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HARPY
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# Posted: 27 Apr 2013 01:10 · Edited by: HARPY


Hi all. I was talked into adopting an African Clawed yesterday.. Why, because it is illegal in my state (even though it was sold at local petsmart), and I have no problem applying for a permit to house it.

I have many frogs and reptiles but the only aquatic frog I have kept was a Budgetts frog.. and I failed at it because I did not do homework before I bought it..

The frog is about 2 years old.. small for a clawed but definately not a dwarf type. Home is a 20gal tall, has good filter, I have turtle heaters and lights I can add if needed. He/It has only be fed frog sticks...

Questions. WHAT TEMP DOES THE WATER NEED TO BE?


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HARPY
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# Posted: 27 Apr 2013 01:17


Sorry about multiple posts but I use library and their servers are jumpy today..

Questions - Continued..

CAN I FEED IT LIVE FOOD? I am not a fan of pellets, if live fish and/or crickets are not too great, I can use human grade fish.. I feed a turtle that way.. if it is good enough for me...they get it first...

IF YES, what kind of feeder fish can I keep with them? Would love a tank full of guppies..and the fish will be a food source.

HOW HIGH DO I KEEP WATER? Do these frogs need a ledge to sleep on or do they float on top of water? I plan to deck the tank out for my benefit but want to make sure it will not harm or hinder the frog.

Thanks in advance,

Billie aka Harpy


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geckobaby1992
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# Posted: 27 Apr 2013 01:37


cant see why u cant use live food as a treat here and there also my friend uses live crickets he just drops them on the surface and the movement gets the frogs attention usually but as far as water temp I have no clue

k412
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# Posted: 14 May 2013 05:47


Big Hydro can answer this one. He keeps a group. I wish I could get my hands on one!!!!!


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HARPY
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 01:19


frog is doing great, never thought I would enjoy this guy as much as I do. Getting permit was a snap..easier than when I did permit to keep a bullfrog for display purposes...that was pain in frogrear

He - (has pointed butt rather than buttflap that females are said to have) is setup in 20 gal tall, I have platform just under water to rest on if he needs, also several plants floating so he has no problem with staying at the surface. This guy is very easy to feed, think the girl that owned him hand fed the guy...so I can feed him small crix and other goodies. I still plan to get a bunch of feeder guppies..they will help keep tank clean as well as give the frog a hunt. will post pics if he ever stays still!


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BIG HYDRO
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 01:51


These are by far the most entertaining frogs you can keep. My favorite frogs bar none.

Yes. you can absolutely feed live prey, that is the only way I feed them. Pellets are crap imo.

The bigger variety of prey the better off you will be. Get you some nightcrawlers and watch them go ape shit for them when they realize they are food.

Roaches, crickets, grubs, krill, worms, etc. Anything they can fit into their mouth, they will eat.

Adding guppies will do just the opposite of what you are wanting. They will add too much waste to the tank, cloud the water and or eventually kill your frogs. They need ten gallons of water per frog and the depth of a twenty is fine. They need nothing to rest on. But do need a secure top with no escape routes at all. They can find their way out of even the smallest of spots.





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HARPY
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 03:09


I have always used guppies in my newt tanks and they do awesome job cleaning up the newt poo as well as giving the newts a challenge..although the newts have figured out to just hang out and wait for food to come to them. I do have good filter on the frog.. nice canister filter I used for diamondback terrapin. But I add the fish only once in a while. Totally agree on pellets.. pure crap. They girl that owned frog fed him every day on that stuff and he is scrawny as hell. A well fed frog should look like it.

Does anyone know why the frogs have hind claws? What are they used for? And do both sexes have them or just the male?


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HARPY
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 03:17


just watched video.. pretty cool.. love your pyxi...


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BIG HYDRO
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 04:07


Both sexes have the claws. They use them for shredding food and for shedding skins.

You will see a huge increase in waste when you start feeding live food regularly.

If using a filter, it need to be a fairly low flow and very low splash back if any. Alot of water movement is not good for them. They use their lateral lines to hunt for prey, and constant water movement will affect that. They eat by smell and detecting vibrations in the water, not their eye sight.



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BIG HYDRO
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# Posted: 15 May 2013 04:09


Water is usually just fine at room temp... anywhere from 60-80 degrees is just fine so long as there are no sudden temp changes. However a smaller splash of cool water will many times get them to mating.



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