Forum home Wildlife gardening

Small wildlife pond



  • Fairygirl says:

    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

    See original post

     Ok thanx Fairygirl,where's up here?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,262

    West central Scotland Wendy.  image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Esspee says:

    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.

    See original post

     lovely pond piccy!

  • Hi I have noticed quit a fair bit of string algae in my little pond,a lot on bottom of pond and around plants,the water is pretty clear though,and the tadpoles I got from my sister will have been in there 2 weeks now and seem to be doing ok,there legs are forming any way what wanted to know is,should I try take some of that algae out,or should I leave it?My pond is only a container type about 2 foot across and 18 inches deep,just dont want the algae to take over!

  • imageHere's my little planter tub pond! 

    Last edited: 12 June 2016 23:29:18

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    Sorry Wendy, just seen your post.  Sounds like blanket weed.  I have it too, amazing how quickly it spreads when the weather is warm.  I have a stool I sit on and a long cane which I use to remove the weed.  I make the cane go in small circles winding up the weed the dump it at the side of the pond for any wildlife to find their way back into the water.  (OH says I look like a garden gnome fishing ?

    There are chemicals to control it or barley straw but I am trying to do without hoping a balance will be reached naturally.

    Only a few tadpoles left ?.  I think they are being eaten.  They grow back legs then disappear.  I've not seen a single baby frog.  Still, this is a long term project so I'll keep trying!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740

    We got some pond snails online last year. Not had any blanket weed since image

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

  • Blanket weed is a pest, but the more critters you have in the pond the more it will all start to balance out. I find the daphnia do a good job of eating the blanket weed, as do tadpoles. 

    Wendy thats such a pretty planter tub pond. 

    Esspee, i wondred the same with our tadpoles, but ive noticed that as soon as they get legs and are abke to get out of the water they go and hide in the grass or flowerbeds, i guess so they are less vulnerable to predators hanging around the pond. So yiurs might just be hiding Until theyre bigger. 

  • Up date on my little tub pond,seen 2 little froglets very cute,here's pic of one of um! image

    Can you spot him? he's on a plant leaf!

    Last edited: 19 July 2016 14:34:27

  • Just about, (but blurred when enlarged) image I just love the little fellas 

Sign In or Register to comment.