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  • Ann85Ann85 Posts: 64
    Ah great! Snails! Wonder how they got there, nature is amazing. I had another look and spotted these worm creatures in the act of eating the leaves! Still not sure what to do to stop them though! 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,321
    Quite likely there were snail eggs on something that had a drink from your pond that introduced them.
    I bought some pond snails, but no ramshorns, but I've got both now as well as vast amounts of other things wriggling around - it's all fascinating. I've got lots of baby newts too.
    I can see mosquito larvae in the top pic.
    Nibbles out of leaves is just part of having a wildlife pond - some wildlife has had a nibble - that's wildlife for you :)

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    The best thing to do is nothing and let the pond balance itself out - whatever is eating the leaves will either stop when it has developed enough or will eat all the leaves and then die of starvation.  Or a predator may turn-up and do the job for you.  The more you try and make 'adjustments', the longer it will take for the pond to come to an ecological balance.  :)
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