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Swollen Fire Belly

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    Swollen Fire Belly

    I have 4 fire belly toads in a 20 long tank. A couple of months ago one of them swelled up, was hiding and not eating. Tried to find info but was at a loss what to do. After several weeks the swelling started to reduce and he resumed eating. For several weeks now he has seemed comepletely normal. The last couple of days he has swelled up again, even larger than before I think. I will try to post pictures of him and the set up but does anyone have any advice to offer?






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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    I have never heard of anything like this with a fire belly toad. You might want to take him to a vet and see what it is... It could just be some sort of virus... Good luck with him!
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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    I tried to post a picture but it wouldn't work. What about dropsy? I have been reading about that and it seems to fit. Would treating for that even if it wasn't it be harmful?

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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    Treatment for dropsy requires antibiotics and which to use may vary depending on the bacteria with which you're dealing. Also, the causes of dropsy are directly related to the cleanliness of the enclosure. Do you clean your enclosure?

    I agree that this toad needs to see a vet.
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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    what do you have for water? Filtered? how much? Substrate?
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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    The enclosure is in a classroom so it could probably be cleaned more frequently. The water we treat with aqua safe, we have a filter and the substrate is the largest stones I could get. As far as how much, the tank is filled about 1/4 full and the stones are sloped so the end is above the water. Plus there are many islands. The reason I am leaning toward dropsy is the swollen areas seem very movable- as if with fluid. I will try a vet again but the vet I had the most hopes for (where I took my lizards) didn't seem to have much knowledge of frogs and toads when I called last time. With the filter what is the ideal for a cleaning schedule? Once a week?

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    Re: Swollen Fire Belly

    These guys rapidly build up toxins in the water. Once a week is really what is needed. Unsanitary conditions is what causes dropsy. I also suggest that you get a filter that is three times the amount of water recommended. So if you have 10 gallons of water, then you should have a 30 gallon filter.

    To make cleaning easier, pick up a single large flat-ish rock. one ouside is OK if you scub it clean. Many garden centers sell nice ones by the pound. Then all you have to do is take out the one rock, dump water and refill. I also suggest adding a fake plant for coverage. Any of the silk plants at walmart are fine, or you could get one at a pet store.
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