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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Need help diagnosing African Dwarf Frog!

Hey after endless searching online with no luck I was just wondering if there is anyone on here who can help with a frog problem. I have 2 ADFs in a 1.5 gallon tank (not big enough i know but am upgrading soon!) with a heater that stays around 80 and an aerator just because i had it. I feed them wither frozen bloodworms or pellets on mondays and thursdays and change the water 100% at least every 2 weeks, sometimes with small water changed in between. I saved these little guys from my roommate who had neglected to take care of them and 'got bored'. They have been doing really well but last night one of them was climbing up the side of the tank and hanging half out of the water. Today, she (i think) wouldnt eat a thing and I just noticed a large red growth.. worm kind of thing.. coming out of her back end. Not sure if it's inflammed genitals or something but was hoping someone could help me out and let me know if there is a treatment? Also, wondering if my feeding/water change routine is a good one?

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You need more water changes.
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your bowl is too small

your not changing water often enough

your not feeding them often enough

also not sure if u have any plants or decor in your bowl so they can hide from each other if they are being stressed out at times..


a tank that size with 2 frogs is gonna build up with ammonia fast,you should be doin one 100 percent water change a week and 1 50 percent water change a week. also you probly should feed them 5 nights a week maybe even 6..

you should have them in at least a 5 gallon tank, the rule i have read is 2.5 gallon per frog,they also like lots of places to wedge their bodies under and hide

finally are u using water conditioner to make the tap water safe
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Thanks for the reply. Yes I know I need a bigger tank I was just given these frogs on the spot and this was all I had. Lookin into a bigger tank very soon! And I will definitely up the feeding and water changes. The people who sold my roommate the frogs told her to feed twice a week and change the water like once a month or something which I knew was way wrong but had trouble finding much info on it and haven't had frogs before.
I have lots of hiding places for them and they have seemed generally content until this one has become sick. With such frequent feedings do you have a recommendation on the amount to feed them?
Any idea what the illness may be? The symptoms point to Chytrid fungus but the odd growth has not been named a symptom of that...

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ive no idea what the problems with your frogs are,im only new to keeping the frogs myself,i got 2 of them 2 weeks ago, you should feed them enough so that their bellys have a little buldge in them,if you can place the food in a little dish or cup then that will make it easier for them to get at it,sometimes when i just put bloodworms in loose they end up goin down sinking in between the gravel and the frogs cant get down to it all so it ends up staying down there untill i suck it up with the gravel vaccum during a water change

when you do get your new bowl i will recomend for you to use sand instead of gravel,you can get nice sand from petco or you can use play sand or pool filter sand from home depot,it will be cheaper than petco sand.

you should definately get a 5 gallon minimum or get a 10 gallon if u can afford to and u can put more frogs or fish into it..


im guessing its an ammonia problem with your frog,mayb u should try googling about ammonia affects on the frogs and see if you find much about it
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Yes I'm living in a dorm right now but moving into an apartment in the new year and will be able to get a bigger tank! Will definitely be getting a 10 gallon.

Sand is a great idea! I feel like feeding would be a billion times easier! When I do purchase some will I need to wash it before using it like with gravel?

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It could be Chrystid fungus. Yiu should do a 50 percen very other day and 1 100 percent weekly.
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Your tank temperature is a bit warm for these guys, I would try in the 75-77 range but drop it gradually over a day or two. The smaller the tank the harder it is to maintain. I am no expert on anything but have learned stuff from other people over the years. I know you plan to get a larger tank and that will help for sure. Try to get at least a 10-20 because you will probably want to add some fish. You will need a HOB filter or in-tank filter. We used in-tank filters with our ADFrogs and it worked well. Since you have a sick frog I would remove the substrate so you can keep the tank cleaner while it heals. Someone mentioned water changes so that 100% of the water is changed in a week's time and that is a good idea. When you get ready to set up the new tank, soft sand is good and our frogs were trained to go to the corner of the tank, where I placed their food on a terracotta flower pot tray (that sits under the pot). Hopefully clean water and careful feeding so there's not any food left sitting in the bottom of the tank, will help your sick one. I never had to medicate our frogs, but I think salt is a no no for them.
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Woke up today and the froggie was dead :( all signs point to Chytrid fungus. I have read using a lamisil bath can help, is it likely to help my other frog or is it to late for him? :(

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So sorry to hear, hugs to you. You are doing everything you can and I admire you for taking care of these poor frogs which were not being properly cared for before you got them, and that is probably what caused this illness. I do not know how to answer your question about the Lamisil, never had to medicate our ADFrogs. Is the other frog showing any signs of illness? Is that disease contagious? What causes that disease? Things you need to research so you can decide what to do next. Wish I could be of more help, but first you can look at the other frog for signs of illness like, not eating, hiding all of the time, staying at the top of the tank all of the time (normally they just go up for a quick breath of air), visible signs of sores, etc. If froggie seems ok with all of these things, just having a clean environment may be all it needs, I am scared to use too much medicine unless they really need it, not sure how they will react to it.
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