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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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African Dwarf Frog and Betta?

Hello all...Ill try to make this short since I'm sure this topic isn't exactly unheard of...I am in the process of cycling my new fluval spec v 5 gallon for my male Betta. It will be planted with a carpet(dwarf baby tears or flame moss depending on LFS) and some water wisteria. Does anybody with ADF experience have any advice or warnings on keep a froggy with a Betta and a few cherry shrimp in this size tank?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:37 PM
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I have kept ADFs with a male betta before without indecent. However he was in general very mild mannered. I have never kept an ADF with shrimp however as I was told they would mess with the webbing between their toes. I cannot attest to this being true or not.

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Personally I would say no, don't put the betta and ADF together. My managers ADF killed her betta.

Both bettas and ADF's will go after your shrimp too.

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depends on the betta and frog. ive had bettas and frogs with shrimp with no problems but ive had the opposite where someone wants the shrimp.

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ADF will eat anything that can fit in their mouth. But they're very slow and clumsy. It's unlikely that they'll catch your shrimp, especially if the tank is plant b/c that's where the shrimp will stay and the frog will stay on the bottom. I have two ADF with multiple shrimp and they all seem fine. I've had betta's in there also and it was fine. Just be sure you actually have a DWARF African clawed frog and not just a small african clawed frog. The non-dwarf version will get large and will eat even more voraciously than the dwarf version.
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I can't speak to shrimp, but my betta and frog are doing just fine together in my Spec V. They mainly stay away from each other. I think it depends on the disposition of your betta and frog. An overly aggressive betta or frog would change the dynamic for sure. My betta is more concerned with swimming through the plants and the frog is timid and easily spooked. (He's afraid of his food when I drop it for him, if that tells you anything.) The frog also has shown no aggression towards the small school of rasboras or the otos.

Be sure to get an african dwarf frog and not a CLAWED frog. Everything I read said the clawed ones get larger and are more aggressive. I double checked the front feet of mine before purchasing to make sure they were webbed. I also chose a smaller frog to avoid any mouth-to-fish ratio issues. Good luck!

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