How to Care for a "Grow a Frog"

"Grow a Frog" is a brand of tadpole and frog aquarium kits. Watching a tadpole turn into a frog is fun and educational, but what are you going to do with that frog now? It's not exactly a Tamagotchi, you know? With a little care, your frog can live a long and healthy life.


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    Prepare as your tadpole grows. Grow-a-Frog kits come with everything you need to go from tadpole to infant African Clawed Frog in several days' time. Start preparing for your future frog's care at least as soon as you receive the tadpole, if not before.
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    Study about African Clawed Frogs. Do some internet searches or refer to the links below. These frogs are aquatic, do not withstand handling, and need to be cared for like you would care for a fish. The larger females can grow as large as an adults fist (plus the legs!) They are great fun to watch - especially at feeding time - and can learn to interact somewhat with their caretaker. Adult frogs might even "sing!" Carefully cared-for, they can live from 8 to 30 years.
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    Gather supplies. Check the "Things You'll Need" list, below. Little infant frogs don't need much room at first, but they grow very fast and appreciate having space in which to swim. They also need something to hide under when they feel like it. A light and filter are optional, but a cover is absolutely not optional. A heater is recommended for most North-American locations.
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    Prepare the aquarium. Fill the tank at least 3/4ths full, but do not fill to the top. Aquatic frogs need air to breathe! Treat the water according to directions and allow 12 to 24 hours for it to reach the proper temperature before introducing your frog.
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    Consider getting a frog friend. You can order a second tadpole or another infant frog shortly after the first one transforms. These frogs are social animals, and will enjoy the company of a frog friend.


  • Keep the aquarium away from direct sunlight or heat sources, and between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit (20-24 degrees Celsius)
  • You can feed your African clawed frog with occasional crickets, guppies, or raw meat.
  • You can add an algae-eater fish or other semi-aggressive fish to the tank and they should co-exist safely with the frog(s). Non-aggressive fish added to the tank might end up as lunch!
  • Keep the water clean to prevent bacterial or fungal infections that can kill your frog.
  • Even undemanding pets such as aquatic frogs are a big responsibility. Prepare yourself to spend some time and money caring for your pet.
  • Grow-a-Frog offers kits for frog aquarium setups specifically for their frogs. You can buy one of those if you prefer, but a standard aquarium offers the most flexible environment with more space, and looks more sophisticated. A 10 gallon (37.9 L) aquarium will comfortably house two adult frogs.


  • Do not consider releasing your frog "into the wild." African Clawfoot Frogs are not native anywhere but southern Africa, and are considered unwanted invaders and a serious threat to native creatures. If you no longer wish to keep your frog, give it to a friend who will care for it.
  • Do not house your African Clawed Frog with any other frogs. They will eat their smaller cousins.
  • Some frog owners believe that aquarium filters are not good for aquatic frogs because the noise can bother them. If you do choose to use an electric filter for your tank, it is probably best to have it from the beginning so the frog(s) will grow up with it and be accustomed to the sound.
  • Make sure the aquarium gravel is not of a size that could be accidentally ingested at feeding time. These frogs tend to frantically scoop food into their mouths with their front feet, and could die from swallowing small gravel pieces. Adult frogs might learn not to eat gravel if they have grown up around it, but it's always best to anticipate your frog's adult size and purchase gravel accordingly. Either find very large gravel that would not possibly fit into the frog's mouth, or very small gravel that could be easily passed if ingested.
  • African Clawed Frogs are infamous as slick escape artists. Make sure the cover is secure and there are no frog-size openings or they will get out. They can potentially live outside of the water for as long as a few days, but they're hard to find and usually an escaped frog is a dead frog.

Things You'll Need

  • Grow-a-Frog kit (see external links, below)
  • 5–10 gallon (18.9–37.9 L) aquarium, or larger
  • Full aquarium cover (mesh, or a full cover that still allows air movement) with no frog-size escape spaces
  • Aquarium gravel, or smooth aquarium rocks
  • Larger-sized aquarium decoration(s) that offer hiding places
  • Water conditioner treatment product
  • Aquarium temperature gauge and heater (optional, but recommended)
  • Aquarium filter - optional
  • Aquarium light - optional (fluorescent are recommended)
  • Food: bloodworms, brineshrimp, waterfleas (available frozen at a pet store)

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