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Old 07-06-2013, 09:27 PM   #1 
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African Dwarf Frog

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I just bought an AFD as a tank mate for my betta. He seems to have problem swimming up to the surface. And when he does, he was really quick and he went right back down the bottom then he tries to go up again. I felt really bad. Is it sometimes wrong w him? How height should the water be?

Also, he seems a little whiter than other ones, is it normal?


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Old 07-06-2013, 09:43 PM   #2 
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Paleness can be a sign of illness, a sign of stress, or a precursor to shedding their skin.

I'm not sure beyond injury why he's having trouble reaching the surface, but something floating on top of the water will definitely help.

Make sure you find a way to put a guard over the intake slots on your filter, I've lost a newt to tiny hands or feet getting sucked in, and they're not strong enough to pull them out and they drown, same with bettas.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #3 
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Thank you! I think I'm going to get a new one tomorrow because he seems to have trouble. I dont know if he might be freaking out because of the betta. I put him in a small separate bowl now because i hate seeing him struggling to get air.
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is there any way you could take a video of him trying to get to the surface? I know mine is sometimes a derp and has issues (and he's healthy).
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:08 PM   #5 
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I got the video but I don't know how to upload it
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can you upload to photobucket or youtube?
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:14 PM   #7 
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he seems very calm in the bowl though...Could it be he was just freaked out by my fish? I don't know why he's so pale though
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #8 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY7iLQSRm00

Here you go! he actually got the air but keep struggling. And does he look healthy?
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try scooting that plant back just a smidge. It looks like he's trying to ride the corner up (mine does that), and he's getting stuck on the plant.

They have very poor eyesight, and they like to hide. So I'd also suggest some more hiding places. He doesn't seem freaked out by the betta as much as freaked out about being out in the open.

Aside from that, he looks like a healthy and normal ADF to me. Just get him some extra plants, maybe some floaty stuff (your gorgeous betta would appreciate that too, trust me), and they should be happy.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:39 PM   #10 
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What kind of floaty stuff should I get?

He seems remarkably calm in the small bowl and as soon as I put him in, he started freaking out again :(

My betta doesn't really care that he is in there. At first he flared then ran away but now he just doesn't pay attention to the frog.

I have 2 caves and the plant pot so I hope that would help him a little bit.

Does the water seem too high?
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