African Dwarf Frog


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African Dwarf Frog (Hymenochirus curtipes) 1 inch in size


Caring for African Dwarf Frogs

  1. Tank size: A 10-gallon tank is sufficient for a pair of African Dwarf Frogs. If you want to keep more than two, you will need a larger tank.

  2. Water temperature: African Dwarf Frogs require a water temperature between 72-78°F (22-25.5°C). You can use a heater to maintain the water temperature.

  3. Water quality: It's important to keep the water clean and well-aerated. A filter can help keep the water clean, and you should change 20% of the water every week.

  4. Substrate: Use a fine sand or gravel substrate, and avoid large gravel that can harm the frogs.

  5. Lighting: African Dwarf Frogs don't need special lighting, but you can use a low-intensity light to create a day/night cycle.

  6. Feeding: African Dwarf Frogs are carnivorous and will eat small live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. You can also feed them small pellets designed for aquatic amphibians.

Tank Mates

African Dwarf Frogs are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful fish and invertebrates, such as:

  • Guppies
  • Corydoras catfish
  • Shrimp
  • Snails
  • Kuhli Loaches

Avoid keeping African Dwarf Frogs with large or aggressive fish that can harm them.


Breeding African Dwarf Frogs is relatively easy. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Separate the male and female frogs into their own tanks for a few weeks.

  2. Feed them a high-protein diet of live or frozen foods.

  3. When the female is ready to lay eggs, she will lay them on the water surface, and the male will fertilize them.

  4. After the eggs are fertilized, you can remove the parents from the tank.

  5. The eggs will hatch in 2-7 days, and the tadpoles will develop over the next 6-8 weeks.

  6. Once the tadpoles have developed into frogs, you can move them to a separate tank.

Keep in mind that not all African Dwarf Frogs will breed, and you may need to try a few times before successful breeding occurs.

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