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    The property we bought has an in-ground swimming pool that is no longer used as a pool. We're planning to convert the pool to a lilly pond but that is going to take a good week (if not longer) of work filling in with dirt and so forth.

    Right now there are several bullfrogs living in that pool (rain water has collected enough for them to thrive although filled with algae and detritus from trees+). There are also tons of tadpoles.

    We'd like to rescue as many of these living creatures as possible but we need advice on how to do that, as in details, step by step instructions. There is a large pond on the property and we had planned to transport them there.

    In addition to the request for directions, I'd like to know a few requirements. How much space and water depth do bullfrogs need? The reason I ask is that we have a small container pond by our bedroom and thought one could be put there??

    We'd appreciate a quick reply if possible. Thanks very much.

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    Hello IWM,

    Bullfrog tads can feed on algae, fish food flakes or small floating pellets, and dehydrated green algae sheet pieces that you can buy in the aquarium section of a pet store. They take about 2 years to mature into adults once their eggs hatch.

    Pond size: A pond of at least 4 ft deep is needed if you want it to not freeze over the winter months. Another thing you can do to keep it from freezing over is to add a couple of water jugs with an inch or two of water in it. Allow it to float on top of the water. It keeps the ice on top from freezing due to the movement of the jugs. Or you can heat the pond to at least 60'F. Some people bring their tads in for the winter. They can live in a plastic tub or tote with a filter.

    An easy way to move them temporarily while making a pond is to use a plastic tote/bin or kids pool. Be sure to dechlorinate their water.

    The adult bullfrogs can feed on any safe insect. Most people feed bullfrogs crickets, earth worms or night crawlers, Dubia roaches.

    Bullfrogs brought into captivity (into the home) with likely need parasite treatments. Stress can allow a weakening of the immune system, which can allow parasites that they often tolerate in the wild to become infectious. They also need amphibian calcium with vitamin D3 and a multivitamin if kept indoors.

    Hope this helps .
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    I, myself, think bullfrogs do best outdoors. They will eventually learn to trust you a bit, as the feeders. Ones raised from tads will likely stay at your pond. Some will even learn to sit at the pond side and wait for food when they see you. My sister can hand feed her small bullfrog and her Northern green frogs that live in her pond.

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