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Title: Dwarf Africian Frog Floating On Its Back
Description: It is dying?

newfoundland.republic - May 18, 2008 05:57 PM (GMT)
My dwarf African frog is frog is floating on its back at the surface. At first I thought that it was dead but as soon as I went to remove it it started moving. Not that it was very energetic - I can remember having to pick it (him?) up before and it would shoot all over the tank trying to escape.

It also has a whiteish sort-of fuzzy patch on its to lower back.

Anyone have any idea of what is happening? I didn't think frogs were that lethargic when they molted (or floated on their back for that matter....)


Robyn - May 18, 2008 09:27 PM (GMT)
I've never had an African dwarf frog float on its back. The frog may be sick. When they shed their skin, they shouldn't behave as if they are sick. Could the fuzzy patch be fungus, or are you sure it's skin? Frogs can get fungal infections. Unfortunately, true fungal medications are often too strong for them. Adding a tablespoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons and/or using PimaFix by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (a more natural antifungal, be sure to aerate well as it does lower the oxygen levels) may help fight fungal infections if that's what it is.

I hope he gets better!

newfoundland.republic - May 19, 2008 10:22 PM (GMT)
Unfortunately, it was fungus. I isolated the frog in its own small tank (I also have an albino African frog in the same tank) along with some of the sand from the original tank (I wanted to keep the "good" bacteria) that also contained some small Malaysian trumpet snails. Anyway, not only did the frog die but the snails died as well!

Hopefully, I don't have something really bad in the main tank! No sign of anything bad on the albino.


Robyn - May 19, 2008 11:28 PM (GMT)
I'm sorry about your froggy. I hope everyone else is okay.

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