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Not sure where to post this. I will try here. I was at a local pond store. They have tons of tadpoles in there many ponds. I was wanting a few of them. They believe they are tree frogs.

My backyard is concrete with no natural tress or wildlife. I have an above ground pond. I do however have tons of insects. Will the frogs stay in the ponds area or wander off and most likley die? I don't want to get these if they will take off. I do have potted trees and plants aw swell.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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They might survive might not, there is always a loss even in nature.
If all the 1000's of tads I get every year survived we would be over run with frogs

I would give it a try.
 
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Most likely Pacific tree frogs in your neck of the woods. They do like to wander off. Given enough habitat near the pond you can entice them to stay. In the pond they would like to nestle in something like water hyacinth or water lettuce. Near the pond potted plants are fine. Also logs and rocks with crevices. They like to hide under something like an overturned flower pot.
 
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I happened to pick up some water lettuce today. I still looking for some logs. Thanks for the info everyone.
 

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Frogs will decide what they want to do — stay or leave. I have a couple of resident Southern Leopard frogs, and there’s always an abundance of Fowler’s toads — in fact about a gazillion little babies all over the yard right now. This year we have a green tree frog....living among some cinder blocks. Go figure. Last year we had bronze frogs, and have had Cope’s gray tree frogs (my favorite). Just never know what’s going to show up each year! Or what’s going to stick around.

Green tree frog on PVC, inside a cinder block! What a racket from such a little guy!
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I would try bullfrogs they seem to stick around my pond. They also have another type mixed in. Both stick around. I have never see any of the tree frogs stick around I find the elsewhere in the yard but not in the pond. The bullfrogs will need a way to get out of the water and a place to hide. Once you get a big one he will seem to take over but other seem to stay as long as the pond is big enough for them to have their own space. 1 always climbs the waterfall and claims it as his own. I never have to add more tadpoles. I always have at least 4 or 5 each year.This will be the first year In 15 or 20 years I have because of the extreme cold spell last winter. They do have plenty of rocks around the pond with easy access to my yard whenever they want out.
 
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The toads stick around also but make a lot of noise. The frogs are much nicer to listen to.
 
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Just a warning - if you get one bullfrog to stick around, you won't have many other frogs for long. We have one every spring who clears us out of the smaller varieties. Once he moves on, the others start to show up again. We like to think they just give him his space, but he sure seems to have a fat belly on the regular!
 
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Bullfrogs may be a good addition to ponds in some parts of the country especially where they are native. However they are considered invasive in California and should be removed. In addition to eating our native frogs they eat birds and lizards too, among many other native critters.
 

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I have green frogs, tree frogs, toads. We had a few bull frogs, they have moved on. I prefer they move on.
 
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Hey Eddie,

Do you mind if I ask, what pond store you are going to? I live about 20 minutes from you, and I didn't realize there were any close by.


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Hey Eddie,

Do you mind if I ask, what pond store you are going to? I live about 20 minutes from you, and I didn't realize there were any close by.


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Creative Water Gardens in Escalon - http://www.creativewatergardens.biz/

They mainly display what they can build. They do sell pond supplies inside and have some pond and bog plants.. Best that I have found so far. Where do you go?
 
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Creative Water Gardens in Escalon - http://www.creativewatergardens.biz/

They mainly display what they can build. They do sell pond supplies inside and have some pond and bog plants.. Best that I have found so far. Where do you go?
Ah yes.....I am aware of that place. It is a bit far, considering my range for work is from Elk Grove to Stockton and back. I do sometimes get extended lunches, so it may be worth a trip down there.

There is a tiny place called The Secret Garden in Elk grove that carries Horsetail reeds and a couple types of lillies....otherwise I have been experimenting with "found" plants.

I wonder if they carry Common Spikerush? I would love to find a potted variety, rather than pull some out of an irrigation ditch.

Thanks again
 
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It was a bit far for us aswell. We have nothing in Lodi or Stockton. I had to check it out. I had to use a vacation day, since they are closed on my day off. I will check that place in Elk Grove out this weekend. Thanks for the info!
 
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Just a warning - if you get one bullfrog to stick around, you won't have many other frogs for long. We have one every spring who clears us out of the smaller varieties. Once he moves on, the others start to show up again. We like to think they just give him his space, but he sure seems to have a fat belly on the regular!
I have to agree with @Lisak1 , I was happy to see the Bullfrog in my pond, until it took one of my koi along with every single frog I had....now if we see one, we relocate it several miles away from our pond
 
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I have to agree with @Lisak1 , I was happy to see the Bullfrog in my pond, until it took one of my koi along with every single frog I had....now if we see one, we relocate it several miles away from our pond
Can't you just eat it? They got big legs on them bullfrogs......mmmmm mmmm
 

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Bullfrogs in my pond are the food supply for the redtail hawk that visits. Fortunately, my pond is large enough the bullfrogs don’t take it over and eat the other frogs to the point they disappear. Hard to tell how big they are as they spend most their time hiding under the bridge like trolls.

At the moment, have green frogs, bullfrogs, gray tree frogs, pickerel frogs and tons of baby toads in the main pond. Now the smaller pond by the front of the house, has been taken over by a large male bullfrog. Only have native fish in there, so if he can catch them more power to him.
 
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for a bit we would get 3-6 tadpoles ( sale 3 for x ) none would stay unless we think trapped by the leaf netting but would leave shortly after spring I gave up spending money on wildlife that leaves. So I can't help
 
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Bullfrogs in my pond are the food supply for the redtail hawk that visits. Fortunately, my pond is large enough the bullfrogs don’t take it over and eat the other frogs to the point they disappear. Hard to tell how big they are as they spend most their time hiding under the bridge like trolls.

At the moment, have green frogs, bullfrogs, gray tree frogs, pickerel frogs and tons of baby toads in the main pond. Now the smaller pond by the front of the house, has been taken over by a large male bullfrog. Only have native fish in there, so if he can catch them more power to him.
The blue herons with the help of other predators seem to keep my frog population under control. We still seem to keep a few every year. Bullfrogs and green frogs the tree frog seem to move on
 
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