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jentralala 08-16-2013 05:20 PM

Jen's Kiddie Pool Pond
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Pretty much just what the title says.

I really wanted to have a place outside where I could grow out some floating plants and attempt to grow some carpeting plants, so I thought that a kiddie pool would be the perfect thing to use. I bought a little $8 pool that has a diameter of 3 feet, and is 8 inches tall. Not very deep, but lots of surface area for floaters.

I spray painted it black with Krylon fusion, and let it cure for a little over a week. Then I added some soil from the woods near my house, and covered/mixed that with Quikcrete Playsand. The playsand was to make visibility better, so I could have an easier time actually SEEING whatever fish I put in.

So far there are no actual fish, I THINK I'm going to pick up 10 or so "feeder" guppies from the fish store and put them in. I'm still undecided, though. I know I need some kind of fish in there to control mosquito larvae, but I don't want anything that I'd feel too bad if a bird or raccoon caught it. fish doesn't mean the pool is empty. Oh no. Within a night the pool became the local club for all the Squirrel tree frogs in the vicinity. I've counted 4 out there at one time, croaking as loudly as they can to advertise their new hot spot. They're so insanely loud I can hear them all night from my bedroom, which is on the far side of the house. Noisy little guys, they're not even 2 inches big!

Of course, within the next few days, said pool was deemed perfect for a nursery by the tree frogs. A few days ago I walked out to thousands of eggs scattered all over the sides, the sand, the driftwood, and most especially the plants.

Today, I now have thousands of tadpoles. And the eggs haven't even all hatched yet o.o

So, without further ado, here are some pictures of my "pond". Also included is a blue tub with dirt that's uncapped (hence the cloudiness...hopefully it settles. I underestimated the strength of the 'shower' setting on my hose) and planted with crypts and java fern, combined with a few floaters.

Chesh 08-16-2013 05:28 PM

Hooray for Jen! Hooray for "other aquatic environments!" Hooray for kiddy pools and buckets and places like Florida! But MOST of all? Hooray for TADDIES! AND?! SQUIRRELS!!!!

aussieJJDude 08-16-2013 06:11 PM

Wow, soo cool!
We (I) need more pics!

Boredomb 08-16-2013 07:26 PM

Jen that soo awesome! It looks great! And wow tadpoles too O.O
At this point I don't know if I would add fish ad I would be afraid the fish would eat the lil guys!?!?

jentralala 08-16-2013 08:48 PM

Thanks guys! Really appreciate all the feedback :)

@John...I'm still not 100% on fish for that exact reason. I would feel awful if something ate them. I'm HOPING that the fish in the "feeder bin" will be pretty small and won't consider the taddies food. If they're large I may fore-go them...but I really need something for mosquito control, and I'm wary to use chemicals because I want this "pond" to turn into a bit of a hot-spot for local wildlife as well.

I think I forgot to mention that another motivation behind this "pond" was to create a drinking spot for bats, as my family is HOPING to attract some to help control the ridiculous mosquito population.

Boredomb 08-16-2013 08:52 PM

You need Bat houses! Hahaha

jentralala 08-16-2013 09:14 PM

Yup! My mom is building some that we're gonna put on poles in our yard, and my neighbors yard. It's become a bit of a collaboration to get the mosquito population down, can't even go outside without getting swarmed by hundreds of the little beasts.

Fingers crossed that "if you build it, they will come" works out for us xD

djembekah 08-16-2013 09:27 PM

That looks so awesome!!!! i totally want to do that. someday. when i have my own back yard.

Agent13 08-17-2013 01:14 PM

What an awesome looking naughty little frog pool! I wonder if I do that would the tree frogs here get busy too. My kids would love that. Plus I have way too many plants growing in my 75. I'm about to do this when I have more time after labor day! thanks for the idea!

BWG 08-17-2013 02:59 PM

This looks like it's going to be fun! I'm jealous you have treefrogs in your backyard. The only one that occurs around here is the eastern grey and I've never managed to find one.

Didn't you say before that there are Gambusia around you that you could catch? They seem like a good fish choice for once the tadpoles are gone. Would you need overflow holes for fish?

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