Tips On Feeding Adf

Discussion in 'Amphibians' started by AnnaP, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    How do you feed your African dwarf frog? By the time my ADF realizes there’s food around it, the fish steal it from her. Even when I try to distract them with flakes.
    The only way I can make sure she eats is when she’s floating at the top and I put frog pellets in the plastic spoon and she grabs it from the spoon. The problem with this is that I don’t always have time to chase her with the spoon, plus my husband gives me strange looks :)
    Thank you for your advice
     
  2. s

    schismy007 New Member Member

    When I had one, I fed him bloodworm and pieces of mussel. But I had to make sure I dropped it near to him for him to find it, I don't believe they see so well.
     
  3. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Omg, yes! Sometimes I think mine is completely blind!
     




  4. s

    schismy007 New Member Member

    I'm not sure they are totally blind, but I don't think they see well at all. I think they are used to pushing things into their mouths with those big hands. If you notice how they use them, moving them about when food is near. And I think that's how they eat in the wild.
     
  5. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    In the past when I had them with other fish (they realy are better off by themselves) I found a turkey baster to be helpful.
     
  6. skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    Use beef heart.
    Drop iy in the tank and the Adf will find it.
     
  7. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Hi AnnaP welcome to FishLore!

    That's one of the issues people face when African Dwarf Frogs are in with fish. Special care needs to be taken, as you have found out, to ensure they are eating.
    That's one of the reasons many of us keep them in a species only tank.
    With that said, there are better food choices than frog pellets. There are some food recommendations here:
    Care Sheet For African Dwarf Frogs

    @schismy007 ADFs don't use their flippers to eat. Their short little arms make it almost impossible to reach the front of their mouth. :)
     
  8. bitseriously

    bitseriously Well Known Member Member

    I wrote this on a prior thread...
    Not noted above, but it would probably also work to keep the food away from the fishies (though I don't have any in my setup).
    All that said, since I wrote the above, my frogs have become better at coming up off the bottom at feeding time, so as often as not I can just use the tweezers (make sure you have a pair that's blunt, so the frog doesn't stab itself by accident).
    I think I'll try grocery store shrimp pieces next...
     
  9. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Fish won’t eat beef heart?

    Oh, that’s good idea, I can see how it might work

    Wow, so many food choices:) , I have daphnia and blood worms to try

    So you squirt the food out right next to it?
     
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  10. skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    The fish will eat some of it.
    But the frog seems to like it more than the fish do.
    Depending on your stocking I suppose.
    Has worked for my frog !
     
  11. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Raw or cooked?
     
  12. skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    It's frozen raw.
    I use the beef heart frozen packs you pick up at fish store or PetSmart/co.
    It's chopped and ready to go.

    I used a baster before trying to feed the frog bloodworms it was a pain.
    The beef heart has taken away that Hassel for me.
     
  13. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Oh I see. Will check it out. Thank you!
     
  14. skar

    skar Well Known Member Member

    One other word of advice, use a prefilter sponge.
    They can get their legs stuck in the filter intake.
     
  15. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Oh thank you. I just looked it up online to see what it is. Will see tomorrow if Petco has it
     
  16. OP
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    AnnaP

    AnnaP Valued Member Member

    Thank you everyone, beef heart turned out to be just the right fit for my tank. She loves it and the rest, even Corys, don’t care for it much.
     




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