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WaYA 04-13-2011 12:13 PM

African Dwarf Frogs
 
Can any one tell me anything about African Dwarf Frogs? What they eat, how big they get, and what size aquarium they need. :question:

Jesika46290 04-13-2011 01:21 PM

Hi there! I have 2 African Dwarf frogs and I can tell a bunch! Ok so they eat things like bloodworms and brine shrimp. I feed mine the Freeze Dried Bloodworms by TopFin. I bought a small container and it has lasted me a good 4 months. I feed mine once a day and only drop in 10 to 15 pieces. Then again I have two, so if you only have one feed it less. Always remember to take out uneaten food so it does not spoil. The tank does not need to be big, both of mine are in one 1.7 gal tank. You do not need an airstone because they go to the surface to gulp air. If you want a filter, thats fine just do not get one that is too strong. I do not use a filter I just clean the tank once a week.Make sure you get a tank that has vents in the lid. I made a mistake and did not have a tank with vents and bacteria grew and long story short one of my frogs lost a foot. When you do get the tank you want for your frogs, make sure you only fill it up with conditioned water only 5 inches or so. The frogs are pretty lazy and do not like to swim far to get their air. I think I covered everything. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask and I will help you as much as I can! Oh and if you are putting them in with other fish, make sure the other fish are non agressive such as guppies, danios, and black skirts (I have all three in with my frogs). And it may also be a good idea to have some Melafix on hand just in case of a bacteria breakout.....Good Luck!

shinybetta 04-13-2011 01:36 PM

Another thing: ADF's like to be in groups.

WaYA 04-13-2011 01:47 PM

I have mine in a gallon filtered tank with a pair of guppies. It gets on the plant and sets a lot. He/she acts happy. I was just wondering a bout the questions I ask. What a better place to get answers than on this page.

I only have one tho so I guess I need to go get him/her a buddy.
Is there any way of knowing if it's he or she? Haven't name it anything except Frog.

InvertPlanet 04-13-2011 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by shinybetta (Post 647138)
Another thing: ADF's like to be in groups.

haha yep... not in the "Invertebrates" forums group ;)

I haven't kept one and wish you the best of luck!

WaYA 04-13-2011 05:01 PM

Well excuse me!

InvertPlanet 04-13-2011 05:24 PM

No offence intended :)

I just thought it was funny

WaYA 04-13-2011 06:25 PM

None taken, I couldn't find any other place were the ADF was mention, so one place was as good as the other to post on.

LasColinasCichlids 04-14-2011 11:30 PM

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.

LasColinasCichlids 04-14-2011 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Jesika46290 (Post 647127)
Hi there! I have 2 African Dwarf frogs and I can tell a bunch! Ok so they eat things like bloodworms and brine shrimp. I feed mine the Freeze Dried Bloodworms by TopFin. I bought a small container and it has lasted me a good 4 months. I feed mine once a day and only drop in 10 to 15 pieces. Then again I have two, so if you only have one feed it less. Always remember to take out uneaten food so it does not spoil. The tank does not need to be big, both of mine are in one 1.7 gal tank. You do not need an airstone because they go to the surface to gulp air. If you want a filter, thats fine just do not get one that is too strong. I do not use a filter I just clean the tank once a week.Make sure you get a tank that has vents in the lid. I made a mistake and did not have a tank with vents and bacteria grew and long story short one of my frogs lost a foot. When you do get the tank you want for your frogs, make sure you only fill it up with conditioned water only 5 inches or so. The frogs are pretty lazy and do not like to swim far to get their air. I think I covered everything. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask and I will help you as much as I can! Oh and if you are putting them in with other fish, make sure the other fish are non agressive such as guppies, danios, and black skirts (I have all three in with my frogs). And it may also be a good idea to have some Melafix on hand just in case of a bacteria breakout.....Good Luck!

I'm sorry, but are you saying that you have 2 ADFs, guppies, danios, AND black skirt tetras in a tank size under 2 gallons??? And have NO filter?? Oh my!! If that IS what you are saying...then we need to help you out and fix all those issues with your tank. Not trying to be mean, but if you do have all of that in an unfilter 1.7 gal tank and no heater, then its doomed. What you say your stock is, you need a MINIMUM of a 10 gallon filtered, cycled, heated tank. And danios need to be in a group of 5-6 minimum as do the black skirt tetras (which are nippy fish).

And there is NO reason to only fill the tank up 5 inches with water. These frogs are fully aquatic and need the swimming space, and most of their exercise comes from their swim to the top for air. They can make it to the top for air on any tank under 30 gallons (not talls) easily!


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