African dwarf frog questions.
I saw a few videos of ADF and instantly fell in love with them :love2:. I did try and find articles on this site for them but couldn't find any. I just have a few questions:
1. How many to get? (are they gregarious)
2. Do they need a solid surface above the water to sit and breath or can they just stick their head out of the water while clinging to the side of the tank?
3. What do they eat?
4. Can they co-exist with goldfish? (I've found mixed opinions of this)
5. How big do they grow?
May think of more questions in the near future, sorry for my ignorance :shock:
Also sorry for posting in the Freshwater Aquarium section, i couldn't think of where else to post.
Under the Fish Profiles, if you go to "Other FW Creatures" you'll find the profile there for African Dwarf Frogs. Never had them, but looks like your temp for the tank is okay. Assume they'd be okay with Goldfish, because GF aren't aggressive, but I have no clue. They do not need somewhere to sit to breathe air, but go to the surface to get air. They do best in groups. Food such as worms of all types is recommended, frozen or live. I'm sure someone else with experience will respond.
Best of luck.
1. You can keep them singily or in groups, as long as you donít overcrowd the tank. They donít need to be kept in groups, but can be entertaining if kept together. They will also breed readily in an aquarium.
2. If the current in your tank is strong they appreciate having something to hold onto. They only get their heads out of the water so you donít need a solid surface, just some plant leaves or something. They like to just float at the surface with their arms and legs spralled, but canít always do that if the water flow is high. Mine like to sit on top of the leaves of my sword plant. They can keep their head out of the water but their body submerged that way.
3. They eat meaty foods. They like any live or frozen food that can fit into their mouths. HBH also makes Frog and Tadpole Bites. A lot of frogs will eat these, but itís not as good for them as the frozen stuff.
4. ADFs like warm tempertures so they wouldnít be a good match for goldfish.
5. Adults are about an inch, maybe a little bigger.
@Gwen and kaxt.
Freeze dried alright? I have freeze dried blood worms for my goldies but they float so could be an issue.
How many in a group? 3ish?
2. They spend 99.9% time under water, the .1% is when they swim upto the surface to get a gulp of air then dive bomb back to the bottom. I have some floating plants and they usually reast one leg on the top of plant and head just below surface. I no longer have a lid on my tank as no way they can escape.
3. I feed mine frozen bloodworms, i hand feed them, they so tame they will sit on my hand under water and look expectantly for food.
4. They look better alone...
5. no more than 3cm in size, mine is mostly 2cm in size.
you can see the pics of mine at Tank Update
If you put some frozen bloodworms on a plate then place a desk lamp over them and defrost that way, you also heat the worms slightly. If you pop them into the water and then tap the worm they will sink. If they are cold they will float.
The hardest part of feeding ADFs is training them where to find food in the first few weeks. They don't see well and they mostly find food by smell, if there are other inhabitants in the tank they can sometime eat all the food before the frogs are even aware there was food. Because of this it is best to feed them food that sinks and either feed them in the same place everyday or use something like a turkey baster to put the food right in front of their face.
Freeze dried blood worms float like you said and may be hard (but not impossible) to train the frogs to eat. I have a few ADFs in with a betta, if I'm in a rush and don't have time to pull the frozen food out I will feed the betta freeze dried blood worms in a feeding ring. My female ADF will often dash up to the surface to steal a blood worm and then dive back down to eat it. You do have to be careful with the freeze dried food though because it can cause constipation if it is the main source of food.
If you want to stay away from the frozen stuff your best bet will probably be the HBH pellets.
Ok so i'm going to get 3 and have them in a seperate tank to the goldies, what's the best substrate/decor for them?
Substrate can be gravel or sand. If you choose sand make sure it is small enough that it can pass through their system if they swallow some. If you choose gravel make sure it is big enough that they can't get it stuck in their mouth.
They like hiding places where they can feel secure and where it will be dark during the day. The smaller the cave the more they seem to like it. I have gravel substrate with a large piece of slate on top, I dig some of the gravel out from under the slate to form a cave for them. The slate also comes in handy when feeding them. I can put the food on the slate and that keeps it from falling into the gaps in the gravel. Just make sure that everything you put in there is stable enough that it won't get knocked and crush one of them. They also like a few plants (fake or real) so that they can rest on them.
Just FYI- I think it's fun to have a male frog- they sing at night for the females. If the frogs are still young it's hard to tell their sex, but if they are a little bigger you can tell if you have a male because it will have a small bump (almost like a small pimple) behind each arm. The males will also be a little smaller than the females. When the frogs are ready to mate the bump will become a little swollen and can turn pink in color.
Oh, and don't forget to post pictures when you get them... we love pictures:-)
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