I would have posted this yesterday, but yesterday was an upsetting day as we had to bury our little froggy Apollo. Poor Apollo died a mysterious death. Some folks say they feed their frogs once every 3-4 days, clean their tanks every couple of months and have them for 5+ years! Jose and I were only away from them for 3 days, and within those 3 days, Apollo went to little froggy heaven. We clean their tank every week or so (the whole cleaning the tank once every couple months thing grosses me out–after a week, the water starts to stink quite a lot), and feed them every 2-3 days. And Leto seems perfectly fine (other than being particularly lonely now).
I would love to know how Apollo died, as maybe it would make me less paranoid about Leto also dying for “no reason”. He didn’t starve–Apollo ate and ate and ate–more than his share any time they were fed! We learned later that while we were away, the air conditioner hadn’t been turned on much so Erika was worried she killed him from the heat of the house. We don’t think this theory is likely, as they actually like warm water–they are native to the Congo, after all.
We also learned that water had been added to the tank in our absence, because she thought that the water level had become too low for them. Only problem is, these little critters’ skin is extremely absorbent to toxins and, especially, to chlorine in water (which is why we have a dechlorinator for them. We don’t think the dechlorinator was used, and Apollo might have been sensitive to that. And yet, as I mentioned before, Leto seems to be okay still.
Another theory is simply that he was old. You never know how old they are before you purchase them to begin with, and despite the fact he grew drastically while he was with us, he still could have been older than we thought. Him growing could just mean he’s finally getting the nutrients his body needs, that’s all.
So unfortunately our little froggy friend Apollo is no longer with us, and buried in the backyard. Jose was sweet enough to make a tiny coffin for him and to prepare him to be buried. I hope that you are enjoying chasing all those yummy bloodworms in little froggy heaven and that there are lots of hiding places to strut your zen poses behind, and that you make many froggy friends. We will miss you as part of the family, and Leto already does as well.
Having said that, Leto is in need of some serious companionship. We do what we can to keep him company. He comes to greet us when he sees us. But we have noticed that he does not sit with his head out of the water like he used to, or float at the top as much anymore. He used to love that! So we would like to get a couple more, to keep each other company (and save them from the pet store–they really aren’t very well nourished when we got Leto and Apollo to begin with–the others probably aren’t either).
Can anyone help me choose names for the next ones to join the family? Leto and Apollo were hard enough names to choose!