African Dwarf Frog
Scientific Name: Hymenochirus curtipes
Origin: Tank raised, native to Africa
- Care Level: Moderate
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 5+ years
- Water Conditions: 72-82° F, KH 5-8, pH 6.8-7.8
- Maximum Size: 2.5" - 3"
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
African Dwarf Frogs are true aquatic frogs that live out their entire lives in water. Their color varies from tan or light olive green to medium brown to dark brown, and they are covered in small darker spots.
The aquarium should have a soft, sandy substrate and plenty of fake or live plant cover and hiding places made from rocks and driftwood, as well as dim lighting since they are nocturnal. The tank should also be equipped with a tight fitting lid to prevent unwanted escape. Since they have lungs, they must be able to breathe from the surface of the water and their filtration should not be so strong that they can't easily swim to the top of the tank. They can survive for around twenty minutes out of the water in low humidity.
African Dwarf Frogs will live well in a species specific tank or with peaceful community fish that won't pick on them but that also cannot fit into their mouths, as they may eat small fish. Care should be taken to make sure the more passive, slow moving frogs are actually managing to get food and that their faster swimming tankmates aren't eating all of it. They should be fed a meaty diet that includes brine shrimp, bloodworms, and tubifex, both live and freeze dried or frozen.