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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is my African Dwarf Frog Sick?

One of my two ADFs has some small white patches on his skin just above his eyes and on the tops of his arms. The white parts are very faint and almost look like thin lines. I tried to take a picture, but since I'm a new user, I'm not allowed to post the image yet.

He's still very active, swimming around, eating vigorously, hiding in the rock and plants, and "hugging" with the other frog. It looks like he's shedding today, but the white spots have been there a few days.

On an unrelated note, I've also noticed that since I got my new tank, there have been a lot of large bubbles at the surface of the water. It's a 2.5 gallon tank with a whisper filter on the low setting (the filter came with the tank). The water sits just below the lip of the filter. I feed my frogs bloodworms once every other day, and they usually gobble up almost every last worm. The temperature has been sitting around 78 since I got the tank. Am I doing anything wrong?
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Have you tested your water lately? What are your water perimeters?
You also might want to look into getting a bigger tank. One ADF can survive in a 2.5 gal, but your cutting in kinda close with 2. Personally, I wouldnt keep anything in a tank smaller than a 5 gallon, because those mini tanks are really unstable. Getting a 5 gallon tank or bigger could really help. I would say just to keep an eye on him for now. He could be shedding, of he could have fungus or ick. It the spots dont go away soon or if he stars acting different, you should medicate him.



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Thank you so much for the advise! When I bought this tank the employees at the petstore I went to said the size would be perfectly fine, but I guess they weren't ADF experts. I'll definately look into a bigger size.

As for water testing, I unfortunately don't have a kit made for aquariums. That's another aspect of ADF care I guess I haven't gotten very good advice about so far, since I've only been told to use spring water and change it out once a week. Using a pool testing kit as a stand in, it says the pH is around 7.2-7.8, no chlorine. I'm not sure if values like hardness and alkalinity really apply to frogs, but the hardness is low (0) and the alkalinity is around 80-120ppm.
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You should be using tap water that's been treated with something like Prime to remove chlorine, not spring water. While I'd definitely suggest getting a good test kit, for now you can bring in a water sample to your pet store--most will test it for free .




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Honestly, you should never listen to people at the pet store... they dont know anything! Its always better to do your own research.
Your pH and alkalinity sound fine, but what you really need to know are your nitrites, nitrates, and ammonia. Most pet stores will test water for free, so you dont necessarily need your own test kit, although its handy.



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Thank you both for all the help, and for replying so fast. I really appreciate all of the advice. I'll be making a trip to the pet store tomorrow to get supplies to make a better environment for my frogs
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