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    Some sad news today. My male frog Elly has passed this week through a declining situation. Both of the amphibians that had a major prolapse have passed in the same year. I am happy Elly got to live in the 55 Gallon for a few months. I am planning on getting another White's but towards the spring. Max and the Mosquitofish are healthy as can be. Elly had multiple problems no matter how many vet visits, soakings, injections, and medication; he just wasn't budging. He will be missed with his calm demeanor and aggressive appetite. Rest easy Elly.


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    Sorry to hear that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elly View Post
    Sorry to hear that.
    Thank you for the kind words. I did all that I could for the little guy. I'm thankful I have pictures and videos of his life that I can checkout. The video series is going to be harder to do with this build now that this happened. I will look for a male again, but it will be a while. Max has always been healthy however. She is currently the oldest amphibian I own. Does anyone know if she will have some weird behavior now that he is gone? They were together for a long time.

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    Here are the best pictures of Max and Elly. Here is a great tribute to the animals that were a part of the development to this build.


    Elly on the light

    Elly sleeping

    Max and Elly sleeping together

    Brock the first fish. The toughest fish I ever had. He fought off sickness and didn't have the space or resources the Mosquitofish have now. He paved the way.

    The last picture of Elly before his unexpected decline in health.

    The last picture of Elly (top left)


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    Max is still doing great



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    With a lot of time to think since I'm not making more videos for a few months; I've decided that it would be best not to get the rainbow fish because the frogs could attempt to eat them. I have decided to use Australia plants and of course the WTF and Mosquitofish, but to add a Betta fish back because it's not to big and is easy to care for. It will not be an Australia Paludarium but named Tropical Forest Paludarium. It's been difficult with all of the major loss of animals recently, so I'm trying to take extra precautions with the main enclosures. This build is going to get a major face lift along with plenty of new plants, more female Mosquitofish, a Betta and another male Dumpy Tree Frog. I'm looking forward to finishing this build and having it as consistent as my 75 Gallon.


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    The dumpy's looking good!

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    Hey man, once again, sorry to hear about your losses. Never easy, and I can tell that Elly had a great life, what living in a froggy version of a mansion and what not . Sorry I haven't been on lately, been busy with a lot of my own things at the start of this year. I'll make a explanation post shortly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliygh and Mia 2 View Post
    Hey man, once again, sorry to hear about your losses. Never easy, and I can tell that Elly had a great life, what living in a froggy version of a mansion and what not . Sorry I haven't been on lately, been busy with a lot of my own things at the start of this year. I'll make a explanation post shortly
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    The dumpy's looking good!
    Thank both of you! Max is now the oldest animal I have going on 3. Elly was happy but he just couldn't stay healthy for some reason. The 55 Gallon is going to get a huge make over in the spring. I'm hoping to have a series on YouTube for this, but it's been difficult with the circumstances which is why I haven't yet. I want to showcase these frogs, plants, and fish at their best. I can hand feed Max now. I'm looking forward to hearing what you have been up to!


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    Looking forward to this rebuild to the 55 Gallon Paludarium. Max is starting to become an adult now and the Mosquitofish are good. More news when the build reboots and when the new male comes as well as fish! Stay tuned!


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    I'm pleased to say the 55 Gallon Tropical Forest Paludarium will be the first project started in 2017. I have the layout nearly finished and I have been doing flip flops with what fish I'll use, well I have that decided now. Obviously Mosquito Fish are the main fish, and I'll be using Minnows and the offspring of my Mosquito Fish first, then if I need a replacement I'll add Bettas. Max will be the only Frog so far, but I'll add a new Dumpy by Christmas. I'm excited to be getting the supplies every so often, but when it's ready it's going to look amazing. Updates coming.


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    Max is 3 months away from 3 and this has been the longest time she's alone.


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    This build is almost ready to begin! Within the next 3 weeks I'm hoping to have the enclosure finished with just some small things to get. Updates coming soon!


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    I'd be interested to know if Max has any behavior issues because of Elly's disappearance. I'm pretty sure she won't, but sometimes frogs can be surprising.

    As far as the betta fish, I'm glad you decided to add them only if the mosquito fish don't work out, but putting more than one in might be a problem. They do like fighting. (Also they do better given more space than people normally give them, but you probably knew that.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elly View Post
    I'd be interested to know if Max has any behavior issues because of Elly's disappearance. I'm pretty sure she won't, but sometimes frogs can be surprising.

    As far as the betta fish, I'm glad you decided to add them only if the mosquito fish don't work out, but putting more than one in might be a problem. They do like fighting. (Also they do better given more space than people normally give them, but you probably knew that.)
    Now that you mention it Max has gotten less active then usual. She does like company, she would always bask with him and they always stayed close to one another. I think she will be the happiest when the new male comes. She does miss Elly. I am hoping to go to a reptile expo in Pittsburgh to get the new frog. I'd like to get a snowflake and possibly mate them. So I'm 100% getting Mosquito Fish because they are nice and hardy fish. I am strongly considering Rainbow fish again now that some local stores carry them. I can't wait to build this. Max has literally been through everything and she deserves this finished build.


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    Very excited the light has come in! I'll I'll be paring it with a compact top of UVB lighting.


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    One of the most important parts to this build is going to be something that I can tell Max has missed for a while, and that's a misting system and fogger. She loved playing on the nozzles (she sits on the top of the waterbell and swings all over it) so I'm sure she will love more toys in her mind and a closer replica of a natural environment. I'm not giving away all of the big stuff, but I believe the mister and fogger will put this upcoming build over the top. It will be interesting to see what the fish do if they will even notice the fog or mist hitting the water.


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