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salamanders in my pond


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Marilyn23-Jul-00 12:20 PM EST   
Carolyn23-Jul-00 03:23 PM EST   
Marilyn23-Jul-00 03:58 PM EST   
Carolyn24-Jul-00 11:45 AM EST   
Marilyn24-Jul-00 01:03 PM EST   
Carolyn25-Jul-00 02:08 PM EST   
Marilyn25-Jul-00 03:27 PM EST   
Carolyn25-Jul-00 05:14 PM EST   
Joanne26-Jul-00 12:00 PM EST   
Marilyn27-Jul-00 12:00 PM EST   


Subject: salamanders in my pond
From: Marilyn
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Date: 23-Jul-00 12:20 PM EST

I have what I think are a couple of salamanders in my garden pond ( they might be newts). I put them into the pond last summer thinking that they were frog tadpoles (???). Shortly after putting them into the pond, a yellowish slime formed on the surface which I blamed on the tadpoles (which I now know were probably salamanders). Anyhow it is happening again. In the last week or so my pond is slowly being covered with a yellow slime. Does anyone out there have experience with salamanders in the garden or especially a pond. Is this caused from the salamanders? Any suggestions on what I should or could do?? Thanks.


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Carolyn
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Date: 23-Jul-00 03:23 PM EST

I don't know much about salamanders but it's doubtful they're producing the yellow slime--it sounds like you have algae. Algae is created with the help of sunshine. If your pond is not covered at least two-thirds with plants and is in full sun; algae will be produced.

There are many ways to keep the pond water clean and clear without resorting to algaecides. As mentioned above, plants covering the surface will help considerably. Look for floating and oxygenating water plants at pond-garden centres. Potted plants will also help cover the surface.

Snails eat algae--pick up a few at aquarium or pond centres.

Finally, keep the pond clear of debris such as fallen leaves and run the pump frequently to circulate the water well.

Hope this helps!


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Marilyn
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Date: 23-Jul-00 03:58 PM EST

Carolyn: Thanks for your input. I don't think that I have an alage problem. My pond is about 7 yrs. old, well established with lots of plants and fish. I have adequate surface shade, and under the slime ... the water is crystal clear. I am attributing the slime problem to the salamanders because I never had this problem before I introduced them last year. I suppose it is possible that there was something in the lake water that went into the pond with the tadpoles (now salamanders).


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Carolyn
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Date: 24-Jul-00 11:45 AM EST

Sorry, I couldn't be more helpful. This yellow slime is really puzzling--could it be their poop? I'd check out your local pond centre or pet centre that carries fish, salamanders, etc and ask them if they know what it might be. Maybe you could bring a slime sample.

Good Luck!


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Marilyn
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Date: 24-Jul-00 01:03 PM EST

Carolyn: Poop is a great theory ... it reminds me of baby diarhea (sp??). We had quite a heavy rain here on the weekend ... and it seems to have cleaned the slime off the surface and the water is still clear. When I had this problem last year I tried scooping a jar of water out of the pond to take into the garden centre (see if they could help) .. but the slime disappears in the jar ... tried scooping the water and letting it sit for a day or so but it just wasn't visable. A most bizarre problem. Marilyn


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Carolyn
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Date: 25-Jul-00 02:08 PM EST

Here's an idea: take a piece of white paper and lay it over the slime--it should hold it well. Then either run it over really quickly to the pond centre or let it dry and then bring it. Either way you'll look foolish but at least you may get your slime identified.!


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Marilyn
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Date: 25-Jul-00 03:27 PM EST

Slime mystery has been solved!! It IS a form of algae that was probably introduced with the lake water that the tadpoles (salamanders) came with. I don't remember what the pond guy called it but it starts in the farthest end of my pond away from the waterfall ... it thrives in stagnant water. Simple solution to fix it ... add a few more oxygenating plants to that end (hornwort and parrot feather ... I have lots of both) ... and increase the pump output to circulate the water a bit more. Because the problem arrived at the same time as the salamanders ... I was sure that they must be the cause. Next problem will be ... how to get rid of the salamanders ... they apparently multiply like rabbits! Cheers, Marilyn


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Carolyn
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Date: 25-Jul-00 05:14 PM EST

Congrats Marilyn!

Send those salamanders my way! I can't seem to keep any wildlife around my tiny little pond---would love a toad. Doubtful the salamanders would survive the carelessness of Can. Post though. Oh well!


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Joanne
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Date: 26-Jul-00 12:00 PM EST

I too would love the salamanders. I absolutely adore amphibians and can't get any. Isn't it funny how we always seem to want what we don't have. I found my first salamander last year in the ladies shower at a camping site. My daughter and I were immediately smitten. It was a wet year and my mother-in-law kept finding them in her farm-house basement. Marilyn, I think you're lucky to have them.


Subject: RE: salamanders in my pond
From: Marilyn
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Date: 27-Jul-00 12:00 PM EST

Joanne & Carolyn: If I could catch these little beasts I would gladly ship them to you. I have been trying for a month now to catch them ... without success. I am not a big fan of reptiles ( I know that these are amphibians but they LOOK like reptiles to me!). So far these have not left the pond .. and I guess I can tolerate them as long as they don't start wandering around the garden. I'm not sure how many types of salamanders there are ... but mine don't look like the ones in any book I've looked in ... these ones look like big fat slugs with a long fish tail and tiny legs UGLY!! Carolyn ... I would also like some frogs or toads for the pond ... we have imported (from lakes and streams in the area via the neighborhood boys) lots of frogs over the past few years, but they all disappear ... I think Mr. Heron takes care of them. I wonder if Mr. Heron likes salamanders??? Cheers, Marilyn


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