As scavengers, African dwarf frogs diet is like to eat just about anything they are offered. These frogs will search the bottom of the tank for uneaten fish food, decaying plant matter and other forms of detritus. In order to ensure that all of the dietary needs of your frogs are met, however, it is wise to offer them a healthy, varied diet including live, frozen and freeze-dried foods.
Some of the best foods to offer your African dwarf frogs diet include bloodworms, beef heart, brine shrimp, tubifex worms and white worms. Most of these foods are available in live, frozen and freeze-dried form so you can purchase them however you like. When using frozen food, however, you should keep in mind that it is best to thaw the food in a cup of tank water before offering it to your frogs. You should also be aware that freeze-dried foods lose up to 50% of their nutritional content during processing so these foods should not make up the majority of your African dwarf frogs’ diets.
In addition to live, frozen and freeze-dried foods, you may also feed your frogs sinking fish food pellets. Check your local pet store for commercial foods labeled “sinking pellets” – look for a formula specially designed for carnivores or omnivorous fish rather than herbivores. These foods contain a variety of protein-based foods including whole fishmeal and, in some formulas, some vegetable matter as well.
As is true of all pets, African dwarf frogs diet is subject to obesity with overfeeding. To avoid this problem, be sure to feed your frogs only small amounts of food once or twice a day. Offer your frogs only as much as they can consume within 5 minutes to avoid letting the uneaten food dissolve into waste that accumulates in the bottom of your tank. After you feed your frogs, you may notice that they develop a rounded belly – this is normal right after feeding but if your frogs’ bellies begin to protrude all the time you could be feeding them too much or they might be suffering from an internal affliction.
Summary of Feeding:
• Types of food: sinking pellets, live foods, frozen foods, freeze-dried foods (bloodworms, brine shrimp, microworms, white worms, etc.)
• Amount to feed: one small pinch.
• Frequency of feeding: twice per day.
• Cost of food: $10 to $15 per month (£6.00 to £9.00)