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Can anyone tell me how long it takes from spawn to tadpoles, also I have not long ago started a wild life pond with just a few plants in will there be enough to eat for them?



  • Between two and three weeks, depending a bit on weather conditions. 

    I have a few questions for you, though!

    When did you "start" your pond?

    How big is it?

    Whereabouts in your garden is it?

    What plants are there?

    Where did the spawn come from? i.e. did a frog/toad lay it in your pond or did you bring it from somewhere else?

    Newly hatched tadpoles eat the remains of their own egg sacs and then eat various algae and some semi-decaying vegetable matter before eventually becoming more-or-less carnivore, though will eat insect larvae.  At a push, you could tie some small pieces of (raw) liver or red meat on a bit of string and suspend this in the pond water, though it wouldn't be a good idea to do this too much as young froglets/toadlets are very susceptible to problems caused by poor water quality.

    I bet that if you google for more info as to what you could help with, food-wise, t'internet will probably come up with some ideas for you.


  • fintyfinty Posts: 27

    We have had the pond about 18 years and up until last year we had gold fish and shibumkins until we were visited by the new local otter, and over night the lot had gone we bought a net and a few more fish and low and behold two days later they were gone so no more fish! The pond is just 2Mts.x2Mtts. I have a couple of  lilies, marigold type , various iris and some oxygenaters. There is and escape route if any falls in as the sides are straight up,no beach part. I was just going to move one of the plants when I saw two long strands of spawn. They should be happy enough in there I just didn't know how long they would be.

  • Hello again - from your first post I thought your pond was a new venture, but it sounds as though it's really well established.  Provided there's a suitable escape route for anything which falls in and/or wants to get out, everything should be fine!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,947

    Pesky critters!

    Finty-lovely to have an otter in theory but....not so good in reality!

    Your pond sounds great and hyper's advice and comments are spot on. The toads will be a great help with any slug/snail issues! I know lots of people find them ugly but I think they're rather sweet image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,549

    When we had our pond excavated, chappy with the bulldozer asked me what fish I would be getting.  None, i said, it's for forgs and toads and newts.  He had a fit of hysterical giiggles at the idea of a mad English woman paying good money to have a pond for wild amphibians.   He still comes and does odd jobs for us.  The latest is the new shed base and he loves to know what the English ahev been up to.

    Been so cold here the frogs and toads are only just getting into mating mode.  heaven knows what they'll think of a daft Labrador boouncing around the pond but at least he and Rasta see off the mallards that might eat the spawn..

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • fintyfinty Posts: 27

    Hi I'm not new to fish pond life but for some reason wild life pond seems much different there are some leaves in the bottom I was wondering whether to get some snails or something but I'm not sure where from as our fish supplier we used to use has since closed down, does anyone think they would be necessary.

  • I think  that pond lifeventually finds its own way where it wants to be, but can help by doing basic maintenance. Stranded spawn sounds like toad or newt to me. Lucky you! Our pond is onl a few months old and the plants have only just gone in so I am not overly hopeful for too much activity in ours yet. It's not even fully finished in terms of edging etc.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    Wildlife will move into a pond without help but if you have fish they will eat a lot of it. It's hard to get a complete balance with exactly what you want. Once a particulaspecies is dominant, in our pond that's newts, it's hard for frogs and toads,to get established and I'd like frogs and toads. 

    I expect lots of insects will turn up in summer and you'll start seeing them and their larvae. Snails often come in as eggs with pond plants. Hard to say how neccessary any one species is but once you've seen a ramshorn snail, with its red or yellow underside, walking upside down from the surface of the water you won't want to lose them.

    Then you need to get a microscope, one of those that goes with a computer, and start looking at the life you can't see with a naked eye. Nematode worms under the microscope, terrifying. The microscopes come round at Aldi from time to time. 

  • fintyfinty Posts: 27

    Thanks everyone as I said we now don't have any fish, otters are very nice but buying breakfast for them every other day is a bit much. I'm just on my hands and knees each morning seeing if there is anything new, a 66 yr. old child again, but who cares anyway. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I do the same finty, there's always something in there.

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