hi guys am a bit concerned about my african dwarf frog who i have had for about 2 weeks that friend of mine had bought for me not realising that i had to cycle my tank before i put him in. anyway since i got him i have been doing daily half water changes with treated tap water and he seemed to be doing ok. however today i noticed he has started to shed his skin and seems disorientated swimming and floating upside down. he is alone in a 21 litre tank.
The problem is likely to be the Ammonia and NitrIte levels in the tank as it's still cycling. Ultimately, though, the tank is too small for an ADF - he really need about 60 litres.
That said, to help him there are two things you can do: firstly keep up with those water changes as they will dilute the toxins, and secondly see if you can get hold of a bottle of Seachem Prime to give him some protection from the toxic effects of the ammonia and nitrite while the cycle completes.
Salt can also be useful in protecting against Nitrite poisoning BUT it can do more harm than good with some species of fish and I don't know how it affects frogs so hold off on that for now and hopefully someone with more experience of ADFs will be along soon. Hope he improves
thanks for replying. i will get my hands on some of that as soon as i can. i was planning a larger tank for him anyway but as i said he was given as a present. i'l change his water again right now and carry on with that. i feel sorry for the poor wee thing. thanks again, denise
Hi, i dont know anything about frogs but those readings!! Have you done another water change? can you retest your nitrIte readings. It might be an idea to test your tap water too, see if that is showing any signs of nitrIte.
thanks for replies. i will retest water just now. i do have the tropical tank and did think about transfering media myslf however that tank has only been set up for about 3 weeks and thaere are no nitrate or nitrate levels in water only ammonia.
i wil go retest water right now and post results. he is not looking very well at all. i feel quite sick about it.