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Old 05-09-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
 
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ADF's...tropical fish forum has been no help.

I just got two new ADF's and placed them in a community tank with some neon tetras and some peppered cory cats. Every one is getting along nicely and it seems everything is perfect.

However, I just tried feeding the ADF's some thawed bloodworms and they seemed to be ignoring the food sitting right next to them. I can't imagine they're still full from the pet store. I brought them home yesterday. They each took a couple(1-2) bloodworms after some time. Is this enough food for them or should I try to see if they'll eat more? There are still bloodworms on the bottom, I think, unless the cories got to them.

Anyways, could anyone give me some advice on how much these guys eat, what they should eat, how to care for them the best, and how often to feed them.

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
 
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I was thinking I could make a little container for them to associate with food and that they can get into but the fish can't or won't have any interest in. I took this idea from some one else on another forum but maybe I could get a small tupperware container with a lid and cut a small hole big enough for the frogs to get into and when it's feeding time I could put the bloodworms inside and sink it to the bottom with the lid facing down.

Or I could fill the tupperware with the tank water and get the froggies inside and then feed them and then let them back in.

Any ideas or comments?
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
 
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I say you give it a break and let them build an appetite before you start manufacturing feeding devices. This is from Wikipedia and reflects much of what I've read in the past.
"ADFs are compatible with most bottom feeders and algae eaters. Respectful tropical fish can also be used as tank mates although aggressive fish will often fight or injure the frogs. As African dwarves are slow eaters it is not uncommon for tankmates to eat all the food while the frogs go hungry. If this becomes a problem, methods of delivering the food directly to the bottom of the tank (such as with a turkey baster) should be employed to ensure the frogs are adequately fed.
African dwarf frogs do not have teeth, so they swallow their food whole. Common foods include blood worms,brine shrimp, water fleas(daphnia), shrimp, and various brands of commercial frog food. These frogs will also eat mosquito larvae, black worms, guppy fry, glassworms, tadpole bites, reptomin, gammarus, dried krill, baby shrimp, frozen beefheart, small fish, and small earthworms. On rare occasions these frogs will eat water snails and brittle shells. African dwarf frogs are bottom-feeders and are rarely seen eating at the surface of the water."
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:27 AM   #4
 
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I've read that before as well. I was making more of a generalized post on some quick tips for care and they do have an appetite but I've now noticed the cories eat the bloodworms before they have a chance to hunt.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:53 AM   #5
 
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You might try feeding the cory's at night after lights out and maybe use a turkey baster to place food near the frogs of a morning or afternoon. Place the food in a small cup of aquarium water until it has thawed and then draw it up into the turkey baster. Then you can squirt some near the frogs.
If corys are fed at night, they may not be as quick to grab food intended for the frogs during the day.
Could not help but notice the title of this thread.."Tropical fish forum has been no help" You would be well served to research the pets you buy before purchasing them. Tons of information is available for those who look.

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Old 05-10-2010, 06:18 AM   #6
 
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ADF are VERY slow eaters which is why a lot times they simply starve to death in a community set up where fish around them will eat the food quicker then they get to it. You will need patience with the ADF in this set up, most commonly you'd hand feed them with thawed out blood worms.
The only alternative would be setting them up a tank of their own that way there's no "battle" over food and everybody is happy; here's my ADF set up for example http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=1408
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:39 AM   #7
 
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Don't beleive in my expierience with these frogs that they are so much slow eaters as much as it is that they see poorly.
As Angel and I eluded to, Target feeding ,and perhaps feeding the frog(s) in same area of tank each feeding ,along with feeding the cory's at night, can help as well as providing them with their own habitat where competition for food is non existent.
The ones I kept years ago didn't appear to eat but two or three times a week at most and seemed to do quite well in ten gal tank half to three quarters full. They did appear to like the deeper tank that I kept them in and rising to the surface was much easier in shallower tank.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:41 AM   #8
 
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You might try feeding the cory's at night after lights out and maybe use a turkey baster to place food near the frogs of a morning or afternoon. Place the food in a small cup of aquarium water until it has thawed and then draw it up into the turkey baster. Then you can squirt some near the frogs.
If corys are fed at night, they may not be as quick to grab food intended for the frogs during the day.
Could not help but notice the title of this thread.."Tropical fish forum has been no help" You would be well served to research the pets you buy before purchasing them. Tons of information is available for those who look.
That's a good idea, I'll try it out. I have done some considerable research on it but I always like to double check. As for the title of the thread...I posted a similar thread in a different section of this forum with no replies so I posted it again in the betta community which I am a big part of with the new title (the one you see here) and then it was moved back here to a different place without a name change. Now I see that I just posted it in the wrong area of this forum before and now I have some awesome help. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:26 PM   #9
 
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Just apply some patience with them lil buggers and try around what will work best within your set up for feeding them, takes a lil extra time in the beginning to watch them eat/ see what happens but once you got them "sorted out" it won't be an issue any more.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:30 PM   #10
 
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This might not be the best method. But I catch my ADF and put them in a breeder box with thawed blood worms every few days. They eat them and are doing well. :)

Edit: I'd like to add, they like moving food. :)

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