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Old 02-28-2009, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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African Dwarf Frog not eating

I have a 10 gallon tank with 5 neon tetras, 2 glow fish, and 1 african dwarf frog. I got the frog last Wednesday. We have not been able to get him to eat anything. We at first bought him freeze dried blood worms, because that is what the sales person said. After we got him home and he wouldn't eat for 2 days I did some research online and saw that you should actually feed them frozen blood worms. So today we got some and just gave them to him but he will not eat them.
I don't know what I should do?
I don't want him to die.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:06 PM
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Unfortunately, this is why African dwarf frogs don't always thrive in community set-ups, especially with such fast, greedy feeders like your danios (that's what your glofish are, in case you were wondering).

How are you feeding him? If you're just dropping the food in, he's probably not going to notice/find it. Instead, try offering him food with tweezers and wiggle it around. If he still won't eat, you can try live foods (like blackworms and bloodworms) or other frozen foods (brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and krill were big hits with my own frogs).

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:38 PM
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Hi,

As mentioned by the previous writer, dwarf clawed frogs rarely thrive in aquariums with active fishes.

Also, unlike the more commonly kept African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis), dwarf clawed frogs (Hymenochirus spp.) are live food specialists...some individuals can be induced to accept non-living foods, but they rarely do well without a wide variety of small, live invertebrates. Live blackworms can form the bulk of the diet, alternated with brine shrimp, glassworms, bloodworme, etc. If possible, wild-caught aquatic insects, shrimp and copepods should be offered from time to time.

The frog should be set up in an aquarium (preferably heavily-planted) by itself or with algae-eating fish species only (small Plecostomus, hillstream loaches, etc.). If you must keep it with the fishes you mentioned, your best option would be to introduce live foods after you have turned off the aquarium's light for the evening...the frog will feed after dark. Again, this is not ideal, but sometimes works.

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Old 03-01-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately, this is why African dwarf frogs don't always thrive in community set-ups, especially with such fast, greedy feeders like your danios (that's what your glofish are, in case you were wondering).

How are you feeding him? If you're just dropping the food in, he's probably not going to notice/find it. Instead, try offering him food with tweezers and wiggle it around. If he still won't eat, you can try live foods (like blackworms and bloodworms) or other frozen foods (brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and krill were big hits with my own frogs).

Good luck!
We bought him from a store that had him in a tank with other frogs, as well as fish. I checked the tank out before buying him. Him, as well as the other frogs and fish all looked healthy.

We are using tweezers and wiggling the food in front of him, he still does not take it.

He also likes to shove his head into the rocks, Or will lodge himself between the glass and a plant we have in the tank. We do have a cave that he also spends a lot of time in, as well.

Where can I buy these live foods from?

Oh, I should also note that the other fish don't go for the bloodworms that we put in the tank for him. So I don't see how him not having enough time to get to them before the other fish could be a problem.

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Hi,

As mentioned by the previous writer, dwarf clawed frogs rarely thrive in aquariums with active fishes.

Also, unlike the more commonly kept African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis), dwarf clawed frogs (Hymenochirus spp.) are live food specialists...some individuals can be induced to accept non-living foods, but they rarely do well without a wide variety of small, live invertebrates. Live blackworms can form the bulk of the diet, alternated with brine shrimp, glassworms, bloodworme, etc. If possible, wild-caught aquatic insects, shrimp and copepods should be offered from time to time.

The frog should be set up in an aquarium (preferably heavily-planted) by itself or with algae-eating fish species only (small Plecostomus, hillstream loaches, etc.). If you must keep it with the fishes you mentioned, your best option would be to introduce live foods after you have turned off the aquarium's light for the evening...the frog will feed after dark. Again, this is not ideal, but sometimes works.

Best regards, Frank Indiviglio
We have 2 large plants, as well as 3 bamboos in our tank.
Is it better to try to feed him at night?
Also where can I buy live food from? And what do you think would be the best live food to buy for him?

Thanks for your help.
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You can buy life food normally at any good aquarium shop. They usuaslly have mostly anything you can buy freeze dried or frozen. they come in little bags that you just empty into the tank really. Or you can try things like mealworms, earthworms, crickets, etc.

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Old 03-02-2009, 09:58 AM
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dwarf clawed frog not eating

Hello,

During my years with the Bronx Zoo, I kept and bred 2 species of dwarf clawed frogs on a diet of appx. 80% live blackworms, along with occassional feedings of live brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms and mosquito larvae. Blackworms alone are fine, brine shrimp alone are not a suitable diet.

Very difficult to get them to feed from tweezers, and they need a great deal of cover, preferably plants, in order to adjust well to captivity.

Its difficult to go by what you see in most stores...the frogs will look fine for awhile w/o food, and they are very inexpensive, so new shipments arrive often...a great many die. They should not be kept with fish other than algae-eating species.

The fish you mentioned will eat live blackworms - again, best situation is to house frog seperately, if not possible, then feed at night.

A rare few will take tiny, crushed crickets but this is not a natural food item...they specialize in preying upon small aquatic inertebrates, and such should comprise the bulk of their diet.

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Unhappy ADF not eating, hospital tank issues

This am, I lost my ADF Kylie who didn't eat for 16 days. I will not feed brine shrimps again to my other ADFs. Belatedly, I checked the frogs' diary & note all the frogs had trouble w/ this food & recovered w/ energy healing work done. I suspect the shrimp shells was the cause since ADFs have no teeth to chew. I was unable to resolve his trauma of eating those food & a pal relayed the info which confirmed what I picked up in telepathy work. ADFs cannot be handled directly but I can get info from using various tools that told me the blockages were in the stomach area. Homeopathy protocols advised by the holistic vet helped & also my energy healing skills. We ran out of time & he left.

I also learned the hard way, hospital tank must be pyrex or
glass, & no plastic plants when ADF get medicine added to the
water on vet advice. I noted a day later, toxic fumes while the
water became very cloudy. ADF need hiding place & why I left
2 plastic plants in the hospital tank. Kylie was a very brave
frog & fought so hard for his life. I knew he would leave & told
him to go & prepared him for the transition this Mon but he
was still alive on Tues am so I knew he chose to try to get
well. He is buried in the garden & will hold a memorial when I
feel better.

His soul is immortal & he is better off w/ the Divine. Maybe later
he will return again as an ADF yrs later. ADFs have won a place in my heart & am a novice owner.
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