I'm having to move into a rented house and so have rehomed my fish. However, there are two enormous resident frogs which I'm reluctant to make homeless. As I'll be moving several hundred miles away, and am trying to sell the house with the pond, I just wanted your advice. I currently have a pond pump and filter running, and the water quality is great. If I take out the filter/pump will the water quality deteriorate? I don't want to create a stinking cesspool which leaves my neighbours complaining, and I'd hate for the frogs to lose their home. I'm leaving a large water lily for shade. So, do I empty the pond and assume that the frogs will forgive me and move on. Or can I leave them without the filter and pump, and the pond will settle down, and not stink? Any advice welcome.
It should be fine without a pump and filter if there are no fish. I'd make sure there were enough plants in there to prevent blanket weed taking over. How big is the pond? I think frogs actually prefer still water anyway.
I never said they are incompatible, far from it, a pond can be used to teach youngsters a lot. I am suggesting that to be kind to the frogs, that it be drained and filled in if the new people have kids.
When some one moves house, its very stress full, the last thing people with kids worry about is looking after a pond, to them its a danger they can do without. Mate of mine first thing he did when looking in the garden "stick a fork in the pond to empty it" He had a "toddler" and did not want her falling in the pond. What he did is not uncommon.
Maybe ask them first then, I would be well peeved if someone filled in a pond in a house I just bought. Mind you, they would see the pond when they view the house anyway so they could ask about it then if they were concerned.
Thanks everyone for the advice. As far as safety goes, the pond is contained within a stone wall and is at least three foot high, so a toddler would have to be pretty ingenious or bloomin unlucky to fall in. I hadn't considered that the new owner might just fill it full of earth without making sure there wasn't anything still living in it. That worries me. Not sure what to do. I know other pond owners locally; if I rehomed the frogs and emptied my pond, would they keep coming back to their old digs?
Its said that at mating time frogs return to the pond where they were "born" However, if that was true, why is is that you get frogs in a new build pond. (Since they could not have come from there in the first place.) So I would suspect the frogs will not be happy, but at least they will be alive if you fill it in.
A word of note: I watched a toddler lean / climb over a wall to look in a pond. The parent was busy talking.
Toddler note. Whats up there?, whats that moving if I can look a bit more (lean over and.......)