is formulated for these frogs and is highly concentrated with the nutrients they need, and therefore feedings twice a week is suffice.  Also, the twice a week feedings is a minimum we recommend, but you are more than welcome to feed more often.  I would not, however, encourage you to feed every day, as most of the food will go uneaten and simply soil the aquarium.
We often receive the question about feeding more often, mostly because many people "humanize" the frog experience and assume they have the same metabolic and nutritional needs as us.  This, as is the case with many other animals, is just not the case.  These frogs could, as they might if left in nature to fend for themselves, go several weeks without feeding.  Their metabolism, however, is such that it will conserve energy until there is a food source.  We would never recommend withholding food for so long, but for these reasons, twice a week is more than suffice.

I would also note that we have been working with these frogs for well over nine years now (over two million in total), and the feeding schedule we recommend, with our food, has proven time and time again to be more than suffice for these little frogs.  They will go on to live as long as two or three years, and in some cases, as many as six or seven (we often receive emails from customers who have had their frogs for that long!).  Our experience is that this feeding is not only suffice, it is the best for their health and the life of the ecosystem habitat.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email or phone our office at 843-448-8880.
Pete Gasca

Monday, December 2, 2013


Everything we sell 20% OFF!
PLUS! Toys are 50% OFF!
Add it up and you can save UP TO 70%!

Great savings on stocking stuffer toys like...
A great exerciser tool & a lot of fun! Rolling your wrist makes the gyroscope ball spin faster & faster.  But the faster it spins, the harder it becomes! Pit your strength against inertia! The Talking Strength Ball even announces RPM's. & records top speeds. Use the ball regularity and actually increase your gripping strength while you marvel at physics in action. ON SALE NOW!

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DON'T FORGET! We also have 20% OFF on all our EcoAquariums! Regularly $29.99, the Jewel is a top seller!

We're even offering 20% OFF on EcoAquarium accessories, like our Care Pack, all the stuff necessary for maintaining a happy, healthy EcoAquarium!

TODAY IS THE DAY! Don't pass up some great savings!  USE "HOPPYTHANKSGIVING" as a coupon code in checkout to see a 20% Discount on EVERYTHING in stock!
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