Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 18, 2013
The dwarf frog was one of the first things i had in my tank over 12 months ago. I was interested in the fact that these frogs are full aquatic and do not need to come out of the water. I purchase 2 for about £5 from my local pet shop. They were tiny when i first got them, probably around 1.5cm. If your looking to just keep ADFs, then i could such you have 1 frog per every 2 gallons.
I drip acclimated the frogs for around 30 minutes before actually introducing them into their new tank. For the first few days they just spent the day searching for hideouts. Hideouts are really important for frogs as they are very timid creatures and need to feel safe by hiding out. Its also a good idea to have some live plants in with the frogs, i have alot of vallis plants and they are great for the frogs to hide out in and climb around. Its advised that a tank with dwarf frogs in should be no taller than 15", but my tank is 16.5" and ive never had any problems.
At first i use to feed the frogs with long tweezers to make sure they were getting enough food, this can become very annoying after a while, but within a few weeks i noticed the frogs were finding food themselves and feeding well. These frogs are pretty much fully blind so they depend on their nose to smell out food. I feed them a mixture of flake food, sinking pellets, frozen bloodworm.
The most important thing for these little frogs is having clean water, with no chlorine, so make sure once you have done a water change you add a water conditioner to kill all the chlorine. Even though these frogs dont produce much waste its in their best interest to do regular water changes to make sure its always nice and clean.
Frogs can adapt well to different temperatures and can be kept in water as low as 69 degrees and as high as 84. During the spring and summer i would say a heater isnt needed, but as the temp starts to drop i would pop a little one in during winter.
These are a nice addition to any tank, they do come out alot and are fun to watch.
Had mine for over 12 months and they are still as happy as ever, im not sure on the frogs lifespan but have heard some live up to 7 years.
The frog is in with a number of different fish in my tank including sharks, betta, gouramis and its never had any problems, its a peaceful species and a lovely addition to any community tank.