Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
I'm going to go against the grain here and say NOT to keep African dwarf frogs with a betta. It's true that they have many of the same requirements and are generally peaceful but there are a lot of problems that can arise.
First off, African dwarf frogs are very slow (and sometimes picky) feeders. In most mixed set-ups, the betta ends up stealing all of the food--often without the frogs even noticing! I've had some frogs that I actually needed to dangle food in front of them with tweezers (frozen/live foods, by the way, these particular frogs wouldn't touch flakes or pellets) to get them to eat. They aren't anything like clawed frogs when it comes to eating!
The other problem is nipping. Bettas can be nippy fish and it's not unusual for them to bully African dwarf frogs, mostly because the frogs just sit there. It's true that there are peaceful bettas but you're really taking a chance when you mix one with frogs.
Nipping can go both ways, too. African dwarf frogs are known to sometimes act aggressively towards betta fish, even tearing fins off.
So while you can mix them I wouldn't recommend it. You might get lucky but you also could end up with dead animals. I would pick one species (or different mixes, like a betta with an apple snail) or divide the tank.
Oh, and yeah, you'd need a heater unless your house is consistently warm (think high 70s).
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."
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