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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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My betta eats the frog's food

I got a african frog for my betta's bowl today. I thought bettas didn't eat the frog's food and visa versa, but the betta went straight for the food when I put it in. How will I feed the frog?
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When you say bowl... just how big is it? What kind of frog do you have? I really would suggest that if you have a frog and a betta, you should get a large tank and plant it... and make sure your frog doesn't have an appetite for bettas.
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It's two gallons. I will take the frog out immediately if he will eat my betta. It's an African Dwarf Frog.
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African dwarf frogs will not eat bettas. African clawed frogs might he a different story..... IMO to keep bettas and ADFS you should have a 10 gallon and keep 3 frogs. They are social.

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African dwarf frogs are okay with bettas, but you will need a larger tank. I would suggest upgrading to a minimum of 5 gallons to accommodate the frog so your bioload is not as large. A filter and heater are a must, too (in case you don't already have those, sorry XD).

Don't worry, the frog should not be aggressive towards the betta, but the betta will most definitely feel uncomfortable being in such a small space with a frog.
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Thanks for the info. Back to my question, how do I feed the frog if the betta grabs the food immediately? I think I may need to take the frog out.
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I would cup the betta and float him in the tank. You should also buy a small teracotta plate (they are really cheap) and using a turkey baster, squirt food onto the plate for the frog. Also, what are you feeding him? Frozen foods are the best for african dwarf frogs.
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The food is Aquatic Frog and Tadpole food. Micro pellets
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Pellets and flakes can cause blockage in ADFS. I recommend soaking them in water. They should not be the only food he gets. He should be fed frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, mysis shrimp, or daphnia. I would just buy two of the foods I listed, and try to vary his diet. You can also feed you betta some of the frozen food as treats.
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Every ADF I've ever owned needed to be fed by hand ... it's kind of neat, they'll get used to it after a while and come right up to your hand to snatch the food.

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