FAQs About Xenopus laevis,
African Clawed Frog Disease Diagnosis
Any detectable chlorine, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrates over
20 ppm are toxic
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African water clawed frog 1/27/18
I have an African water frog that is currently staying upside down in
<Doesn't sound good.>
I have had him for about 8 years.
<So, middle aged for Xenopus.>
He has never down this behavior in the past. I thought he was dead.
<I would imagine.>
But when I start to move him or take him out of the tank, he swims away.
Then goes back to the upside down position. Why is he doing this?
<Hard to say. He could be constipated, which can cause problems with
swimming. See "floaty, bloaty goldfish" elsewhere on this site for
details on how to diagnose and treat this. However, mostly when Xenopus
float upside-down there's an infection of some sort. Aquarium store
antibiotics should work well with Xenopus, such as Maracyn. Epsom salt
(1-3 teaspoons per 5 gallons/20 litres) can be used alongside the
antibiotic for best results. The Epsom salt isn't a medicine as such,
but helps to draw out fluids if the frog is swollen, relieving the
symptoms while the antibiotic gets to work.>
<Most welcome. Neale.>