Indonesian Floating AKA Green Puddle Frog (Occidozyga lima)
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The Indonesian Floating Frog is a very unique, small frog that spends almost its entire life hunting underwater and floating at the surface, so it is a perfect animal for the paludarium and shallow aquarium!
The Indonesian Floating Frog (Occidozyga lima) is a fascinating species that has a very unique, small species that is native to Indonesia and throughout much of Southeast Asia. Unlike fully aquatic and semi-aquatic species, it spends almost its entire life floating at the surface of the water or hunting and hiding fully submerged. It rarely, if ever goes on land when it feels secure in its aquatic habitat and typically lives very communally, ignoring any other animals that are not potential prey or threatening predators. Females are slightly larger and more plump, and this species can be bred in the home aquarium or paludarium.
The Indonesian Floating Frog exclusively inhabits areas of ample vegetation and cover in shallow water. It spends the majority of its time floating at the surface of the water, often resting on the leaves of both rooted and floating aquatic plants. When startled, it will dart for cover beneath the water's surface. Plenty of cover in the form of plants, driftwood, and smooth rockswork, is absolutely essential for this frog. It has very delicate skin, so it should not be kept in an aquarium with any sort of sharp decor, nor should it ever be handled. It requires relatively shallow water with 3-6 inches (7.5-10 cm) being ideal. In a properly decorated aquarium, it may never fully leave the water, instead preferring to float and be supported by the leaves of plants at the water line. It does not feel secure in open spaces and requires shaded areas of cover, which of course can be easily achieved in a heavily planted aquarium. While it is not too particular about water parameters, this species does require very clean water with very gentle flow (if any). The Indonesian Floating Frog is not afraid to jump and climb, so a secure, tight-fitting lid is necessary to prevent it from escaping its enclosure. It has excellent sight and will quickly move for cover whenever startled.
While it is a completely peaceful species, the Indonesian Floating Frog is a small predator that hunts mostly by sight. It mostly eats insects and small worms, but its feeding response can also be triggered by small fish or crustraceans whose movement resembles the motion of insects. However, many aquarists report keeping this frog with other peaceful nano-type fish and invertebrate species with no issues. The Indonesian Floating Frog should never be kept with large or aggressive fish that might bully or prey upon it. Also, it can live communally with only the occasional harmless skirmish between males competing for the attention of females. It will even perform a vocal call at times, which is more like a chirp in the case of this small species.
The Indonesian Floating Frog is not a particularly picky eater, but it must recognize that a dry or frozen item is food. It will easily eat insects such as crickets and fruit flies or live worms such as blackworms, bloodworms, and Tubifex as it hunts both at the water line and above water. It can also be trained to eat meaty frozen foods of appropriate size or even dry pellet foods. The key to training stubborn specimens to accept non-live foods is to make the foods appear to be alive without intimidating the frog. Simulating motion of a non-live item with small tongs or forceps can be useful in this situation. Variety is crucial in providing long-term, comprehensive nutrition to the Indonesian Floating Frog.
We are currently offering unsexed subadults and young adults of this incredible species!
What We Like About This Animal:
- Extremely unique and entertaining
- Small size
- Peaceful, communal disposition
- Thrives in the planted aquarium or paludarium
- Compatible with other species
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 64° - 90° F (16° - 32° C). It will do best with lower temperatures at night, which simulate its natural environment. No heater is necessary with a standard aquarium light day/night cycle within the listed temperature range.
- pH: 6.0 - 7.5
- KH: 2 - 20 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10-15 gallons for 3-4 specimens
- Diet: Carnivorous. Requires a variety of meaty live, frozen, and dry foods
- Social behavior: Peaceful with its own species and other non-prey species
- Origin: Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia
- Average adult size: 1.2 – 1.6 inches (3 - 4 cm), females are slightly larger than males
- Average purchase size: .75 - 1.2 inches (2- 3 cm)