Monday, August 3, 2015

One cool pond

James and I often talk about having an in-ground pond, not just a stock tank pond. Our friend Kip recently sent photos of his abundant population of leopard frogs in his pond. Wow, he's got 30-plus frogs! So I asked if he could send photos of the pond.

"It is a water tank that was electrified, plumbed and rocked," he wrote me. "The center water falls is built on cinder blocks so there is habitat for critters to hide." (His stock tank must not be as high as ours because we don't get frogs.)

 "Anacharis [the green grassy plants] keeps the water clean," Kip says. "It is not native. Those are pregnant gambusia in the clear water. They eat mosquito eggs."

Some extra shots that Kip sent: 

We love your pond, Kip! Thank you for sharing!


Kip Kiphart said...

The flat rocks on each side of the water tower are for birds, butterflies and other creatures. I used to have more vegetation, pickerelweed, water lilies, etc. but deer ate them.
Photos are from my iPhone.
Thanks, Sheryl.

TexasDeb said...

I've always wondered about pond evaporation during the hottest driest times of year. If you don't mind my asking through this venue, Kip, could you comment on how often you are needing to top off your tank?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I'll ask him. I add water to my smaller stock tank every other day.

TexasDeb said...

I'm guessing without some sort of automatic topping system then you cannot leave these tanks unattended for long while traveling (for instance). That's something to think about...

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