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 are great for controlling your fry population and bottom scavengers. To reduce the amount of fry guppies you have in your tank, get some African Dwarf Frogs. They’ll eat guppy eggs to help ease the situation. If you don’t use them to control a population of guppy guppies, they can be difficult to feed.
African Dwarf Frogs can be finicky eaters. We have put together a mini guide on how to keep your aquatic friends in good shape and full bellies. We will be discussing some of the feeding characteristics and tips for African Dwarf Frogs in this article.
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. Aquarium owners have to ensure that African Dwarf Frogs can stay in the water longer without separating from their food source. Dwarf frogs can be slow eaters and may return to their food source later to get another bite.
Frozen or live black worms are the best food choices for African Dwarf Frogs. While frozen bloodworms may be the most well-known food source, they can also be a great choice for aquatic critters. Frozen bloodworms won’t disintegrate quickly, so your frogs are able to enjoy their favorite foods. However, frozen bloodworms can be used as an alternative. They tend to float on top of the water while frozen bloodworms sink to the bottom when they defrost. Live black worms are a better option if you don’t want food to be provided every day.
While blackworms may not be the most common food choice for African Dwarf Frogs they have their own unique set of 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. These worms can be kept inside the tank as they are able to provide food for hungry frogs.
African Dwarf Frogs grab and pull the worms into its mouths using 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. Your frogs will be healthier and more fat-free if they have high levels of protein.
Both black worms as well as frozen bloodworms are high-quality food sources. High-quality food will make your frogs happier and keep their 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 small aquariums. The aquarium must be smaller than the space available for waste dispersal. A larger concentration of waste will result in less healthy animals and more cleaning. By investing in a larger tank and high-quality food, your animals will live healthier and happier lives.
Food pellets are a food source that should be avoided. As mentioned, the African Dwarf Frogs are slow eaters and pellets dissolve in water rapidly. The pellets will quickly disintegrate and your frogs won’t have as much time to enjoy the meal. As well, disintegrating pellets means more unnecessary waste for your tank. It is best to give your African Dwarf Frogs pellets. This way if the pellets do disintegrate, they are less like to disperse throughout the tank or become lodged in the gravel.
African Dwarf frog behavior
One important note to add is the common behavior of African Dwarf Frogs that usually has owners concerned. Many people are concerned about their frogs’ welfare if they see them hugging for several days and then not moving for a full day. This is a common behavior among frogs and a sign that they are mating. The African Dwarf Frogs’ females are larger and the males have a thinner body. It is normal to see a smaller frog hugging another larger frog. The frogs are simply doing as nature calls.
You should ensure you have enough space if you plan to raise some tadpoles. 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. If you are sure to feed them correctly, in no time you could have thriving and happy frogs living in your aquarium.