New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?
Inspired by Monty Don about 6 weeks ago we made a sizable wildlife pond. We've had ponds in with fish previously, but thought we would just let nature do it's own thing. It's a fair size, with shelves, and about 2ft deep in the middle it's got soil and pea-shingle in the bottom and suitable wildlife escape roots. We've installed some plants - at the moment still in their pots as we are unsure whether to take them out of their pots.
About 8 days after filling algae bloomed, did the green water thing and then crashed, since that cleared the water itself is fairly clear. It was pretty static for a while, but in the last 5 days we now have blanket weed starting to run amok and I don't know whether to 'wind' this out on a stick or not - it is smothering the elodea.
I was wondering about the sort of order of colonisation of a new pond. Animal wise the midges soon found it and swarmed over it virtually the moment it was built. We have a few tiny black beetles that pop up and down for a gulp of air, and that so far is it. I guess you can't build a food chain without starting at the bottom, but what sort of order of colonisation should we be looking at? What will arrive next? We are in the countryside and have good wildlife generally.
Any tips regarding new wildlife ponds would be welcome.