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African Dwarf Frog

Experience Level: Beginner

African Dwarf Frog Swimming

Nutrition and Maintenance


• Choose a sinking pelleted food of the appropriate size for your frog as its staple diet.

• Vary the frog’s diet by including frozen (thaw first) or freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex worms and other foods.
• Feed your frogs as much food as they will consume in three minutes, twice a day. The food needs to be placed near them so they can see it.
• Make sure fish (if present) do not eat all of the food before the frogs can find it.


Maintaining a healthy environment for your frogs is an ongoing commitment. A newly set up aquarium requires more frequent monitoring with weekly water testing and changing if necessary. Once the water quality is stable, you can keep your aquarium in great shape with minimal effort by following this schedule:

Maintenance Schedule

Feed frogs twice daily.

Check water temperature and general health of frogs.


Remove 10% of the water and replace with dechlorinated water.

Test water quality weekly in new aquariums.

Scrub glass to remove algae, if necessary.


Vacuum gravel and replace 25% of water with dechlorinated water.

Test water quality in established aquariums.

Perform filter maintenance (i.e., replace filter cartridge, replace carbon, rinse pre-filter, etc.)

Scrub algae from tank and prune live plants, if necessary.