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Old 12-04-2017, 06:03 AM   #1
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Question Help! Why are my male ADFs dying?

I seem to have a high mortality rate with any male ADFs I buy!

I have a 10 gallon tank & usually have 3 pairs of ADFs. The temperature is set about 77 degrees, I change 30% of the (spring) water weekly & they get fed everyday. The tank gets a quick cleaning every day, to remove any debris.

When I get a new one, I have a glass container that I use for quarantining. I put it into the tank, put the frog in it. Then I slowly (over the course of several hours), change the store water to the tank water. This way, the frog gets used to the new tank temperature & water without contaminating the other frogs.

I have bought numerous males & some lasted long enough to mate but all have died the same way. I have bought them from different stores & the same thing happens.

I have bought females from the same stores & they have lasted. I have 3 females right now that have come from different stores (& different states!), they are doing fine, & they are all laying eggs.

I had 3 males die on me & I had to get some more to keep paired couples.

All of the males, start to lay near the top of the tank (floating), then start laying half of their body out of the water & finally climbing up the side of the tank. Then they do a complete float & die! I try quarantining them but they still die. I don't see anything physically wrong with them, even under a magnifying glass! I don't even know what to do to treat them.

One just died & I just bought another one & less than 24 hours he's doing the same thing!

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Old 12-04-2017, 11:00 AM   #2
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My frogs did the same thing 2 of mine died and and I managed to save one mine had a bacterial disease because I read my water conditioner wrong and didn't put enough in and that's what happened melifix is a good medicine for bacterial infections what were the symptoms did there eyes become cloudy and start to rot out did or did there legs become red (legs becoming red is a sign of red legs)

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Old 12-04-2017, 02:39 PM   #3
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No, their eyes never got cloudy or the legs get red. I check to make sure they are healthy before I buy them. Several of them had died, like this, after having them for several months. I've had my females over a year & they survived numerous male deaths! They even survived the dreaded "white fungus"!

I examine my frogs daily with a magnifying glass, (I watch them as they swim by), looking for anything that can indicate a problem.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:29 AM   #4
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Yikes! I’m sorry. What are you feeding? I don’t use pellets and understand they can become lodged in the frog’s digestive system and cause death. I feed my frogs cubed frozen bloodworms that have been thawed in a little dish with a small amount of dechlorinated water. I draw up a few worms in a plastic pipette and feed each frog individually. Doing this reassures me that all frogs are getting fed. This is just a thought of something you might try though it doesn’t account for only the males dying (even though they are smaller). Good luck. I hope this mystery is solved soon.
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