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Hi , I have a female betta fuzh and a male frog I was just wondering if I could...


Hi , I have a female betta fuzh and a male frog I was just wondering if I could put my frog in the same tank as my betta? If he can would my tank size have to be a certain size??? If so I have a 2.5 gallon tank!!!!!!!! Thank You!!

Bettas are able to live in small aquariums where other fish might not survive because they actually breathe air. Bettas come to the surface of the water and gulp air into their labyrinthine organ, and can survive in water without aeration. This adaptation allows them to live in the stagnant swamps and puddles in their native Thailand (Siam). They are aggressive towards other Bettas, but are usually not aggressive to other species of fish - unless they have colors similar to the Betta - or to other animals.

African Dwarf Frogs are air breathing, fully aquatic frogs that do not need to come out of the water onto land. They can be kept in aquariums with most non-aggressive fish, although they may eat very small fish. You should be able to keep a Betta and an African Dwarf Frog in a 2 1/2 gallon aquarium. If your aquarium has a filter, you should be able to maintain it with a monthly 25% water change and filter cleaning. If there is not a filter, then you should perform 10-20% water changes on the aquarium weekly.

Bettas prefer warm water (76-82 degrees F), and you may need a small aquarium heater to keep the water above 70 degrees in the winter for their health. Both Bettas and African Dwarf Frogs will eat small pelleted fish food, freeze dried brine shrimp or tubifex worms, or frozen fish foods.


23 Jan 2011 5:26 pm

BeavisMom62 said:

Also, regarding feeding, bettas and ADFs need high quality food. Freeze dried food has a tendency to absorb water in the gut, causing bloat and constipation. I prefer to feed both my ADFs and betta frozen bloodworms (NOT freeze dried) every other night. Then on other nights, I feed the ADFs Frog and Tadpole bites (they don't do well on fish flake, IF they eat it at all) and the betta gets Hikari Gold betta pellets. A fasting night once per week is also a good idea.

23 Jan 2011 5:24 pm

BeavisMom62 said:

Bettas may SURVIVE in a smaller tank, but they won't THRIVE. If you want to keep aquatic pets, it is your duty to keep them happy and healthy, which starts with water quality. Yes, you can keep ADF's and bettas together. But they need a bigger tank. ADF's need at least 2.5 gal per frog. They need room to move and they are messy little critters, meaning the more water, the more the ammonia is diluted. Of course you still need to do weekly water changes no matter what size you keep them in. ADFs are particularly sensitive to water quality. I have a betta in a ten gal tank and he did have two ADF's in there with him. I recently moved the ADF's out and put them in my other betta tank which is 23 gal and has a betta, four ADFs and a bristlenose pleco. None of them bother each other.

Keeping a betta and an ADF in a 2.5 gal tank is cruel and unhealthy. Get a larger tank and really watch them thrive.

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