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Melora 05-07-2008 12:43 AM

Saved tadpoles & homes/pond I built for 'em (picture hea
The year before last, about a block away from my house, I found some tadpoles in a small roadside drainage catch with no outlet. It was about to dry up, with no rain in sight (I live on a lava butte in the desert. The road ditch was new, I think it was the first time the local frogs had laid there) so I caught as many as I could and relocated them to a slow part of the local river with reeds. I kept 6 and I dunno, I just wanted to post pictures. They're so cute and I had so much fun building them homes. :D

They stayed in my old aquarium until they sprouted legs (an old practice of mine since I was a little kid) :p

Then I built this: 10 gallons, with 1 gallon of water and a functioning waterfall that dripped down and made the "cave" moist. I used glass from a picture frame and toped it off with sealant and rocks. I had a female betta in the water to eat the tiny crickets that fell in. I later removed her as the cricket load got higher. Crickets are so dumb, even if you give them a way out of the water they choose to drown X( It also had a better sound, and lost less water, if I let the water level drop over an inch from the rim.

My plan was always to let them go back into the wild, as soon as it got warm again, but I also wanted to keep them around... :3 Soooo... of course there was only one practical choice: Build a pond for them XD I did it once the weather started to get nice last year.

Start to finish: My yard was pretty bare, hard sand filled with lava rocks. The rocks I pulled out of the hole helped make the area (pictured below) level. All the lava rocks you see here came from the small 75 gallon hole... I even broke a pick axe :o It was so worth it though. I also have pretty deep rock over-hangs going on the edges and it really helps keep evaporation down. I barely loose any water. :D

The plants around the pond look so awesome and full this year, but a raccoon pulled a lot of the rocks in right before it froze last winter, so I have to redo that part before I take more pictures ;p But I can hear 2 of the little frogs croaking right now :3 Yayness :) I'm so happy

Lupin 05-07-2008 12:47 AM

Impressive setup!

Melora 05-07-2008 12:49 AM

Thank you :3 I loved doing it, it was like I was just looking for an excuse ;D

GeegaFish 05-08-2008 02:33 PM

Very cool pond and such happy, fat little frogs! I just love frogs, among other things. :lol: Good job, by the way. Someday, I too will have my own backyard pond full of critters.....::sigh::

Amphitrite 05-08-2008 03:06 PM

Fantastic job Melora, the pond looks amazing and I'll bet the frogs are happy!

stephenmontero 05-08-2008 03:22 PM

thats an amazing pond u made for those frogs nice

willow 05-09-2008 02:13 AM

well,what a great thing you did !! :)
fab pictures thanks for showing.
you have done a great job all round i think,that tank looked great.
as the pond is beautiful,lovely looking little frog. :)

Blackice 05-28-2008 03:19 PM

wow! Great pond and tank! Personally I absolutely loved the tank's setup with the waterfall and little water area. I've always been fond of waterfall set ups and plan on builing one someday. :D

It'sJames 05-28-2008 03:42 PM

That's amazing!! I'm sure the frogs love that pond, and it makes the yard look great! Do you know what kind of frogs they are??

fish_4_all 06-01-2008 04:44 PM

I love the 10 gallon tnak. The way you did makes it look huge! I would also like to know what kind of frogs they are. It is about that time of year when we start to see tadpoles locally, mostly bullfrogs unfortunately but sometimes smaller tree frogs and good pet ones.

What all do you have in the 10 gallon as far as plants and such? Also, how did you build it up like that? If you don't mind me asking anyway.

Pond is cool too but I don't have room for one so I want to know about the tank. ;)

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