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danifacetastic 11-18-2010 07:04 PM

How Much To Feed ADF's
This may be in the wrong forum but how much should I feed my ADF's? I've had them since Saturday and they just now ate today. They each ate one bloodworm. I also have frog pellets which they haven't eaten yet. How much and how often should I try and feed them?

Romad 11-19-2010 05:25 AM

I've been there and done that with these little buggers.

Take a small clove of garlic and add it to a little of the tank water for about 1/2 hour. Then soak the pellets in that for 5 mins. or so before you feed the frogs. They locate their food by smell more than sight. Feed them two pellets each once a day but give them time to locate the pellets. If they haven't eaten within 2 or 3 hours, remove the pellets and try again later. Eventually they will eat them.

Feed the bloodworms as a treat once or twice a week in place of the pellets.

Good luck.

danifacetastic 11-19-2010 11:23 AM

Should I just let the pellets sink down or try to feed them to them with tweezers?

And whats the best way to remove the food?

And how well does hand feeding work?

Romad 11-19-2010 12:30 PM

I just let them sink. You could be there forever with tweezers (at least mine used to take a while to eat). I never hand fed them for the same reason.

And as far as removing the pellets, I used a "fish tank only" turkey baster.

danifacetastic 11-19-2010 03:00 PM

What if they never eat though? Also my one ADF has been floating on the top of the water...limbs spread. He's not dead...what's wrong with him?

Romad 11-19-2010 03:16 PM

I wouldn't worry about it yet assuming they're not getting skinny. Sometimes they take a while to acclimate.

Are they in a heated tank? If they're too cold their metabolism will slow down and they won't be as active.

Here's a good link about their care and habitat.

danifacetastic 11-19-2010 03:38 PM

Yeah my tank is around 78 degrees. They live with my bettas. I have a 10 gallon divided tank and I have an ADF in 2 of the sections. The one sits at the bottom and hides under things half the time and the other half the time swims and climbs. The other one was hiding for a while but now just floats at the top of the tank looking like he's dead.

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