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> On May 12, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> No ideas at all about the frog.  Is it cold?
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>> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 8:47 PM, Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I'm new to country living, and my house has a small pond in the garden, or more accurately a "water feature". I figure the pond is about 100 gallons, and there is a little waterfall. Up until this year, I just let it be, and frogs happily inhabited it. So did algae and mosquito larvae.
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>> Clearly I don't want mosquito larvae breeding in it, so I cleaned it up and hooked up the pump that came with the house. Pump is working and includes a "pre-filter" which filters out large things like leaves and such. So the water is moving and mosquitos won't breed in it.
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>> I've been hoping frogs would find it and so, one did. We've had about 2 weeks of rain, so I went to remove some water from the pond so it won't overflow. And in it was a frog, floating just under the surface of the water, still and vertical, looking dead. I scooped it out and was planning to toss it into the woods. But when I looked in the bucket, it was swimming. OK, so I put it back in the pond. It looked dead.
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>> So I pulled it out of the pond and sat it on a rock nearby. He is sitting there now (it's been about 4 hours). He has shade and lots of places to hide. I sprinkled water on him a couple of times. His throat is moving in and out, and he is sitting and alert, but doesn't move if I touch him (toads don't move when touched either, so maybe this is an amphibian "thing"). I just checked on him and he is sitting under a spider web (smart frog!).
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>> Is there anything I can do? Or should I just leave him be?
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>> I did pile some rocks to provide better egress from the pond, and I'm planning on adding some pond plants as well. A few lily pads and whatever else looks interesting. Will probably put some barley straw in, as I hear it helps prevent algae build-up.
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>> Any advice? Thoughts? Ideas?
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>> I do not want to put fish in it - I would just be feeding wildlife around here. And I'd have to filter the water then (with more than a pre-filter). Meanwhile, every week or 2 I pull a few buckets of water out, and put a few fresh buckets of water in. I have well water, so there is no chlorine.
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>> Thanks!
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>> K
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