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    Exclamation Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    Flipper was treated with Melafix and Pimafix and all his water was changed. He still has no interest in food. Do Xenopus hibernate like other frogs? Could he be trying to hibernate?

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    You should fill out the questionnaire I have copied and pasted below. It will make it a lot easier for us to make a diagnosis. Keep in mind though that it is not common for these frogs to fast sometimes. Though 2 months is a bit excessive.


    1. Tank Size and volume of water in it (full, 1/2 filled, etc.)?

    2. Number of inhabitants including all frogs and any fish?

    3. Water source and any conditioner treatments?

    4. Water Temperature and how is it heated (if so)?

    5. Water chemistry levels: pH; Ammonia (NH3); Nitrites (NO2); Nitrates (NO3)? Note that if you do not have test kits, most aquariums/pet shops will do complimentary tests if you take a clean water sample.


    6. Describe any filter system including model and media?[/COLOR]

    7. Substrate type?

    8. Tank set-up (plants (live or artificial), driftwood, hide outs and other decor? - How were things prepared prior to being put into the tank?

    9. Main frog staple food and any treats? How often you feed?

    10. CA, vitamins, and any other additives used (how often)?


    11. Lighting set-up and hours it's used?

    12. When is the last time frog ate?

    13. Have you found poop lately?

    14. A picture would be helpful including frog and tank (any including cell phone pics are fine).

    15. Describe frog's symptoms and/or recent physical changes; to include it's ventral/belly area.

    16. How old is the frog?


    17. How long have you owned him/her?

    18. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred?

    19. Any medications in the water (treatment doses and for how long)?

    20. Any salt in water (how much)?

    21. Is the tank kept in a high or low traffic area?

    22. Describe tank maintenance to include water changes, cleaning, media changes, etc.).

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    1. Tank Size and volume of water in it (full, 1/2 filled, etc.)? 20 gallons, completely filled

    2. Number of inhabitants including all frogs and any fish? 1 frog, 1 plecostomus

    3. Water source and any conditioner treatments? Tap water treated with dechlorinator and left for 24 hours

    4. Water Temperature and how is it heated (if so)? 75 degrees Fahrenheit

    5. Water chemistry levels: pH; Ammonia (NH3); Nitrites (NO2); Nitrates (NO3)? Note that if you do not have test kits, most aquariums/pet shops will do complimentary tests if you take a clean water sample. We tested for nitrates, the nitrate levels are very low


    6. Describe any filter system including model and media?[/COLOR]
    Regular tank filter, never bothered the frog
    7. Substrate type?
    Large stones (golf ball sized)
    8. Tank set-up (plants (live or artificial), driftwood, hide outs and other decor? - How were things prepared prior to being put into the tank?
    Artificial plants, 2 caves for Flipper to hide in. The rocks and fake plants were cleaned and left out for 24 hours (nothing has been added to the tank recently)
    9. Main frog staple food and any treats? How often you feed?
    Reptomin floating food pellets, whenever the frog will eat
    10. CA, vitamins, and any other additives used (how often)?

    Food pellets are fortified with calcium
    11. Lighting set-up and hours it's used?
    Lighting is just a tank light, left on for daylight hours, turned off at night
    12. When is the last time frog ate?
    2 months ago
    13. Have you found poop lately?
    No
    14. A picture would be helpful including frog and tank (any including cell phone pics are fine).
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    15. Describe frog's symptoms and/or recent physical changes; to include it's ventral/belly area.
    Frog looks perfectly fine, just thin
    16. How old is the frog?

    9 years
    17. How long have you owned him/her?
    9 years(raised from a tadpole)
    18. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred?
    Captive bred
    19. Any medications in the water (treatment doses and for how long)?
    No
    20. Any salt in water (how much)?
    No
    21. Is the tank kept in a high or low traffic area?
    Low traffic
    22. Describe tank maintenance to include water changes, cleaning, media changes, etc.).
    Water changed whenever it looks dirty (usually every few months) I recently did a water change to see if it would help-it didn't

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    Based on your answers here I'd say there is nothing obvious causing him to not eat. You could always pick up some worms from the store ad get him to eat one. Frogs usually can' resist them. The questioner don't ask, but how often do you attempt to feed?
    I also wanted to address a couple of other things.
    The testing- it is good to keep nitrates low, but they are not deadly like ammonia and nitrites. Low nitrates is not a confirmation that ammonia ad nitrite are 0, which is the only safe reading for those 2.
    The pleco- an absolute horrible tank mate for a lawed frog. Especially in a 20 gallon. Though I am sure you have not had any issues yet and you may never, but they have rough skin and sharp fins. An accident could easily happen. Plecos also produce a ton of waste and can cause poor water quality. They also grow way too big for a 20 gallon aquarium. And here is a chance the frog cold attempt to eat the pleco which could injure or kill both of them. And plecos are known for craving slime coats as they get older and will often latch onto slow moving tank mates which will cause cuts/soars and bacteria infections.
    The water quality-It is absolutely imperative to do "regular" water changes. Waiting till he water looks dirty is way too late. At a bar minimum the difference in quality pre and post water change can shock your animals. And "dirty" water is likely to be "dirty".
    I also wanted to ask if you have a tight cover on the tank as you mentioned it is full all the way up.

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    There is a tight cover on the tank.
    I try to feed him every day now. Flipper is hand fed and I remove the uneaten food sticks.

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    I second Tony's suggestion of trying a live worm. You can pick up some nightcrawlers from Walmart (in the fishing section). Cut the worm into 3" pieces and try to hand feed. Drives every frog crazy. I've never seen it turned down.
    This may also be one of the few times it's worth trying bloodworms. Bloodworms aren't usually recommended, but it might work for stimulating his appetite. Good luck!

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    Hello there

    My cane toad stopped eating three months ago, I tried treating her with warm water baths with honey, different food and different temperatures. After months of stressing over why she was not eating, I took her to the vet. It turns out she had a big infection in her belly and this is why she is not eating (there was a big lump even I hadn't noticed). If it has been two months.. and nothing else has worked, I would strongly suggest taking your frog to the vet for some scans. I wish I had taken my toad sooner, the extra time without eating has made her very weak and she is struggling to make it through even with treatment now. If there is a vet who specialises in exotic pets this would be even better, I drove for an hour to take mine in the end. It may be that your frog has an impaction or even an infection like my toad. They took an X-Ray and an Ultrasound and it was very noticeable on the scans. Though I hope (he) is not this unwell!

    Wishing you the best of luck with your pet, do keep an update on here about what happens. This is what I am doing from my post too.. just incase anyone else has the same problem and comes across your post. I really hope everything goes well.

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    Flipper died several weeks ago. I wish we had a vet that would have treated a frog.

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    Default Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    So sorry to hear about flipper.

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    Default Re: Flipper has not eaten for 2 months now

    I am so sorry to hear about Flipper, my toad passed away last week also. There are some things we just can't change the outcome of.

    Wishing you the best.

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