Amphibians require access to both water and land to be happy and healthy. That is true whether they are in the wild or are being kept as a pet. Frogs absorb oxygen through their skin, so the quality of the water in their habitat is an important part of their overall health. Here are some tips for getting your pet frog the right water.
What Water Is the Best Water?
You want your frog’s water to have some of the natural salts and minerals in it, but you want to avoid water that contains chemicals like chlorine or fluoride. The pH balance is also important, and 7.0 is considered neutral, and is the ideal pH, but the important thing is not to venture outside of the 6.5-8.5 range.
Can You Just Use Tap Water?
The answer really comes down to where you live since the water that comes out of the tap in every U.S. city will be a little different. Unfortunately, chlorine and fluoride are common in tap water so you will need a way to remove these chemicals if that is true in your area. You can also set aside the water for up to 24 hours after drawing it from the tap because chlorine dissipates rather quickly—which is why you need to keep adding more to a swimming pool.
What if You Have Well Water?
Again, it depends on the well. You will have to test the pH of your water, and also check the iron levels since too much iron can hurt your pet. Sometimes well water has less oxygen, but you can fix that with any number of aerator options, like you usually see creating bubbles in fish tanks.
Is Bottled Water Okay for Your Pet Frog?
It depends on the kind. Spring water should be the ideal water for your pet. Unfortunately, a lot of bottled water is distilled in some way, and has had all of the beneficial minerals removed in the process. Distilled water also has a higher hydrogen level, which is bad for frogs.
In the end, your best options are to buy bottled spring water, or to filter the water yourself, and reverse osmosis is the best process.