Keeping African Dwarf Frogs in the Aquarium

African Dwarf Frog

The African Dwarf Frog is an aquatic species and cannot survive on land. Two to three inches in length, these dark-green colored frogs prefer small stoned smooth gravel. Hiding spaces provided by plants, rocks, or driftwood are essential.

A well-maintained fish tank with community fish, a stable environment, and a gentle current will provide them with near perfect living conditions. The aquarium should be no smaller then 10 gallons.

Fresh veggies and regular fish food rich in protein are excellent food choices. Frogs are carnivores and their diet should be occasionally supplemented with “meats”. Frogs frequently shed, but often will eat the protein rich remnants.

Although these frogs have no gills and swim to the surface to breathe, they cannot survive outside the water for more than 15 minutes, as they will dry out. Frogs should never be handled.

African Dwarf Frogs are very active swimmers. A fun behavior to watch is “burbling”, in which frogs can be observed standing on one leg while spreading the rest out and letting them “dance” in the current.

Breeding is theoretically possible, but the eggs are very sensitive even to minor changes in water quality. Further, tadpoles end up mostly as snacks in a community fish tank.

The Claw Frog is quite similar to the Dwarf Frog but grows larger (about fist size). The eyes are on the top of the head instead of the side, only their back feet are webbed instead of all four, and the nose is curved compared to the pointy nose of the Dwarf Frog.

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So is Algone safe for my African Dwarf Frogs?

Yes, absolutely! Algone is safe for all aquatic life, including African Dwarf Frogs.


can you tell me what is the algone? is it liquid drop for purify the water? or a filter pump?

Algone is a filter pouch. It comes in 2 sizes, for aquariums up to 110 gallons and for tanks 110 gallons or larger. The Algone pouches are small enough to fit directly into most aquarium filters. The pouch is placed inside the filter unopened. When its time to change the algone you simply remove and discard the old pouch and replace with a new one.


The picture above is an african clawed frog, not an african dwarf frog.

Scott @ Algone

Good catch, thanks. We’ll have to find a replacement pic!


This picture is still an African clawed frog, please fix this as soon as possible as you’re confusing many many people when they read this.

Thanks. We updated the picture.

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