So am I! And I feel better now that I've had my freak-out and am actually informed about a potential problem in the future (I would like to get him a buddy - eventually, after my tank is established and through cycling) I actually have quite a few questions for you, if you don't mind? I'm madly in love with him, as are my daughters, and I really want to do what I can to ensure he lives a long and happy life!
Can you explain further about the gravel/sand/rocks? Our ADF is living in an 18 inch high 29 gallon tank (we just switched everything over from the 10 gallon that we started with a week ago) What we have on the ground right now is typical-sized aquarium gravel. The man at the actual FISH shop (not where I bought the frog) says that in 15 years he's never seen a problem with the frogs eating the gravel, but I'd rather be safe. Can I leave this type of gravel in the bottom, or should I switch to something else? I can get the larger 'river rocks' sold in aquarium shops? You seem to imply that sand would be better, but is sand going to be compatible with the other inhabitants? (we have Mollys, neon tetras, apple snails, and guppies)
Filter question - we just got a new filter, a Tetra brand 'whisper' filter. I can definitely see there being a problem with him getting suck, as you mentioned. Can I use a new pair of pantyhose to cover the filter intake? Or is there something better that you can recommend?
As far as feeding, the petshop told me that they fed him frozen brine shrimp, so that's what we've been doing so far. You mentioned brine shrimp being okay "on occasion," Is every day too much? He's gotten pretty good at eating it in his little 'house' which is perfect for him, and the fish haven't figured out how to get in there yet. I also have TopFin brand frog, newt, and tadpole bites. These are tiny little pellets that sink to the bottom of the tank. So far he has had trouble finding these - or maybe he isn't recognizing them as food. Either way - are these two things good food for him? I also am having a difficult time trying to figure out if he's eating enough or too much! He only seems to take a few bites then loses interest. . . sometimes he comes back for more later, and sometimes his leftovers have been eaten. I'm not sure how to better manage his intake, or really how much he NEEDS. I'm not sure if his belly is 'bulging slightly' or not!
That's it for now! If you can give me any advice here, I'd really appreciate it! I'm not finding much information online about these guys, and what I DO find seems to often be contrary. I'd love to hear from someone who has so much experience with these little critters!