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I don't place them in direct sunlight and do not let them eat whatever happens to grow in there. They are in a confined space and one needs to manage for that with providing known safe food. I have literally thousands in each tray (on a second batch of small ones after releasing most of the first batch already) and zero mortality observed.  

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I moved mine into total shade last week but then after two days I moved them so that they get the sun from 3 to 5 pm roughly. By that time the sun is not overhead and the containers have a shady side because of shadows.
I've not lost any yet and they are coming along nicely -but not as fast as Gemma's cheatpoles!
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I do usually feed (chopped spinach, ham etc), just haven't so far this year to rule it out as a factor.
I'm pretty sure its the direct sunlight as it seems to happen in warmer weather (like last week).
Its turns the water very quickly (1 day on Saturday whilst I was away for the day).
Since I've kept in the shade, they have been fine despite the continued warm weather.
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Glad you've solved the problem. It can get very hot in tanks or trays in direct sunlight. I know they look for those conditions in a pond but they can always cool off when they want to. In trays they are stuck with whatever temperature the water rises to and there isn't the heat sink affect of a large pond to keep the temperature within reasonable limits.

Was lovely here today watching tadpoles in the pond. They are so big now, the second batch from just two weeks later that I still have in trays look tiny in comparison.
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Lettuce, yum yum.

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Over the last few days I've been letting my taddies go into my two ponds. They had got quite big and didn't seem to be getting any further forward developmentally in the bowls. Although I was feeding them lettuce, which they went mad for, as previous picture above shows, I just wondered if they'd be big enough to look after themselves now.
The two ponds are different. One is shallow with complete duckweed cover - the water underneath this cover is crystal clear. The other is much deeper - with a shallow platform at one end, and is quite green as there is not enough weed cover. There are plenty of newts in there and clumps of algeous weed that I hope will provide food for the taddies. The pond weed in there and the frog bit have not got going for the season well enough yet.
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I am absolutely staggered by how many tadpoles come from one clump of frog spawn. I knew it was a lot, but never realised it was several hundred.
Mine are coming along in various containers and having lettuce meals. The containers only catch the sun from mid afternoon for an hour or two. I find too much sun will algae the water up and the warmth de-oxygenates the water and the tads die.
When they get to big tadpole size I will divvy them out between the two ponds.
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Released all my taddies on Thursday 21st April into my smaller shallower pond. I just felt they were beefy enough to fend for themselves, and with only a couple of hours of late afternoon sun on their containers it was starting to green up the water slightly and mean I had to refresh it frequently. They seem to be doing OK in the pond and there are plenty wriggling round the edges.

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