Can ADF’s Live With Amano Shrimp, Will They Eat Them?

Last Updated on August 31, 2022 by cmoarz

Will African dwarf frogs eat Amano shrimp? Is it safe to place shrimp in the same aquarium as an ADF? The answers are tricky, and not for the reasons you think.

Key takeaways:

  • ADF’s can and might eat baby Amano shrimp.
  • ADF’s can’t eat adult shrimp, as the adult shrimp tend to be larger than the African dwarf.
  • These two should not be allowed to live together.
  • The sharp claws on a shrimp can easily damage the ADF’s sensitive and extremely thin papery skin.
  • If you are looking for tankmates, nerite snails, ghost shrimp, guppies and tetras are a much better choice than amano’s

The problem with the pairing

It’s not that shrimp can’t live with African dwarf frogs, It’s just specifically the Amano shrimp that can cause some problems.

The main problem is that the African dwarf frog might see the baby shrimp as food. This isn’t a huge problem, as long as you are okay with losing a few baby shrimp.

However, it can become a bigger problem if the African dwarf frogs start to target and eat adult shrimp. This is because the adult shrimp are much larger than the African dwarf frog, and can easily cause harm or even kill the frog.

Another issue is that the shrimp’s claws can be quite sharp, and they can easily damage the African dwarf frog’s sensitive and thin papery skin.

These sensitive frogs are very susceptible to infection. Any type of damage or trauma to their fragile bodies can become infected very easily.

So, while it is technically possible for these two to live together, it is not recommended. It is much better to keep them separate to avoid any potential problems.

The best tank mates for ADF’s are other ADF’s

ADFs tend to do better in groups and in their own species-specific tank. That’s not to say you can’t add some tank mates in, a few good ones could be livebearers such as Tetras, Guppies, etc.

Some inverts such as nerite snails and ghost shrimp are also good choices. African dwarf frogs and ghost shrimp tend to get along much better. Just be sure to do your research before adding anything into the tank, as some species can be quite aggressive.


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