Yeah, he really struggled the last couple days, but that just goes to show you how fragile these little guys are, and how easily they can go downhill...
They are educational now, as much as I love and miss him, he started out from a bad pet shop, and lived only about a year before getting sick, and only after his mate Jackie had passed away suddenly, which leads me to believe it had to have been from depression...
I've read a lot of sad stories like this one, but I think that overall ADF are considered to be pretty tough little buggers - especially considering how tiny they are! I'm SO glad that I've never had to deal with an illness with my babies... it's so difficult to know what meds are safe for them . . but one thing. . . I have to say that I am AMAZED at their ability to heal after injury/trauma/stress. When poor Specks got sucked into the filter, she was pale as a ghost, and not okay at all, but after a couple of days in peace and quiet, she was nearly 100% back to normal. She still has a tear in her back flipper between two of her 'toes' that probably will always be with her, but it doesn't bother her in the least, and she's active and happy. I was so sure she was a goner, but she bounced back in record time. . .
Melafix is actually a great med. but as far as prevention, the best way to do that is to make sure the water is clean. Aq salt is good for minor things. I find that most meds say not to use with scaleless fish, which I personally think is not safe for ADFs. So really if it is safe for scaleless fish, it is safe for frogs. :)
Do you have a sick little guy on your hands? Please ask all the questions you need. :)
No, I just came home with 2 new ADFs. I've never owned them before. I'm just trying to make sure that they're healthy right now and that if they become sick in the future, I'll have what I need to make them healthy again. I was also wanting to put them in with my bettas once their quarantine is done, but the more I read about them, the more I want them to just have their own tank.
I was told never to use salt for scaleless fish. I thought that was bad for them?
Okay, that sounds good. :) Thanks for answering my questions, I just have a few more.
Do they like/dislike strong currents?
I have a bunch of itty bitty baby mealworms because I breed them for my gecko, I was wondering if the frogs might enjoy them too?
And what are illnesses that I should look out for in my ADFs? I already know a few of them like dropsy, red leg, and the one you talked about in the original post, but are there more that I should be aware of?