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Andyandsue 03-27-2007 02:46 PM

2nd African Dwarf Frog Death! HELP!
I wasn't quite sure where to post this, so I decided to go here...

We have had 3 African Dwarf Frogs. The first one died in 3 days. Seemed fine then I looked later in the day and he had died. Back to PetSmart, got another one and a friend for him. We've had them a little over a week and now one of those died too. They seem to be in perfect shape, nothing on them looks unusual or ill. I drip acclimated them (took hours!) both together. This morning I noticed one of them was going up to the surface a lot, and this afternoon he is dead. The other one as of now is looking fine.

My water parameters are perfect. Amm=0 Nitrite=0 Nitrate<5 Others in the tank are healthy, no problems. I never see the tetras harassing the frogs, nor do the frogs have any obvious injuries.

What do you think? Do I just consider this another bad PetSmart experience? I've never had anything any fatalities in my tanks so this is really bugging me.

Rue 03-27-2007 05:04 PM

Drip acclimating shouldn't take that long...20 min. is more than enough, if you live near the pet store you bought them from, you and the store will have the roughly the same water...

...are you feeding them? They eat some fish food, but they need froggy pellets as the mainstay of their diet...

musho3210 03-27-2007 05:33 PM

also need live black worms

Rue 03-27-2007 05:43 PM

...what species do you mean by 'black worm'?...

musho3210 03-27-2007 05:44 PM

black worm from the genus tubifex, let me find out the scientific name

Andyandsue 03-27-2007 06:12 PM

Of course I'm feeding them... I researched before buying. I have pellets, which I actually saw them eating. I also have frozen and freeze dried blood worms for them.

I don't live in the same town as the store, and water can be very different here from town to town. I did the drip acclimation over a few hours with the second frogs, so that there wouldn't be any water issues.

Obviously something is awry but I just don't know what!

musho3210 03-27-2007 06:14 PM

normally the problem is feeding but you seem to do it right.

Rue 03-27-2007 06:23 PM'd be surprised at how many people don't feed their frogs... :shock:

I agree with Musho...from what you're saying, you're not doing anything wrong...

...and of could also just be bad luck...

Andyandsue 03-27-2007 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by musho3210
also need live black worms

Actually they don't need live worms... I researched this before I purchased them, mostly because I don't want to deal with "live" anything in regard to food. Too many disease issues.

musho3210 03-27-2007 06:27 PM

its a great thing to do though, live black worms has more protein than frozen, maybe try feeding live once a week and see how they go. Raise the worms yourself to try and not get diseases.

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