African Clawed Frog Tank Set Up? Help! Question

Discussion in 'Amphibians' started by Flyaway Soul, May 23, 2018.

  1. Flyaway Soul

    Flyaway SoulNew MemberMember

    So yesterday, my friend was cleaning her apartment when she and her fiancee found two tanks sitting next to the trash compactor/dumpster. One was a ten gallon and the other was a small (1-2 gal) semicircle with some green/brown water and some marbles in the bottom. Upon closer inspection, they saw that there was actually a frog in the tank. They called me, knowing I keep several tanks and I came and got it.

    It looks like an African Clawed Frog (it seems too big to be a dwarf frog, it's at least about as big as a half dollar) but it's body and eyes looked cloudy. I put it in a small tank I use for moving fish from one tank to another and occasionally for keeping an eye on sicker fish. It's small, so I don't keep anything in there for very long, basically a heated plastic fish bowl since I don't have any buckets handy just yet. Google searches said it could be because they were shedding or just poor water quality. It also jumped out of the tiny tank it was in when I tried to move it into some clean water I brought in one of my old betta cups before I could get a lid on the cup. We very nearly lost it and had to scoop the poor thing into the net and put it in the cup.

    After some thawed bloodworms, which it gobbled up readily, and staying the night in the bowl (I also filled it from my cycled 30 gal) the color had changed a bit from an overall cloudy green to show some markings. I've been wanting to get one for a while now, but I need to know how to set up a tank for one. I've never had a frog before, but I do have an empty 10 gallon tank at my disposal and I plan on moving my 29 gallon into an 80 soon, so I can move the frog to that tank after I move everyone over. What will I need for it? It's currently in another of my 10 gallons with a couple rescued cories, but I don't know if they're compatible or not and I don't want the frog to hurt them.

    (excuse the mess, today is cleaning day)
  2. midna

    midnaWell Known MemberMember

    oh jeez, who would do that...? that's so sad. kudos to you for saving the little guy!

    i don't know much about clawed frogs except that they do get big and prefer to be in small groups. i think an 80g would be perfect. the 10g will work for now until you get a bigger one, since it's still growing. i think a lot of people keep them with other fish and haven't had many problems. if they're anything like dwarves, they have poor eyesight that could cause them to nip at or eat the corys but their reaction time is kind of awful.

    edit: okay, a quick google search and the consensus is to not keep acfs with fish that are smaller than them, because they will eat them. unless they're unusually peaceful. so big fish would probably be ok. i'd keep a close eye on them and make sure the frog isn't nipping, and come up with a plan to either rehouse him or something else soon. also, corys are apparently dangerous for an acf to eat if they do decide to eat them because of their spine.  
    Last edited: May 23, 2018
  3. OP
    Flyaway Soul

    Flyaway SoulNew MemberMember

    So, funny story.

    I went to the store to grab a heater for the 10 gal I was gonna put the frog in. I came back and no one was eaten yet, which is great! And then I watched the frog trying really, really hard to catch and probably eat my green cory so now the frog is back in my little "waiting cube" while I set up the other tank. I ended up moving the whole filter into this new tank because it is a canister and all I have at the moment is a wire top for the second 10 gal (got it from a friend who was using it for his snake). I have another filtration system I had been wanting to put in the other tank anyways (topfin) that isn't a canister. I also filled the new tank with water from my other tanks, so it should be cycled enough to be comfortable for the frog. I'm going to trim my live plants and let them float in there with the frog as well (walmart is the only thing open and they had barely any gravel) because there's not much ground cover at the moment and from what I've read, they swallow rocks easily anyways. I'll remove her again in a couple days when I get paid and put some sand or marbles in the bottom. That should hold her over for a couple months while I ready and set up the 80 gallon. I'll throw some guppies in with her from time to time until then to keep things interesting for her. I might use the 10 gallon to breed them once I move everyone around.

    edit: Also, after doing some research, I found that it is a female since she has a cloaca.
  4. midna

    midnaWell Known MemberMember

    they sound like a lot of work because they can get so big and aggressive. the females are the massive ones lol, males are smaller
  5. OP
    Flyaway Soul

    Flyaway SoulNew MemberMember

    Update on Ms. Frogg:
    She's still in the ten gallon for now, but she seems quite happy. She sort of basks under her little light when its on and alternates between hiding in the plants and floating with some that she's pulled up on the surface. I'm still looking for a good food to feed her since right now I only have bloodworm cubes, which are very high in fat and cause complications after a time.
  6. LilBlub

    LilBlubWell Known MemberMember

    Try Reptomin floating sticks. They’re a very good staple diet, formulated for aquatic frogs and reptiles. They really do best in a species only tank, because they can be very mean to any non-frog tankmates! But as Midna said, they do like being kept in groups as long as they’re all generally the same size. You could probably buy a 20 gallon kit from Walmart, that would be fine for her and a friend.

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