Romaine and Spinach - Feeding Tadpoles
In the wild, tadpoles eat algae and small plants. In a home, you want to offer them something they'll recognize as food, that is tasty to them, and that is chock-full of nutrition. You should be able to find both romaine and spinach in your local store, and both are perfect for little tadpoles. Romaine has great amounts of Vitamin A, along with Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B-6, magnesium, and so on. Lots of great nutrients for a growing tadpole. Spinach, as Popeye would tell us, is also wonderful. Great Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, etc.
Tadpoles have tiny little mouths. You can't just dump romaine and spinach into their tank - it's too hard for them to eat. So you have to boil it, to mush it up a bit. Put a pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Add in the romaine or spinach. Boil that for about 15 minutes. This makes sure it's nice and clean, as well as softens it.
Next, lay the leaves out onto a cutting board and cut it into tiny pieces. Again, you want to make this easy for the tadpoles to deal with.
Once it's chopped up, put it into a set of ice cube trays. We do it with cute shapes :).
Here's one reason behind freezing little doses of food. The freezing and thawing process helps to mush up the food even more, so the little tadpoles can easily eat it. Plant material often has tough, rigid cell walls. This can be tough for tiny tadpole mouths to gnaw on that. When the lettuce is boiled, frozen, and thawed, those cell walls are weakened. That makes it easier for the tadpoles to eat.
The second reason you want to cook once and then freeze it is the same reason that time-conscious families cook ahead of time. It means you don't have to go through all this fuss every single day. You cook once and then have food ready, quickly, whenever it's time to feed the little tadpoles. The food stays frozen and healthy right up until you thaw it again. So this way you do your cooking once a week and then feed them daily without any fuss. Just drop one in and you're done.
So definitely make sure you serve your tadpoles romaine and spinach each day. This should form the bulk of their diet up until they grow arms and legs.
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