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Caring for Your African Dwarf Frog

Food and wellness tips


5 things to know about African dwarf frogs

  • They can live up to 15 years
  • They grow to about 3 inches
  • They are aquarium dwellers and cannot survive out of water
  • They can live alone or with similar-sized tropical fish
  • They have lungs and breathe air at the water’s surface

Feeding your African dwarf frog

If your African dwarf frog shares an aquarium with smaller fish, it’s extra important that the frog be fed properly—otherwise those fish may become dinner.

But fish can also turn the tables. Because frogs are slow eaters, make sure the fish they live with don’t dart in and gobble up their food.

  • Your frog’s main food should be pellets that sink to the bottom of the tank, where frogs tend to hang out.
  • Offer frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms and tubifex worms as occasional treats.
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Help keep your African dwarf frog healthy


  • Feed your frog in the morning and the evening.
  • Check the water temperature.
  • Make sure your frog is acting and looking healthy.


  • Change out 10% of the water in the aquarium.
  • Scrub the inside of the tank to remove any algae.


  • Change out 25% of the water in the aquarium.
  • Check to be sure the filter is running smoothly.
  • Vacuum the tank gravel.
  • Scrub aquarium furniture to remove algae.
  • Check the aquarium water quality. PetSmart stores offer free water quality testing.