Monday, July 27, 2009

Trouble in pink gravel-ville

We've got a problem on our hands...our snail, Sammy, is no longer patrolling the tank. One theory? The frogs mistook him for food and injured him. According to Brookstone, "with proper care" the snail has a life span "of up to two years." Well, it hasn't even been a month and ours appears to be done. Of course, the snail is a crucial part of the Frog-O-Sphere ecosystem...the janitor.

I learned that Brookstone actually sells replacement snails for 4 bucks on their website...and the snails get shipped via overnight mail??? All of this is getting weird for me again.

Meanwhile, Peanut and Butter are much more responsive these days and glady eat their pellets on feeding days. Although the lid of the tank comes off during feeding, the frogs haven't yet tried to escape...hope they are content living with us.

22 comments:

  1. I am sorry you are having problems with your snail. I have gone through 4 snails already and I have only had the Frog-o-Sphere for 32 days. I also lost my smaller frog last night. I am not liking the death rate! They're sending me a replacement snail and frog free of charge. I hope they make it! It seems to me that maybe the frogs/snail should be fed more than twice a week. I think my smaller frog may have starved, as the bigger frog kept stealing his pellets. I just wish Brookstone had done their research prior to selling these things.

    I hope your frogs prosper on and if you get a new snail, I hope he makes it!
    Cheers!

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  2. I was given the frog-o-sphere as a gift. After two weeks, my snail died. I was sad because I thought it was my fault. I followed instructions and feed my frogs two pellets each, twice a week. When I called for my replacement snail, the customer service rep told me to give the frogs more pellets. The snail died because there was not enough left over for the snail. He starved.

    The other problem I have is Hopper is much bigger than Bopper. When ever it is feeding day, Hopper will bite and attach Bopper for the food. I have to seperate them for them both to eat.

    I did a lot of research on google to learn the proper way to care for the frogs and snail. I am concerned because the frog-o-sphere seems to be like a death box and provides very bad conditions for these poor creatures.

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  3. The frog-o-sphere is a death box and if you want them to stop suffering move them into a larger tank and feed them more. I bought a frog-o-sphere and after doing a bit of research, I decided to move them the same night. Please save your frogs!

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  4. Thanks for all of your posts, it's so helpful to share experiences with others...when I first started researching these guys online, I found so LITTLE information.

    @Kerry, how are your replacement frog and snail doing? Our remaining frog is looking very skinny and we can't get him to eat.

    @Keropi, that makes perfect sense re: the snails. Our frogs weren't eating much so it doesn't surprise me that there wouldn't be enough "leftovers" for the snail...truly a sad situation. When both of our frogs were alive, one definitely seemed more eager to eat, so we had to try to separate them too to ensure they both had their pellets.

    Although Brookstone says to feed 2 pellets per frog, twice weekly, every other blog and site I've found recommends feeding them more often than that. But some also warn of overfeeding, because apparently these guys don't know when to quit if food is in front of them.

    @liz, How are your frogs since you moved them? Are you still utilizing the snail as "janitor"?

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  5. Brookstone doesnt even offer the snail anymore, They reccomend more claining now.

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  6. I'd recommend getting a bigger tank. The frogs definitely need more room.

    You can also pick up additional frogs and snails at fish stores (I'd recommend a fish store over a Petco or Petsmart). We've had frogs for more than 3 years now and they're still doing well.

    Frogs are ok with pellets, but they love brine shrimp. Ours get a frozen block of brine shrimp a few times a month to supplement what they already eat.

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  7. I just got a Frog O sphere from my wife. I have been eyeballing them for a while.

    So I got them, a snail + 2 frogs. I want them to live a long while, so I wonder if I should feed them a little more often.I also am thinking of moving them to a larger tank. Seems that they are always wanting to swim around, and doesn't seem like they have enough room to do so.

    I named them kermit and gonzo. The snail, I haven't named yet but maybe sally the snail or something lol.

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  8. Don't give Brookstone more of your money, this whole idea of frogs as pets is a farce:

    https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=2729&pg=makeACall

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  9. I've been wanting to get a frog o sphere but after reading all these comments I wasn't very sure...Do you have any recommendations about to get it or not???

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  10. I would say get one. I have had mine for almost a year now. One frog just died today, but thats to be expected. They make a great pet and are fun to watch.

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  11. I was given this as a gift. I have had it 7 months and 2 snails have died. The frogs are fine but the snails die. I have decided to not replace the snail this time and see what happens.

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  12. does an one have any links to where I could get a bigger tank and how to move the gavel???
    I cant find any info anywhere please help

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  13. My kids were given the frog-o-sphere as a gift a few months ago. Since then, I've researched quite a bit and found some very disturbing things posted about the treatment of these animals during pre-shipping. I'm with all those who say to boycott the product. In the wild, these frogs can live for up to 18 years, so why is it okay that "it's to be expected" for them to only survive one year in captivity. We're trying to take care of our frogs now as best we can, since we have them. But I will NEVER buy this product or recommend it to anyone. If you must have a pet frog, please use a resource other than a home decorating store.
    Oh, and I do think they need more food than the suggested 4 pellets a week. Our frogs fight over the food as well.

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  14. Hi,
    I'm very happy to have found this blog, as I just acquired a Frog-o-sphere today. Someone got it as a Christmas gift in 09 and no longer wanted it. I didn't realize that it had come with two frogs initially. Knew it had come with a snail that died. Replaced the snail on my way home with the Frog-o-Sphere. Bought snail at a very good area pet store (readers from Boston might know Skipton Pet Center near Mass Ave and Boston Medical Center). I'm glad I got it second-hand, now that I've read the criticisms of Brookstone. I think I'll look for a bigger tank to give froggie some more room. Also, gonna contact Brookstone about getting a replacement frog.

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  15. damn.....I'm glad i read this and did some background reading on the Frog-O-Sphere before I actally got it up and going. I got it from a friend thats had it for awhile but never even took it out of the box. Spoiled lol. anyway, i guess I'm gonna get a bigger tank before i order the frogs. Any reccomendtions on how much to feed them a week? don wanna overfeed, and ill get a snail from a pet store instead of brookstone

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  16. man how many typos was that? haha

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  17. I got a Frog-O-Sphere for Christmas and I love it! I got the snails for free at a pet store. They are huge now! I got them when they were smaller than the gravel, and now they are as big as the rock in the tank! My frogs are so playful and fun to watch! I have found that if I feed them more than twice a week, then the food goes to waste. And what was that post about the frogs living up to 18 years in the wild? All the research I've done, I've only found a life expectancy of 5 years, if the climate is stable. I've had mine for about 3 years and they are still kicking! As far as having a too small tank, like I've said, mine are doing great and are very active. They don't seem too cramped. And yes, there might be some mistreatment of the fogs from the supplier, but I'd guess I'd rather have them in my care than theirs. It's all preferential I guess. But overall, I would recommend this item! I am so happy with mine!

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  18. I have a frog- o- sphere and he same thing happened to me. The snail was just gone. I didn't bother to get a new one. The frogs live fine without it.

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  19. Does anyone know what I can do with the frogs my husband bought and no one wants? I've had them a year and they are okay, but would love to find them another home!

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  20. I've had the Frog-o-sphere for over a year now and the frogs seem to be doing well !... I've never had a replacement frog or anything like that- which surprises me after reading everything on this blog, other blogs and Peta's website. My frog-o-sphere didn't even come with a snail as far as I know, if it did, it must have died long before I started caring for the frogs.
    Does anyone know how much water is in the tank they come with ? It seems to be a mystery and I can't find it anywhere.
    I know it's been over a year and I now feel like a terrible person but this is the first time I googled it and found all of this information out. I'm going to a petsmart store later today to ask them what I should buy but any help from here would be very nice, thanks!

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  21. I've had the frogosphere for about a year now. It was given to me as a gift. I was pleased to have it until the snail died and the system began to fill up with algae. I replaced the snail 4 or 5 times and its getting to the point where this is more trouble than it's worth. These poor frogs can't live in this system filled with algae so much you can barely see inside the tank. After researching i have heard that many people have had this same or similar issue. I wish there was a way I could release them in their natural habitat but I was told they live in a very specific type of water. I don't know what to do anymore but the system continues to get more disgusting and I feel terrible for the frogs. If anyone can help me and or has any other suggestions please let me know. Thanks!

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  22. We also had a Frog-o-phere for a Christmas gift(never give a living animal as a gift unless you've been asked by the person). That was 3 years ago. Ours didn't come with a snail so the tank has gradually got cloudy and green. I went to PetSmart last night to buy a snail and they told me the frogs live to be upto 10 years old- my husband didn't like that idea...and the small snails often come as unwanted pests in many of their deilveries. They take them out of the tanks and distroy them. Oh yes they reproduce quickly too and are asexual, so you only need one. So we saved two lives and boy do hey have a job to do. 3 years of cleaning! I did top up the water and clean the lid and top of the tank so at least we can see the frogs better now and they seem as active as ever. WE feed them more than recommended. 2-3 times as much. Their names are Kim & Deb after my husbands sisters...nice.

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