Archive for September, 2010

Dwarf African Clawed Frog

September 9, 2010

Amphibians make interesting pets, and keeping them successfully in the same habitat along with fish makes them even more interesting. Dwarf clawed frogs are completely aquatic, easy to care for, and very mild mannered. They provide a great opportunity to make your fish keeping hobby even more awesome.

African Dwarf Clawed Frog: (Hymenochirus spp.)

Size: 1.5 inches

Aquarium Size: 6-29 gallons

Dwarf clawed frogs are small, inexpensive, durable, and interesting aquarium inhabitants. Do not mistake them for the much larger and voracious African clawed frog however. The African clawed frog has much smoother skin, is generally huskier, and its eyes point more upwards. Also, if the specimen is an albino, it is the African clawed frog, not the dwarf species. A good temperature range for the dwarf clawed frog is 75-79 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH and hardness are not of great importance as long as extremes are avoided. These cute little frogs will readily take prepared foods such as flakes and freeze-dried stuff, as well as blood worms and tubifex worms and small pellets.

These frogs will not bother fish unless they are incredibly small to the point where they can be eaten; usual community fish such as tetras and barbs are under no threat. Dwarf clawed frogs get along quite well with one another as well. They can live in either small or large aquariums, but I recommend keeping them in water no deeper than 16 inches, as they regularly have to go up to the surface to gulp some air.

Breeding: Breeding dwarf clawed frogs is not very difficult. Feed them with a variety of live and frozen foods to fatten them up, and eventually perform a water change with cooler water (about 62 degrees). This will help stimulate spawning. If they feel like it, the males will grab the female around the waist and perform amplexus (frog sex). The female releases many eggs that will be fertilized, after which point the pair should be removed to prevent cannibalism. The eggs hatch in a few days, the tiny tadpoles will absorb their yolk sacs for another week or so, and after that, you can feed them things like newly hatched brine shrimp, cyclops, and infusoria. Tadpoles take a about a month to transform into little froglings, and the process is amazing to watch. Good luck!

Goldfish: ( Carassius Auratus)

Size: 5-10 inches (For common breed)

Aquarium Size: 29-220 gallons, 200+gallon pond