This is a discussion on Depth of water for African Clawed Frog & tips needed for preventing an escape! within the Aquatic Clawed Frogs forums, part of the Frogs & Toads category; I have a 36" tank too. (40B), I'm using a Finnex Ray2.. it's considered "high light" and quite powerful.. actually ...
I have a 36" tank too. (40B), I'm using a Finnex Ray2.. it's considered "high light" and quite powerful.. actually it's an algae making machine on my non-high-tech tank. I think if I could of done it over again I would have gotten a less powerful light.. I've elevated it a bit and am going to add more floating plants so I hope that helps! I know my frogs weren't fond of it before I elevated it, I only run it 6-8 hours a day then switch to a Marineland Single Bright, which is about the weakest LED strip out there, the frogs tend to become more active then..
Michael had pretty much covered everything about water depth and much more. But I would like to re-emphasize that having a screen top, lid, or cover is a MUST for AFC, even if the water level is 4 inches+ below the tank height. As previously mentioned, AFCs are very powerful swimmers and they can jump out of water at will, although usually unlikely. I take care of three adult females at my school and my co-worker told me that these frogs had escaped by jumping out of the tank about two years ago (the water was about 3 inches below the top), so we've been keeping a screen top that completely covered the tank at all time. The moral of the story is that a cover should be required for these frogs just to take the possibility of escaping out of the equation.
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I had to cover the whole back where the lid meets the tank with tape to stop further escapes until I installed my canister and cut holes for the tubing.. I still covered everything around the tubing up again with tape, because these frogs are just insanely good at escaping when you least expect it.
I never knew there we're xenopus wild in England. I had read somewhere online about there being some in Wales.
I live in Scotland, probably too cold for to survive in the wild.
It seems impossible to even find a shop that sells captive need ones!
Im currently waiting for silk plants to arrive cos the Ebay shop messed up delivery. Once they're in I can hopefully order frogs online if the water tests ok. I might look at getting floating plants as we'll as the silk ones.
I can't wait to get my frogs. I've recently got dwarf ones in another tank and I find them fascinating.
I don't turn my lights on much just when I want to enjoy them. Usually a couple hours a week at night if I get home in time. Will probably have to set an actual plan if I get plants.
My plan is to breed my older female and section off a quarter of the tank for tadpoles. I've bred her a couple of times with the aformentioned albino male. That's the plan at least.
Are there low-light floating plants? I have technically 6 bulbs in the light setup, I doubt anything strong though. Just whatever came with it.
I think the biggest problem I've had with floating plants is since they are so close to the lights they tend to take on algae.. I just removed my pennywort because it was just getting riddled with green algae. I just replaced my pennywort with water sprite which I am reading is a "low" light plant so we'll see!
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