Do African Dwarf Frogs Get Lonely?

african dwarf frog swims on the surface of the water in the aquarium, close-up, top view,

Loneliness can be stressful. Do you know animals can be stressed when they are lonely as well? The same situation can happen to that lonely little African Dwarf Frog in that tank.

African Dwarf Frogs do get lonely. More likely, it’s better if you don’t keep them alone. They may not exhibit signs of loneliness or solidarity loneliness like humans. But they are very well-known as friendly social amphibians.

If you have thought about keeping an African Dwarf Frog alone in a tank earlier, you may have to rethink after reading this article.

In the upcoming discussion, I am going to tell you the impacts of keeping African Dwarf Frogs alone, how and when you can keep multiple ADFs, who can be their tankmates, why it is important not to put them in solitary, and many more stuff.

Key Takeaways

  1. Each African Dwarf Frog needs about 4-8 liters of space in the aquarium.
  2. In a 10-gallon tank, you can comfortably keep 5 African Dwarf Frogs; for 10-15 frogs, you will need a 20-gallon one.
  3. In captivity, it is recommended by experts to keep at least one or more companions with an African Dwarf Frog.
  4. African Dwarf Frogs get stressed when they are kept alone.
  5. Companionship is important for their wellbeing.
A top view of African dwarf frog on a water surface

Why Do African Dwarf Frogs Get Lonely?

African Dwarf Frogs are naturally social animals. They can be found in slow-moving water streams, ponds, ditches, or shallow streams in the wild. In their natural habitat, they don’t live alone. They may appear lonely if they are kept alone in captivity. So, it’s in their genes that they are social amphibians who should not be kept alone.

Reasons Why You Should Not Keep Your African Dwarf Frog Alone

As I previously mentioned, African Dwarf frogs are social animals, and companionship benefits them. On the other hand, keeping them alone can harm their physical and mental health. Loneliness can lead to stress and other isolation-related health issues.

When African Dwarf Frogs live alone in a tank, they don’t have any other buddies to play with. They spend most of their time sitting alone. They will slowly start to lose movement speed. They will not feel lively. In this environment, stress can easily build up. Stress can reduce metabolism rate and hamper heart rate.

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The absence of a partner gives African Dwarf Frogs a hard time. Stress can cause loss of appetite. Stressed African Dwarf Frog will not eat much; whenever the appetite loss rate goes up, it is pretty hard to bring it back to normal.

Research shows African Dwarf Frogs with tank mates or partners are less stressed than lonely frogs. You will notice more movements and happiness when you add a new partner to your frog’s tank.

You can safely keep your pet African Dwarf Frogs with other tank mates because these frogs are well known for their calm nature. They rarely fight over food, partners, or area. Although these frogs originated from wild areas, they are very socialistic. Their friendly nature makes them amazing pets. In a 70-80 gallon tank, you can easily keep 7/8 African Dwarf Frogs.

African Dwarf Frogs are small in size and do not weigh more than a few grams. They vary in color, mostly ranging from olive green to brown with black spots

Suitable Tankmates for African Dwarf Frogs

Some Suitable Tankmates for African Dwarf Frogs

Since these frogs are tankmate-friendly, you can keep some other aquatic creatures with them in the same tank. Appropriate buddies can add fun to the tank. It’s like The More, The Merrier!

As African Dwarf Frogs are calm, their tankmates should also be non-aggressive. Here are some suitable tankmates for them given below:

Neon Tetra:

These beautiful fishes are well known for their calm temper. They grow about 1.5 inches. So, in terms of size, they are no threat. They go along well with many fishes and frogs. Neon Tetras and African Dwarf Frogs have great compatibility. Just be careful that your frogs do not starve and end up eating these fish!

Platy Fish:

Patty fish are very active, fast swimmers. They are well-suited for keeping in community tanks. They have a curious and outgoing nature, which makes them interact with other tankmates. They are friendly and size about 2 inches on average so they can become good tankmates for African Dwarf Frogs.

Celestial Pearl Danio:

They are small(about 0.5- 1 inches) and shy fish. These playful creatures can be good tankmates for African Dwarf Frogs. Their diet is similar, requiring the same kind of tank environment. Both of them can stay together peacefully.

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Snails also can be a good addition to the African Dwarf Frog’s Tank. They are quiet and peaceful. They help to clean up the uneaten food and growing algae from the tank by eating them, so that’s another plus point.

Corydoras Catfish:

Corydoras are the perfect tankmates for ADFs because they are bottom feeders. They usually swim along the bottom of the tank to clean up uneaten food. They are also very playful.

Cherry Barb:

Cherry barbs are beautiful-looking small fish that can add color to your tank. They are playful and social, so they can also be compatible with African Dwarf Frogs. But they have to be kept in a group of at least six.

These are some of the best companions for African Dwarf Frogs. But while putting a variety of tankmates together, you have to remember that they must put in sufficient space, have a similar diet, and get along well in a suitable environment.

group of african dwarf frogs
Owner: Michelle Ebel

Can You Keep More Than One African Dwarf Frog in a Tank?

Of course, you can keep more than one African Dwarf frog together in a tank. It is better that way. They do love having buddies to socialize with and partners for breeding. But it is important to provide enough living space for them in a tank according to the number of frogs you will keep together. Typically, it takes about 10 gallons of tank for two ADFs.

You must also monitor their eating habits, compatibility, tank environment, water quality, hiding spots, etc. Make sure they don’t get aggressive with each other.

If you’re considering putting male and female ADFs together, you also need to be prepared that they might breed. If you don’t want your frogs to breed, you must keep the males and the females in separate tanks.

But you can keep the same genders together as they cannot reproduce.

can an African dwarf frog live with a betta fish?

African Dwarf Frogs and Betta fish can potentially be kept together in the same aquarium, but there are several considerations and precautions that should be taken to ensure the well-being of both species.

1. Tank Size:

The tank should be adequately sized to provide enough space for both the Betta and the African Dwarf Frog. A minimum of 10 gallons is recommended, but larger is better to reduce territorial disputes.

2. Hiding Places:

Provide plenty of hiding places and plants for both the frog and the Betta. This will help in reducing stress and territorial disputes.

3. Feeding:

African Dwarf Frogs are slow eaters, and Betta fish are usually faster and more aggressive eaters. Therefore, it might be challenging to ensure that the frog gets enough food. You may need to use a feeding dish for the frog or target feed it to make sure it gets enough to eat.

Owner: Michelle Ebel

4. Water Quality:

Both species require clean, well-maintained water. Regular water changes and water testing are essential to maintain the appropriate water quality.

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5. Temperature:

Both species prefer similar water temperatures, around 75-80°F (24-27°C), so maintaining a suitable temperature should be manageable.

6. Behavioral Observation:

Bettas are known for their territorial and aggressive behavior, especially males. It’s crucial to observe the behavior of the Betta with the frog initially to ensure there is no aggression. If the Betta is aggressive towards the frog, they may need to be separated.

7. Health Monitoring:

Monitor the health of both the Betta and the African Dwarf Frog regularly. If either shows signs of stress, disease, or injury, they should be separated and treated accordingly.

Do African dwarf frogs need to be in pairs?

African Dwarf Frogs are social animals, and they often do better when they are kept in pairs or small groups. Being in the company of their own kind can help in reducing stress and encouraging natural behaviors.

However, it’s crucial to ensure that the tank is adequately sized to accommodate multiple frogs and that there are enough hiding places and resources to prevent competition and stress.

When keeping African Dwarf Frogs in groups, it’s also important to monitor them for any signs of aggression or bullying and to ensure that all frogs are getting enough food, as they can be somewhat slow and clumsy eaters.

Remember to consider the bioload, or the amount of waste produced by the inhabitants of the tank, when adding more frogs or other animals, and adjust your maintenance routine, like water changes and filter capacity, accordingly to keep the water quality high.

Final Words

The main purpose of my overall discussion is to make all ADF owners conscious of their pets’ potential loneliness issues. They are mere aquatic animals who can also feel lonely occasionally. We must be aware of such a situation because who wants to see their pet stressed?

I hope the overall discussion will come into help for you. Interestingly, frogs can experience emotional feelings like “loneliness” as humans. Do you want to know about your pet African Dwarf frog’s happiness? Click on this article.

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