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Clawed frogs for your aquarium

Unlike the African clawed frog, dwarf c lawed frogs are distinctly pleasant aquarium companions that are peaceful, fun and great to watch. Dwarf clawed frogs can be easily identified by the webbing between their front fingers - the very large growing clawed frogs do not have these. Dwarf clawed frogs reproduce in the aquarium, and their courtship display is a real spectacle. Their courtship songs can also be heard outside the aquarium as a soft click. Dwarf clawed frogs fit into community aquariums from 54 liters volume with peaceful fish, but in the species aqu arium they usually feel a bit more comfortable.

Unlike the African clawed frog, dwarf c lawed frogs are distinctly pleasant aquarium companions that are peaceful, fun and great to watch. Dwarf clawed frogs can be easily identified by the... learn more »
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Clawed frogs for your aquarium

Unlike the African clawed frog, dwarf c lawed frogs are distinctly pleasant aquarium companions that are peaceful, fun and great to watch. Dwarf clawed frogs can be easily identified by the webbing between their front fingers - the very large growing clawed frogs do not have these. Dwarf clawed frogs reproduce in the aquarium, and their courtship display is a real spectacle. Their courtship songs can also be heard outside the aquarium as a soft click. Dwarf clawed frogs fit into community aquariums from 54 liters volume with peaceful fish, but in the species aqu arium they usually feel a bit more comfortable.

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Dwarf clawed frog - Hymenochirus curticeps
Dwarf clawed frog - Hymenochirus curticeps
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Dwarf clawed frogs in nature

The gregarious dwarf clawed frog Hymenochirus curticeps is a very interesting aquarium animal, great to watch and quite different from the usual fish. In the wild, dwarf clawed frogs are found in small, heavily weedy pools, shady ponds and in flowing waters with very little current and dense plant growth in tropical Africa. The small frogs, also affectionately called dwarf crickets, live mostly under water, but occasionally they can be found near the shore. The African clawed frog, which grows very large and is incredibly voracious (and thus has caused many a surprise in the aquarium ...), is indeed related to the dwarf clawed frog - however, the latter is not only much smaller, but also much more reserved. Unlike the clawed frog, the dwarf clawed frog has clearly visible webbed fingers between its four front fingers, making it easy to distinguish between the frogs.

Dwarf clawed frogs in the aquarium

An aquarium for dwarf clawed frogs ideally has 54 liters or more. These little hoppers are very social group animals that need a group size of at least 6 conspecifics. They actively communicate by chirping and have an excellent sense of hearing. Their sense of smell is also very well developed. Sometimes the frogs lie close together in the group and seem to cuddle.
In the aquarium, the frogs prefer dense planting in places, free swimming space in between, and they like to sit on large leaves near the water surface. Roots protruding above the water surface are also readily accepted. It is essential that the aquarium is tightly covered to prevent the frogs from wandering. A low water level helps them breathe - they are lung breathers and must be able to reach the water surface freely at all times. Fine sandy soil as aquarium substrate is popular for digging. Dwarf clawed frogs like their aquarium water to be rather soft to medium hard, with a pH up to 7.8, and a water temperature of 23 to 25°C. They do not like strong currents.

Socialization of dwarf clawed frogs in the aquarium

Although the rather shy Dwarf Clawed Frogs can also be kept in fish company, they will then never live out their full species-specific behavior - reproduction is then quite unlikely, for example. You also have to take good care that the frogs get enough food - they are a bit more sluggish and not as fast at food as some aquarium fish. In the company of lively, voracious fish, dwarf clawed frogs therefore sometimes come up a bit short and become skinny. Better is a species tank for the funny little fellows. Shrimps are pretty much its prey, so a socialization with small dwarf shrimps is not possible. Larger shrimps and especially crayfish can damage and injure the sensitive skin of the frogs with their claws, so a socialization should be avoided.

Reproduction in the aquarium with the dwarf clawed frog

The breeding of Hymenochirus curticeps can succeed in the aquarium - especially in the Artaquarium breeding successes are proven. Its mating behavior and the metamorphosis of the tadpoles to frogs makes the dwarf clawed frog a very attractive aquarium animal for those interested in natural history.

Sex differentiation

Females can be identified by a dent on the back where the male places his head during mating. The males have much stronger forelimbs than the females. They use these to clasp the females in the groin during mating. During the mating season, males also swell the postaxillary gland, which is located under the "axilla" and is only a faint spot outside of the mating season.

Courtship and mating

Courtship is accompanied by courtship songs - soft clicking sounds that can be heard outside the aquarium. The courting male dances a bit in front of his beloved with pawing movements. When mating occurs, the male rides up, clings to the female's groin with his front legs, and places his head in the designated dent in the female's back. What then follows looks like a wrestling match: The frogs literally somersault and swim in loops to the surface of the water. There they release 5-10 eggs and seeds and then sink back down. The spectacle is often repeated: mating can last several hours, up to 1000 eggs are released.

Development of the young

The frogspawn does not sink thanks to the surface tension of the water, but remains on the water surface. Depending on the temperature, the tadpoles hatch after about 36-48 hours, but they begin to swim freely only after about 6 days. They should be caught out and fed into a rearing tank, for the old dwarf clawed frogs the small tadpoles are a tasty prey. The tadpoles of the dwarf clawed frog initially eat fine zooplankton and later also like to eat artemia euplii and other small live food. The gills are located on the outside and are easily visible. The metamorphosis from a small tadpole breathing through gills to a lung-breathing frog takes about 3-4 months and is fascinating to watch.

Feeding dwarf clawed frogs correctly in the aquarium

In its natural habitat, the dwarf clawed frog likes to eat live and dead insects, crustaceans and worms. He is a skillful hunter and perceives wriggling very well. With live food and also with frozen food you can feed the frogs very species-appropriate, but also a food for carnivorous aquarium inhabitants like our NatureHolic Cichfeed, which is very similar to insect larvae in its ingredients and consistency, can be used to feed the funny little aquarium frogs. Dwarf clawed frogs tend to become active in the evening hours and should therefore also preferably receive their food in the evening.

Conclusion

The dwarf clawed frog is a completely different aquarium inhabitant that scores points for activity and a very distinct, very peaceful social behavior. The little frogs are just cute to look at and when kept in a species-appropriate manner, active and great to watch, especially for children. Raising little tadpoles is exciting and educational at the same time. In addition to the brown, wild-colored variant of Hymenochirus curticeps, you can also buy gold-colored dwarf clawed frogs at Garnelio in the online store, which really are - recognizable by the webbed fingers between the front fingers.

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