Last Updated on September 26, 2020 by Cooper Fulton

Do Fish Eat Tadpoles?

Tadpoles and frogspawn are a neat addition to your pond. Even cooler if they show up in your pond naturally!do fish eat tadpoles

Frogs show up when you have already built a solid ecosystem in and around your pond.

Therefore, there is the necessity to keep an eye out for jelly-like clumps and long strings of toad spawn.

So, do fish eat tadpoles? Yes, frogspawn and tadpoles are an easy meal for any fish in your pond, and there is little you can do to prevent it.

The frogspawn and tadpoles that do survive are usually the ones who can find good hiding spots.

A tip I recommend pond owners with frogspawn is to put some stones in the shallow end of the pond, this addition allows tadpoles to hide from the predators in your pond.

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Frogspawn Collection

In case you do not own your pond, relatives, neighbors, and friends are extremely happy while helping or seeking a permit from fish pond owners or local farm owners.


Position Housing

A pond should be positioned away from direct sunlight and out of the heat. A tree that blocks the afternoon sun is perfect for a pond.  A pond with less fish is best to have higher survival rates of tadpoles. 

In case you wish to add plants and a few stones for pond decoration, you might end up creating a feature that is attractive. 

It is widely preferred to let tap water settle in the pond for at least one week. If you don’t want to wait and want to get straight to adding fish and tadpoles you can use a tap water conditioner. do fish eat tadpoles

I use this API Water Conditioner to treat all my ponds after I fill them up. It works instantly meaning I can add in my tadpoles or fish as soon as it is filled up.


Ensure the water temperature of your pond is kept close to the ponds in nature. A spike in temperature can end up killing your tadpoles. 


 They are at most times hungry

After hatching and eating their nutritious eggs, the spawns will be all overlooking for extra food. 

Always be careful while adding any plant material in the present water in case there is the presence of pesticides and never leave the previous food to rot in the water.



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Spawn development usually takes 5 to 12 weeks. 

At the first point, spawn shall be resembling a black bead that will end up turning into a comma apart from hatching as a tadpole which is tiny and growing on afterward. 

As tadpoles are aging, you will see the sprouting of legs, and the tail will end up shrinking.


Teenage toads

You are now having few spawn or adult frogs. 

It is not difficult to tell the difference, and it is even more comfortable while using a magnifying glass. 

Frogs are generally smooth and are having a dark band running across their eyes with their hind legs covered with stripes. 

Toads are animals which are warty and are containing two lumps which are found present in the eyes. They end up looking grumpier.

Finding a place that is safe for releasing the frogspawn is very vulnerable at their young stage. 

Their habitat is usually long waterside vegetation. 

When in the pond, it will be a hard thing when you have to say goodbye to them as they are very reliable in the control of crop pests. 

They tend to hop and relocate to other nearby ponds. Therefore, there is a need to create a natural kind of pond to prevent them from hopping away.


Review from farmers concerning frogspawn

Many farmers keeping frogspawn were visited and interviewed on the possibility of frogspawn feeding on fish. This is what they had to say:


  • Some of the spawn are eaten while some are not consumed. However, fish are not the only spawn predators as birds will also be feeding on them.

When spawns grow more prominent and turn into frogs, they will tend to run away from little ponds. 

Frogs are known to prefer living in an area that is highly populated and therefore will end up leaving to look for a more significant pond.

Snakes, birds, and other kinds of animals will also be eating some of the frogs.

However, the spawn will be useful in your garden in pest control, and as long as they are not bringing about a real problem, there is a need for just letting them stay.

Most will end up changing into frogs and afterward dying off.


  • Your fish will be loving frog spawn as a food treat, which is life. 

In case you do not want the spawns in the pond, there is a way of eliminating them. 

The procedure of removing them involves putting a net over and over it as a way of keeping them out.


  • There is frogspawn which will end up being eaten by the fish. For the spawns which survive, they will end up eating all the slugs and flies. 

Therefore you will have no more insects disturbing you in the garden. 

Thus the frogs will have varying benefits in the pond.

The only negative things concerning the keeping of frogs are the fact that they are known for making a lot of noise. 

I had to listen to white noise when going to sleep to block out the croaking of the toads.

The frogs will end up being beneficial to your farm.


  • Unless you were thinking of keeping koi, which is a large fish, there would be only little chances of the possibility of the spawn being eaten. 

Most of the spawns will end up developing into big frogs and those that happen to survive the first year will go back to becoming spawn the following year. 

Having five pairs of mating in one year will end up leading to more than fifty plus pairs the next year. 

Therefore they might end up becoming very many in the dangerous pond. 

Thus there is a need of putting some of the spawn in a given bucket and afterward throwing them away in a canal. 

Always tend to return to their original place in which they were hatched.


  • Depending on the fish kept in the pond, frogs will survive or end up being eaten. 

If you have an overpopulated pond, there are low chances of tadpoles ending up surviving to become mature. 

The frogs will be croaking at night, and this will be a peaceful sound to some, also can be very disruptive. 

All the bugs in your farm will end up becoming history. 


  • Fish will be eating spawn but not all of it. 

Remember that frogs will be layering very fast and therefore there is no possibility of them becoming extinct in the pond. 

However, in case, you will ensure that all the spawns survive, the only way out is by putting netting in the pond water to help in preventing the fish from getting into the spawn.

If you do not do this, it will just be natural that some end up being eaten. 

You can ensure that all a few spawns get eaten by giving the fish extra food so that they may eat that rather than the frogspawn.


  • Your fish will be eating some of it. When the tadpoles have hatched, not all will be lucky to survive. 

The reason is that fish will be eating some of the tadpoles. Other tadpoles will die whereas some will even be eating each other. 

The tadpoles which get the luck of surviving to the highest maturity level end up becoming frogs though they usually go through various challenges. 

As for the goodness in the garden, they will be ensuring the garden is always clean from slugs.

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Fish do eat the eggs and spawn of toads. It is hard to prevent but can be done by providing hiding spots such as plants or rocks.

When toads and frogs lay eggs in the early season it is mostly in shallow water. There is a high risk that freeze or hard frost will be causing the spawn and surface water to end up freezing over. 

Sometimes it is only the spawn layers near the surface that end up dying. Ultimately, the spawn are often partly laid or unfertilized. 

Frog eggs already have a low chance of hatching so make sure they have a high chance of making it to adulthood.