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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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African Dwarf Frog Keepers/Enthusiats

Hey I am just wondering how many of you also keep ADF?
I know I have seen a few of you around the forum!
I'm very interested as to what kind of set ups other people here on TPT have their frogs in, what they like about them, etc.
I just think it would be cool to see it all in one thread.

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Frogfarm,

I'd love to have couple of ADFs in my 25G tank, to keep company with neons, platies, guppies and 1 bn pleco.

But I'd read they were high-maintenance and needed to be almost spoon-fed. A neighbor of mine tells me this isn't true and says has had no problems with his....

What's your experience?

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But I'd read they were high-maintenance and needed to be almost spoon-fed.
I don't know about that. My brother had one in a 3 gal tank when he moved away to college and he left the tank behind in his old bedroom. My mom felt bad for the little guy so she fed him once in a while, but he went well over a year without a water change or tank cleaning. The tank walls were so nasty that you couldn't see into the tank and he seemed healthy. Probably not happy, but healthy.
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I have two African CLAWED Frogs. (: I love them.
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African Clawed Frogs are very cool too!

They're surprisingly durable, actually.
The main things you need to be careful about are tank depth to prevent drowning and quarantine to prevent disease/infection.

Gbose, what are the measurements of your aquarium?

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We had an African Dwarf Frog. It would only eat if you held the food directly in front of its face, we had some 12" tweezers we used to feed it. It didn't do much of anything.
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Here is a shot of one of the 2 in my 55 gal. I love watching them shoot to the top of the tank and then do their "zen" float around the tank. I have had no real problem getting them to eat. I feed the entire tank then drop some sinking pelets in each front corner. Usually the frogs and whisker shrimp share them pretty well.
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We had an African Dwarf Frog. It would only eat if you held the food directly in front of its face, we had some 12" tweezers we used to feed it. It didn't do much of anything.
^ Sounds like an unhealthy/unhappy ADF, most likely because he/she was kept alone.
Also, these frogs are nocturnal, so they spend most of the day doing... well... not much of anything!

I've not had a problem with feeding my ADF, besides my current Betta, Phantom, who is a total pig and won't let anyone else eat. He's getting his own pad soon though, so it won't be a problem anymore.

Other than that feeding hasn't been an issue, though I do feed them by hand a lot, just for the fun of it and because I like that when I stick my hand in, they aren't afraid of it but excited.

Great photo! That frog looks like he is on the hunt.

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my girlfriend and i bought 2 ADF a while ago, mine died after about 1 1/2 yrs, hers was given to her sister when we moved in together. her sister kept it in prob about a 1 gallon tank with barely any water changes. it lived for about 3 years and finally her cat got to it.
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Yeah they are tough alright.
Keeping them in groups of at least 4 always has a good effect on their health.

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I haven't had any in years, but have in the past. I always thought they were pretty low maintenance. A friend of mines first aquarium was a planted 2 gallon hex with 3 dwarf frogs. Evidently, they were pretty happy with the setup, as they bred for her a few times a week.


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Yes I have had people tell me they're high maintenance, but from what I've experienced they're pretty simple and easy to care for.
I had them in a 10 gallon when I was a kid with no problems.

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The main things you need to be careful about are tank depth to prevent drowning
If it weren't for that I'd have a couple of these guys.
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Sadly a lot of people don't take that into consideration when getting ADF.
Some people say they can live in water as deep as 40" but I definitely wouldn't risk it.

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Sadly a lot of people don't take that into consideration when getting ADF.
Some people say they can live in water as deep as 40" but I definitely wouldn't risk it.
My tank isn't even 40". It's 23" deep, but that seems like a lot for the little guys to handle.
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