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Plants/supplies for ACF tank?

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So I had all these plans of redoing all my tanks, but then as I posted in memorials, my last goldfish died last November and my betta fish just died a few days ago. :(

So now I'm down to one tank which is my 50 gal African Clawed Frog tank. I have two female ACF's in it.

I use sand as a substrate and then have a lot of places for the frogs to hide.

I'm wondering if anyone can suggest types of plants that are really hardy and might have a chance of standing up to my frogs? I've tried plants with them before and the only thing that survived is a giant moss ball, everything else the frogs destroyed. I love planted tanks so if there's anything that even has a small chance of standing up to them, I'll give it a try. Or else I guess I'm going to just have a tank full of moss balls lol. The tank lighting I'd say is moderate to high - I have no lights on the tank (I could add some though) but the tank is near a window.

I'm going to need to get them a new filter soon too...the whisper filter I have with them now is starting to crap out on me. What filters do people recommend to use? It has to be something that isn't to loud and doesn't create much of a current, since ACF's like still water.

Thanks in advance.
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Sorry, I don't have any advice on plants (All aquatic plants need to die is for me to touch them LOL), but I need to know about a filter too. I have a TopFin 20 I think, and it is about ready to die! :)
I would give anubias a try. Instead of planting it directly into the substrate, tie it to a rock or piece of driftwood. It'll eventually attach on its own. There are a bunch of anubias species and all seem to thrive in low-light, low-nutrient environments. Anubias is almost impossible to kill--we have a freshwater community tank with annoying tetras (red-eyed tetras) who destroy plants and they can't kill them! The plant has tough leaves and supposedly tastes bitter.

You've probably tried them already but if not, try java ferns. They're not edible for most species and don't mind being beaten up or dug up from time to time. They can actually survive when just floating around but I'd tie some to a decoration. Again, they'll start attaching on their own. Plants that don't live in the substrate are really your best option since the frogs will probably dig up rooted plants.

Water sprite is another possibility. It's easier to destroy than the other plants I mentioned but it does very well floating at the top. Since the frogs probably don't spend as much time at the top of the tank, they may leave it alone. It's also very, very fast-growing (so it can recover easily from occasional damage). It can be planted in the substrate but they'll probably just dig it up.

If you can get a rock or piece of driftwood with moss already attached, that could work. Flame moss is my personal favorite but java moss is great too. Both are hardy and don't need much light (then again, mosses in general fit that description!). Loose moss not yet attached will just get beaten up so it really needs to already be established.

And you can never have too many moss balls! :lol: Those guys are favorites of mine, too!
EDIT: I got so excited about live plants that I forgot you had another part to your post, oops. You could look into canister filters (Eheims being my favorites). They can be annoying to clean IMO but then again, they don't need maintenance as often as HOBs. They provide excellent filtration and can be customized with various types of filter media. It's also nice that the filter itself can be stored under the tank out of sight. If you'd prefer another HOB, I would just get one that's rated for a larger aquarium than what you have. That's the easiest way to upgrade your filtration :). I like AquaClear filters but they're not the same quality-wise as they used to be, unfortunately. If you can get a good working one, they're great, just save the receipt ;). I have one that's been used for 6 years and another for 4 years. But I also had one die in six months and another leak after three weeks. Kind of hit or miss (same goes for the Whispers). When it comes to HOB filters, they all basically do the same thing so I don't pay much attention to brand now, I just get an over-powered filter that has room for my own filter media. The only ones I don't like are the Aquaeon filters. We have one on a 10-gallon freshwater set-up and it's weak.
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Thanks so much! I'll give those plants a try and see how it goes. I don't even remember anymore what I tried before since it was awhile ago, but the frogs not only dug everything up but they somehow shredded most of the plants.

Ah well. If it doesn't work out, I am a fan of moss balls lol.

I like the HOB filters only because with where my tank is, I don't really have a good place to store a canister filter. That's what I did before, I just got a filter that was rated to clean tanks that where like double the size of the tank I have. Ha, ACF's are messy little buggers. But the Whisper I have hasn't lasted me very long. I think I've had it for about a year and it's defiantly on it's way out.

Just any HOB filter should be okay for the frogs? I'm always paranoid about how much water movement actually bothers them. They seem happy/healthy though so I guess a bit of water movement is okay?
They definitely experience some water movement in the wild ;). I've found ADFs to be much more bothered than ACFs.

Get a HOB filter that's adjustable. Some of them let you pick how much water movement you want.
Thanks. Yeah I'm sure they do experience water movement in the wild, but at least they have a better chance of being able to move away from it if it bothers them. The small amount of water movement from my current filter doesn't seem to effect them, but I'd hate to think that if it does bother them they'd just be forced to deal with it constantly with no real way to get away from it.

I'm sure they'll be fine though. I'll research filters some more and go for an adjustable one. :)
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