African dwarf frog

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African dwarf frog

Origin:

The African dwarf frog is found in various African nations including: Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.

Size:

3 inches

Aquarium Size:

90 litres / 20 US gal

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 22 – 26°C
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.8
  • Hardness: Moderately soft – moderately hard

Diet:

The African dwarf frog is omnivorous but prefers a meaty diet. Prepared pellet foods will be accepted and meaty treats such as bloodworm, mosquito larvae and daphnia will keep your frogs very happy.

Behaviour:

The dwarf frog is peaceful, but will consider anything that can fit in its mouth as food. Shrimp and snails will likely be eaten along with any tiny fish, such as fry.

Tank mates should be of a peaceful disposition, molly’ platy’ and tetra are some good examples.

Sexing:

Females are considerably rounder than males. The tail bud of the female is much larger.

Breeding:

Breeding African dwarf frogs is easy, but they do require a significant trigger to begin spawning.

The water level needs to be lowered over 4 weeks until it is only around 7 – 10cm deep. It then needs to be refilled and heated to 29°C. High quality foods should be fed throughout the process and the female should become noticeably fatter as she produces eggs.

Once the eggs are laid and fertilised, it is often best to remove the parents or they will eat them. Eggs will hatch after a few days producing tadpoles which will metamorphosise into tiny frogs over a 6 week period.

Notes:

African dwarf frogs are a great addition to the community tank and are very interesting little creatures. They are quite sensitive so care must be taken with their set-up, water quality and tank mates.

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