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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 21, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9249239

I thought I wasn't going to renew but I did.

Today I got home and found tadpoles in my pond! I had seen eggs but was in denial. Is it global warming? Do they know something about the upcoming winter we don't? Crazy but cool because I am taking some to school. Anyone know what to feed the small ones? I know they eat algae but are there any tricks or tips to keep them alive. It would be interesting to have a few survive to froghood (is that a word?)

C

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9249242

mosquitoes, will they survive at all after that spraying you had? They happen when it rains, and, yes, they will probably make it to the point of losing their tails before it gets too cold, muddy water, not clean, with slow circulation to keep aeration...plants to cling to under the surface of th water, and some to cling to when they come up for air...
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 21, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9249270

No, they are not mosquitos. I collected them and trust me I know a tadpole when I see one. For goodness sake I teach biology. And I hope they survive.
C
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 21, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9249277

Oh I forgot the pics!

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2012
3:32 PM

Post #9249302

Sorry C- I meant they snack on mosquitoes - I trust you to know a tadpole at any stage! And did Arlington get the west nile spray as I heard? or were these covered?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 21, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9249339

Ground spraying and I keep mosquito dunks in the pond to keep out mosquitos. I think they eat algae early on.
C
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 21, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9249349

We've raised tadpoles and catfish fingerlings on alfalfa pellets, it's high in protein. Know anyone with cattle, horses, rabbits or guinea pigs that you get a little bit from?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 21, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9249377

Not really. I think I will go to the pet store and see if they have baby fish food. Not sure how many will survive the west nile efforts outside either.
C
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 21, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9249528

We've had many a toad/frog from tadpoles at our house. If you're worried about the spraying, you can keep them in an aquarium indoors. We just used the water from the pond to fill ( a few inches) the aquarium, put a rock or branch so they could get out of the water when they get their legs & gave them pond fish food. We let them go as soon as they had all four legs.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9249537

I have a small pond and get lots of tadpoles. They will eat fish food. Just get the wafer food in the pet section at the grocery store. Sooner than you think, they will be hopping out into the garden to eat bugs!
stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9249606

Congratulations on your babies and welcome back!
txaggiegal
Belton, TX

August 22, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9249752

We used to feed them with fishfood...any place that sells fish...so easy to sprinkle over the water at night...lots of new tads here as well! LOL
pbtxlady
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9259612

Y'all actually feed them? I've never even thought of that. When I first had them, I googled tadpoles to see if there was anything to do, and it said their primary food was algae. I have plenty of that, so I've never added anything else.

Patio, who loves her tadpoles and teeny little toads
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 30, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9259637

As long as there is plenty of algae in the water you don't have to feed them.

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