Feeding Tadpoles - Basics
Tadpoles, once they emerge from their eggs and grow mouths, need to eat! Not only that, but they need to eat healthy, delicious food if they're going to grow strong and leggy. Just what do you feed a tadpole?
I've read some sites that say to only feed your tadpoles once a week, and let that food sit in the water all week long. Don't do this! The food will get old, soggy, and nasty. That isn't good for tadpoles. No, no, no. Would you eat week-old food that had been sitting, decaying in water? I don't think so.
Similarly, some sites recommend you only feed your little pets iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce has barely any nutrition for humans, and we humans eat other types of food to supplement our nutrition. For tiny tadpoles, that is all that they are eating all day long. If that food has zero nutrition, they just can't grow. Iceberg lettuce just doesn't have what they need to grow big and strong.
I've read other sites that say to feed your tadpole each day, which is a good start. However, they say to only leave the food in the tank for 10 minutes. Then remove it all and make them starve until the next day. What?? Have you looked at a tadpole? They are tiny! They have tiny little bellies. How could they possibly eat enough in 10 minutes to last them all day long? Their bellies aren't big enough to do that. That would be like taking a tiny infant home and expecting it to eat only once a day. Its belly empties out quickly and then it needs more food. That's how these little creatures work. They keep eating little amounts, digesting that, and then eating more.
You want to feed your tadpoles once a day, with fresh food. The next day, take out what's there and give them fresh food again. At the beginning the tiny tadpoles will eat a certain amount of food. As they grow, they'll eat more food. You'll figure out fairly quickly if you're overfeeding them or underfeeding them, based on what is left the next day or how quickly all the food is gobbled up. Be sure to keep an eye on this because it will change over time. The amount they eat in week 3 will be quite less than how much they eat in week 8.
Once they develop those front legs, they are more frogs than tadpoles. It's time to start looking into a frog's diet, with all the bugs and other creatures it involves.
When you're feeding your tadpoles, remember that they have tiny little mouths. They don't even have real teeth yet. They need something that is soft and easy to eat. But you can't pour a protein shake into their water! It has to be something they can swim over and nibble on.
So, let's discuss the types of things you should be feeding your tadpoles!
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