Presenting, Cow and Chicken!!

No, not those two above, but Cow and Chicken, my (Betta) Siamese fighting fish and dwarf African Frog.

These guys:

Cow and Chicken!! That’s Cow on the left (the frog) and Chicken on the right (the fish). I gave Chicken his name because he looks like a rooster head, so Chicken!! And well, chicken needs his sibling, so Cow!!

They live in a one gallon jar on my very messy desk. A shark cave keeps cow feeling secure by giving him a place to hide. Two strands of anacharis helps to somewhat keep the water quality, although 100% water changes are done weekly. They are transferred to another jar while their water gets changed – when the water temps become the same, they go back to their home jar.

Before putting them together, I did a lot of research on both bettas and Dwarf African Frogs (DAFs) and putting them together. I knew it might be a hit or miss, with them getting along together since their harmony depends so much on both their personalities. I was prepared to house them in separate containers but I was so relieved when they got along so well. I’ve read of experiences where the Betta would pick on the frog and break limbs and eventually kill the frog, or where the frog would hang on to the fish and stress it out and injure it’s beautiful long fins. I’m glad that Cow and Chicken get along, they pretty much ignore each other!!

Here’s a close-up of Cow. He isn’t an albino DAF, he’s a regular DAF. I don’t like the look of the albinos, they look gross IMO. I like the color and spots that Cow has. He’s not bigger than a quarter, actually not much longer than a penny, and that’s as big as he’s going to get.

Here’s a close-up of Chicken as he’s looking at the camera. He’s a beautiful fish!

Here’s Cow chilling by his shark cave. He likes hanging outside it, just between the shark cave and the wall of the jar as much as he likes hiding inside it. He likes the shark cave more than he likes floating at the water surface. It looks like you can see his leg bones…

Here’s Cow taking a peek out from the shark cave. He must be able to smell food!! I dropped some whole bloodworms near the mouth of the cave. In all the pictures in this post, all the dirty-looking things in the jar are actually food. It’s ReptoTreat delica bloodworms, which is whole blood-worms in a nutrient rich gel.

Here’s an earlier shot of Cow in the cave. That’s some of the bloodworms near the cave entrance. I feed Cow bloodworms twice a week with the same tube/pack of bloodworms. Chicken likes the bloodworms too and prolly eats more of it than Cow does.

Here’s Chicken doing a nice turn. He’s such a beautiful Siamese Fighting fish!! On days where I don’t feed Cow his bloodworms, I feed Chicken Betta bites.

Here’s a picture of Chicken showing all his colors. He’s a full grown betta. He’s bigger than most bettas I see in stores. So I guess he’s fully grown. He’s no longer than a stick of lip balm (Blistex).

Lastly, here’s a shot of Cow’s foot next to Chicken in the background. Hi- five!!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing their photos – I’ll post some video of them soon!

The bloodworms that I feed Cow and Chicken is ReptoTreat Delica Bloodworms.


  1. Are you sure you don’t have an African clawed frog? They get much bigger, are aggressive and the easiest way to tell them apart is by the front… arms? Dwarf frogs have webbed arms and clawed do not. They are often sold interchangeably by someone who doesn’t know better. I hope your betta is okay! I didn’t see a date on this post.

  2. umm that’s not a dwarf frog that’s a clawed frog, i know because i had 4 of them but the got 6 inches long so i had to give them away!

    1. it’s a dwarf – unless they grow really, really slowly. It stayed small his whole lifetime. The dwarves and claweds look very, very similar.

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