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White Patch Disease

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White patch disease is a sickness that affects tadpoles. Infected tadpoles will have white patches all over their body. Tadpoles which are heavily affected will stay on the bottom of the surface and move very little. White patch is most often fatal because tadpoles are so small and undeveloped that they are unable to fight off the disease as a larger frog would be able to.

A bacteria called Columnaris is the cause of this disease which is brought on by dirty water. To alleviate this condition change the water and monitor it for quality on a daily basis. Often by the time you notice white patch it will be too late for that batch of tadpoles. The only thing you can do is make sure that the water is clean so that the next time your frogs have tadpoles they can avoid white patch.


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