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I have had a horrible week. I wasn't going to post anything about this, but if it can help one person save their collection, then it is well worth it.

I am in the process of moving from an apartment (townhouse) to our first house. Early last week we had a push to get the upstairs packed and moved, so for 3-4 days I didn't venture to the basement where my frogs are. At some point during those days, my AC exhaust hose popped out of the window and pumped hot air into my frog room. When I discovered it the room was at least 90 and inside tanks over 100 I would guess. The first tank I passed was my proven orange terribilis group of 5. They looked fine but on closer inspection I discovered each was dead but sitting normal. I then went cage to cage and my heart just dropped. In all I lost 85-90% of my collection (about 60 tanks worth) as well as every single tadpole (about 200). Needless to say I have been severly depressed about the entire ordeal and have felt a tremendous amount of guilt about it. I know there was really not much I could have done about it, but that doesn't really relieve the guilt I am feeling. The frustration to have been upstairs while this was happening and to not know it was going on has been particularly difficult for me. I talked to my friend Lou (aka oddlot) about it. He installs security and fire alarms and he said he can do a variety of warning systems including temperature alarms. What a difference it would have made it I had heard an alarm going off.

I will rebuild my collection eventually and will add temperature alarms, generators, etc to be as prepared as possible in the future. These extra expenses seem like a lot for "what if" scenarios, but I lost probably $10,000-$12,000 worth of frogs so the few hundred for the extra precautions would have been well worth it. Protect your collections.
 

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That is awful to hear Jeremy. Sorry you had to go through it. I have lost frogs due to heat in the past as well but nothing like this. This time around I went with the temperature alert sensor here:

TX60U-IT-SET-D by La Crosse Technology - Tomorrow's Weather Today

Along with some other precautions. It isn't an alarm you hear in the house, but it sends an email and text to your phone. It also charts the temperature readings which is just an added bonus.
 

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OMG... I am so sorry. Sitting at my desk crying. I understand the guilt, even though it wasn't anything you did. That never goes all the way away, does it? :(

You'll probably get lots of help rebuilding your collection. Let me know if you want some El Dorados, no charge. I have 6 froglets now, including 4 that may be 2.2 and 2 that are very young.
 

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Jeremy,

So sorry to hear this man. I know it may be a bit late at this point but please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. I'm sure everyone in MADS will be able to help you get back on your feet when you're ready.
 

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Jeremy, I'm sorry about your loss.

This is almost the exact thing that happened to our collection in 2005 when we bought our house. We were living in an apartment and had about 30 frogs. We bought the house and moving day came pretty quick. On the day we were unpacking at the house, the power company came early to turn off the electric at the apartment without notifying us. We figured the frogs would be ok for a day or two without fruit flies because they had plenty of springs/isos to hunt for while we unpacked, but we knew the a/c would still be on for a few more days. Or so we thought.

Needless to say, when we went to the house to get the frogs we were so mad. As soon as we opened the front door and felt how hot it was in the apt we knew what had happened and what the result was. Of course the power company didn't care.

I feel your loss. It sucks losing one frog, let alone a whole collection.
 

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i hope your house has a true cellar. 90 in your cellar is rather hot.
well i guess one positive thing is it won't happen again because you won't let it.
well you weren't the first and you won't be the last for this to happen to someone.
 

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I'm heartbroken for you...just cannot imagine the horror of discovering what had happened...your description of finding them in normal positions was so graphic...I don't know what to say...when you have animals of any sort and have something happen, it tears you up. Perhaps when you get your alarm system set up, you can pass along what it consists of....Give yourself a definite period of time to grieve and then, with gusto, start the next phase...and discipline yourself to not blame yourself any further...bitterness and doubt will take away from the prospective joy of rebuilding...and in your new home to boot.
 

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Sorry to hear Jeremy.

Unfortunately I can relate to the knot in your guts feeling, I have had many mass catastrophes over the decades of frogging and they all suck. I'd still trade all the frogs I kept alive for all the frogs I've lost due to ac malfunction, ant invasions, ignorant people caring for the frogs when I went out of town.

If the hobby runs in your veins it's just a speedbump and you keep going.

Let me know if I can help replace anything.

Eric
 

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Deeply sorry for your losses. Man, don't feel guilty as you did not know what was going on. Life has a way of being so busy that we get caught up and that is what happened with you.
Take care and good luck with the move and rebuilding your collection.
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Hey Jeremy,
So sorry to hear of your losses. Anyone who has been in the hobby for awhile knows that problems can hit you in so many unexpected ways. All I can say is don't let your guilt or frustration rule the situation (I know that is easier said than done). I wish you the best in getting over this and rebuilding your collection.
 

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Jeremy, I'm really very sorry to hear about your tragedy and loss.
I'm glad you posted this though, it will help others avoid something similar, and it will help you. If any one in the world understands what you're going through, it's the thousands of us here and we're all behind you. If you need help with tincs of bigger frogs let me know.

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Awful....

I've got a bunch of tads/froglets you can have if you want them. Seriously. I will be driving through NY for Thanksgiving, I can hold on to them until then.

Tricolor SI's, veraderos, orange lamasi.

Brian
 
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