Sunday, December 20, 2009

Get to know your frog...

This holiday season, someone somewhere is getting a gift of an EcoAquarium(TM). If you have received one, you may now be searching out more information about your desktop eco-system and it's web-footed inhabitant. Here's some info about our star of the show...Hymenochirus Curtipes, the African Dwarf Frog.


African Dwarf Frogs (ADF) are originally native to the rain forest swamps & wetlands of West Africa, but due to man's development of the land in the region, it's natural habitat has virtually all been erased.


Today, ours, and all African dwarf frogs sold in pet stores, are farm-raised under controlled conditions.

African dwarf frog, (ADF) natural habitat is shallow pools & puddles of low oxygen, stagnant water. The cold-blooded amphibian is fully aquatic but have lungs instead of gills, perfect for life in still shallow water with little or no dissolved oxygen. The African dwarf frog sense of smell exceeds it's vision. The frog evolved into a creature suited for turbid, muddy water of a shallow pool or swamp, where it would inhabit a sandy muddy bottom seeking food. In an aquarium, African dwarf frogs do not require much light and prefer close confined spaces free of predators.

An African dwarf frogs lifespan in captivity is on average 2 to 3 years but has been known to exceed 8 to 10 years. In nature, its greatest concern was to avoid being eaten, but not in an EcoAquarium(TM). With no threat of predators, and cared for properly, a African Dwarf Frog can flourish much longer than they would in the wild. The African dwarf frog has been a popular species of frog for aquariums due to it's minimal needs.

The size of the EcoAquarium(TM) is a perfect fit. The depth of the water closely mimics the African dwarf frogs natural habitat. You will see them often swim to the top for a breath of air and the small size of the aquariums gives them a easy, short trip to the surface.

As a general rule, our EcoAquarium Frogs are all male. By keeping things like a men's club, the complications of breeding, and competition is eliminated.(just like real-life) Without females around, male dwarf frogs co-exist happily with it's mates. Place a EcoAquarium next to a TV with a football game on & your frogs would be in frog heaven.

The frogs will shed their skin on occasion, making them appear “mossy” during the process. This is normal. The discarded skin will become part of the ecosystem food chain and does not need to be removed.

It is very easy to maintain a healthy EcoAqrarium(TM) environment. First & foremost, we always suggest using bottled spring water at room temperature for perodic water changes, as well as to clean anything you may put in your EcoAquarium(TM). We recommend avoiding putting your fingers in the water since doing so can introduce chemicals and pathogens that can affect the bio-system. It's wise to wash hands with bottled spring water before and after doing any maintenance to your tank.
Your EcoAquarium(TM) does not need direct sunlight. African Dwarf Frogs evolved in dark muddy water, and loves its nightlife. Also, the lucky bamboo plant in the aquarium is an aquatic undergrowth plant that thrives in full shade. Keeping everything away from direct sunlight also helps maintain a stable water temperature.

Remember, your African dwarf frog is fully aquatic and spends it's entire life in water. Keeping the lid of your EcoAquarium(TM) in place keeps frogs from getting out, or other uninvited guests (like the Cat) from getting inside.

African dwarf frogs are not big eaters. Our recommended weekly feeding is four pellets of our frog food per frog, per week. Of any problems associated with care & upkeep, over-feeding is the biggest culprit. Best rule of thumb... a little bit goes a long way. By the way, other 4-legged family members may LOVE the taste & smell of frog food too, so keep your frog food in a safe place away from prying paws.

African dwarf frogs have personalities. You may notice they anticipate feeding times, or develop a routine of hanging out in a particular place in its home at a particularly time each day. All African dwarf frogs like to do a "Zen" pose, where they stand motionless... and you may hear them sing at night. They'll grow on you.

You can find more information online about Mr. Hymenochirus Curtipes, especially on our website. Feel free to study up, and always remember we're happy to answer questions and offer advice. Give us a call if you wish, our frog experts are always ready to leap (pardon the pun) to your aid.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Can a frog win a horserace?


Everyone loves contest upset, and from the votes we've been getting, it looks like we have a frog in a horserace.

We're running neck & neck. (If frogs had necks) Despite that, we're confident we're going to "LEAPFROG" over the competition down the homestretch. But to do that, everyone needs to spread the word...you can vote more than once! And if you register when you vote, you can win, along with us! Each vote gives you a chance to win ALL THE TOYS in the category of your choice!

Don't wait, VOTE NOW! Tell your friends! And remember...vote early & OFTEN!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Terracotta Condo

Janice D. sent us some photos of a little addition to her Jewel EcoAquarium, a little "Home Improvement" project that was really neat! We loved it so much we made a little movie of the photos for all to see.

She wrote..."I purchased the pot at a Michaels
Craft store and soaked it in spring water for a day and a half and also
changed the spring water twice to make sure there was no dye etc. before
placing it in the frogs tank. They seem to love going in there and the
littlest frog slept in it last night!!
..."

What a great idea! Thanks Janice for the photos, and we hope Sable, Able & Mable enjoy the new digs!

BTW! If you have tips, ideas or stories to share, drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line anytime.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A whole world on your desk...

Ecosystem: the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit.- Webster’s Dictionary.

Because it is able to conveniently fit on a table or desk, you may find it difficult to believe that there is much to the Wild Creations EcoAquarium™, but inside each is a world unto itself. More than just gravel, plant, and frogs, its balanced ecosystem habitat offers a bit of nature and science at your fingertips.

Years of study and research are behind each ecosystem habitat, and each aquarium component serves a very specific and vital role. For beginners, you may think the plant inside each aquarium is just bamboo … but think again. It’s actually “Lucky Bamboo”, or Dracaena Sanderiana. This hardy plant, like the African dwarf frogs swimming around it, is from the rainforests of West Africa. It thrives on very wet and low light conditions, which is why it works so well in each aquarium. Next, the brown gravel, or Living Gravel™, which you will find at the bottom of each aquarium, serves as a natural, biological filter, converting toxins in the water to valuable nutrients utilized by other components of the habit. Lastly, the ecosystem wouldn’t be complete without the frogs, which contribute to the ecosystem much the way we do to ours.

How does a frog thrive in this ecosystem? For African dwarf frogs, shallow puddles and streams of water are their home. This is why the comfortable habitat of the EcoAquarium makes such a great home for them. These tiny frogs, much like us, enjoy the quiet luxuries of a safe, predator- and hazard-free home, with all the amenities of their own natural habitat.

How does the ecosystem work without a pump or aquarium filter? Well, quite simply because there IS a filter inside every EcoAquarium. As mentioned before, the brown Living Gravel is literally a biological filter, home to MILLIONS of beneficial anaerobic bacteria, eating waste and providing food for the other components of the aquarium.

The beauty of the cycle of life, often reflected as an ecosystem, is that it can be as all-encompassing as the world itself or as big as a space that can sit on a tabletop.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Time to grow...


Its been just over a year since we went online at the wildcreations.com website and on-line catalog. Thanks to the great response we've received we are expanding! At this minute, we are working on our new website and expanded catalog and expect to see it come online early next year. Keep an eye out for a whole new website with whole new features coming soon! Meanwhile, do your holiday shopping from the website today!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Award winning EcoAquarium: A low maintenance, educational pet for children

It's often a treasure hunt to go searching for articles, especially since word is starting to spread about our EcoAquariums. Originally posted in October, Karen Plumley at Manchester Parenting Examiner wrote a great article. A great big "Ribet" to her and the fine folks at examiner.com

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Additions to the Family...



We love it when we find a good story of our frogs on a family blog.


Please meet Chester & Purple, new members to the family of the Giddy Goat Blog!
And a big "RIBET" for Janet for the tip!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


From the Wild Creations family to yours, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

The EcoAquarium, a self-sustaining acquatic world


Our thanks to the good folks at Blast Magazine for a great article. Besides the write-up, take a minute to check out everything Bostons Hottest On-line News Magazine has on tap.

A big "Ribet!" to Claude Strayer, and everyone at BLAST.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thinker Things has EcoAquariums on the TV News


Thinker Things in Solana Beach CA made it on TV recently in a story about the holiday season, with news of what Parents are shopping for. Our EcoAquariums were featured prominently. Out of San Diego CA is this news clip from CBS8 WFMB-TV

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Toy Industry Association nominates Wild Creations for Toy of the Year

Nominations for the Toy Industry Association's Toy of the Year were announced today with the EcoAquarium(tm) as a nominee in the Speciality Toy category.

Wild Creations has grown from a small company, delivering its EcoAquariums to local specality stores, to an industry leader represented in over 900 stores nation-wide. Todays announcement reflects the growing popularity of it's line of family-friendly balanced eco-system habitats, called the EcoAquarium.

The TIA Toy of the Year, considered the "Oscar" of the toy industry has in the past been awarded to toys like Tickle Me Elmo, Leap Frog Learning Centers, and Hanna Montana.

This years balloting has a significant new twist with it's introduction of public input in the award process. For the first time, the general public will have the opprotunity to vote for their favorite toys at a on-line ballot available for everyone to participate. As an added incentive to vote, after balloting, each visitor will have the chance to win all the nominated toys in the category of their choice.

Of course, most Toy of the Year nominees are backed by large corporations with intimidating marketing budgets, so we are asking that all of our Wild Creations fans to visit the site and vote for our EcoAquarium under the “Specialty Toy” category at the bottom. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Further information about the Toy Industry Association(TIA)can be found here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

We're Cool in Albuquerque!


Great to see we made the cover of Albuquerque New Mexico's premiere news magazine, "Albuquerque, the Magazine" be sure to check out their definitive guide of cool toys in Albuquerque. A big "Ribet" to Out of the Blue Toys for the tip!

EcoAquariums evoke girly-screams


We love the Daily Grommet, so much we've featured their video review of our EcoAquariums here on the Frogblog.

Jeanne gives a girly scream at 1:47.
Here is the Grommet's take on the ease, fun & excitement an EcoAquarium can bring.
UPDATE! The BostonChannel.com, WCVB TV5 likes the Daily Grommet too! They have a video report that features our EcoAquariums.

Smart shopping made internet easy


This holiday season has our EcoAquariums high up on everyones wish list.
Reviews before you choose posted this article that offers a great review of the EcoAquarium as a smart option especially for families with allergies.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We're on the 10 most wanted list....


The good folks at TDmonthly has us in the crosshairs! They've picked us as one of the Top-10 Most-Wanted Science & Nature Toys!

In an article by the No. 1 online trade resource for the toy industry, TDmonthly has put our EcoAquariums on their list as one of the hottest "must-have" science toys this Holiday Season.

It's a great honor to be included, and we wish to give a great big "Ribet!" to TDmonthly!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We have a thriving community on FACEBOOK!

If you haven't been on facebook, you're missing out! Viewed by millions worldwide, facebook is the fastest growing social networking community around. We have a facebook page and it's growing as fast as our frogs!
You'll find our page full of facts, advice, updates, photos, comments and more. You may have a collection of EcoAquariums or just curious and wanting to know more about 'em, you can't go wrong checking the wealth of info you'll find on our page on "da-book".

We're working hard handling the comments and questions that come in, the page is a whirlwind of information about our EcoAquariums Go ahead and get on facebook, then be sure to stop by & say "HI!"

A New Blog On The Block!

Welcome! We're the original manufacturer and distributor of Wild Creations EcoAquariums(TM), miniature ecosystem aquariums that require no filter, chemicals, and very little maintenance! Of course, many know our aquariums as the "Mini Frog Aquariums", which is alright by us, since we love our African dwarf frogs as much as all of our loyal customers do!

Count on The Frog Blog to bring you all kinds of news & information about us, our EcoAquariums, as well as things we find on the net that may be of interest to frog lovers everywhere!

Our frog manager is fond of saying, "everyone needs a frog in their life". We couldn’t agree more and we hope you take one home today. We hope you enjoy our blog!
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