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Help! My African Dwarf Frog & Oto are in a Deathlock!

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Help! My African Dwarf Frog & Oto are in a Deathlock!
Old 07-27-2012, 12:07 PM   #11
 
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Snappy wouldn't have told you to do it if it would cause harm. He knows what he's talking about. Try it, be gentle and see... Glad they're both alive still...
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #12
 
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Speed is important here or you will lose the frog... Just gently squeeze the otto.... Now!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:34 PM   #13
 
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Just gently squeeze the otto form its middle.... that should make it release.
I squeezed him just below his pectoral fins, but nothing. I tried squeezing him at his back, above his fins, but no luck. I'm afraid that if I squeeze any tighter, I'll crush him.

Is the cold water thing a bad idea?

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Old 07-27-2012, 02:07 PM   #14
 
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Any word over there? I wish there was something more we could tell you. . . this is kind of unheard of, I think :/

ETA, I don't know... a sudden temperature change COULD kill them, too!
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
 
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Nothing's changed. They are still attached and alive. I turned the light on to see what's going on (and because there are other fish and plants to consider) and the frog was still struggling to get away. It's such a freak thing.

My husband is going to try to push the oto in and then out to try to unhook him when he gets home tonight. He's more worried about losing the frog over the fish. I don't want to have to choose because I don't think either was the clear aggressor.

Thanks for following up with me. If you think of anything else, please let me know. I will update with the end result.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:26 PM   #16
 
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Well, this is totally weird. Out of desperation, I'd put them on a plate and see if one of them gives up. You basically have nothing to lose. It has to be an uncomfortable situation for one or both of them before something will give.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #17
 
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Well, this is totally weird. Out of desperation, I'd put them on a plate and see if one of them gives up. You basically have nothing to lose. It has to be an uncomfortable situation for one or both of them before something will give.
I'm kind of just waiting for one of them to give up in the tank. Maybe we'll try the plate thing if we can't get him unhooked.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #18
 
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Update: My husband tried unhooking them by pushing the oto in and lifting out, but no luck. He put them in an empty bowl for a good 10 minutes, hoping one of them would give up, but nothing happened, except that the frog jumped out and onto the floor. They flopped around a little bit, then he put them back in the tank.

The fish. is still. alive. I can't believe these two are holding on like this. Unreal. We don't know what else to try.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #19
 
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The frog has to breath air from the surface. Can't believe it can with a mouthful of fish. Let me check with someone and get back to you. Crazy.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #20
 
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The frog has to breath air from the surface. Can't believe it can with a mouthful of fish. Let me check with someone and get back to you. Crazy.
He's been breathing at the surface all day- the oto just goes for the ride. I guess he's breathing through nostrils?
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