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  • Ones I had were from my sisters pond,she gave me 20 that was in June last year,only saw 2 of um with legs,others stayed in tadpole state,never really grew,probably not enough food for them,they were'nt interested in the mozzi larvae,or the boiled lettuce i put in image any ways don't know what happened to the 2 little froglets maybe they hopped off,or got ate by birds,or died! As for the tadpoles I saw 2 in March come up for air then they darted back down,I moved a lot of algae out of pond,and the water had turned green,because the pond is in quit a sunny spot.I saw no tadpoles so decided to clear all the water out,and the 2 plants I had and rocks a few days ago,and decided to give it another try,It's been a faliure twice now and if it dont work this time Im giving up!image Any way good luck with your tads,hope you have better luck than I have!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,736

    Tadpoles sometimes stay as tadpoles over winter, spending the cold weather in the sludge at the bottom of the pond, then continue to metamorphose the following year


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks for the article a good read image


  • I've put my 2 plants I had back into the pond after only  2-3 days of the tap water being in,have I made a bad mistake?image I am buying some more plants next week,so if they dont survive then the new should be ok,hopefully!

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Plants should be fine,

    The biofilm that grows on the surface of plants will be disrupted though, but it'll return in a week
  • Wondering if i should use a solar air stone/fountain to help give oxygen and also help keep algae at bay and mozzi's ,what do you think,maybe just leave it see what happens?My pond is in quit a sunny spot,so don't want it to over heat,though I have added 2 oxygenating plants and a marginal will they be enough?wanted a floating plant but the garden centre/pond shop only had lilies which are way to big,the Frogbit dosnt come out till next month the man said!

  • My little planter pond is coming on lovely,plants growing,and my sister gave me some tadpoles from her pond,about 30 of um,they've been in  week tomorrow. I have a little solar fountain that sits on a rock in the middle of the pond,it looks and sounds lovely and the water looks pretty clean,but problem is it's started getting a few hours of sun today and I have noticed the water seems to have gone down in the pond,I dont have any rain water to top it up,so if I leave a bucket of tap water for a day or so,would it be safe enough to top pond up with it? my tap water is classed as moderately soft!

    Last edited: 05 June 2016 20:10:27

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    Hi Wendy,

    My pond is looking pretty established by now and the weather has been glorious and dry for a fortnight.  I found that the water level dropped dramatically especially when it was hot and windy so I have left a hose pipe dripping to keep the level up while I am away.  


    My tadpoles have thinned out considerably but I have a whole host of other beasties, including what I think are dragonfly nymphs, in residence.  During this heatwave I have spent far too much time on my tummy simply observing, but I'm loving it.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155

    Wendy - a bucket of tap water will be fine after sitting for a couple of days. I can top mine up directly from the tap as we have soft water up here. image

    Looking good Esspee. Observing is all part of the job of a pond owner...image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I look upon my pond as a big scary place but tonight as I was trailing around the edges I noticed a frenzy of activity in, on and around the lily pads. It was heaving with loads of wee tiny frogs about an inch long. Note to self:- do more observing! image

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