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post #1 of 7 Old 04-30-2014, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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How to make filter safe for adf

I have 2 african dwarf frogs living in a 5 gallon tank, there is an internal filter, a whisper, pretty small. Also an air stone, but I have it set to about 1 bubble a second, since they don't like much water movement..

Well they usually get somewhat sucked on the bottom of the filter, but I thought it was on purpose after a while since they could what seemed easily get out, get air, then swim back down and go under again, maybe hey like the feel?

However today I saw just front legs sticking out, and they weren't just on he outside this time, he has gone in! So I turned the filter off and shook him out, must've just happened since they can only go 10 minutes without air, and he was still alive.

What can I do or put over the filter to make it safer? Would a sponge filter even be a good idea since they don't like air stones?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-02-2014, 08:44 PM
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You could put netting over the intake of the filter. You could make the netting out of a filter media bag or a piece from old panty hose or stockings. A rubber band would probably work to secure it. I wouldn't be so concerned about the water movement. A moderate flow should be fine. They don't have far to go for air in a 5 gallon.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-03-2014, 12:55 AM
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10mn without air?!?!? Ive had more ADFs then I can count 4 of who survived my house burning to the ground.. But never would I say they only need 10mn of air. Mine have stayed down for an hr easily ..without filter issues. And did fine.. they wanted to be dwn longer.. All lived about 5yrs.

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10mn without air?!?!? Ive had more ADFs then I can count 4 of who survived my house burning to the ground.. But never would I say they only need 10mn of air. Mine have stayed down for an hr easily ..without filter issues. And did fine.. they wanted to be dwn longer.. All lived about 5yrs.

Really? I've always read they can only last 10 minutes before they need to go up again.

Maybe I'll try using one of those things, my mom said that when I turned the filter off the frog was on the top of it, where the water usually flows out, and was staring at her. He could have jumped out!

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-03-2014, 04:45 PM
I wouldn't worry. I have mine in a 29 gallon with an aquaclear 70 on almost full blast with no baffle and they have been doing great like that for months...They croak at night and mate with each other and everything.

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I wouldn't worry. I have mine in a 29 gallon with an aquaclear 70 on almost full blast with no baffle and they have been doing great like that for months...They croak at night and mate with each other and everything.

I had mine in a 20 before, but it's just that now he is actually going into the filter is the problem, it's probably not strong enough to kill him or keep him stuck though. Why does he even feel the need to hide in there? They have a spongebob house and 2 of those little craft pots.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-07-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Ok... Well now it completely stopped working for some reason.l I even took it apart but nothing worked. So, any good recommendations for this tank? Maybe special amphibian filters?

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