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Re: gardenchat DIGEST V1 #318

LOL, not a dumb question.  You can either use one or not.....up to you.  The 
only difference is the sound of water, which some say attracts more wildlife.  
Pumps come with a filter screen or filter matt/sponge, that you clean 
out...so do need some maintenance.  Eggs are usually laid on water surface attached 
to something or in a gooey string, so they don't easily get sucked up by the 
pump which is on the bottom (or as close to it) of the pond.  Plus you purchase 
the pump in relation to the pond.....no swimming pool pump for a bird 
bath........so the suction is at a minimum.  You dont' need a powerful pump for the 
sound of water....usually people get more powerful pumps for larger ponds, more 
distance, more height (as in waterfalls), etc. 
For a habitat, the minimum is fine, and nobody gets sucked up in those.
Tadpoles are great at eating algae, by the way, which is why many purchase 
bullfrog tadpoles for their ponds.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 6/30/2003 11:03:01 AM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> Here's another dumb questions-  but if you have a pump in a pond (like to
> make a small fountain) doesn't it get all gummed up with gunk from the pond
> (including sucking up frog eggs?).  Or are you not supposed to use a pump if
> what you really want is wildlife?

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