Monday, 20 August 2012

Something Fishy....

Now that most of the taddies have gone, I've had to find another way to control mosquito larvae. I've put 5 young White Cloud Mountain Minnows in the pond & one Paradise Fish.

I had White Clouds in my Godlfish Pond for 3 years and they survived being iced over, so there shouldn't be a problem there, the Paradise Fish may have to be overwintered out of the pond, but I'm tempted to see how it gets on over this winter.

I'm more worried about the White Clouds getting chomped by the Water Boatmen, but hopefully they're fast enough to survive...


Monday, 30 July 2012

The Exodus Begins

A lot of Froglets in the pond, they're now starting to leave. Unfortunately, those that try to go via the slabs are meeting a grisly fate!
The slabs seem to suck all the moisture from the little 'uns + they perish very quickly.

I'm hoping this will fade as they age & get more moisture contained within them....

Froglet dried up on slab...
All Washed Up...

On a positive note, there are quite a few hopping round in the garden now so some are going the "right" way!

I went out with a torch last night & saw an adult toad sat in the shallow water - so it's being used by the locals & not just the imports!!

The sparrows are always bathing in it & Ratdog Harry stomps across the top sometimes...

I've put some moss in the gaps in the slate around the edge and that seems to be taking hold, which makes the whole setup look more established.

Overall I'm very pleased with it all....


Saturday, 28 April 2012

More Taddies...

Taddies are growing well, I've started feeding them on flake food too as they've eaten all the algae that had grown on the sides of the pond!

I whipped over to the cow pond today & nabbed some taddies from there - I'm hoping they're toad-poles rather than froggies (I've only ever seen baby toads round there). I also caught some young water boatmen & other insect nymphs which have all gone in.

Lots of hiding places under the bushes in the garden now so hopefully any youngsters will have a safe place to stay & grow up!!


Monday, 9 April 2012

Finished Off

Well, the surround is finished. I'm putting pieces of bark and wood under the surrounding bushes as habitats for any residents. The tadpoles are progressing well, they're a lot more rounded in shape and are more vigorous in their swimming.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Hubble Bubble...

Air pump arrived & the airstone was installed on Sat 24th. It's cleared the surface"scum", and will give some gentle circulation. I added a pouch of Barley Straw, which the dog then fished out & disembowelled when I wasn't looking!! It's been repaired & is now tethered to a stone so it is submerged, which'll stop him getting his paws on it!!

Also noticed that some of the tadpoles have hatched!! Hopefully a few more sunny days will give them a good start...


Thursday, 22 March 2012

A breath of fresh air needed...

The surface of the pond has gone a bit manky - bubbles & what I assume are dust particles have made it look awful. I assume it's because of no water movement, have bought an air pump & will be putting an airstone in today hopefully. That should do it. Later on, if required, I can always just run it at night to cut down on evaporation...

Will update later....


Sunday, 11 March 2012


Picked the spawn up today. It's in the shallows where it catches the sun....

Friday, 9 March 2012

Looking Good

The water has cleared & I can now see the sandy bottom of the pond. Plants seem to be settling too.

My boss's frogs have spawned, I'm going down to his on Sun 11th to pick some up. He's got 2 ponds, a wildlife & a fish one, he's giving me spawn out of the fish one as it'll have a 100% better survival rate - his fish eat all the tadpoles once they hatch!!

Getting excited!! It'll be nice to see some larger life in the pond. I'm going to get another bucket of water from the Cow Pond, just to make sure there are enough beasties etc. to seed the pond fully.


Monday, 5 March 2012

New Beginnings....

Unfortunately Ratdog Harry got a bit excited one night and fell in the pond whilst woofing at a cat. This stopped being amusing the next day when I found that he'd taken some of the slate edging in with him & created a slow puncture. The pond was losing about an inch a night.

I looked but couldn't see anything anywhere, and then my plants arrived (apart from the 2 floaters which will arrive later)!! I decided to drain the pond & get a new liner. This was done and on Saturday (3rd March) the new liner was installed & the pond filled. The next day the plants were added, along with a bucket of pond water from the cow field (the plants had shrimps, snails and leeches on them too). The edging is better balanced this time & the dog shouldn't be able to dislodge it!! I think he's learned his lesson as he's not keen on going near the pond.

I've left a longer edge on the liner so that once the patio area is finished I can fix it so that any run off doesn't go into the pond. The bog garden has been planted too. Water is a little cloudy from the gravel on the beach area, despite rinsing there was still muck on it. That'll clear soonish.

My boss says his pond is full of frogs, so once they lay I shall be getting some spawn!!!


Friday, 17 February 2012

Not a plant in sight!

Trawled round a few garden centres & even the ones that alleged to have pond sections had no plants at all. Probably wrong time of the year!

Ended up going online to "Paul Bromfield Aquatics" and ordering the following -

2 Callitriche Verna
2 Ceratophyllum Demersum
1 Stratiotes Aloides
1 Hydrocharis Morsus Ranae
1 Lychnis Flos Cucuii
1 Myosotis Scorpioides
1 Astilbe Japonica Mainz
1 Caltha Palustris
1 Iris Setosa
1 Veronica Beccabunga

That should get it looking nice & start attracting beasties hopefully... Just got to wait for them to arrive now!

Start pics


Filled & Edged...
Edges Tidied...

The beginning....

As the family were too ill to go on our planned holiday to Yorkshire this week I finally finished digging the pond I started last month!!

A fairly simple shape, that goes to a shallow beach at one end, this'll also have marginals in it. I attempted the worlds most pathetic shelf on one side, it'll be useless for resting plant pots on, but it'll give the inhabitants somewhere to sunbathe!!

When I was digging the beach end I came across a huge piece of angle iron that goes under the back fence - no chance of digging it out so that's why the beach area is two deeper bits separated by a shallow! Covered it in carpet, as I did with the shelf itself and the bottom.

The liner & underlay arrived the next day, so installed them (with some swearing) and filled with water. I then left overnight for it to settle.

Next day was spent trimming the liner, adding some slate edges & burying most of the exposed liner. I used an off-cut to make a small bog garden next to the pond. The beach end has been left "as is" until I get some marginals to put in there & bury in the gravel.

Today I went to the Cow Pond out back & got a bucket of "live" water - lots of beasties swimming around in there, this should seed the pond with some starter life.

Am off to assorted garden centres today to have a look for plants, not sure how much luck I'll have, I may have to go online - but the only thing that puts me off is that they decide what plants you have.....

More to follow