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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.

But...no 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.
 

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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!!!!
 

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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!?!?
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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!
 

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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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Thanks guys!

Agent - you should totally give it a try! Kids will love it I'm sure :D I was really shocked when the tree frogs decided to use it as a nursery, I had no idea they would come out of the woodwork like that.

BWG - I do have a lot of them (and the spotted ones are really cool) but I dunno. They're neat, but I guess when you see them everyday they get kind of boring? That sounds terrible lol. I may catch a few babies and use those, as they won't be much bigger than the (MILLIONS) of tadpoles. So no eating them.

And if I DO decide to use them I'm totally posting a video on how stupidly easy they are to catch. It cracks me up every time.

I don't think I'll need anything for over flow, because so far even with all the rain nothing seems to have tumbled out. But I'm not 100% on that, yet.
 

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I go away for a day and look what happens!! This is awesome, Jen! You are sooo lucky to get frogs! They haven't discovered my little pond, and the tadpoles get eaten in the koi pond. And you made it even more awesome by hoping to use it as a bat drinking pool! I love bats! I hope white nose syndrome never makes it as far south as you guys.

If you still want to do fish, then why not look into some native fish?
 

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lol I just thought using mosquitofish to control mosquitos would be a good idea. ;)

Just an observation, but pygmy sunfish are native to Florida. You know just saying and all.
 

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Thanks guys!

Agent - you should totally give it a try! Kids will love it I'm sure :D I was really shocked when the tree frogs decided to use it as a nursery, I had no idea they would come out of the woodwork like that.

BWG - I do have a lot of them (and the spotted ones are really cool) but I dunno. They're neat, but I guess when you see them everyday they get kind of boring? That sounds terrible lol. I may catch a few babies and use those, as they won't be much bigger than the (MILLIONS) of tadpoles. So no eating them.

And if I DO decide to use them I'm totally posting a video on how stupidly easy they are to catch. It cracks me up every time.

I don't think I'll need anything for over flow, because so far even with all the rain nothing seems to have tumbled out. But I'm not 100% on that, yet.
Yea.. I wish I thought of this earlier we have tons and tons of different types of frogs here. Cute enough seems my deck already is really popular for them as it has an absurd garden which they come to live in for months at a time. Last year my kids were so excited that a pretty tree frog that had bright metalic gold stripes on it's sides decided to live in one of our palm trees. Would love if that one came back and bred in our new project inspired by you! Yes easy to catch! We even once had one when it was getting cold outside waiting at our front door when we got home like "OMG guys.. I waited forever ..lemme in..word is you got the best frog hangout in this hood!" My son picked him up and it voluntarily lived in our exotic garden that comes in during winter. would see frog foot prints on sliding glass door at night but back to his plant in the morning. Finally he was willing to go back to the wild once it warmed up a bit.

Plus it would be nice for my kids to see this and take care of this. I did this and a kid with a baby pool. And need a growout to get ready for my bigger tank.
 

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Tee hee I'll try and get some pics tomorrow! But I'll go ahead and write a bit of an update.

Growth in the pond has pretty much exploded, at one point I had three water sprite plants that were each almost 2 feet in diameter. Each leaf was around a foot long. I eventually (with much hesitation and sadness) had to toss the ones that had gotten so large. They were completely choking out every other plant.

After not finding much on the internet as to fish to add (BWG- I took an excursion catch some native fish, but all I caught was a single darter. I ALMOST caught some Blue Spotted Sunfish, but those guys are quick!), I finally just went and talked to my LFS. I'm always leery taking advice from anyone in a pet store, but she's usually pretty trustworthy. She also runs her own outdoor tubs with fish. She said she uses Paradise Fish, but I thought they might get too large/agressive for my bitty pond. SO we settled on a pair of outdoor raised Dwarf Gourami, a m/f pair (only had one female, else I would have probably gotten 2).

They seem to be doing well and stick together most of the time (when I can spot them through the mass of plants). I don't feed them, as I'm more than positive they have enough to eat. Considering they've eaten 80% of the taddies -_____-

BUT! That's okay, because the frogs laid eggs everywhere in my blue tub while I was on vacation, and the betta in there hasn't seemed to bother them. I may add 2 or 3 more female bettas to the tub, as the single female in there hasn't been able to keep up on the mosquito larvae. (She's trying though, I'm actually worried she's gonna over gorge herself x.x)

Now, there is a bit of UNfortunate news. One night I went out with a flashlight (I like to check up at night sometimes, see what goes on. Some interesting bugs come out to play at night.), and spotted what looked to be a leech, but it swam away so quickly I wasn't sure. I asked online and was informed it probably came in on a frog, if it was a leech.

Well, time went by and even after looking, I couldn't find it again. Then, when I was pulling out the water sprite, an EARTHWORM flopped onto the concrete. It was DEFINITELY a worm, probably came in with the dirt I dug from the forest. Oops. Somehow he survived all that time 0.o And I thought that was the end of the story.

UNTIL, I went poking around under the driftwood one day and yep, found a leech. Caught him with some tweezers (he was NOT happy) and put him in a jar. He almost escaped multiple times, so I put a lid on it. I didn't know what to do to kill it (I felt like any method would have been inhumane (I know I know, it's just a leech, but once I lay eyes on something I just can't hurt it), such as throwing it in the yard, putting alcohol on it, etc) so I ended up putting the jar in the freezer.

I HOPE that's the end of that, but I doubt it. I don't think I can EVER safely sell any of the plants in the pond, unless I do a thorough bleaching? I don't know.

Oh well! Trials and tribulations and all that ;p

Pics tomorrow?
Maybe?

:D


P.S. Still working on bat houses (and where to put them), but fingers crossed! We used to have a few that hung around but that was years ago.

Thanks for all the interest in this you guys! :D
 

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Thanks for the update - it sounds like your little setups are doing great!!! Three cheers for EXPLODING growth! WaterSprite DOES get huge (especially the stuff that came from John >.<) I know it's really common for people who keep WS in tanks to get rid of the bigger pieces, so that the younger can thrive. So thrilled that it's doing so well for you!

You told me about your 'fishing' trip. Girly, I'm just so jealous of you! (wantsDarters)I wish I could go out and just randomly find fish. . . wherever. (wantsSunfish) And plants. And bring them home (wantstocatchthings) . . and grow them in my back yard. In the winter!!!! You guys have fish living in ditches by the side of the road! *shakes head* I'd never have thought of keeping DG in an outdoor pond (kiddy pool, lol), but it's amazing that you can! Glad to hear that they're doing well, and getting fat, heehee. . .

Excited for your possible future Betta-bucket sorority! It sounds like you're having so much fun over there in your land of eternal summer! Glad the frogs were wise enough to move house, even though this means that their noise is still keeping you up at night - I don't see how this is a problem, since you never seem to sleep anyway! ^.~

Since you're making everyone wait for pictures, I figured I'd go hunt one up myself. . .
LONG LIVE THE SQUIRRELFROGS!!!


Wait, whuuuut?
Squirrelfrogs, Skunkmonkeys, and quarter-sized mosquitoes. . . I don't see you having a difficult time convincing bats to come live in your backyard! I'm sure you'll get some tenants right away when you set that thing up. (wants a bathouse, toOOoooOOOO!)

Leeches. Ew. . . I was okay with the worm, and totally jealous RIGHT up until you mentioned leeches. *shudder* I do hope you figure out how to get rid of them so you can sell some of your pretty plants, but even if you don't, or choose not to, this is still a fantastically fun project, and well worth it for the experience you've gained! Plus I just like your world. ^.^

*demands pics*
 

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That pic is going to show up in my dreams, I just know it... lol
 
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