Sunday, September 2, 2012

Info On African Dwarf Frogs~ And Fish Update

I know I didn't much about frogs before I got one, so I went Searching to find some Info. I got this from Wikipedia. I found I quite interesting. I thought I would share it.

African dwarf frogs are commonly found as pets. They first became popular in the 1960s and have spread to the pet trade all over the world. They are desirable pets because of their low maintenance requirements compared to other amphibians. African clawed frogs are often sold erroneously as African dwarf frogs. The astute pet owner will recognize the difference, however, because of the following characteristics:
  • Dwarf frogs have four webbed feet. African clawed frogs have webbed hind feet while their front feet have autonomous digits.
  • African dwarf frogs have eyes positioned on the sides of their heads, while African clawed frogs have eyes on the tops of their heads.
  • African clawed frogs have curved, flat snouts. The snout of an African dwarf frog is pointed.
African dwarf frogs are very active and rarely will sit still for any period of time. When stationary, the African dwarf frog has been known to float in one spot, with its legs and arms completely outstretched, resting on one foot. This is a normal behaviour called "burbling". Sometimes they will just float with arms and legs spread out, drifting on the surface. African dwarf frogs are generally peaceful with animals of their own size, but their diet, sometimes include smaller animals. Other fish are known to eat the eggs of these frogs. African dwarf frogs spend most of their time near the bottom of the water, where they feel safe from predators. Most frogs will sleep up to 12 hours a day, provided there is no potential threat of predators.
These frogs be are suggested to be kept in a group of two or more due to their social nature. A minimum of two gallons per frog (since they are each around two inches when streched out) is needed to keep these frogs, as they are very active and need the space to move. Despite being fully aquatic, the African dwarf frog still needs to be able to reach the surface to breathe. Very high or deep tanks over 20 inches in height are not recommended. These amphibians are not great swimmers, so water currents should be kept low. Very deep tanks may pose a challenge to their ability to breathe. In the wild, the Congo forest floods yearly to a depth of 24 or more inches. So anything less than that will be suitable. They also should be kept in an enclosure with a secure cover to prevent escape and plenty of hiding spaces as in the wild they tend to be prey to a variety of animals and causes skittish behaviour in open spaces. The optimum water temperature for aquatic frogs is 75–82°F. The pH of the water should be maintained betw45een 6.5 and 7.5.

Dwarf frog shown in an aquarium
These frogs cannot survive out of water for longer than 20 minutes in low humidity, as they will dry out They are compatible with most bottom feeders and algae eaters. Respectful tropical fish such as neon tetras can also be used as tankmates, although aggressive fish will often fight or injure the frogs. As African dwarves are slow eaters, it is not uncommon for tankmates to eat all the food while the frogs go hungry. If this becomes a problem, methods of delivering the food directly to the bottom of the tank (such as with a turkey baster) should be employed to ensure the frogs are adequately fed. African dwarves can also learn to climb into a cupped hand or a brine shrimp net that is lifted to the tank surface. The frogs can then be fed live blackworms from a pipette, or small frog pellets. This prevents harassment from fish.
African dwarf frogs do not have teeth, so they swallow their food whole. Common foods include blood worms, brine shrimp, water fleas (daphnia), shrimp, and various brands of commercial frog food. These frogs will also eat mosquito larvae, black worms, guppy fry, glassworms, tadpole bites, reptomin, gammarus, dried krill, baby shrimp, frozen beefheart, small fish, and small earthworms. On rare occasions, these frogs will eat water snails and brittle shells. African dwarf frogs are bottom-feeders and are rarely seen eating at the surface of the water.

Update on my fish....

Terra has been beating up on "It" something awful. He hides from her behind the filter tube, And makes sure that he is on the other side of the tank then where she is. So I took him out and put him in my empty 15 Gallon tank. (Well...mostly empty, weber is still in there!)
He seems SOOOOO much happier!!

Toothless and Faith are fine, No change.

Now here Is what I want to do in the future...
Terra will be leaving in someway or another, She is driving me insane!!! I can't put any fish in that tank that she won't kill, So she'll be leaving. Anybody want her? :)
So...... I will have an empty 5 gallon tank.  Here are my options on what to do with it.

Do I....
~ Give it a makeover and turn it into a Goldfish tank?
~ Throw in a few frogs and a Betta?
~ Or just keep it as a "Throw-any-fish-you-want-in" tank?


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