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Hymenochirus boettgeri, etc.



    Commonly kept in today’s aquariums, the African dwarf frog can be a peaceful member of a community setup.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: Up to 1.5″ (38mm) Total Length
Tank: The tank height should be no more than 16 inches max, preferably only 12
Strata: Bottom mostly, middle
PH: 7.0 to 7.2 but they can live in a wide range of PH levels
Temperature: 70’s, do not let the temp. drop below 70° or above 80°


Order: Salientia or Anura
Class: Amphibians
Family: Pipidae
Genera: Hymenochirus
Species: boettgeri, etc.

Common name:


African Dwarf FrogDistribution:

    Central Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon and through the Zaire Basin to eastern Zaire.

Life Span:5 years

Skin Shedding:ADF’s shed their skin every 1 to 2 weeks. It only takes a few moments.


Frozen or freeze dried bloodworms & brineshrimp, Reptomin, any brand of sinking commercial frog food, flake food, livebearer fry.


Bare or gravel.


Live or Silk plants. ADF’s do not eat live plants.

Tank décor:

    1. Provide adequate hiding places. Caves, etc.


    Quieter models of filters are best. ADF’s do not do well in high current tanks.


    1. Turn off lights just as you do for your fish. ADF’s need a night/day.

Tank maintenance:

    Perform once a week water changes/gravel vacs. Male dwarf frogs “sing” when trying to find a mate. ADF’s can be kept with other aquarium fish. The fish should be non- aggressive and in general small. You must make sure that the fish do not eat all of the food before the dwarfs have time to eat. Do not keep ADF’s and ACF’s in the same aquarium! African Dwarf Frogs are very active and add an interesting touch to any aquarium. Although entirely aquatic, dwarf frogs have lungs and periodically rise to the water surface to gulp a breath of air. Their water must be clean and chemical free. ADF’s have webbed front and back feet.



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