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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 00:29 · Edited by: spydergirl4594


Hey guys,I dont know if yous rememebr,but I had alot of problems with my RE's when i first got them,and out of 3 only 1 survived. Well I've had Gem for about 8 months now and things have been going great. I was keeping her in a 10 gallon and she was eating great,became a porker. But i felt bad for her in a 10 and moved her into a 29 gallon,and put two cagements on order. i made my tank VERY nice(ill post pics soon) with a homemade waterfall,cork bark background,live pillow moss,all live plants,etc) i didnt notice one thing when i made the tnak,it was a crickets salvation. they can escape from the tank! they climb up the cork bark,and escape into the light fixture through the screen lid,which has bigger holes then typical lids. i put a piece of plexi in between the screen and the light but the crickets can still escape because the lid isnt on as securely as it can be because of the waterfall pumps plug. i cant cut this lid,it is very thick,im thinking steel. so this was working until this crix have escaped. well to make a long story short, the frog hasnt been eating because i was (stupidly)unaware of the escapees for about a week and a half. i started to put the crix in a dish and offering them,but no go. i set the frog up in a basic 10 hospital tank but still,no go. what do i do? i cant stand to see the beauty look emaciated the way she is,and im sure she feels extra crappy. what can i do? ill do anything short of force feeding, although if it came down to it i think i would. anyone have any suggestions? ive upped her heat a little more then it has been. its probably been about a constant 75 in the room she is in with her lights on during the day,and about 70 at night without them. i upped them by about 2 degrees for each,so she is active,and pooping whatever she can(sometimes its clear with a little stool,shes been trying!). i wish she would EAT! shes been healthy the whole time except for as of late. please let me know!thanks!


-Sheryl
Whitney
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 02:45


I had the same thing happen with one of my first tanks with a filter, and I solved that problem and subsequent ones with large balls or hunks of clay either covering the space or filling it. It doesnt dry, and it's easy to remove and replace. As for getting her to eat, it seems like your doing everything you can. Good luck to you both, and keep us posted!


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n74gordon
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 03:03 · Edited by: n74gordon


hey sheryl:

-one solution in making sure that you won't have any escapees is to make sure that nothing is touching the top (where the crix can escape). then, to make doubly (sp.? ) sure that none will get out, run a line of clear packing tape around the edges ... and maybe the top (inside). the tape will be too slippery for the frogs to climb.

-my $.02

nate


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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 04:23


oo!good idea. see the thing is when i made the cage desing,i made just the cork wasnt touching the gground so the crix wouldnt climb on,but it looks like they worked around me. i never thought about tape,i will try that. the cork doesnt go to the top,it goes just below that little ledge on the black stuff going around the tops and bottom of the tank. i cant stand to lose this RETF,this is my baby. I really really hope she gives in and eats a darn cricket! to top it off ill have two more in by the end of this week to do the same stressful watch over routine with. now ill have 3! oi!


-Sheryl
cheshireycat
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 06:16


Good luck, Sheryl... I have hope that you'll find a solution very soon!

I dish-feed my RETFs and they got along to it very quickly. The dish just has to be large enough where the crickets have space to move around a lot at the floor--I use one of those Gladware containers--about 5" by 5" floor space.


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spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 13:22


thats a good idea. ive been using an old container nightcrawlers came in. i dish fed her when she wa slittle with no problrms, i think shes throwing a hissy fit i didnt catch this sooner. i wish shed give in,still nothing overnight,just slept.


-Sheryl
SamFrog
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 13:58


Hey, you might wanna try some slower moving soft bodied, more fatty worms, like Waxworms, Silkworms, Butterworms or sweet worms. Just until she becomes a good eater/hunter agian, Good Luck!


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becki
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 17:39


I had the same exact prob with my Jersey who could not hunt and fend for himself amoungst the other tank mates in the fully decked out tank. I now have him in a simple set up smaller tank and he is plump and fine, though I do not ever think I will be able to put him back in with the others. Poor Jersey, loner for life, but he seems to like it just fine. Just stick with offering the food, try diff insects and see how it goes. Maybe try some f that aid stuff people have talked about on here that can stimualte thier appetites. Keep us posted.
Becki

Pinkerton504
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 18:04 · Edited by: Pinkerton504


I had the same problem, i first put my RE in his tank and a few crickets and didnt think about them getting out through the corkbark. That is until, my sister found them on the kitchen floor. lol So then i started useding a round plastic container and after a few days he learned real quick to get in and out just fine.
Well good luck, i hope you find a solution and your baby starts eating!

-Jackie

spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 17 Feb 2004 19:12


yes,i have used the appetite stimulant on this frog before when i first got her,and i think it worked,so i will be trying it again tonight. as for the waxworms,ive tried those and nightcrawler and silkworms and nadda!


-Sheryl
waldo
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# Posted: 18 Feb 2004 02:23


I use a small parakeet bath dish for feeding and always pull the back legs off the crix,that way they can't jump out of the dish.

spydergirl4594
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# Posted: 18 Feb 2004 04:07


i always mean to do that but then i end up pulling the crickets entire legs out and kil them,whoops! maybe ill just cut them next time. i just gave her a bit of the appetite stimulant and shes out and about,well see if she goes hunting. she doesnt look as skinny as she did the other day,but her two little hind quarter spiney-type bones are a little jutted out. she was fatter,she should go back to normal soon. thanks!


-Sheryl
Brian
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# Posted: 18 Feb 2004 04:43


Pinch the cricket leg and it should be lost.

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