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I am having trouble finding one of my frogs. I have 4 castis in a 30 gallon, but I am having trouble finding one. Any ideas of wether I should take the 3 out, search very careful, basically tear apart the tank, or do I just wait a little longer and see if he comes out on his own (my luck I will have trouble finding another one then)? Any places I should search? I have an all glass lid so I don't see how he could have gotten out, it is really tight and pretty heavy. I am sure this has happened to others where you go nuts searching for them. Any ideas?
 

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Well how long has be been missing for? I have heard of stories similar to this ...and after ripping the tank apart the frog was just sitting underneath some plant. Are you always seeing the same 3? Maybe there is just 1 always hiding.

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I would give it a few days to show up before doing anything drastic. It wouldn't hurt to do a quick search of the room to make sure that it's not dead and dessicated in a corner somewhere. That would be awful, but it would be insult to injury if you tore apart your tank and later found that to be the case.
 

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I couldn't imagine the frog being outside of the tank, unless they can walk through glass walls. I am not sure the last time I counted all four. When I go to count I usually find 3 with no problem and have to search for the last one. I guess I will search again in a few hours to see if I find him.
 

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I wouldn't do it. At the most, I would run my hand through the tank to see if they all come out. I remember doing this with thumbnails at first, but I stopped after I kept finding them all healthy, but stressing them out in the process.
 

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Don't do it. I'm sure it's in there. If you want though, just look throught the glass with a flashlight and check that way. At first I would do this with my vents, but it ended up stressing them out and they were always there. Plus, it messes up the plants.

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We have 5 vents in a 29 gallon setup. Mostly we see 3 or at the max 4...which led me to wonder if number 5 was anywhere to be found. Was mentioning that to my fiance today and she wandered over to look and tada...all 5 were in the open. I've concluded that 1) patience is sometimes rewarded and 2) a big viv is an easy place to "lose" a thumbnail :lol:

I suspect your 4th casti will turn up when you least expect it.

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The big question is what would a search for the missing frog provide? Odds are that the frog is either perfectly fine and hiding, dead and decomposed, or gone and dehydrated. So what would come out of a search other than tearing up a perfectly good tank and stressing the 3 frogs you know that you have?

One tip though, watch the tank after the lights go out but with just enough background room light to see into the tank. It's not uncommon for shy frogs to show themselves at that time.
 

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OK. I won't tear the tank apart. I will take a look today, I just saw them recently so it hasn't been too long. It just, ahh, I don't know. I couldn't see it not being in the tank. When I find it, I will let everyone know. BIg tanks, small frogs, big plants, big pain in the @$$. Not really though, just frustrating :D
 

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I remember stressing out about two years ago when 1 of my imitators was no where to be found. After removing the female, the plants and corkbark background I found the missing imitators in a crack in the corkbark. Do as Brent suggested and look when the lights go out, odds are the frog is just shy and is hiding.
 

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Awesome to hear greg, good thing you just played it cool. :)

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