I had some Clawed
Frogs 30 years ago and really enjoyed the experience. Somehow I got them confused with Dwarf
Frogs over the years and just acquired a couple of these smaller cousins thinking I was ready to own some more. Boy, are they ever different critters.
My Clawed Frogs held their own in a 55 gallon community aquarium with a host of tank mates ranging from small African cichlids to catfish and larger tetras. They quickly became tame and knew who fed them. They would see me coming from across the room and swim to the top to greet me and eat from my hands. They would scrap it out with almost any fish in the tank to get their fair share of food. If food of any kind hit the water they made a bee-line to it and ate. They claimed certain rock coves and ornaments as their own and would take up residence and then defend their turf against all intruders. They were as easy as any fish to care for and were much more interesting to watch than most. They were always visible, curious, and getting into something. They had personalities and seemed intelligent. Best of all, they thrived. They were just delightful critters to have around and required no extra effort. The only drawback was they got fairly big and were rambunctious so you had to choose tank mates carefully.
These Dwarf Frogs couldn't be more different. They are tiny, defenseless, and wild as bucks. They flee at the first hint of my shadow on the tank. They stay completely hid 24-7 if they have a choice. I had to remove them from a community tank with Glofish and small Tetras on the 3rd day because I hadn't seen them once since they were released - literally - and I feared they were dead or would die. I set them up in their own small tank and tried again. At feeding time they wander aimlessly looking for food as if they are blind and have no sense of smell, if they even come out at all. A blood worm can land on their head and they will not be able to find it if their life depended on it, and it does. If you try to feed them with a pair of tweezers or something they panic and take off, sometimes slamming into things and hurting themselves. I put a Beta in the tank with them in the hopes that a calm, free-swimming tank mate would curb their timidness and fear, but it had no effect. The Beta pays them no attention and is thriving as they struggle to survive. I removed all the gravel hoping they would be able to find food easier on a bare glass bottom, but they are simply to unintelligent to do it. They just flay their arms around, usually knocking the food away in another direction. I even made a little "feeding hut" from a ceramic cave and drilled a 1" hole in the top of it. From the hole I ran a piece of 1" tubing to the surface so I could drop frozen treats through it right down onto their heads without ever disturbing them if I saw them inside it, which is rare. They will just flail around and manage to kick all the food outside where the Beta gets it or it threatens to foul the tank and has to be vacuumed out. It has been 2 weeks and I guess they are determined to starve in a 5 gallon tank with food all around them. I will keep throwing in food, giving them 30 minutes, and then vacuuming it out, but I don't have much faith. I have given them plenty of special attention and my conscience is clear.
I haven't seen clawed frogs for sale in years. Does anyone know of a good supplier?