Livefoods and Vivarium Plants

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LIVEFOOD CULTURES                                                                          
 Updated 12/03/2017
 
We have a number of livefood species available for amphibian keepers.
All livefoods are sent via Royal Mail 1st Class postage, well packaged and labelled.
We cannot however guarantee the survival of tropical feeder species during cold weather.
Collection in person is welcome too.
 
If you would like a culture guide for our livefoods please click on the name of the livefood concerned.
 
Trade prices also available - please email info@frogsandfood.co.uk for details
 
PLEASE NOTE PRICES ARE NOT INCLUSIVE OF P&P
 
 
 
Fruit Flies (£2.00 per culture)  
 
Drosophila melanogaster - a small, vestigal winged (flightless) fruit fly ideal for newly morphed amphibians and small amphibian species, as well as mantids, spiders, scorpions and carnivorous plants.
 
Drosophila hydei - a large fruit fly suitable for small amphibians, mantids, spiders, scorpions and carnivorous plants. We can provide the standard and golden forms.
 
 
Weevil Cultures (£3 per culture)
 
Bean/Cowpea Weevil (Callosobruchus maculatus) - an easily cultured weevil requiring little care and explosively breeds given correct temperatures. Suitable for small amphibians, mantids, spiders, scorpions and carnivorous plants. Usefulback up culture in case of fruit fly culture crashes.  
 
Grain Weevil (Sitophilus granarius) -  an easily cultured weevil requiring little care and explosively breeds given correct temperatures. Raised on grains such as pearl barley it is smaller than the bean weevils and so is suitable for small amphibians, mantids, spiders, scorpions and carnivorous plants that are too small to take bean weevils. Useful back up culture in case of fruit fly culture crashes.
 
Beetle Cultures (£4 per culture)
 
Confused Flour Beetle (Tribolium confusum) - not cultured for the bitter tasting beetles but their larvae. These small larvae (~6mm long) are like extremely small mealworms and are readily taken by frogs. Easily cultured on a flour based medium.
 
 
Springtail Cultures (£3 per standard culture, XL 2L cultures £10)
 
Tropical Springtails (Seira sp.) - a small (up to 4mm) white tropical species from South America. Prolific breeders once established and easily maintained. Excellent food for newly morphed and juvenile amphibians and thumbnail dart frogs. Can also be used very effectively as tank custodians in live planted vivaria. Also available in 2L cultures - £10. Larger 9L cultures also available. 
    
 
Tropical Woodlice Cultures (£4.50 per culture,XL 2L cultures £10) 
 
Dwarf Tropical Woodlice (Trichorhina tomentosa) - a small (up to 5mm) white tropical woodlice species from South America. Prolific breeders although take longer to establish than springtails but easily maintained. The soft bodied woodlice can be used as adults or juveniles for amphibians and invertebrates. Can also be used very effectively as tank custodians in live planted vivaria. 
 
Panamanian Brown Tropical Woodlice (Trichorhina species) - a fast moving brown South American species growing up to 10mm. Stays mainly on surface of substrate and productive. Can be used as a feeder species and as a tank custodian.  

Cuban Grey Woodlice (Pseudarmadillo species)  - a large, fast moving species from Cuba growing up to 18mm. Similar in appearance to our native woodlice but paler and more prolific in its native tropical conditions. Large enough not to be eaten by dart frog species but make very effective tank custodians.
 
  
Waxworm Cultures (£4.00 per culture)  
 
Lesser Waxmoth (Achroae grisella) - smaller than the more widely cultured and used greater waxmoth, their larvae can be used as a treat for smaller amphibians, such as dart frogs and newts. Although high in protein and calcium they are also fatty and so should be used sparingly. 
 
Extra Large lesser waxworm cultures in tall ventilated containers also available in small numbers. Please email for availability. 
 
Waxmoth Culturing medium - nutritious culture medium that will produce large numbers of waxwoms. Please email for availablilty and prices. 500g bag - £5
 
 
Worm Cultures (£3.00 per culture) 
 
Microworm (Panagrellus sp) - these are non-parasitc nematodes. Easily cultured and used to feed fish fry (bettas, gourami, angelfish, barbs, danios and tetra) as well as amphibian larvae (particularly caudate larvae, hymenochirus and dart frog tadpoles).
Starter cultures also available for £1.50
 
White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus) - this non-parasitic worm species grows from 1 to 3cm and are an excellent food for advanced hyenochirus and caudate larvae, newly morphed  and adult amphibians as well as fish such as discus. Easily cultured on a soil/peat based mixture. 
 
 
Aquatic Cultures (£2.00 per culture)
 
Vinegar Eels (Turbatrix aceti) - these are small non-parasitic nematodes. Easily cultured and survive a long time in water and so are ideal feeders for fish fry and for live-feeder amphibian larvae (notably caudates and hymenochirus).
 
 
 
We can provide culturing instructions for all species offered and a selected number of other species. Please email info@frogsandfood.co.uk for information.
 
 
PLANTS
 
We stock from time to time plants suitable for tropical vivaria. These include rooted and epiphytic bromeliads, java moss, ficus species and other climbing plants.
If you have a specific plant species you are looking for please email us at info@frogsandfood.co.uk for availability and prices.
 
Climbers 

 

 

 

Creeping Fig

 

 Ficus pumila (plain form)

Probably the most commonly used climbing plant in vivaria. Quick growing and easily attaches itself to almost any background via rootlets at leaf junctions.

 


3 rooted cuttings - £2.00 


Potted plant - £3.00

 



Oak Leaved

Creeping Fig

 Ficus quercifolia

A very attractive oak leafed climbing fig. Less vigorous and brutish than the common ficus pumila but is still able to attach to most background materials to create an attractive backdrop.
 



Potted plant - £5.00

 
 
 
Ficus sagittata

Fast growing climbing fig with thin stems and large green lance-like leaves. As with other figs this will attach to backgrounds with roots from leaf junctions.

 



Potted plant - £5.00

 

 

 

Variegated Wandering Jew

 

 Tradescantia albiflora

Attractive, fast-growing creeper/climber that is readily propagated from cuttings.

 

3 rooted cuttings - £2.50 


Potted plant - £3.00

 

 

 

 Purple Wandering Jew

 Tradescantia zebrina

Attractive, fast-growing creeper/climber that is readily propagated from cuttings. Intermittently produces attractive small mauve flowers.

         

3 rooted cuttings - £2.50 


Potted plant - £3.00

 





 Shingle Vine
 

Marcgravia rectifolia

Very attractive and vigorous climber that attaches easily to most backgrounds and will propagate readily once established.
 


1 rooted cutting - £2.50 


Potted plant - £5.00

 





 Shingle Vine
 
Marcgravia sintensii

Very attractive and vigorous climber that attaches easily to most backgrounds to form the tight lying "shingle" pattern.
Growing tips are an attractive red/bronze.

 


1 rooted cutting - £2.50 


Potted plant - £6.00

 






 Shingle Vine
 
 
Marcgravia umbellata

Very attractive and vigorous climber that attaches easily to most backgrounds to form the tight lying "shingle" pattern.
Leaf edges and veining are an attractive white/cream in contrast to the green leaves.
 


1 rooted cutting - £2.50 


Potted plant - £5.00

 

 





Heartleaf Vine
 
Philodendron scandens

Vigorous and attractive climber that attaches readily o branches and backgrounds. Sturdy flat leaves make good perching sites for small frogs and are often used as spawning sites by darts such as Epipedobates anthonyi.






 1 rooted cutting - £2.50 







 Variegated Heartleaf Vine
 

Philodendron scandens
"Brasil"

Variegated form of the heartleaf vine. A vigorous and attractive climber that attaches readily to branches and backgrounds.

 



 

1 rooted cutting - £2.50 
 






Green Leaved Panamiga

Pilea repens

A vigorous climber with attractive, hairy green leaves. Can be grown as a climber or ground cover or even semi aquatically. Once established produces small white flowers at the growing tips.






3 rooted cuttings - £2.50 


 


 Begonia schulzei

Attractive climbing begonia with small waxy, dark green leaves and will continuously produce small pink flowers
 





Potted plant - £5.00


 
 Begonia thelmae

A Brazilian, climbing begonia with attractive green leaves with purple/red hue and cream veining. Will readily shingle up a background and produces lovely white/pink flowers.
 




Potted plant - £7.00
 
 



Begonia Vine
 

Cissus discolour

Vigorous climber with large purple/green textured leaves with silver grey patches. Beautiful maroon stems and tendrils.






Potted plant - £5.00
 
 




 
Amazonian Vine
 


Cissus amazonica

Vigorous climber with small grey/green lance-like leaves with purple underside.

 




Potted plant - £5.00
 


PICTURE
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Creeping Lace Flower

 Alosobia (formerly Episcia) dianthiflora

Fast growing epiphytic plant that climbs with long stolons bearing attractive, slightly hairy, green leaves and large white flowers.

 




Potted plant - £4.50
 





Watermelon Vine
 
Pellonia repens

A vigorous climber with pink steams and shingling succulent, lance-like leaves which are green/purple patchy leaves with dark purple areas.
 




Potted plant - £5.00
 
Bromeliads

  


 

 

Fireball Bromeliad 

 

 Neoregelia schultesiana "Fireball"  

A commonly used, easily grown bromeliad that offsets easily and can be grown on the ground or as an epiphyte. In high light conditions the leaves take on an attractive red hue.

 

 

1 unrooted offset - £4.00 


Potted plant ( with 1 or more offsets)- £4.50


 
 


 



Variegated 

Fireball Bromeliad 

Neoregelia schultesiana x "Donger"

A variegated form of the Fireball bromeliad that offsets easily and can be grown on the ground or as an epiphyte. In high light conditions the leaves take on an attractive pink hue.

 

 

1 unrooted offset - £4.00 


Potted plant ( with 1 or more offsets)- £4.50


 



PICTURE
COMING
SOON





Lilliputian Bromeliad
 

Neoregelia lilliputiana

A dwarf, thick leaved bromeliad that can be grown on the ground or as an epiphyte. Offsets easily and has attractive blue flowers in the central vase.






Potted plant ( with 1 or more offsets)- £5.00
 
Foliage and Aquatic Plants

 
  

 


Begonia bowerae "Tiger"
 



Potted plant - £4.00

 
 


 


Begonia listada
 



Potted plant - £5.00

 



 






Goosefoot plant/
Arrowhead Vine
 
Syngonium podophyllum

Attractive foliage plant with large, sturdy, erect green leaves with yellow veining. Creeping habit and will form adventitious roots in humid vivaria.
Sturdy flat leaves make good perching sites for small frogs and are often used as spawning sites by darts such as Epipedobates anthonyi.

 




Potted plant - £4.00


Carnivorous Plants

These plants require rainwater or distilled water to thrive. Most die quickly if given tap water and so ensure you can provide them with the appropriate water.







Lance leaved sundew
 
Drosera adelae

An Australian species that produces large lance shaped leaves that develop a red hue in high light. Once established produces red flowers. Easily propagagted by leaf cuttings or root cuttings.




Potted plant - £5.00

 


 






Venus Fly -Trap 


Dionaea muscipula

The archetypal carnivorous plant. Found in N. American swamps . Green and red varieties available.
Needs a winter cooling period to thrive.

 




Potted plant - £4.00


 




Hybrid Butterwort
 




Pinguicula x "Tina"
 




Potted plant - £4.00
 

 




Hybrid Butterwort
 
 



Pinguicula x "Sethos"
 




Potted plant - £4.00
 

 




Hybrid Butterwort
 
 



Pinguicula x "Aphrodite"
 




Potted plant - £4.00