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Little40
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# Posted: 9 Apr 2011 10:45


I have cared for a larger ADF for a couple weeks now and treated him for what seemed to be pop-eye last week. During the treatment, I was really sad and afraid of losing him that a friend bought me two ADFs from Petco. Since combining them, I fear they have "the disease." I started the Lamisil AT treatment, tonight was night 2. One frog floats (smallest from petco) in the treatment, he won't go under. The second frog who is middle-sized (petco) tries to escape up the side of the bowl. I have to follow him with the net the entire time to keep him in. The last and largest frog (known pet store) will acutally sit under water the entire time. Now I have a couple questions....

1. They try to jump out when giving the treatment. Is this normal?
2. Any suggestions on how to get them eating? They ate like crazy before the treatment and now they won't eat at all.... NONE OF THEM! I've tried frozen bloodworms, live brine shrimp, and frog pellets. Advice needed!
3. My largest and smallest frogs are only floating now. They were sitting on the ground before. Should I be worried that they are floating? Are the becoming more and more ill?
4. The largest is my favorite and her skin looks really dry. I noticed her skin is coming off in pieces... but is it fast enough?
5. Is buying from petco what caused this? Can frogs from really good pet stores carry this disease as well?

Sorry for all the questions! I'm a new frog owner and it's been a battle since day one. They always start off spunky and eating well... to this. Any and all advice would greatly be appreciated.




~*~ Melissa ~*~
Mercedesherp
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# Posted: 9 Apr 2011 23:00


I cant help you with this, but, you can help yourself. Move away from aquatic frogs and venture into terrestrial and arboreal species.
If you like frogs, stay with it, just expand your horizon, as then you can be helped. ADF's are low on the list of concern with most people here.


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bschwinn
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2594 posts

# Posted: 9 Apr 2011 23:31


I hope someone who is knowledgeable on these will see this thread, personally I say keep what you like, Bill

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 10 Apr 2011 02:21


Hi Melissa! Welcome to the Frog!
I am currently doing Chytrid treatments on all my frogs at the moment, I have all types of frogs, from terrestrial, arboreal, semi-aquatic, and aquatic.
Aquatic frogs are great, the ADF were my first frogs, and are what got me hooked on this great hobby. I only have one aquatic frog at the moment, it's a Budgett's frog, but I plan on getting some ACF in the future.

1. They try to jump out when giving the treatment. Is this normal?
All of my frogs try to escape their Lamisil Baths. I usually use a 16 oz deli cup to do all the treatments.

2. Any suggestions on how to get them eating? They ate like crazy before the treatment and now they won't eat at all.... NONE OF THEM! I've tried frozen bloodworms, live brine shrimp, and frog pellets. Advice needed!
Your frogs may be stressed out from being in a Q-Tank. Stress can make them not want to eat sometimes. If the frogs are of a good weight, then it shouldn't be a problem for them to go the 10 day treatment with out food. Keep offering the food, just not the full amount that they would normally eat. You could also try getting some really small crickets and offering them to the frogs with tongs.


3. My largest and smallest frogs are only floating now. They were sitting on the ground before. Should I be worried that they are floating? Are the becoming more and more ill?
Are they active when they are floating? Like, if you try to touch them, do they try to get away, or are they lethargic and not bothered by your presence? I had a couple of rust poisoning incidents with my ADF & ACF when I kept them. I had a heater break one time, (never use second hand heaters), and I didn't know that it was broken, and the metal bits inside started to rust and it poisoned them over time. The other incident, was I bought some phosphate remover, it's a filter insert that is basically a really expensive bag of rust.

4. The largest is my favorite and her skin looks really dry. I noticed her skin is coming off in pieces... but is it fast enough?
Is she climbing out of the water at all?


5. Is buying from petco what caused this? Can frogs from really good pet stores carry this disease as well?
ADF and ACF are known to be "carriers" of Chytrid Fungus. It's best to drain and dry out your aquarium for them. Make sure everything is completely dry for several hours before filling it back up again. You can also wash the tank with bleach, just be sure to rinse it out throughly. The quality of frogs from pet shops will pretty much be the same, your best bet would be to buy from a breeder. You should still do the Lamisil treatments on the frogs though, even if you do buy from a breeder.

Have you read this article yet?
Chytrid Fungus
Proper quarantine period for new frogs is 3 months to a year

Have you checked out this site on African Clawed Frogs and African Dwarf Frogs yet?
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