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    Question Again about Dropsy Xenopus frogs

    Hello!
    Topic: Dropsy Xenopus frogs.


    I'm trying to cope with dropsy for four years.
    All my efforts to combat this phenomenon does not bring positive results, but only restraining the rate of development of the disease or phenomenon.

    Since I have a subspecies of shportcevoj frogs medium-sized, all five animals live in a 20 liter aquarium for shrimps, pump filter is activated three times a day for 1 hour.
    Feeding dry food only moderate Tetra Min XL (summer rarely earthworm).
    150pmm water hardness, temperature 23-26 degrees Celsius, rarely is replaced with, normal aquarium smell of, the aquarium grows moderately and only green algae, biological equilibrium is present.
    In the water added salt at the rate of a teaspoon (without top) to 10 liters.
    At the moment, my frogs has been a slow deterioration of this phenomenon, most symmetrical edema occurs on its hind legs.
    These are photos of one individual frogs. Other frogs expressed in varying degrees.
    Please provide possible reasons as to avoid this Dropsy of and how to help the frogs. In different forums there is no consensus.
    Thanks in advance!








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    Default Re: Again about Dropsy Xenopus frogs

    Hi Yuri
    Dropsy seems to be a common problem among aquatic frogs. It is caused by an osmotic imbalance - the ability for the body to take on excess water but not able to release it. The problem is often associated with infections or kidney disease. It is a serious condition but easily treated.

    The most common treatment is a salt bath. Place frogs in a sterilized tank, add about 5 milliliters (one teaspoon) of non-iodized salts (sea salts or Epsom salts) per 4 liters (one gallon) of dechlorinated or spring water. Place the frog in the prepared water for 30 minutes. Repeat daily (with new water) until the bloating clears. This should work. Do not feed these frogs any freeze-dried food as this is known to cause bloating.

    Good luck and let me know how the frogs are doing.

    By the way, dropsy is a term that was commonly used in older amphibian literature, today it is referred to as coelomic distention.
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    Default Re: Again about Dropsy Xenopus frogs

    Hi Terry
    Thank You!
    I will do as you wrote and when will be the result, then write.
    I understand that this is a long process.

    Another question on the movement of water from the pump - it's bad for frogs or not?
    And how much dietary salt can be added to the main aquarium water on a regular basis and is it necessary?

    Thank.
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    //Shelfordella tartara // Grillus bimaculatus
    //Blaberus craniifer //Achatina fulica
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    Default Re: Again about Dropsy Xenopus frogs

    Xenopus is one of the few frogs where the lateral line system is preserved in the adult stage. This system is found in tadpoles and fish. It allows them to detect food and possible predators in the water. High power filters can cause excessive wave action that can stress out the frogs as well as cause "gas bubble disease", similar to the problem you are experiencing with your frogs. Along with the salt bath, you may want to add an antibacterial such as Maracyn, found in tropical fish stores. Bloating often causes a weakened immune system which makes the frogs susceptible to other infections.

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