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Aquaponic metamorphosis

Frog metamorphasis

One of my Green Frog tadpoles started transforming on me late last week. I'd actually barely seen the tadpoles since they tended to hide in the fake vegetation, steering clear of the more active fish. But as this guy grew legs, he came out to visit the front of the tank.

Fork frog

Then, Tuesday morning, he was treading water at the surface. "I have lungs now!" he told me. "Give me somewhere to crawl out and hop around!"

Rather than changing the tank itself, I fished the baby frog out with a fork and gave him a sky pond to hang out in. Looks like warm, high nutrient water was all he needed to beat the rest of his species at transformation by two solid months.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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