Can frogs cycle a pond?

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    My pond under construction is empty and doesn't have a liner yet but frogs are already allover it, so I was thinking is it possible to cycle a pond with just frogs and visiting birds?
     
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    Yes.
    Any body of water will eventually form a biofilm that will process decomposing organic matter.
    The biofilm population will adjust accordingly.
     
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    Thank you @MitchM That means I can fill the pond once is done and run it without adding fish till next Spring :)
     
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    I filled mine and ran it until the next year before adding fish. The main reason was our ph I had to balance it up after killing off the first fish I put in.

    It sat empty of fish, but had plants, frogs, etc over winter. In the spring, ph was fine, added fish and boom a running pond!
     
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    Thanks @addy1 It's been raining every day here and my new pond is still without a liner, I first thought I'd be ok moving the fish this late in the year, but now i'm reconsidering. It's nice to know someone else who ran the pond empty and achieved a good result
     
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