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African Dwarf Frogs

Updated on April 14, 2014

African Dwarf Frogs - We don't eat fish food!

Welcome to the wonderful world of African Dwarf frogs!  African Dwarf frogs are completely aquatic, and they can live in a heated fish tank!

Although African Dwarf frogs appreciate some frozen and thawed, or live bloodworms every now and then, you don't have to worry about feeding them live foods all the time!

If your squeamish like me this is a very good thing! African Dwarf frogs can make your dreams of having a frog come true, with out making the nightmare of crickets running rampant all over the house come true at the same time.

Unfortunately, even though African Dwarf frogs are aquatic, they should not only eat flake fish food!

The frogs in the bag are starving! 

I rescued them from a pet store that was only feeding them fish flakes, and they weren't getting enough to eat, or enough nutrition.

Unfortunately, one of the frogs, Tabitha, died two days after I brought her home.  The rest of them are doing fine, and are healthy, happy, and nowhere near as skinnny.

I feed my frogs HBH frog and tadpole bites which are softer than normal fish pellets, to minimize the risk of impaction. Although I'm not sure that the brand of food makes a difference, it is important to feed your frogs frog and tadpole bites, and not fish food.Flake fish food doesn't provide enough nutrition, and harder pellets can cause impactions, which can lead to death

African Dwarf frogs have poor eyesight, so they have to hunt for the food - it is important to make sure that they are getting enough food, and that if there are other fish, or frogs, in the tank, they aren't getting the food before the African Dwarf frogs are getting their food.

After all, no one wants their pets to starve!

African Dwarf Frog in Cave
African Dwarf Frog in Cave

African Dwarf Frogs and Fish Food

or why you'll feed your frogs appropriate foods if you're a responsible pet owner

Lilyoffire wrote that her frogs eat fish food in the duel module, and I thought it was important enough to comment about it here.

I've included her quotes below at the end of the message.

I have never seen my African Dwarf Frogs eat fish flakes when they were provided with a quality frog food.

The frogs in the bag above had lived on a diet of flake fish food, and that's why they were starving.

They weren't getting enough nutrition.

Sure frogs might eat fish food if that's all there is to eat.

People have been known to eat all sorts of things that aren't good for them, and that they wouldn't normally eat when they had no other choice, but that doesn't mean that they will thrive if they only eat that.

If there are other foods in the tank the ADF's may be getting enough to survive.

Even if you are feeding fish pellets, the pellets aren't as soft as frog bites, and they may cause impactions.

They also aren't as nutritionally balanced as food that is specifically formulated for frogs.

If you're feeding only feeding your frogs fish flakes after reading this page and seeing pictures of what happens when that's all you feed ADF's, and you're unwilling to change to something more appropriate for them, then I really feel sorry for your frogs and I think you should reconsider pet ownership because you're obviously not concerned with your frogs health and happiness.

For more information on feeding African Dwarf Frogs please visit What, how much and how often should I feed my frog?

Although I had nothing to do with writing the articles I am a member of their forum, and I found the advice invaluable when I was searching for information on how to care for my African Dwarf Frogs.

LillyofFire says:

"who ever told you adf's don't eat fish food lied to you, I know for a fact that they do eat it.

Posted November 12, 2008

LillyofFire says:

yes but the fact about that my ADF dose eat fish food so who ever told you they don't lied about it.

Posted November 12, 2008

African Dwarf Frog Food

As I've mentioned before, African Dwarf Frogs don't eat fish food.

Although they can eat, it, they won't thrive, and they may end up starving, like the frogs in my intro photo.

I feed my frogs Frog and Tadpole bites, and frozen bloodworms, or brine shrimp.

Although I haven't tried gel foods, I don't see why they wouldn't work. If you have experience with feeding ADF's gel foods, I'd love to hear about it.

African Dwarf Frog
African Dwarf Frog

African Dwarf Frog Care

Each ADF should have at least 1 gallon of water.

That means if you have 2 ADF's they should have a 2 gallon tank, 10 ADF's should have a 10 gallon tank, and so on.

ADF's should have a temperature of 75-80F.

Slightly higher or lower temperatures ok if your frogs doesn't mind them, but keep an eye on them - if the temp is too high or too low the first warning you might find is a dead frog.

Although I was told that African Dwarf Frogs would do fine in an unheated tank when I first got them, all of the frogs I kept in unheated tanks died after a few months.

After I started keepin my frogs warmer, they lived a lot longer.

I've said it before, but ADF's should not eat freeze dried or dry pellets. Their tummies should bulge slightly after they eat, if they are eating enough.

Water should be changed once a week, using water the same temperature as the old water.

A water conditioner should be used each time water is changed .

I like Prime.

Floating African Dwarf Frog
Floating African Dwarf Frog

You have to clean the tank!

It doesn't matter what anyone else told you.

African Dwarf Frogs are live animals, and when you have live animals, they make messes, and the messes have to be cleaned up.

That means you have to clean their tanks, on a regular basis, depending on their tank size.

For tanks smaller than 5 gallons, water should be partially changed at least once a week. If you're using something 1 gallon or smaller, which you really shouldn't be doing since frogs need space, you need to change the water every 3-4 days.

If the water looks dirty, change it!

It doesn't matter what anyone else says.

Water must be changed on a regular basis.

Sure, if you have a 20 gallon or larger tank, that isn't overstocked you might be able to get away with changing the water once a month, but it's not likely with a smaller tank.

You wouldn't like to live in a place that hadn't been cleaned in 2 months, so don't expect your frog to live like that.

Water should be treated with a water conditioner (I use Prime) to get any chlorine and other chemicals that should hurt the frogs out before it's added to the tank.

Some people are being told that they are buying an ecosystem with a snail that will clean the waste.

The snails may eat leftover food, but they still make waste, and lets face it, you couldn't survive by eating your own waste, so why should you expect your pets too.

If you have pets, you have to clean up after them - that's just a fact of life.

Be a responsible pet owner, and take care of your frogs (and snail, as the case may be) and they'll have long happy lives.

If you don't, then they'll die.

Frog Books

There isn't too much published information on ADF's but you might enjoy these other books if you like frogs and toads.

African Dwarf Frog Breeding and Tadpole Care

African Dwarf Frog Breeding by Todley.

This is the best article on ADF breeding and tadpole care that I've found.

If you've had experience with breeding and raising tadpoles share what you've learned with us.

The African Dwarf Frog Cave - who'd have thought the frogs would love the cave?

The African Dwarf Frog Cave - who'd have thought the frogs would love the cave?
The African Dwarf Frog Cave - who'd have thought the frogs would love the cave?

African Dwarf Frogs

Do you have African Dwarf Frogs?

Sickness in African Dwarf Frogs

Unfortunately sometimes African Dwarf Frogs get sick.

Here are a few resources that might help you determine what's wrong with your frog.

Fat Frogs

Non-acute bloat in ADF's

I hope this helps.

If you have any further questions about your ADF's just ask.

Get out of my cave!

Get out of my cave!
Get out of my cave!

African Dwarf Frogs (and Tadpoles) on Youtube.

It's not easy being green

It's not easy being green
It's not easy being green

Chytridiomycosis in African Dwarf Frogs

If your frog has been feeling sick, hasn't been eating, is trying to climb out of the water, or has rough flaking skin, please read this article. Diagnosis of Chytridiomycosis in Commercially Purchased African Dwarf Frogs

Due to the presence of this disease all new African Dwarf frogs should be quarantined for at least two months before introducing them to an aquarium with African Dwarf Frogs.

Here is another article about Chytridiomycosis

Tell Me about your frogs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 frogs in a 5 gallon tank with 2 of those tiny golden snails with black spots you find in a pet store with all of the live plants. I had 3 but 1 got crushed in their old tank that had marbles for ground. I also have a turquoise Betta fish. So what I have is a 5 gallon tank, with 2 African Dwarf Frogs, 2 tiny aquatic snails, 1 turquoise Betta fish, 3 fake plastic plants, 1 silk plant, 1 live Bamboo plant, a mini "Whisper" filter, a heater, an outside thermometer, and sand for the bottom with marbles sticking out every once in a while to make it look like a beach. :) Think my tank is awesome? I do. And I'm proud of it! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I Have 8 in a 20 longated tank do u think it to over crowed if a add a beta

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      I don't have any but I like them.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      sharon-haendiges 4 years ago

      @Sarah LM: it's SharonHaendiges-HELP! I'm waiting on a comment about the color of my 3dwarffrogs- they are an orangy-brown with black spots coming through-anyone ever heard of this?

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mine are orange with black tail- I can see spots starting to come through-Iwatched the adults mate and most little ones were eaten before I could get to them I managed to save two of them my adults mated again all I could salvage was one I put them in a 10 gallon tank withan aerator and I started feeding them Daphnia but now they have graduated to frozen Brine shrimp. they are all very healthy but I am worried about the color I have nevere heard of an orang frog as I said there are black spots starting to come up on their backs and they are getting square around their rump area. PLEASE someone answer me! I have the pair and another one in my home tank which is a 75galllon.I feed flakes in the a.m. and bloodworms every night and they have several hiding spots-it seems that all the action takes place at night when I turn the light out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Alright, I was wondering, will Ghost Shrimp Get along with my ADFs?

      I'm planning on getting one and I need to know!

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @teamomo: They don't really grow that much. But sometimes they can get up to about, errrrr... an inch?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Usually you can find them at petsmart or petco. But usually you have to ask where they are. Why? Because they are all hiding under a decoration in their tank.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from Minnesota

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My male frog keeps trying to mate with my female. And my female keeps pushing him away! LOL!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe you try to feed them different types, like frog pellets and mashed up bloodworms.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Interesting article

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      teamomo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Go check out a local pet store! If they don't carry them, see if they can make a special order for you! :) That's what I did once!

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      teamomo 5 years ago

      I have one and he is great! How big do they get though?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I buy them at please I have been looking for over a month?

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Learn something new...Great lens!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      This lens has some great info. Wonderful setup too.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I don't have pets, but think frogs could be nice alternative to 'standards' like dogs or cats. You made great presentation. Thumbs up!

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      Always been fascinated by frogs.

      (I'd recommend using a larger image in the Introduction Module.)

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      This is a neat lens. I've never kept frogs as pets before but they look like great fun to have!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      bluepoppy lm 5 years ago

      I have 2 of these great little pets - they were originally a gift for my son, but we both love them so much that they have become family pets. We have had ours for 1 year and we read everything we can get our hands on about these guys in order to give the happiest life possible. I was actually going to do a lens on them, but found yours and yours is so great that I changed my mind. Great job on this lens and thanks for letting the world know how to take proper care of these amazing amphibians!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      LOTS of good info in this lens!

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      MadHaps LM 5 years ago

      Great info. Glade to see you discuss proper care and give resources.

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      How cute are they!?!? I don't have any but they look amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

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      rockenroller 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, keep up the great work

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Shana. Unfortunately our other ADF died about a month ago and while cleaning out the tank I found the other ADF's skeleton in between the rocks. :(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Sandy --- Did you ever find you missing ADF? One of mine just went missing, I have been reading its common for them to hide so well we think they are gone, then in a couple of days, they reappear? Just wanted to follow up with you.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Excellent and informative lens - blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My son just got two of these frogs as a present. I guess they sell them at green earth as a "gift". The small cube container they sell them in as their long term home is ridiculous! I want to get them in a bigger home but I was told the ecosystem in the tank has to work perfectly for them to live. Is there a safe way to make these guys a better home?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My son got 2 African dwarf frogs plus the tank and food for xmas over 2 years ago, although they are HIS frogs I'm the one that's made sure they had a cleaned tank and were fed. Today I went to feed them and noticed one is gone...No he did not jump out (the tank is secured) so my question is.....If one of them dies does the other one eat them or do they disintegrate? I've never had frogs before (personally I do not care for them) so I do not know much about them other then what I read in the directions that came with the frog set. I did look to see if he/she was hiding somewhere else in the tank, but did not find it. Even though I'm not a frog person these little guys grew on me and I'm now concerned that the one that's left has nobody to hang out with. Should I go buy another one since they are "social" frogs? Thanks for any advise you send my way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I already posted this elsewhere on this site but ours (African dwarf frog) ate a hot pink rock off the bottom of our tank and it slowly faded in color and size and he seems fine, this was over a week and a half ago, so don't give up hope! I found this site trying to research if they are supposed to eat rocks. We have since changed to larger river type rocks and they seem fine with those.

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      kadibrew 6 years ago

      i watched my frogs do the egg laying/fertilizing thing today. She was eating the eggs as fast as she laid them, but i managed to get about 20 eggs in a glass. Does anyone know what i do next?

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      I don't have frogs! I have cats but this was fascinating to read. First, I have seen these frogs before but didn't know their classification. Second, it's amazing how much work even the tiniest of animals are! (speaking regarding my kitties and your section on tank cleaning :) )

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Change to bigger rocks or sand ASAP! Yes rocks can kill him. I think you may mean that it is an Albino ADF, not a white one. I have the same thing, they tried eating the rocks and I switched to sand. Had to put on a prefilter sponge to keep the filter from cloggin but all is good now. Good luck,.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, I would buy from somewhere else. I have had two ADF's for over a year now, In a 5 gal tank with a filter, getting big and healthy and I do not do all of the fancy stuff to the water. I use bottled water for tank and do 30% changes once a week and a full change every three weeks. I keep the tank heated in the fall, winter and spring but live in Fl so I take it our for the summer and monitor the temp each morning, always perfect. I feed some frozed beef hearts, live blackworms and some freeze dried shrimp (I know not reccommended by everyone but works for me). I also get them either ghost shrimp or feeder fish twice a month. I've never had any water issues, they eat great, even eat the worms off of chop sticks and the beef off my finger tip. They are not as difficult as the internet makes them sound.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The one grabbing hold is your male. They are matting, it is very normal. Can last for several hours. If the female is ready to mate she will carry him around for hours, then go belly up with him still attached and release her fertilized eggs at the top of the water.

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      Sarah 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Hi Karen, how are you cleaning the tank? Is it fully cycled? If you are buying them from the same store, there may be problems with diseases in the tanks at that store, or at their suppliers.

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      Sarah 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Hi Susan, I haven't heard about this problem. I also haven't heard about any white African dwarf frogs, are you sure he isn't an African clawed frog? Either way, I hope he'll be ok.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a four year old White African Dwarf frog. I feed him blood worms and frog food. Once in a while I even give him some cooked chopped up shimp [ which he loves]. Lately I have noticed that he is eating the stones on the bottom of his tank. I can even see them buldgging in his stomach.Yuck! Will he pass them? Is this going to kill him? Please Help me figure out Henry's rock Problem!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      HELP. I HAD TWO AFRICAN DWARF FROGS FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. THEY DIED. I'M NOT SURE WHY. I HAVE SINCE BOUGHT SIX MORE. TWO AT A TIME, BUT THEY KEEP DYING! THE TANK IS CLEAN, THE WATER HAS BEEN TESTED. I'VE BEEN FEEDING THEM. THEY ACT FINE FOR A FEW DAYS, AND THEN I FIND THEM LAYING ON THEIR BACKS ON THE BOTTOM. . .KICKING AROUND A LITTLE BIT. IF YOU CAN EMAIL ME THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

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      Lironah 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That means look for tadpoles soon.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have 2 african dwarf frogs and I unfortunately think they are male and female...I just did some reading so now...to my detrament, I think I have a boy and girl....what does it mean when 1 of the frogs has the other in something of a chock hold or has its arms wrapped around the other and it won't let go?

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      Lironah 6 years ago

      Our frogs, Ariel and Triton, did very well by themselves in an unheated tank, but once we had a little money, we got them set up with hiding places, plants, and a proper filtering system. We even got them some friends. They still seem to be very happy, though we don't see as much of them now that they can hide.

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      turner-bob 6 years ago

      interesting lens!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good lens, cute topic. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      bhoneyb 6 years ago

      @Sarah LM: thank you for your response. My little frog is doing real good now. He is no longer coming out of the water. He was sheding so maybe that is why he was doing it because he is done shedding and now he stays in the water..I would love to know how to tell what sex they are can you tell me how to do that? Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are super cute frogs!

      Knowing the correct care for a pet is so important. Good work!

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      Sarah 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @bhoneyb: I've always heard that getting out of the water is a sign of diseases. How long have you had the frog, and how long has it been doing this? ADF's do shed their skin, so that is normal.

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      bhoneyb 6 years ago

      i have two African dwarf frogs one of the two likes to get out of the water. I have a floating device in my tank and he crawls on it and sits there for hours why ? will this hurt him? he is molting or that's what it looks like. please let me know i don't want them to die

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Very informative for people like me which don't know about this particular frog.

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      noobeegin 6 years ago

      I have many frogs but.... they are all "non-living". Frog statues, pics and one lovely beenie frog named Noobeegin.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i have never liked frogs, but you have made me change my opinion on them

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      for the last 2 days i kept noticing something in frankie my frog water. then skin came off him. so i changed his water. woke-up and he was on the bottom of his bowl. he passed away. did i do something wrong?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have two african dwarf frogs, one is Brielle-and the other is JuneBug, which I just got her today. They are soo different in personalities!!!! Brielle is very scared, and small, while, June is larger, with a freckle on her head. Junebug is also very calm, and doesn't mind being touched. [although i'd never handle them too much] They're amazing little frogs!! I highly recemmend them.

      although....i've been having a trouble feeding them....does anyone know the best way to get them to eat?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing these little frogs are kind of cute.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      HELP! I bought 2 ADF from the pet store to live with my beta. Everything seemed to be going fine at first, but on the second day one of the frogs died.

      The second frog seemed to be doing great, very active... but then I couldn't find him. The next day I discovered him wedged in a tiny opening at the top of the tank. he looked dead but when my boyfriend tried to scoop him out he saw the frog move.

      20 mins later he was definitely dead :(

      What happened??? I have heard of frogs living for years. I really want to try again but I'm scared of killing more helpless frogs :(

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I have two ADFs in a small tank. Got them four days ago. It seems like all they do is hang out at the top, with their heads out. A few times I thought they were dead. I am also curious...is this normal?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Our ADF has been a member of our family for 2 weeks now. my mother got the frog for my daughter, and the petsmart people... weren't very frog smart. he's been living in a 6 cup beta keeper. today we went out in search of a new tank, a plant, and a friend for him. we decided on a bamboo plant. i forgot to get more gravel for the new tank and the snail (his new friend) along with the too large bamboo are still in this small container. the bamboo ids so large that it lays in the container at an angle. the frog is staying perched on the bamboo. not trying to escape, but just "hanging" out with only his head above the water. i read about the chytridiomycosis, but i really have a feeling he's just as happy as can be. is this normal for the frog to want to poke his head out of the water for extended periods of time?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: did you use a water conditioner first before putting the frogs in the tank?

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      pottytrainyourdog 7 years ago

      I used to have 2 ADFs in my 15 gallon community tank. They were pretty interesting creatures. : ) I used to be able to hear the "croaking" noises that they make at night. But then one of them suddenly died from an unknown cause, and I didn't hear any noises anymore. :( They were always hanging out together too. The only part that was kind of annoying was the feeding. I had to use chopsticks to feed them frozen bloodworms and you gotta make sure that they eat them first, because the fish always figure out there's food wayyy before those frogs do, LOL. They definitely weren't the quickest to notice when there's food.. In fact, you'd think they were nearly blind from how they didn't notice the worms in front of their nose until 10 seconds later!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just put my 2 DAFs in a new 1.5 gallon tank with fresh spring water. After rinsing everything the new water still looks cloudy. Also, one of the frogs, Fred, has developed a pink tinge to his skin - this happening overnight! They are both active and eating well and otherwise seem happy to have the space. (They were in a cube at a Hallmark store) Should I use a Whisper filter in their tank?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have two ADF I didn't know much about them except i saw them in the pet store and they were cute. I went home and did my home work on them, and returned to the store to bring my little buddies home, However at the time in the store me being excited and all i over looked to see what sex they are. I brought them home and placed them in there tank while still in bag (the pet store placed them in) once in the tank they were happy and swimming. I placed a little wagon that is safe to be in the water, in the wagon i place there food leaving the wagon in the same spot in the tank where food would be easy to find. Their home is a 2.5 gal. tank big enough just for the two if them, includes a cover with light so we can see them and so they could not escape, a water filter (filter suction safe and small so they don't get sucked into it) and a water heater, thermometer, plants and gravel. My little buddies love it! Murphy loves his sweetie Molly and he sings to her and places his little arms around her and holds on well she swims. Loves her so much they made babies. I saved what I could about 9 tads before I cleaned the tank and placed the tads in another container with water heater, tads are about 2.5 weeks old and doing fine. Since Murphy likes singing and Molly lays eggs it is impossible to save all the tads and I feel bad when I clean the tank with eggs :( but it is important for Molly and Murphy to be in a clean happy home. I am now trying to raise the tadpoles (first time for me to have frogs and tads and so far so good)

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      Sonya Chappell 7 years ago from UK

      I haven't tried African Dwarf frogs but this might just tempt me. My children and I had great fun setting up a tank with local frogspawn and then releasing Zoomo and friends locally. They are amazing animals!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i think i accidentally froze my frogs. will they come back to life?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @josmocha1: you must feed them at least every other day! i feed mine everyday. feed them until their stomachs plump out. that means they are full. and diss those pellets that come with the kit. you need to buy frog and tadpole pellets and possibly some frozen foods.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am trying to figure out how long they live? I have two that are going 6 years now. They are as happy as pie and they love each other. I think I have two girls but they cuddle each other all of the time. After reading your page I realized I am not such a great frog owner - I need to be better to them (like find the worms - they have lived on the frog pellets). Great site!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I love frogs! My son had an ADF many years ago. For some reason it kept escaping the tank and I would find in under this or behind that. Actually one of the dogs would find it. We could never figure out why it wanted out..... Great lens.

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      ohmydogsupplies 7 years ago

      We never had frogs in our fish tank though it might be a good idea.

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      trishanine 7 years ago

      I need help please! I just noticed one of my ADF's two front feet are gone! this must have just happened. We are are cycling our new tank. The nitrite level was high for several days but with frequent partial water changes I got the levels back down to .5

      What do I do? Will they grow back? Does he have an infection?

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      josmocha1 7 years ago

      Hey i just two ADF's a couple weeks ago. They came with a starting kit. The starting kit says to feed them 4 pellets 2 times a week. Is the right? i feel like they should be eatting more. they look skinny to me.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Nice lens! I think frogs are so darn cool. I have some in my yard. We used to have a tiny one that lived in our greenhouse but haven't seen it this year.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: The females have a small protrusion where a tail might be (if adf's had tails) and the males don't. The females are also slightly larger than the males.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just got two african frogs for christmas last night. I have always loved frogs and am glad that i looked up some info about them otherwise they would have starved with the fish flakes the people told me to get for them. I also might want to get a bigger tank for them to play in. do i need to bag them and get them used to the water like you do with fish or just put them in there??

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      The Frogs in the Pond just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just got mine last night how do i know if a boy of girl?????

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      Sarah 7 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to noel] Hi Noel, you should feed your frogs once or twice a day - whenever it's convenient for you.

      Pick a time that you're likely to remember, if you're scared you might forget.

      I always feed my fish before I jump in the shower in the morning, and after I feed my dogs at night.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very cool, nice work! I've never seen these before.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what times shud i feed him and wat would i name him[in reply to Sarah]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi frog lovers, ijust my two little guys acouple of days ago ! I have always loved frogs but have never had any like these loveable blokes! I named them francis and luke.all my friends just love them !with them Iam never bored or lonely !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      our little guy lost his front right leg. It appears to be growing back. Is this possible?

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      Sarah 7 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to Josh] Hi Josh, prices depend on your local pet stores - here they are between $3-$5, depending on the stores.

      You'll also need a heater, which usually costs between $10-$30, depending on the brand and the watts, and a cover for the tank if you don't already have one.

      The frog food is usually less than $5.00 per bottle, and one bottle should last you at least a year with 2-3 ADF's.

      If you get healthy frogs to start with, change their water enough, keep them in an appropriately heated tank, that's big enough for the frogs, and don't feed them too much, then I think they are less likely to get and die from diseases than fish are.

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      Sarah 7 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to Kimsworld] You're welcome KIm, they do get big! I checked our local Walmart, and they did mention that the frogs got 5 1/2 inches on their shelf tags, but that doesn't mean that all stores list that information.

      That's one of the reasons why it's so important to research before you buy a new pet, although I know I haven't always done that myself.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My frogs are Bert and Ernie. They are my little buddies. I have had them about 6 mths and there are so fun to watch. I have learnd a lot from your site. thanks for all the info. They just got a new home and I wanted to make sure it was just right. Thanks again.

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      Kimsworld LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great lense. I have an Albino African Clawed Frog. I bought her at a Walmart for my son for Christmas. No one told they grow so big. I wrote a lense about her here on Squidoo to let people know they get big. I didn't know anything about them, and I am still learning. Thank you for your helpful info on frog keeping.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Cindy]

      At most local grocery stores you can buy a gallon of "Spring Water" for about $1.00 in the bottled water section. I use that and it works great for my frogs.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi im just wondering how much does it cost too buy them?

      and ive got a tank with a filter, i will just have 2 or 3 adf's and nothin else what else will i need and how much will it cost a year. Also they seem to have a lot of health problems are they prone to dying of disease, more than fish etc?

      Thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, my son got two frogs from school ,they class was done with them and it was either find homes or flush.I could not let that happen to the poor things, so now we have two. We also have no clue how to take care of them! Help!Right now they are in a small fish tank a bit bigger than a beta tank but not much. He told me he was getting one frog not two.We have some pellets that say they are for frogs.The main problem I have right now is mt daughter took them for a walk around the hose and spilled a lot of the water out.I know I should not just pour in tap water but they need more water so what to do?Please help the frogs I do not want them to get sick I just do not know what to do.

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      Sarah 8 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to o] O, it can be difficult to find healthy, happy ADF's. You can check out your local pet stores, are look at online aquarium sites which sell fish.

      Make sure you get all of the frogs at the same time, so that you don't have to worry about introducing diseased frogs to healthy frogs.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      where can i buy some adf i've done quit a lot of research and apparently they like to live in groups 3-6

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Look like some very fun frogs to have around. I've thought about getting some frogs, now maybe I will. Thanks for making this lens with all this information. Great resources!

      Susie

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      Sarah 8 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to Robyn ] Hi Robyn, some frogs enjoy hanging out at the top of the tank - one of my frogs did all the time, but the others rarely did.

      As long as it isn't trying to climb out of the tank, and is acting normally otherwise, it should be fine.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi,

      My frog has been hanging at the top of the tank. Im worried. how do I know if he/she is sick?