20 Gallon Tank African Dwarf Frogs, Betta, & Snail

kumorisan

Hello, I am new here and I have a question!!

So, I have a 20-gallon tank... I haven't put anything in it yet. I was thinking of getting some African Dwarf Frogs along with a female betta fish and a Mystery snail. I've researched a lot about this and I just wanted to see what other people think.

Are these animals safe to put with each other? How many African Dwarf Frogs should I purchase? Will the frog(s) bother the snail? Will the female betta bother the frog(s)? Will the water be too much for the frogs?

Please give me some tips as well... I'm very new to this!
 

Willj626

I think that sounds like a good set up so long as the tank isn't too deep for the frogs (it shouldn't be much more than a foot deep). The only thing you should be wary about is the betas personality, if its too aggressive towards the frogs then either have another tank ready for it or make sure you're able to return it. I think 5 frogs would be a good number for that tank set up. In regards to the mystery snail they're pretty much okay with most all fish and especially dwarf frogs. I hope this helps, good luck!
Are you planning to add live plants? They will make your frogs very happy and help to reduce any aggression your beta might have while also allowing your frogs a place to hide- dwarf frogs are happiest when they can float and hide around the tank.
Have started cycling the tank? What filter did you buy or are planning to buy?- betas like sponge filters because it creates a lower flow which they appreciate on their fins, but because your beta will be a female it will have shorter fins so filter flow isn't as big of an issue.
 
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kumorisan

I think that sounds like a good set up so long as the tank isn't too deep for the frogs (it shouldn't be much more than a foot deep). The only thing you should be wary about is the betas personality, if its too aggressive towards the frogs then either have another tank ready for it or make sure you're able to return it. I think 5 frogs would be a good number for that tank set up. In regards to the mystery snail they're pretty much okay with most all fish and especially dwarf frogs. I hope this helps, good luck!
Are you planning to add live plants? They will make your frogs very happy and help to reduce any aggression your beta might have while also allowing your frogs a place to hide- dwarf frogs are happiest when they can float and hide around the tank.
Have started cycling the tank? What filter did you buy or are planning to buy?- betas like sponge filters because it creates a lower flow which they appreciate on their fins, but because your beta will be a female it will have shorter fins so filter flow isn't as big of an issue.
I haven't started cycling yet, I'm still planning the tank setup... What plants/ornaments do you think I should purchase? I have a 20-gallon tank starter kit that included the Top Fin Silentstream PF20 Power Filter (This filter has a low flow setting as well). Also, how can I tell if the female betta won't be too aggressive?
 
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Willj626

I haven't started cycling yet, I'm still planning the tank setup... What plants/ornaments do you think I should purchase? I have a 20-gallon tank starter kit that included the Top Fin Silentstream PF20 Power Filter (This filter has a low flow setting as well). Also, how can I tell if the female betta won't be too aggressive?
Decoration wise I would say driftwood if you cannot it without it being too expensive- I would say it depends on the theme you're after; I would keep in mind that dwarf frogs like hiding beneath things so they would prefer decor that they can get inside or underneath comfortably. Your Betta would also enjoy something towards the surface that it can rest on. Also consider buying some leaf litter for the tank bottom (but this will give you "tea stained" water so your water wouldn't be sparkly clear but your Betta and the frogs would enjoy the health benefits it provides- not necessary but some people like the look of the water this way).
Plant wise I would say that almost any aquatic plant would do. Some easy nice looking ones are: Anubias, java ferns, hornwort, guppy grass, chain swords, water wisteria, and crypts (I keep all of these myself).
Bettas have a lot of personality, some them are more aggressive than others. You'll know if your Betta is overly aggressive if it won't leave any of the frogs or the snail alone and is constantly nipping at them or chasing them around the tank. Watch the tank for a while, your Betta might initially start out aggressive but calm down and not care about its tank mates after a while, or it might start out fine and then lash out and attack the tank mates (although I don't think the odds of this are very high). To help avoid any aggression from the start put the frogs and the snail in the tank first and then wait an hour or even a day before you add the Betta, the reason for this is that Betts are very territorial and if all the tank mates are already there it will view them more as part of the scenery instead of intruders.
 
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Edye

This is my exact setup only I have a nerite snail. I also have no gravel which makes it easier for frog to get good and for me to use Turkey blaster to clean leftover food and waste.
 
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Froglover

This is my exact setup only I have a nerite snail. I also have no gravel which makes it easier for frog to get good and for me to use Turkey blaster to clean leftover food and waste.
How does your snail get along with your frogs? I’m thinking of adding a Nerite snail to my 5.5 gal aquarium that houses 2 ADFs. Do you supplement the snail with algae tablets or is it pretty self-sustaining?
 
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