04-14-2011, 10:30 PM
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ADFs are fine solo, but are more active in groups.
The range in size, some stay small at just over an inch, while others go to two inches (referring to the bodies, not their limbs).
Tank should be cycled, filtered, and heated. Size of tank should be a minimum of a 5 gal if keeping just one, a 10 for 2-3, and a 15 for more than that and so on. (and based on what else you keep with them)...no deep tanks as they must be able to make it to the top for air).
It is VERY important that ADFs have a staple diet that is high in calcium. This is best acheived by feeding them a food specially made for ADFs such as TetraMin's ReptoMin Frog sinking granuals/pellets. Freeze-dried bloodworms work great, and ADFs love the chance to eat a small live worm. Also, frozen fish food (thawed in seperate container with tank water) is always enjoyed. Most ADFs will gladly accept tropical flakes as well, but should not be their staple diet.
ADFs do need somewhere in the tank to hide...a cave of some sorts. They also enjoy plants (real or fake), as well as something to perch on...be it a betta leaf thing, or a heater suction cup.
ADFs have poor eye sight, so should not be housed with nippers or predatory fish.
ADFs WILL eat small fish and fry should there be one in the way when its hungry.
Lids should be on any ADFs tank, they can jump out on accident, which leads to death as they are fully aquatic.
ADFs can grow their limbs back if lost, and the prevention of this is making sure tankmates are choosen right, and that there is the right amount of calcium in their diet. This is also preventable by making sure your ADF has the right environment. If gravel is used it should be smoothed edged and nothing too small for the ADF to eat. If sand is used, you should include a flat smooth rock for the ADF to sit on to get out of the sand.
If you have any questions regarding ADFs feel free to PM me or ask here. I have had many of them over the years.