I have a small pond (11x16), and clean it out in the spring each year. This
year, in addition to 5 new fish, I found 7 bullfrog tadpoles. The tadpoles
were large, about 3 to 5 inches long.
I put the fish & the tadpoles in a 18" deep kiddie pool while I'm cleaning
the pond. The next day, I notice that all but one of the tadpoles are gone.
They must have been eaten by the fish.
A few of my fish are about 16" long, the rest are smaller.
"Jeanne" wrote in message
I imported a dozen big bullfrog tadpoles from a company. They all looked
fine -- second year tadpoles. Some had hind legs starting. #12 died. As
an experiment, I let #11 out of his protection screen box to see the koi
reaction. They looked him over but didn't pay much attention thereafter.
So, I assumed, it would be ok to let them all out. That was about four
ago. Haven't seen any since. The pond is concrete, about 30 x 40 x 2
and full of string algae, lilies, etc. One center area 6 x 6 is 3 ft deep.
The seven koi are big, well fed, about 25 years old. Any ideas anybody??
Do they hide until dark? Will someday I see some sitting on a lily pad?
I start over? Somewhere I read that koi don't like to eat tadpoles but
are always rooting around in the algae for live food including goldfish
hatches. Could they have gobbled them by mistake? Thanks.....