I was recently at a friends house and I noticed that he had 2 ADF in his basement (which is pretty cold and dark) and he had only about an inch and a half of water, as well as no shelter or planting in a 20 gallon tank. He said that he feed them and changed the water at least semi regularly, and that his sister had left them there when she moved out. I felt so bad that the little guys had no water or plants to swim in and asked if he would just give them to me. He agreed no problem.
So I got them home and gave the tank a military scrub down, (was very careful not to leave any cleaning material in the tank) And I gave them medium sized smooth river rock for bedding as well as some plants to hide in. While cleaning I quickly discovered that if the water had ever been changed it had not been in some time and I'm not sure if the rock bedding had EVER been changed. The condition of the tank was absolutely horrific!!!!! (I had to scrape contents of the tank out with a puddy knife)
Although my friend has no idea how old the ADF's are he said they had to be at least 6-8 years old. One of the frogs took very well to the new tank, he will swim around and regularly eat, and is an overall healthy looking frog. The second frog however is quite smaller than the other (and I'm almost positive that it is the female of the 2) It has been 2 days since the tank remodel and ever since the second frog spends the MAJORITY of the time laying in the bottom corner of the tank behind a plant. It moves so rarely that I have wondered if it was still living a couple times and had to poke it to get it to move at all.
(although the frog will often FREAK OUT!!! when I turn a light on in the morning, but will immediately return to the corner)
So basically I'm just wondering if this VERY lethargic behavior is common for ADF's. The frog seemed to swim significantly more when it was in the filthy water. I'm horrified that the frogs have lived to even see a good home I would hate for it not to make it now.
Oh I might mention that right before I changed the water the frogs where shedding A TON!! it was all over the tank - I had to change the water 2 out of the 3 days that I had them before the tank remodel. ??normal??
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-Seemingly Healthy Frog -
- ?sick? frog - ( this frogs under arms and under thighs are a very slight red color - unseen in pics )
- The New Tank Setup (is this okay) -
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