Too many tadpoles.

newgen(9 Central California)June 6, 2011

About a month ago, I saw 4 Pacific Chorus frog couples, doing their thing. Now there are probably hundreds if not thousands of the little ones wiggling around. They can't all be maturing to frogs, most will certainly die. In nature, there are predators to gobble them up, but in my pond there are only 2 gold fish that seem to prefer algae. 8-)

To prevent the soon to be dead tadpoles from mucking up my pond, should I scoop them out and dispose? Or what should I do?

Thanks,

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catherinet(5 IN)

Just let nature take its course. They will disappear and not leave a trace.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 8:19AM
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groundbeef(5)

Leave them alone. They are marvelous at eating alge on the sides of the pond. They will be fine!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 10:12AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Leave them alone. They are NOT going to die and muck up your pond.

I have thousands every year in my container and small liner ponds and never have had any kind of die off or problems.

Native amphibians need all the help surviving they can get...

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 12:14PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

OK I'll let them be.
Thanks,

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 3:44PM
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rsingley(z6a NJ)

I'm jealous.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 6:55AM
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brownthumbia(5aIA)

I, too, have thousands and thousands of tadpoles in my pond and I'm more worried when they mature!! Aren't they going to take over the lawn and how do I mow the grass if they do. I don't have any fish in the pond yet but am getting a few feeder goldfish. When I get some will they thin out the tadpoles? Tyvm for your help. BT

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:31AM
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nancym1956

BT, most of the tadpoles will not survive to maturity. I worried about them taking over the lawn also, but the truth is, when they started leaving the pond, I only saw a few here and there. Trust me, it won't be like the flock of baby turtles heading for the ocean that you see on TV. Just dontinue your normal routine.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:58AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

They don't take over the lawn. They disperse into the landscape. I only see them occasionally. DH reports one or two hopping out of the way of the lawn mower not any amount causing him to not mow. I see them now and then when watering or weeding.

Yes, fish will eat the eggs and tadpoles.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 1:49PM
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