How to Feed Guppies & African Dwarf Frogs Living in the Same Tank


Guppies are one of the most popular species of freshwater aquarium fish because they are beautifully colored and because they are easy to care for. These fish do not require much attention and they tend to get along well with most species of fish. Guppies also get along well with other aquarium inhabitants like African dwarf frogs. If you plan to keep both guppies and African dwarf frogs in the same tank, make sure you have enough space for both and offer the right foods to keep both species healthy.

Things You'll Need

  • Flake fish food
  • Frozen fish food
  • Bloodworms (live or frozen)
  • Brine shrimp (live or frozen)
  • Sinking fish food pellets or shrimp pellets

Offer your guppies crushed flake food twice a day. Each time you feed your guppies, give them only as much food as they can eat within 3 to 5 minutes. Overfeeding can lead to waste build-up in your tank.

Feed your African dwarf frogs every other day with sinking fish food pellets. Offer 2 or 3 small sinking fish food pellets or shrimp pellets per frog every other day. Because African dwarf frogs forage for their food, you may scatter the pellets in different places around the tank.

Offer both your guppies and African dwarf frogs live or frozen foods as a treat once a week. Purchase live bloodworms at your local petstore or look for frozen brine shrimp or bloodworms that come packaged in small cubes. Thaw the cubes in a small cup of tank water before feeding it to your guppies and frogs.

Vary the diet of both your guppies and African dwarf frogs to ensure their health and vitality. Alternate giving your guppy regular flake foods and color-enhancing flake foods and feed your frogs a variety of pellet foods. Giving your pets a varied diet will ensure that they get all the nutrients they need.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have gravel in your tank it may be difficult to see the sinking fish food pellets you are offering your dwarf frogs. Consider sinking a small plate in your tank or place the pellets on top of a flat rock or another item of aquarium decor to make them easier for your frogs to find.
  • African dwarf frogs may attempt to escape from the tank if there are any large openings so always remember to shut the lid on your tank after feeding.

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