A question about my pondlife

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A question about my pondlife

Post: #235271 Keaniebean
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:26 am

I had lots of fantastic frog spawn in my pond this year and watched it every day until it turned into lots of lovely tadpoles. That was in April - ish, however I have just had a skimming session of weeds that seem to grow over the top and my tadpoles are still tadpoles rather than baby frogs :dontknow:

I am officially confused as they don't even have any form of legs yet, does anyone have any idea whats wrong? Is is food, water, or am I destined not to have baby frogs at all :( I thought the cycle was about 8 weeks from hatching to froglet and it has been at least 9.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions welcome :icon_smile:
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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235334 Thomzo
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:47 pm

Mine too. I think it takes rather longer than that. Last year they didn't become froglets for months. Perhaps it's the species of frog? Great fun watching them though and the cats think it's Feline TV.

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235344 MKG
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:19 pm

Not all tadpoles necessarily turn into frogs at the expected time or, ultimately, in their first season. They can, and do, extend their tadpoleship, even to the point of hibernating in the mud at the bottom of the pond, especially in years during which, for whatever reason, food is in short supply or, perversely, if too many tadpoles have survived. Those that have already turned into froglets may already have left the pond, to return next mating season - they spend most of their lives in damp places, but not in ponds. You'll be able to tell if this happened next year - in amongst your little taddies will be a handful of bloody huge ones.

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235390 Henwoman
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:10 pm

Lots and lot of damsel/dragon flies this year here. Small, large, green, red, blue, yellow - you name it we have it.

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235394 SaveSomeGreen
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:40 pm

it has been very odd in the pond this year.. didn't even get any spawn and had loads last year.. lord knows what's going on?? :(
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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235404 MKG
Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:15 pm

That is odd. Frogs tend to return to their "home" pond (the one where they served their tadpoleship) to breed. So if they haven't come back, it would tend to indicate a froggy disaster. Have you changed anything recently with regards to possible access?

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235418 Keaniebean
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:23 pm

Hmmm, Ok i'll just have to wait and see then, it may well have been because lots survived because it is a very small pond and there were LOTS of tadpoles. Is there anything I can feed them, because I have a hunch that this may be part of the problem?
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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235431 MKG
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:06 pm

Funnily enough, I just had to do some research on the possibility of feeding tadpoles :iconbiggrin: .

Apparently, the best thing is cat biscuits - the small ones. Two of those in a small pond is plenty to keep the tadpoles going for a week. But keep your eyes open - the protein in the biscuits can encourage algae if you overdo it, and if you REALLY overdo it, you can foul the water.

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235433 Thomzo
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:19 pm

Oh cool. I can't feed left over cat biscuits to the hens as they have chicken in them. Now I can feed them to the trainee slug exterminators.

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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235441 SaveSomeGreen
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:43 pm

i was confused too.. it was a new pond and I had to empty it and faff somewhat last year during the season but still had a good clutch of tadders which have seemingly come back, plenty of frogs. just no tadders this year???
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Re: A question about my pondlife

Post: #235445 MKG
Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:11 pm

Just a thought. Have a google for the predaceous water beetle and take a peek at their larvae (known as Water Tigers). We've just had to take emergency measures to clear them from our pond - there were an awful lot of them (over a hundred dragged out so far) and the tadpole population was diminishing at an alarming rate. You can spot them fairly easily as they have to come to the surface at regular intervals to breathe - a 10-minute stare at the surface will tell you what you want to know.

If you have them - a lot of them - then they're eating your taddies and any that remain are in hiding. A net is a very good weapon.

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