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Tadpoles!!

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Can you keep tadpoles inside in the kitchen in a goldfish bowl with an open top? My mom reckons they have to stay outside but my partner says they don't. Can someone else help please?!
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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a month ago, my mum had a load of tadpoles on a fish tank with a plastic top for my daughter to 'look' after. Unsure of what she did but unfortunately they all died in a couple of weeks, im assuming they need to be outside . im not sure, but she did try it again and did the same thing lol. tadpole murderer

i think they need fresh, clean water so i maybe changing it regularly!

http://www.allaboutfrogs.org/info/tadpoles/index.html
#2
pmsl, I'll call my boyfriend that if they die!!
#3
Don't know anything about tadpoles but looks like your going to have to choose between your mum or you partner:?
#4
When I was a kid and I remember them being in the classroom or even having them in a bucket or washing bowl at home,they used to only grow as far as the back legs forming then die :(
I think best thing is pond,obviously some of the fish will eat some so its matter of luck what survives.
1 Like #5
I think they are ok inside until they start to get their little legs then put the bowl outside :)
#6
badgerrules
Don't know anything about tadpoles but looks like your going to have to choose between your mum or you partner:?


lol
1 Like #8
they need to be outside preferably in a pond because they have to eat :roll:
if they are in a tank or bowl they dont get the correct food stuffs to be able to grow properly
so do the right thing and leave them be:-D
2 Likes #9
When i was a young lad, i caught a frog and that night when i had a bath i took it with me to play with (like a 'real' rubber duck). Big mistake!!! When it hit the hot water it swam a few stokes, stopped, it's skin turned white, then it dissolved all over, there were body parts everywhere! My Mum wasn't impressed i can tell you :-(
#10
Tarby25
they need to be outside preferably in a pond because they have to eat :roll:
if they are in a tank or bowl they dont get the correct food stuffs to be able to grow properly
so do the right thing and leave them be:-D


Thanks for your advice, I would have left them in my nan's pond but my nan kept saying (in thick brummie accent) "Give em tha babby, e wantz to see um"

I think I'll pop them outside and get some pond water from my nan's so it's the next best thing- that way we're all kinda happy!!:)
#11
steevieboy4u
When i was a young lad, i caught a frog and that night when i had a bath i took it with me to play with (like a 'real' rubber duck). Big mistake!!! When it hit the hot water it swam a few stokes, stopped, it's skin turned white, then it dissolved all over, there were body parts everywhere! My Mum wasn't impressed i can tell you :whistling:


OMG:w00t: how horrible !!
#12
(in thick brummie accent) "Give em tha babby, e wantz to see um"


Really love this, made me cry ...............
#13
midjet666
Thanks for your advice, I would have left them in my nan's pond but my nan kept saying (in thick brummie accent) "Give em tha babby, e wantz to see um"

I think I'll pop them outside and get some pond water from my nan's so it's the next best thing- that way we're all kinda happy!!:)


good idea with a bit of pond weed some rocks and a little bit of dirt :) just top it up every so often with a bit of new pond water or rain keeps them smiling you see :-D
#14
We have loads of tadpoles each year in our small garden pond. A lot of them do become frogs and we often see them around the garden later in the year, especially when it's raining.

When they first hatch they eat the remains of the spawn and then graduate to eating algae. That's why you will see them chomping away at the sides of the pond or the sides of anything in the pond - it's the algae on the sides they are after. Later on they eat meaty things so I don't know what they find in our pond. We just let them get on with it, protect the pond from the blackbirds (who love eating tadpoles) and assume that a reasonable number of them make it to frogs although I would bet that the failure rate is quite high - nature's way.

To this end I think you should be okay with them inside as long as you don't have them in too warm a spot. If green algae grows on the side of the bowl then this is good - don't clean the bowl but let the taddies feed on the algae. If no algae grows then use little bits of flaked fish food (which is mainly dried algae). Later (probably when they have their back legs) little bits of raw liver or pet food can be hung in the water and they will feast on that. Surplus should be removed after a few hours though to prevent the water going manky.

Once they have front and back legs they need some means of climbing clear of the water to prevent them drowning as they lose their gills (so the website above says) and soon after that would be a good time to let them go in a damp, overgrown corner of the garden.

It should work having them inside but you can't just leave them to get on with it - you have to do a bit of work looking after them.

Good luck.
#15
steevieboy4u
When i was a young lad, i caught a frog and that night when i had a bath i took it with me to play with (like a 'real' rubber duck). Big mistake!!! When it hit the hot water it swam a few stokes, stopped, it's skin turned white, then it dissolved all over, there were body parts everywhere! My Mum wasn't impressed i can tell you :whistling:



That is so sad
#16
why not dig a hole and put the goldfish tank thing in it - hey presto, your very own ready made pond (that's too small for a child to fall into)


Edit: I'm assuming that it's a little plastic globe fishtank, not a huge rectangular one!
#17
Common sense should tell you to keep them outside, thats where they came from in the first place. Either that or make sure the kitchen stays at outside temperatures. If you warm them up they die.
#18
I think a lot of people go wrong with using tap water which contains chlorine which is nasty to pretty much everything, especially fish. You could either let the water sit open topped for 24 hours to let the chlorine dissipate or get rain water from a water butt. For feeding you could try mashed up fish flakes or fry food to begin with?
#19
keep them in a water amd flour mixture watch them swim, keep them on your bedside table....
#20
steevieboy4u
When i was a young lad, i caught a frog and that night when i had a bath i took it with me to play with (like a 'real' rubber duck). Big mistake!!! When it hit the hot water it swam a few stokes, stopped, it's skin turned white, then it dissolved all over, there were body parts everywhere! My Mum wasn't impressed i can tell you :-(


GROSS GROSS GROSS. Feeling sick....................................:?:?
#21
They should be ok inside provided that they are in pond water not tap water and that they have something to eat like the empty spawn.
But keep an eye on them, tadpoles have a habit of changing into frogs, I like frogs but not in my living room.
Just had a thought, do frogs return to where they were born to lay their spawn ?
#22
Leave the little ******s alone, keeping them inside=slow death. (Worked in an aquarium and studied freshwater & marine biology in my younger days!)
#23
Don't try any of the above advise 'letting chlorine dissapate' etc. There is thing known as the nitrogen cycle which is what kills most aquatic life kept at home. When you introduce waste producing things into water, the waste produces a chemical, which slowly breaks down into less harmful chemicals, but this takes quite a while (I recomend over two weeks), if you do not let this happen, you are poisoning whatever you put into your tank. I also doubt you have a filter (which is not the same as an air-stone!) in there to deal with this. Nature is not supposed to be brought into the home IMO, so leave it be!

lecture over!

From a career in fish to a career in music, who'd of thunk it lol!
#24
I guess that is the best answer really. Leave them where nature intended them to be.

Now, how about fitting up a cctv system but with the camera in the pond - you know - the way they fit cameras inside birds' nesting boxes? That way you could watch them from inside the house whilst giving them every chance to survive. Sounds like a good project for your partner!!!!!
#25
never forget when i was in primary school and some girl bought in a whole tank of tadpoles and they all died and she burst out crying. i was like WTF? THEY ARE TADPOLES!
#26
Mclovin;1880578
never forget when i was in primary school and some girl bought in a whole tank of tadpoles and they all died and she burst out crying. i was like WTF? THEY ARE TADPOLES!


Some people just don't have a heart...

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