Thank you for your kind words, guys. . . I'm really upset by this and watching Freckles very closely in the hopes of catching any similar symptoms earlier than I did with Speckles - still running Mela, Pima, and about a half-dose of salt in that tank, he seems perfectly fine. I've also ordered Madroxy and Maracyn 1 & 2, which are frog-safe meds (antibiotic and anitfungal), so that if I ever see anything like this again, I'll be prepared. I wonder if everything would have gone differently with her if this hadn't happened on a Sunday evening before the hurricane and I was able to treat her with the proper meds from the start. . . nothing to be done for it now, but I'll be ready in the future.
I made a lot of mistakes with Speckles in the beginning. . .perhaps this all has stemmed from the fact that she was one of those poor creatures that was forced into a fish-in cycle when I started, and had the filter accident way back in February/March. . . I've learned so much about fish-keeping and frog-keeping since that time, Frecks hasn't had to endure any of these things, coming home to a fully established 10-gallon tank. At least I know that since those early days, Speckles has had a very happy and healthy life - until those last 24 hours - in a frog-only habitat perfectly suited to her needs. . . I got to see her grow and thrive - and even mate and scatter eggs! Her life here was good, if short. . .
When I get the kindergarten tank established, I plan to add a frog (or maybe two!) to their tank for at least a three-month time period - the new addition(s) can go through QT there, and then come 'home' to me and Freckles in the 10 gallon tank - if everything continues to go well with him. If he succumbs to the same illness, I'll have to tear-down and figure out what is the root cause. . . time will tell. I feel really odd even considering getting a new frog at this point, and I kind of don't want to - that was really hard to watch. But the Kindy plans were already laid, and I wonder if Frecks will be happy alone, having always had a buddy around. . . again, we shall see. Thanks again for all of the love - y'all are so wonderful! *hugs*
Chocolate Betta- sorry if I'm off-base here, but I'm reading your posts and it sounds as if they have a bit of a rude feel to them? I hope I'm not wrong, because that isn't how we play on this thread - we're all friendly here, and would like to keep it that way. If you have a question or concern about how to care for an African DWARF Frog, please politely ask your question, and I guarantee that you will get many helpful replies. Gizzy complied that care-sheet quite some time ago, and in the first post it plainly states;
*Use at least 3 gallons water per frog & nothing smaller
From there, she continues on to say that one gallon per inch of frog should be added for each frog thereafter - and I'd say this is pretty sound advice. It is also worth noting that Gizmo is UNABLE to make changes or additions to the original thread at this time. Most of us who have kept these guys for a while prefer to put them into larger tanks, if possible - and when people find this thread and ask for advice, I have never seen anyone recommend anything under 3 gallons, with 5 being far preferable.
In MY case, I had only TWO frogs in a 10 gallon, well planted, fully cycled tank. . . upgraded from a 5 gallon a few months ago, because I felt that they would appreciate more room to stretch out. They both were happy and healthy to the best of my knowledge until 48 hours or so ago, when one of them developed an odd fungal infection. You can look back on the thread for pictures of the problem - and of their tank, which is an ideal habitat if you're planning on getting one of these adorable creatures. . .
IF you are looking for information on African CLAWED frogs, I've kept them, too. They need a MUCH larger space, as they can get up to 6 inches. You *might* be able to keep one in a 10g tank, but I feel that this is really too small for a single specimen at full growth. ACF are very dirty animals, and it would be difficult to keep the tank clean in such a small tank. ACF are voracious eaters, and can not be kept with any other fish, because they will find a way to eat them. . . Clawed frogs are carriers for the fungus commonly known as Chytrid, which is currently destroying even unto extension, wild frogs of all sorts worldwide. ACF are unaffected by this virus, but commonly infect ADF that are kept in the same shop as them. Many people also mistake juvenile CLAWED frogs for African Dwarfs, which is why they are mentioned in this thread. ACF and ADF are both legal to keep in my state, and many others. ADF have been recently banned in some areas of Canada.