Amphibians for Freshwater Aquariums: Dwarf African Frog
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Dwarf African Frog
(Hymenochirus curtipes)
Dwarf African Frog
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Brown, Green, Tan
Diet Carnivore, Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 5-8, pH 6.8-7.8
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Hong Kong
Family Pipidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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Overview

The Dwarf African Frog is a delightful amphibian that's making a splash among hobbyists. As a true aquatic species, the Dwarf African Frog makes a unique addition to the peaceful freshwater community aquarium. However, the Dwarf African Frog is easier to care for and best observed when housed in its very own aquarium. As its name suggests, the Dwarf African Frog is a very diminutive animal that can easily become prey if kept with large fish. This docile frog is slow and meticulous in its movement and feeding behavior. It is not uncommon for faster, more agile fish to consume all the food intended for the Dwarf African Frog.

The Dwarf African Frog should be housed in an established aquarium no smaller than 10 gallons in size. The ideal setup should be aquascaped using soft or smooth substrate and lots live plants, driftwood and rocks to provide ample places for the Dwarf African Frog to seek shelter or explore. Artificial or silk-like plants are also a great choice. A tightly-fitting cover is required to prevent unwanted escape. Slightly lower the water level below the aquarium rim for added protection against escape. A well filtered aquarium with stable water temperature is essential for the health of your Dwarf African Frog. Since the Dwarf African Frog is mainly active at night, subdue or filtered lighting provides ideal daytime lighting conditions. The Dwarf African Frog is social in nature and will appreciate the company of other Dwarf African Frogs. A small group consisting of at least three Dwarf African Frogs creates a lively and entertaining setup.

The Dwarf African Frog is a carnivore that requires meaty foods such and frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/4".

Customer Testimonials

Sam K Oklahoma City , OK
This is by far my favorite pet in my aquarium. They were a bit reclusive at first, just hiding all day, but as they got used to their surroundings they started coming out. Now they're at the front of the tank everytime I come into the room, swimming into the front of the glass and hoping that it was feeding time! I feed them freeze-dried tubifex worms. I buy them in the small cubes, which I cut into smaller pieces, and then hand feed them. They are a very peaceful addition to a community aquarium, although they don't grow to be very big at all. All in all, I love the frogs, and I believe this was the best buy of my entire aquarium.
Cody B Oxford , CT
The African Dwarf Frog is a joy to keep, they are easy going amphibians that are fully aquatic. The only problem I've ever had with these is getting them to eat when first introduced to the aquarium. I recommend blood worms and frozen or live brine shrimp. When feeding, I also recommend putting the food on a chopstick and putting it in front of the frog. These frogs have poor eyesight, so putting the food in front of them is essential. They tend to sleep in odd positions, often appearing dead. I would keep these away from crayfish, red clawed crabs, and fiddler crabs due to the fact that they can become an easy meal. Overall, a wondeful addition to any community tank!
John F Pampa , TX
These guys entertaining enough that they got their own 55 gallon aquarium. They are energetic and love to explore and have quite a personality! They are extremely small, the 1-1.5 inch is a stretch, even if it is from snout to toes, 2 could easily sit on a penny. Don't forget to do your homework if your adding these to an existing aquarium. Several other common aquarium fish IE, Plecos don't get along with these guys at all. On the other hand small Fry make for tasty treats for these frogs and should be kept clear!
J'Mari H Richmond , VA
I have a 55 gallon community tank with 5 African Dwarf Frogs. 4 females, 1 male. They are one of my favorite pets within the aquarium, and have gotten so used to me that they swim to my hand anytime its in the water. They started mating literally as soon as I put them in the water. They always are laying eggs but no successful hatches as the other fish eat them. Feeding them black worms with a plastic syringe has proven to be VERY beneficial, as it not only increases size VERY quickly but also is the easiest way to endure that they eat the food intended for them. I only give a portion that they can consume anywhere between 30 - 45 seconds. Very easy to care for and provide a lot of entertainment with them curious and exploitative personalities.
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