Tank selection and size is a common topic for those planning to house African Dwarf Frogs, the truth is these guys don’t need big tanks but there are some considerations to keep in mind.
Today we are going to answer some common tank related questions, and cover what we feel are the 5 of the best tanks for African Dwarf Frogs.
|Aqueon 10 Gallon Kit||Our Top Pick||9.5 / 10|
|Aqua Culture Aquarium||10 gallon tank||8.8 / 10|
|Oceanic Glass Aquarium||20 gallon tank||8.5 / 10|
What Size Tank Does An African Dwarf Frog Need?
An African Dwarf frog requires about 2.5 to 3 gallons of space per frog. These are very small creatures and they don’t need too much space to be happy.
Technically a 5 gallon aquarium can house 2 African dwarf frogs though we would always recommend getting a slighter larger tank such as a 10 gallon+ to give them a better environment, more space for plants and hiding places.
5 Best Tanks For African Dwarf Frogs
There are a number of good and viable options out there, but we have narrowed it down to these particular 5, here is a summary of each one;
1. Aqueon Aquarium Kit
This is a nice little aquarium kit that comes with everything you need to get started, more or less everything you need to house a frog. Let’s take a look at exactly what you get with it.
The tank itself comes in at 20-1/4" x 10-1/2" x 12-9/16", and it is a 10 gallon tank, so you can easily fit 3 or 4 frogs.
The aquarium is made of glass, so it does look nice and is very resistant to scratching, although it could shatter if not handled properly, and is heavier than acrylic too.
It’s also worth noting that this tank is made in the USA, so we don’t doubt that it is well made.
The LED Hood
This aquarium kit comes complete with a hood to keep your frog from jumping out, a hood that is equipped with a decent LED light.
It’s not an overly special or powerful light, but it is enough to provide your pets with a bit of illumination to make it feel like home. It’s not the best light for plant growth, but it still does the trick.
The Power Filter
This kit also comes with a nice little Quietflow 10 gallon power filter. The filter is an interior submersible filter. It doesn’t have a huge flow rate, but this is fine for frogs.
Moreover, it comes with a simple cartridge that engages in all 3 major types of filtration. Now, this thing is fine for small tanks and beginners, but durability is definitely limited.
Yet, there is also a nifty little submersible heater included here, one that is pre-set to 78 degrees, perfect for African dwarf frogs, but that said, it is not adjustable.
It’s made with shatter proof glass, it has an LED indicator tell you when it’s on, and it comes with an auto shut off feature to make sure it doesn’t run dry.
The Aqueon Aquarium Kit also comes with an aquarium thermometer, water conditioner, some food, a setup guide, and a net too.
- Nice little all in one kit.
- Fine for a few frogs.
- Decent glass tank.
- Comes with various accessories.
- Decent filtration for a small tank.
- Hood, light, and heater included.
- Various accessories are not the most durable.
- Tank has been known to a spring a leak here and there.
2. Aqua Culture Aquarium
Well, this is certainly going to be a short one. The Aqua Culture Aquarium is a simple 10 gallon glass aquarium. It comes in at 20 x 12 x 10 inches.
It’s made with scratch resistant and shatter resistant glass for strength. Sure, it will shatter if you drop it, and it’s a bit heavy too, but that is what glass tanks are like.
It also features high strength silicone to keep it all together and to prevent it from springing a leak. There’s really not much else to say besides that. It will do fine for 3 to 4 African dwarf frogs.
- Quite durable for glass.
- High quality silicone seal.
- Good for 3 to 4 ADFs.
- Only the tank.
3. OCEANIC All Glass Aquarium
Yes, this is going to be another short one, as the OCEANIC All Glass Aquarium is another simple glass tank that does not come with any extras.
This is a 20 gallon glass tank with dimensions of 30.25 x 12.5 x 12.75 inches. It should be enough to fit up to 8 African dwarf frogs comfortably.
This is a high quality glass tank that is shatter resistant and scratch resistant, plus it has a high quality silicone seal to prevent it from leaking.
Of course, it is glass, so it is a bit heavy and it will shatter if you drop it. However, that is the nature of glass, and all things considered, this is a great tank to keep in mind for African dwarf frogs.
- High quality glass.
- Good seal.
- Fine for up to 8 frogs.
- No accessories included.
4. Seapora 15 Gallon Aquarium
This final option is another simple glass tank, one that is 15 gallons in size and comes in at 24 x 12 x 12 inches. This size is ideal for between 4 and 6 African dwarf frogs.
It’s a perfectly normal glass aquarium made with scratch and shatter resistant glass, as well as a nice silicone seal to keep it all together.
Other than that, there’s not too much else to say about it.
- High quality tank.
- Good silicone seal.
- Good for up to 6 frogs.
- No accessories included.
5. Tetra Aquarium Reptile Glass Kit
Here we have a larger tank than the one we just looked at, and it also comes with some different accessories.
Yes, technically it’s made for reptiles, as stated by the name of the product, but the tank could also be used for amphibians and fish too.
The tank itself is a 20 gallon tank that comes in at 30 inches wide x 12 inches deep x 12 inches tall, so you can easily fit between 5 and 8 African dwarf frogs into it.
It’s a decent glass aquarium that is hard to scratch and is quite durable all things considered.
Yes, it is glass, so it is quite heavy and will shatter if you drop it, but other than that, it’s a perfectly fine aquarium.
The Dome Lamps & Hood
What is interesting to note here is that this Kit comes complete with 2 dome lamps. Yes, these lamps do of course produce light, more than enough for African dwarf frogs.
However, keep in mind that this is a reptile tank, so those dome lights are primarily intended for heating.
These lamps can come in handy, but while frogs do like it warm, be sure you don’t end up overheating the tank with these things. The lamps do fit neatly into the included hood, so the frogs won’t be able to escape.
This kit comes with a cool decorative filter. The filter here looks like a rock with a waterfall, so it definitely looks nice and makes it feel like home.
In terms of filtration, this is a 3 stage filter which engages in all 3 major forms of filtration for a clean and clear tank.
Although the filter does work quite well for a tank of this size, keep in mind that it is neither the most durable nor the easiest to maintain.
- Decent starter kit.
- Comes with lamps/heating.
- Nice looking filter.
- Efficient filtration.
- Comes with a screen hood.
- Decent glass tank.
- Ideal for quite a few ADFs.
- Many accessories intended for turtles, not frogs.
What Do African Dwarf Frogs Need In Their Tank?
Of course, the tank itself is not all you need for African dwarf frogs. There are a variety of items and accessories you will need for your African dwarf frog tank.
1. A Good Aquarium Filter
The first thing you will need for your African dwarf frog tank is a decent aquarium filter. Due to the fact that your African dwarf frog tank is probably not going to be huge, you will want to stick with some kind of external filter.
Most people will choose to go with a canister filter, but a hang on back filter can work fine too. Also, external filters are best for frogs in order to prevent injuries from occurring.
Keep in mind that frogs need their water to be quite clean, so getting a filter than engages in all 3 major types of filtration is important (mechanical, biological, and chemical).
Although these frogs do need good filters, they are not strong swimmers, so you do need something with a relatively low flow rate or a filter with an adjustable flow rate.
2. An Aquarium Heater & Thermometer
Frogs require the water to be fairly warm, between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, you are most likely going to need an aquarium heater.
Your tank probably won’t be too big, so a 50, 75, or a 100 watt heater should be more than fine. Now, frogs can be boisterous, so be sure to get a shatter proof and shock proof heater, so it won’t break and injure your frogs if they bump into it.
You can choose to go for an adjustable heater so you can really zero in on the exact required temperature, although a pre-set heater that is set to anywhere from 75 to 78 degrees will do just fine.
Of course, this means that you also need a thermometer to keep track of the temperature, so you can make adjustments as needed. You can go for a separate thermometer, or you can go for a combination thermometer and heater.
3. A Decent Light
Frogs do need some daylight and they do appreciate having some light. Between 8 and 12 hours of light is ideal. Honestly, for an African Dwarf frog, any standard aquarium light will do just fine.
It does not have to be anything special, and remember that these are amphibians, not reptiles, so a heating lamp is not required, just something to provide some illumination to mimic a normal day outdoors.
4. Air Pump & Air Stone
When it comes to aeration and oxygenation, adult frogs actually have lungs and they breathe by surfacing and getting oxygen from the air just like us.
However, if you want to make your frog as happy and healthy as can be, you can always consider getting a little air pump and air stone.
Now, what is interesting here is that the main benefit of adding these things to your African dwarf frog tank are not actually due to breathing, but due to bacteria.
Good bacteria, those things which break down ammonia and other organic compounds, are aerobic bacteria, which means that they thrive in highly oxygenated conditions.
On the other hand, the bad bacteria that can harm your frog are anaerobic, which means that they thrive in low oxygen levels.
5. An Aquarium Hood
Something you definitely want to get is a good, a grate, or some kind of screen to cover the top of the tank, preferably a soft metal one that can let in lots of light.
African dwarf frogs are very strong jumpers and they will jump out of the tank if left uncovered, or at least they will try.
6. The Substrate
Frogs will also benefit from some substrate, and let’s face it, a bare bottom tank just does not look very nice anyway. Some soft and smooth aquarium gravel is a great option to go with, as frogs often live in habitats with small stones.
Some people may choose to use aquarium sand, but this is not ideal for African dwarf frogs, as they may end up inhaling or eating it, and it just doesn’t work great for rooted plants. Gravel can come in many colors too, so you can make a nice color contrast in the tank.
Just ensure that the gravel is soft and smooth, or else your frog may injure itself. If you plan to have a lot of rooted plants in your tank, Flourite is one of the best options to go with.
Yes, it can be messy at first, it needs to be washed, but it is by far the best option for rooted plants. 1.5 to 3 inches of substrate will work just fine.
You will want to provide your frogs with some plants. Now, they can be plastic plants, which are fine because you don’t have to worry about them dying, but they also do not grow, they don’t look as nice, they don’t filter the water, and they don’t produce oxygen either.
For frogs, you may want to look into some floating plants like duckweed, as these frogs are prey animals and they like to have some cover from above.
Other plants like java moss, java ferns, amazon sword plants, dwarf Anubias, moss balls, and Anacharis are all other good options to go with. Frogs like to hide under big leaves, and they like to rest on thick leaves when not swimming.
8. Hiding PlacesThe other thing that you want to put in your African dwarf frog tank are some hiding places. Some smooth rock caves and large pieces of hollow driftwood will do just fine.
Will African Dwarf Frogs Jump Out Of The Tank?
Yes, African dwarf frogs, although they are very small, are very strong jumpers. The absolutely can and will attempt to jump out if given the chance.
Therefore, some kind of aquarium hood or over is definitely required.
How Many African Dwarf Frogs Can You Have In A 10 Gallon Tank?
Since a single African dwarf frog needs about 2.5 to 3 gallons of space to be happy, a 10 gallon tank can fit 3 to 4 frogs comfortably.
However, if you plan to house your frogs with fish, you will want to double the amount of space per frog.
African dwarf frogs are not the easiest pets to care for, as they are somewhat fragile. However, the difficulty level is not too high either.
With a good tank and all of those items we just discussed above, keeping these frogs happy and healthy is more than doable.
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