Caring for African Dwarf Frogs
African Dwarf Frogs have become a popular addition to aquariums. These little frogs are fully aquatic, so you don’t have to worry about a half aquatic and half terrain aquarium. African Dwarf Frogs will actually die outside of the water.
Frogs can be used to control your fry population or as a bottom scavenger. You can add African Dwarf Frogs if there are too many fry guppies to your tank. They will eat guppy fry and help reduce the population. However, if you’re not using them to control a population of guppy guppies, these frogs may be more difficult for you to feed.
We have created a mini-guide to help you keep your African Dwarf Frog friends happy and healthy. In this article, we will explore some feeding tips and characteristics of African Dwarf Frogs.
Feeding Dwarf Frogs
As mentioned above, African Dwarf Frogs are difficult to feed because they are finicky eaters but on top of that, they are slow eaters and cannot compete with fish. African Dwarf Frog owners need to make sure that the food source can remain in water for longer periods without disintegrating. As the dwarf frogs are slow eaters, they may choose to return to a food source at a later time to grab another bite.
The best food options for African Dwarf Frogs are to feed them either frozen bloodworms or live black worms. Although frozen bloodworms are the most common food source, they are also an excellent option for feeding aquatic creatures. Frozen bloodworms will not disintegrate in a short time span, ensuring that your frogs can feast at their leisure. Frozen bloodworms can also be used, but they will float on the top whereas frozen bloodworms will sink to the bottom once they have defrosted. If you don’t want to have to provide food every day, live black worms may be the better choice.
Blackworms are the less common food choice for African Dwarf Frogs, but they pack their own set of great benefits. You can usually purchase a portion of black worms from your local fish store. These worms are a longer lasting food source because they are live and will bury themselves in your tank’s gravel. This allows them to live in your tank and provide a steady food source for hungry frogs.
African Dwarf Frogs eat worms by grasping and pulling them into their mouths with a jerking motion. The way the blackworms move will encourage your frogs to eat them and if you have any docile fish in the tank, they will enjoy a snack as well. Blackworms are also an excellent choice for your frog’s food source because they pack high levels of protein. It is easier to keep your frogs nourished and healthy if there is more protein.
Both black worms, and frozen bloodworms, are excellent food options. It is best to give your frogs high-quality food because it will keep them happier and the tank cleaner. These frogs are often sold outside of pet shops, such as in mall kiosks. They will usually be advertised as being small-sized and living in a small aquarium. A smaller aquarium means that waste can be dispersed more easily. A higher concentration of waste means less healthy animals and more time cleaning the tank. By investing in a larger tank and high-quality food, your animals will live healthier and happier lives.
One food source that isn’t recommended is food pellets. Food pellets quickly dissolve in water, making African Dwarf Frogs slow eaters. Your frogs may have less time for their meals because the pellets are more likely to break down. Additionally, disintegrating pellets can lead to more waste in your tank. If you choose to feed your African Dwarf Frogs pellets it is best to place them in a small dish inside the tank. If the pellets are not disintegrated, they will be less likely to spread throughout the tank or get stuck in the gravel.
African Dwarf frog behavior
A key point to make is the behavior of African Dwarf Frogs. It often raises concerns for owners. Many people will express worry for their frogs when they see them hugging each other and not moving for up to a day and a half. This is a normal behavior for the frogs and indicates that they are mating. The African Dwarf Frogs females are longer than their male counterparts. It is normal to see a smaller frog hugging another larger frog. Frogs do not need to be afraid.
If you are looking to help raise a few tadpoles, you should be sure you have the space to do so. As well, any fish that are in the tank with the frogs may pose a threat. While adult frogs may co-exist with docile fish easily, most fish will attempt to eat the frog eggs.
African Dwarf Frogs are a wonderful addition to any tank. Make sure they are properly fed so that your aquarium has happy and healthy frogs.