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Troy Goldberg discusses how his artistic eye informs the aesthetically pleasing set-ups he creates for his dart frogs.
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Troy Goldberg discusses how his artistic eye informs the aesthetically pleasing set-ups he creates for his Dart frogs. Troy is a long time dart frog keeper and breeder with a YouTube Channel of nearly 10k subscribers.
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I raised like the victorious like the some of the baby's um not you fog a species but the danger baby species II raising little 120 ounce tubs. And I put paper towel down and replace the paper towel every three days. But I only do that for about 05-6 weeks just to get them well started and then I moved them to grow out. So that's the only sterile thing I do. And it's a very small part of the program and you really don't even notice because they're up on the top shelf and they're just kind of out of the way. But yeah. And I know like I know Mike Novi um he's he's in Cleveland and I've been to his place, he raises tree frogs. Um and he does sterile. I I don't know how he does what he does. I mean he's got hundreds maybe thousands of tree frogs and then just a million 10 gallon tanks and he replaces the paper towel and the water dish and cleans the glass every single day. I don't know how you, it's he that man. It's a full time job, but he does. Oh yeah, if you're breeding that many going sterile definitely is going to save you from some sort of outbreak for sure. So in terms of the, just your passion for dart frogs is it? I know you were saying like you enjoyed watching the move and obviously you clearly enjoy the process of setting them up. But, and I assume because you're an artist that just the visual appearance of them, is it something that you just probably can't get enough of? Yeah. And it's so just, I mean I'm painting is my background. Um, and I haven't painted and probably um 56 years so I find other outlets. Um and basically, you know, sometimes I'll just come out in my program and just sit here and stare like what could I do? Um I'm not done with this yet. I still have there's two there's a rack over here. I need to finish um I ordered the glass for it. So I'll be doing those two tanks and then essentially my room is going to be finished as far as frogs I want to keep um and frogs and breeding and no tanks. I really want to redo. But I'm already starting like I'm already going like well now that I'm done I'm gonna have to have some sort of project. I want to build like a six ft wide by four by three ft deep by six ft tall. Like huge huge setup. Um That's probably wouldn't even have frogs. I may just do like crazy plants and have water features and all that stuff where you know because someone's water features can can complicate things and you get some unwanted bacteria and stuff that can be armed. Um So, and it's also ill tank that large is really hard to regulate temperatures for frogs and humidity. So if anything, I would maybe do tree frogs or something like that. But like I'm already thinking and I don't know like I'm like, where would I even put it? But it's like, I'm already thinking like, well I'm gonna have to have something to do because it's just like that's the artist, the creativity. Like I like creating stuff and uh yeah, so it's getting to that point where I'm like kind of going slow because I don't want to be finished and then I'm like, now I gotta find something else to do. That's something that I always try to bring to the reptile side of the world is realizing how fun it can be to create and how much, how much enjoyment you can get from just designing and building and the enjoyment you can get just as much enjoyment out of that. Then going to an expo and picking up a new animal. Like you can spend two or three weeks working on this amazing thing and then having it there forever. Like that is something that a lot of people with, you know, the snakes for example, don't do and the dark black community does basically across the board. Yeah, it's and it seems like it's getting um more and more people are worried more about the setups um than the frogs, which it wasn't always like that, you know, people wanted and there's still some people that just, they want to have every single morph and every they want to have as many frogs as they possibly can. I kind of go for I'm picking, you know, I'm I'm very selective on like if I don't want to have 17 frogs that are all yellow and black, just different patterns and one may have blue on its feet, you know, that I'm like, I try and be selective on the ones I really want to have. Um because you know, I have my racks, you know, I've got two rows. Could I do three? Absolutely. Could I do four? Probably? Um But I'm not gonna be able to really enjoy the tanks on the bottom, so I'm gonna have to sit on the floor, which I'm six ft three. I don't feel like getting on the floor and being hunched over. Um Can I put tanks on the top rack? Yeah, but again, I'm not going to really be able to enjoy it. I'm gonna have to get on a little stepping stool or something to feed him and even look in the tank. Um So at that point I feel like I'd be packing in tanks and packing in frogs just to have more um that I really wouldn't be able to enjoy. So I kind of keep you know when I'm sitting down in my chair, the bottom rack, they're perfect high level where I can just sit and enjoy and watch and then I want to stand up the top rack. That's where I keep all my Safaga, they like it a little warmer. Um So I checked all, you know that's where I stand up and I'm high level with all the checks. So I've got a kind of a You know, I think I'll have 28-24 tanks. I think I'm gonna have in here have one in the house of the redhead histrionic a but um So I think I'm 24, maybe 26 tanks in here. Um it would be like kind of a gallery set up, you know, it's it's.
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