November 18, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:





I have both an observation and a question regarding frogs as
mentioned in the attached newsletter. The article indicates that
frogs do not overwinter at the bottom of ponds. That has not
been my experience.

I live in cetral Arkansas and have a pond that is near 1000
gallons and approximately 2 1/2 feet deep at its deepest point. I
nearly always find frogs "hibernating" in the bottom of my pond
when I clean it out in the spring. I have to be careful not to
injure them by pulling them through the pump I'm using.

I should mention that I'm referring to bullfrogs. I also have
other smaller frogs and they may well overwinter around the pond
as indicated in the newsletter. I say this only because I've
never observed them during pond cleanout in the spring. I don't
know. Maybe my frogs are just weird or something.

Therefore, my question is this. Is the article referring to only
those frogs that are not bullfrogs or am I mistaken about the
bullfrogs overwintering at the bottom of the pond? I hope I am
mistaken (even though I know what I've seen) because it sure will
make it easier on me when I know I don't have to worry about
killing any bullfrogs during spring clean up.

Please clarify this for me.



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Hi, Larry,

It's interesting how many responses I got about the frogs over
wintering in ponds. However, bullfrogs were exactly the frogs I
had in mind. In New York they tend to wake up later, around
June, but they don't over winter in the pond. I have always
found those that do, drown. Although there are many types of
frog out there, and some may stay in the water, if they came to
the pond (and you didn't bring them from a pet shop) then they
will be okay without our help. They should know how to survive
in your area. I believe the original question was about leaving
leaves and muck in the bottom to make them more comfortable. I
believe they can find a more suitable muck pond elsewhere and
come back to your nice clean FISH pond next spring, no?
In this case, the person had purchased the tadpoles that then
grew into frogs. Some make it and some don't. But I think we
have to decide what makes more sense, to leave the dirt in the
pond at the cost of the fish or take it out, at the cost of the
frog. It's an individual choice that I can't make for someone
else. I keep koi, so you can see where I am coming from. The
frog would have to go. Sorry.




we have a large pond in S. California with a dozen large koi .
.. . One of which is really bloated . . . thought pregnancy at
first, but it has been many weeks with no change . . . worried
that there may be an unwanted malady . . . your advice, please.

Pond has two sand filters, a bio filter and three skimmers with
a thirty foot cascading waterfall . . . all well maintained.


- Dan



Hi, Dan,

It could be egg bound or a tumor. Until recently I had no idea
how prevalent these things were, but lately I am seeing more of
this. I was told that eggs were automatically reabsorbed if the
fish did not spawn, but now I know this is not always so. I am
not familiar with the California terrain, but here are two
Aquatic veterinarians in California: Rob Hildreth, DVM, Irvine,
CA (714) 838-3433 and Gay Zambrano, DVM, Stanton, CA (714)
254-7974. And there is a koi club in San Diego with a website at that might be able to offer assistance.

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at November 18, 2005 02:06 PM