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Conditioning Water for Amphibians

Known for their sensitivity to their environments, amphibians are picky about water conditions! Thankfully, we're going to share what works for us and our frogs, and make your life easier the process! Amphibians are undeniably linked to water. All species crave moisture in one form or another, and most require water for reproduction. Some never leave it!In captivity, there are 3 primary ways we provide water to our pet amphibians: water features, water bowls, and misting. Water FeaturesFor the sake of this article, we'll define water features as ponds, pools, and waterfalls. This would include a fully aquatic setup, as is required by aquatic species, such as axolotls or clawed frogs. Depending on water volume, filtration, and animal stocking rates, water provided in these sources will need to be changed on a regular basis. If tap water is mild (not super hard or super soft, not full of heavy minerals or other contaminants), a simple water dechlorinator, such as Josh's Frogs Dechlorinator, may be all that is needed to render this water safe for use. Simply add 2 drops per gallon of water, then let it sit out until the water has reached room temperature.Change water frequently. A very broad rule of thumb is to change 25-50% of the water every 1-2 weeks. This may vary quite a bit, and be lessened if heavy filtration or live plants are present. Josh's Frogs Dechlorinator Josh's Frogs Dechlorinator Water Bowls

Water bowls should have smooth sides and be easy to clean and disinfect with Reptisan at least once a week. Water bowls often become latrines for amphibians, and are often very dirty (even when they appear clean). As such, change the water in a water bowl daily. Dechlorinated tap water may be an option. Even better, reverse osmosis or distilled water, reconstituted with R/O Rx, ensures the amphibians have access to clean, remineralized water. Reverse Osmosis or Distilled water should never be used in water bowls alone.Misting

Misting is a great way to increase humidity in a vivarium or terrarium. In a naturalistic setup, misting also serves to move waste down to the substrate level, where bacteria, fungi, and microfauna can break it down.ALWAYS mist with distilled or reverse osmosis water. Misting is mimicking rain water, which is generally pretty pure. After coming in contact with wood, leaves, etc, it is not pure and perfectly safe for your animals. Misting with tap water (even dechlorinated tap water) will result in clogged nozzles, white mineral deposits on glass, and possibly dead plants.Give your amphibians the water they need with Josh's Frogs Dechlorinator and R/O Rx. These products were made by us to better care for our animals, and we're sure you'll have the same great results with them that we do. Frog on!

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