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. If you have too many fry guppies in a tank, add some African Dwarf Frogs and they’ll eat guppy fry to ease the population. These frogs are more difficult to care for if they’re not being used to manage a guppy population.
African Dwarf Frogs are finicky eaters, but we have compiled a mini-guide on how to keep your aquatic buddies in top shape with full bellies. This article will discuss some characteristics and feeding tips for 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. Aquarium owners have to ensure that African Dwarf Frogs can stay in the water longer without separating from their food source. The dwarf frogs may be reluctant to eat and return to the water source for another bite later on.
Frozen bloodworms and live blackworms are the best options 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. Although freeze dried bloodworms are an option, they can also be used. However, dried bloodworms tend to float to the surface while frozen bloodworms fall to the bottom as soon as they defrost. Living black worms might be a better choice if you don’t have to feed them 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 will live in your tank and will burrow into the gravel. This makes them a more long-lasting food source. They can live in your tank, providing food 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. Higher levels of protein are better for keeping your frogs healthy and fat.
Both frozen blood worms and black worms are a high-quality food source. High-quality food will make your frogs happier and keep their tank cleaner. Often these frogs will be sold in other places outside of pet stores, like mall kiosks, where they are advertised as living in a small aquarium. The smaller the aquarium is, the less space there is for waste to disperse. 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 one food source that we don’t recommend. The African Dwarf Frogs are slow-eaters and food pellets disintegrate quickly in water. Frogs will take less time to enjoy their food before the pellet becomes too disintegrated. Additionally, pellets that have been disintegrated will cause more waste in your tank. It is best to give your African Dwarf Frogs pellets. 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
It is important to note that African Dwarf Frogs are known for their common behavior. This often causes owners concern. 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. Female African Dwarf Frogs are wider, whereas the males are skinnier. There is no reason to be alarmed if you see a smaller one hugging a bigger one. Frogs simply do what nature commands.
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 make a great addition for your aquarium. You can have happy, healthy frogs in no time if you make sure you feed them properly.