African Dwarf Frog
Alternative Name(s): Congo frog , ADF(abrev)
Scientific Name(s): Hymenochirus boetgeri
Category: Freshwater Invertebrate
Maximum Size: 7cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 50 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 18"
Water Temperature Range: 24-26°C
Water pH Range: 7.2-7.6
Water Hardness Range: 0-0 dGH

General Information: Completely aquatic frog species fond of well planted aquaria. Only suitable for very peaceful aquaria, as boisterous fish tankmates must be avoided. Hunts by smell and vibration sensing. Rather oversold as truly suitable for community, much better kept in a species aquarium and properly catered for. Many wane from lack of food recognition and improper provision of diet. Large fish may pick on them. For the calmest and most peaceful of aquaria only.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: Nutritional balance difficult to achieve for long term health, carnivore, various chronomid midge larvae, small worm pieces, tiny fish fry, brineshrimp, commercial formulas available. A few may take fishfoods.
Compatibility: Will be fine with any fish who won't eat them or out compete them for food. Best kept with small fish and bettas. Peaceful but may snap randomly at movement. Easily victimised.
Recommendations: More for the specialist than communit. Slow flow, planted aquaria with good oxygenation and protected filter intakes. Better allowed to hunt by movement, fish presence may throw the frog off target.
Common Problems: Starvation from food recognition issues and heavy competition from fish, slow feeders. Nutritional deficiency from lacking range of livefoods. Aeromonas and fungal infections, trapped limbs.
Similar Species: Don't mix up Dwarf frogs with Clawed frogs who will grow much larger and eat your small fish!!! Dwarf Frogs are NEVER albino frogs.
Sexing: Hard to seperate. Generally females are bigger. Males look 'rougher' and sometimes have white bumps just behind their front limbs.
Breeding: Very hard to breed. ADF's breed when the tank environment is made warmer. Tadpoles MUST be separated immediately into an aerated tank kept at 74F.
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