African Dwarf Frog

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Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A





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Easy to handle


Easy To feed


Easy to clean and maintain habitat


Easy to provide environmental needs


Easy to provide habitat


African Dwarf Frogs


California, United States

Posted Nov 01, 2012

I kept two African Dwarf from in a 20-gallon aquarium with my dalmation mollies, on the quest for variety in the form of something the mollies wouldn't bully. ADFs did the trick! They are very active and really liven up a community tank, yet seem to coexist peacefully with mildly aggressive fish. (I would use extreme caution when trying them with VERY aggressive breeds, or with fish small enough for them to eat -- they will go after small schooling fish or fry.)
ADFs have cute, bewildered-looking faces and are very fun to watch as they swim about. Please take note that these frogs are fully aquatic and should not be taken out of the aquarium. Don't worry, they don't need to sun themselves on land as other breeds of frog do. MAKE SURE YOUR AQUARIUM HAS A LID, AND MAKE SURE IT IS SECURE. Your frogs will inevitably try to find a way to escape, and if they are not caught and returned to the water in time, they will experience fatal dehydration.
Feeding ADFs can be a little tricky, both because they can be picky and because they have very poor eyesight. Try a variety of foods until you find what they like and can identify easily -- mine preferred frog/tadpole bites and frozen foods for tropical fish. ADFs will sometimes not eat right away, so try to keep a close watch if there are other fish in the tank competing for the same types of food. Make sure everything isn't getting snatched up before the frogs get to it.
My ADFs lived a long and healthy four years. I have heard anecdotally that they may thrive better and live longer if kept in larger groups. If I were to keep them in the future, I would try a tank of just ADFs.

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