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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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African Dwarf Frog- I need help! New parent :)

Hello, I just adopted two ADFs and I am unsure of some of their behaviors. I came home today to find one completely out of the water climbing the wall. Why would he do this? I've checked the water levels MANY times and they are all in good areas. Any ideas?? I need help!!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 08:10 AM
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What are your water parameters? "Good" doesn't really mean anything. What kind of set-up do you have?

They usually try to escape when something is wrong with their environment. I'm sure some are just escape artists in general but I would rule out environmental conditions first.




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Nitrate is low (it's clear on the testing strip).
Water is hard.
pH is about a 7.5
Alkalinity is also in a safe zone (I can't remember off the top of my head) I'll have to check when I get home.
Temperature is room temp (little bit warmer). I don't have a thermometer to check it.

I have them in a one gallon tank (can't have a bigger one because of apartment rules).

They have a cave to hide in and a tall fake plant to hide in as well. The floor is gravel. I have about 1.5 inches of air between the water and the lid.

My concern was the water levels as well. I've checked it multiple times before I put them in as well as when they were in to make sure everything was stable.

Should I leave their tank light on? They seem to like it better in the dark, but I thought because they were tropical frogs that they would want the heat and light.
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Ammonia, Nitrite, and Temperature are the most important parameters to check so I would test those. Low Nitrate doesn't mean much, Ammonia and Nitrite are the toxic ones.

As you know, that tank is pretty small. Are you allowed to maybe have at least a 2-gallon? That way you have 1 gallon per frog (not ideal but doable).

The light should be turned off at night but the heater can be left on 24-7 for heat.

Was the tank cycled first? Small tanks are notoriously unstable but hopefully this isn't a brand new tank?




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