You’re building a new aquarium, and your “must have choice” is a couple of African Dwarf Frogs. However, you also want to introduce other aquatic creatures as well. You think this will make the aquarium visually pleasant. But, you’ve come across a big concern. Can your first choice peacefully live with its other tank mates?

Well, not every aquatic creature can coexist with African Dwarf Frogs. These amphibians are very social and get along with a lot of other fish, snails and other freshwater creatures. However, they also feed on a variety of these animals, and a few of them also prey upon them. So you need to know exactly which animals they will get along with easily.

In this article, I’ll introduce a bunch of potential tank mates for the African Dwarf Frogs. Let’s get into it.

What can be with an African Dwarf Frog?

Let’s learn some more about some suitable partners for the African Dwarf Frogs.

Since these frogs are social and peaceful animals, other similar sized friendly fish and snails are excellent choices. Let’s have a look at which animals exactly qualify.

Nerite Snail and Mystery Snail

Nerite snails are wondrous snails that sport a colorful body and unique patterns. Although these snails can live in freshwater, they cannot breed here. Therefore, your frogs won’t hunt for their eggs. They are also peaceful and have a similar size to the frogs.

Mystery snails are visually very pretty. The most common colors they sport are black and gold. These snails are able to mate and breed in freshwater. That’s why my advice is to house a single mystery snail.

A great thing about these snails is that they will eat away any algae and leftovers. This will take part in keeping your aquarium clean.


Guppy is a great choice for aquarium fish that is easily available in almost every fish store. They also have a wide variety in their body hues. They can be easily mixed together as they are just big enough that your frogs can’t eat them.

If you have males and females, they will eventually breed. Your frogs will eat away the fry. If you want to avoid this, you can have only males in the tank.


Endlers are related to guppies and are pretty similar to them in terms of appearance. These fish are even more colorful and are also very peaceful.

Rummy Nose Tetra

Rummy Nose Tetras have black-white stripes on the tail and a red colored head. They also require a group to live peacefully. They make an outstanding appearance in any aquarium.

Black Skirt Tetra

This fish is a silver-bodied fish with black stripes. They also love schooling and are extremely calm by nature. If you have plants or dark hiding spots in your aquarium, they will often be hiding there.

Cardinal Tetra

The Cardinal Tetra is a fish that has red and blue lines on its body. They are quite akin to neon tetras, but they are usually larger by a tiny margin.

Neon Tetra

Neon Tetra are tiny and slim fish that sport a blue stripe across their bodies. They are an extremely popular choice and love living as a group. This schooling fish is also very calm.


Danios are very active fish that constantly swim from one end of the aquarium to the other. Amongst many different variants, Zebra Danio and Celestial Pearl Danio are pretty popular. Zebra Danios have blue and gold zebra stripes across their bodies. Pearl Danio has a dark blue dorso with yellow spots, and red-colored fins and underbelly.

Honey Gourami

Honey Gourami are generally peaceful, however, they can become hostile towards males of the same species. They see them as competition, so you should keep only one per aquarium. These fish love being surrounded by plants.

Cherry Barb

This fish has a large body with their fins being quite small. They are colorful and are schooling fish that need other companions of the same species. These frogs will be at their best in an aquarium that has lots of live plants.


Platy is a species of schooling fish. They are quite peaceful. However, they are rapid at eating away any food. Despite this, they can coexist quite well with the African Dwarfs. You should keep a bunch of them, as they gather and swirl like a tornado. They also have a variety of body colors.


This fish lives deep underwater that has a unique body that looks quite similar to a hatchet. They often like to jump out of water. This is a fish that is quite shy and can get startled easily by movement.


Also known as Praecox Rainbowfish, these are small fish with silver scales with blue sheen. Their fins are red. They are peaceful, and you need to have a decently sized group in your aquarium.

Which tank mates for African Dwarf Frogs should you avoid?

People often house African Dwarf Frogs with African Clawed Frogs. These two also often get mixed up with each other since they have a very similar name. This is something you absolutely need to avoid. The clawed frogs have an exponentially better growth rate than the dwarf frogs. Because of this, the clawed will outgrow the dwarfs and then proceed to devour them.

Also keep in mind to not house fish that are larger than the frogs. Fish have a natural instinct to eat anything their mouth can fit in. Even if these fish cannot swallow the frogs in one go, they will keep nicking away at them, which can result in fatal injuries for the poor amphibians.

Most people keep Betta with the frogs in the same aquarium. I strongly recommend not doing so. This fish is a competitive eater. They just can’t stop eating, no matter how full they are, and they will eat away your frog’s feed.

Some hobbyists also love to have shrimp in their tanks. This can also turn into a disaster, this time for the poor arthropods. These frogs are omnivorous and love dieting on shrimp, as they pack a lot of protein.

I would also advise against getting any goldfish. I know they are beautiful and another very popular choice for aquariums. However, they grow large pretty fast and will start chipping your frogs away.

Some important things to keep in mind

Before housing other animals with African Dwarf Frogs, you should be wary of some things. First of all, all tank mates need to share a similar size. It is never a good idea to house mates that vary in size, as they often tend to attack each other. Also, check if the animal you’re thinking of bringing in is listed as “non-aggressive”, as aggressive fish and other creatures will also start picking on each other.

Can African Dwarf Frogs live alone?

This species of frog is social and absolutely requires a partner. Therefore, you should at least house a pair. If your frog is by itself, it will struggle and succumb to bad health due to stress.

These frogs do not show any hostility towards frogs of similar and opposite gender. You can easily have a male and a female, as well as two males or two females. No matter the choice, they will easily live in harmony. They do not even compete against each other for food, unless they are heavily underfed.

The more compatible partner your frog you will live with, the more excitement will be induced into it. As a result, you will see more action and happiness in your aquarium. Just keep in mind to have adequate space for everyone.

How to feed African Dwarf Frogs in a community tank?

Now that we’ve looked into detailed information on the potential partners of your African Dwarf Frogs in a community tank, it’s now time to have a look at how to feed them.

First, throw fish feed into the tank. Your fish will gobble them up quickly. Then, throw in heavier proteins such as shrimp and worms for your frogs. They will sink down into the water and your frogs and snails will start eating them.

Finishing Up

I hope this article has helped you in choosing different mates to house with your pet African Dwarfs and you have had success in creating a beautiful, colorful aquarium. Now that you know more about potential tank mates for your frogs, why not learn some more about African Dwarf Frog tank setup as well as how to take care of their eggs and tadpoles. You’re just a few clicks away!

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