tadpoles in cistern
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tadpoles in cistern

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i was just told that i have tadpoles in my cistern, they are still little, just 3/4" long. this is a cistern that was just cleaned and recoated last may, and is now full, but have been putting bleach in to keep things from growing.
the contractor who is installing my new cistern cover told me to get some catfish to put in there to eat them up, and then catch the catfish.
any advice as to how to deal with this? the drains on roof have mesh to keep out debris, the overflow pipe, i'm not sure where that even goes. i'm on a hill and it just goes into the ground and i don't know where it comes out.
i wonder whether they are really even tadpoles, or some other type of critter.

Posted : September 17, 2008 7:46 pm
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Well the good news is that they will eat the mosquitoes

Posted : September 17, 2008 8:02 pm
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Just put in more bleach till nothing is alive in your cistern. I also would not drink it till you get the problem solved, dead matter in the water will try to harbor bacteria. Fish poo would do the same thing so cat fish would fix nothing.

Posted : September 17, 2008 8:30 pm
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I would definitely find out where the overflow pipe comes out, the frogs, and other things, could be getting in there. The Tadpoles are sensitive to bleach, so I would put in more bleach, this should kill them. I have never heard of the “catfish cure” before 🙂

Posted : September 17, 2008 8:43 pm
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Where would you even get live catfish here? A for imagination though. I agree with Dante, we had simular problem. We bleached the crap out of it and recover all of our overflows. Something had made a hole in one of the old wire screens covering one of them. And well tree frogs climb...as do mice and rats so it could always be worse. Rather have the tadpoles then a dead rat.

Posted : September 17, 2008 9:06 pm
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Bleach and More Bleach!

Posted : September 17, 2008 9:19 pm
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We must also have tadpoles in cistern,cause we hear the frogs croak from inside cistern. Our house is brand new,so i dont know where they are coming from. Can't wait to get one in a glass of water. whewwwww

Posted : September 22, 2008 7:06 pm
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LOL only in St. Croix do we try to solve one problem with another problem!

Catfish to catch the tadpoles...humans to catch the catfish...interesting.

Posted : September 22, 2008 8:53 pm
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things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm.....When you bleach the water, the tadpoles die..where do they go? 😉

Posted : September 22, 2008 11:52 pm
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Another reason that I NEVER drink water from a cistern, REEEETCH!!

Posted : September 23, 2008 1:06 am
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Is THAT what makes it so tasty?! :@)

Posted : September 24, 2008 11:37 am
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Tadpoles + bleach + rain water = Protein shakes!!!!.....................Taste like chicken tho

Posted : September 24, 2008 2:09 pm
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eeeeewwwwwwwwww frog in the blender jokes....................
What do you get w/a frog in a blender & add milk
Frog Nog
What happens when you drink Frog Nog
You Croak

Posted : September 24, 2008 2:16 pm
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Excellent!!.... but.... that's just a "tad" bit gross!!!

Posted : September 24, 2008 4:44 pm
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Sorry.............I'd couldn't hop my self!

Posted : September 25, 2008 1:48 pm
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