Returned from our weekend trip last night...
Checked on Blue & Ferggie, & started cleaning the tank water...discovered the glass thermometer tip was cracked & chipped (the very tip, where the metal balls sit).
I was immediately concerned, as before I had left, my frog Ferggie was acting strange (even Blue a little), but I thought it was because I had used a pre-mixed treated water solution instead of dropping the drops in like the previous 2 changes I had done (haven't had them too long, got Blue Aug 30, & Ferg the 31...so-far have done 100% water changed once a week for their 2.5 gal filtered tank.)
Before I left, due to their behavior & fear I did this change wrong, I re-changed the water, this time treating the water as I normally did.
However, upon looking at the broken thermometer...noticed some of the balls were almost rusty looking, and seems it had been that way for at least the weekend (not sure how long). Think this might be the real issue as why my frog was acting so weird (she actually climed out of the tank threw feeding hole...never did that before, as she's an African / dwarf frog & lives in the water)
Now my frog is doing things I didnt notice her doing before...such as sometimes Ill see her floating up-top upside-down! But when I touch her, she reacts & swims off normally.
Not sure if Im just delusional from worry, but it also seems her belly color changes as well...almost a copper, metallic sheen like color instead of creamy white as when I first bought her.
I feed her blood worms, and a sinking beta food (pet store manager told me both the frog & fish can eat it ok). When I first got her, she hid allot at the bottom, and in there caves...now she often sits at the surface roughly 1/2 the time, or more.
When I get paid tomorrow, Im going to buy more filters (as Im out now, and need to change this one...this one is 1-1/2 weeks old) & a test kit, as I currently do not have one (so dont know exact water condition levels...any suggestions in types / brands of testers for someone tight on money?)
I didnt have any more rocks to fully change everything out...and an mot positive if there are any of those balls from the thermometer still in there or not. Not sure if frog's behavior is due to her being sick, or just becoming established in her tank finally?
Blue seems to be eating and acting normal now, since I fixed the water before I left on the trip (he even re-built his bubble nest).
Should I change the rocks too to be sure there's no more of those balls from the broken thermometer?
Dose it sound like my is sick and in danger? This is my first time owning a frog & beta fish, and not sure what a sick frog looks like. Heard they can go 3 days w/out eating, so cant fully tell if she's in danger or not.
I have only owned goldfish before, and know first hand that metals can be dangerous for fish...anything I should do I havent, or will they be ok as they are?
Sorry for the long post...just wanted to make sure all bases were covered.