Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Las Colinas, Irving, TX
I would not do a 100% water change on an ADF's tank. Maybe 50%. A small internal filter is only like $10-15 and wont harm any of the fish, and would easily limit your water changes to an easy 20-30% weekly or bi-weekly if not monthly if the tank is established.
I have had my ADF, Bella, for over a year. My BFF has had her ADF for over a year as well. I kept mine solo for a while, but last month upgraded her tank and got her a fancy new 5 gal with internal filter and some friends. She enjoys the other fish, as most ADFs do. They do like to be in small groups (3-5 work best) but they are okay solo.
There is a food called Repto-Min you can feed them that is made for ADF's and other similar reptiles/amphibs. That is the primary food I feed my ADF. However, my ADF loves to steal the guppies' food which is simple Tetra Tropical Flakes for Clean Water. And boy oh boy does my ADF LOVE getting freeze-dried bloodworms for treats. The bloodworms dont give the ADF the nutrients it needs for a balanced diet, so use bloodworms as treats maybe once or twice a week. It is adviced to always rehydrate freeze-dried food before giving it to an ADF, which is super annoying, and considering that it soaks at the top before sinking to my ADF, I dont soak it and I dont have any issues.
You will need to make sure your tank has a lid on it, as they can and will jump.
They are usually full grown between one and three inches, this does not include their legs, just main body. For instance, my ADF is about an inch, my BFF's ADF is well over 2 inches.
Some ADFs will gladdly eat live fish and shrimp right out of your tank. I have seen them eat ghost shrimp, danios, neons, and love any kind of live fry.
Although it is fairly uncommon, there have been instances where ADF's will become territorial. Mine has shown territorial aggression before to the point of jumping on top of a young black ghost knife because it was too close to her cave! (The BGK was in there for a few hours only, had to rescue it from my evil Red Devil Cichlid and wait for my BFF to come get it.) And yet, my BFF's ADF has NO problem with the BGK she got from me.
Oh, and when I first had my ADF, she was housed with a Crowntail male Betta...there was no problems. However, not all Bettas are as friendly. The frog generally will not bother a Betta for any reason, but it isnt always the same for the Betta.
Hope this helps!
*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty