Plants are the most important part of any ecosystem. Plants soften the rocks as well as bring great beauty to the landscape around any feature. Well placed trees help control sun, shade and air flow. The correct plants will help balance a pond, patio or just as decoration around a home, where as improper plants create Big problems. Proper filtration is a must with all our water systems for continued success.
Fish come in many sizes and in many colors. Common carp (koi) are much too drab to be used as ornamental fish. Today Koi are produced here in USA, and in many parts of Japan, Israel, Southeast Asia, plus exported worldwide. The common goldfish as well as comets, shubunkins, and the red & white varieties. These goldfish have great adaptability. Although they can be stressed by sudden temperature changes, they can tolerate temperatures from 32º -90ºF. The worst problem for fish is over-feeding.
Dragonflies form an important part of Wetland wildlife and they play a significant roll in its general ecology. They are among the most beautiful and spectacular insects flying today and they are also among the most ancient of living creatures. The average life expectancy of 4-6 weeks (dragonflies) or 1-2 weeks (damselflies).
Most adult butterflies found in Florida feed on flower nectar. Some visit a variety of flowers and others seem to prefer a more specialized menu. Butterflies generally are attracted to brightly colored simple flowers that are not too deep and that are wide enough for good perching platforms. You can't attract butterfly species that are not present naturally in your region, nor can you grow plants that aren't adapted to the soils and climate in your region of the state. Butterfly gardening should not try to improve nature but complement it as the best horticultural practices have always done.
A reptile with a bony or leathery shell. Any shelled reptile can be called a turtle, but in North America people commonly use the word tortoise to designate members of a family of turtles that live entirely on land, reserving the word turtle for species that live in or near water. The word terrapin, of Native American origin, is used in North America only for the diamond-backed terrapin, a turtle that lives in the brackish waters of eastern coastal marshes. There are over 240 living species of turtles.
Frogs may be found anywhere in the world (excluding Antarctica), although most frogs are found in the tropics. If you're looking for a frog, probably the best time to look is at night with a strong light - when you shine it on the eyes of a frog you'll see a little red flash. Frogs in the wild may be found by a method of triangulation (this is useful since the origin of frog croaks is somewhat deceptive). When water is scarce frogs will tend to congregate around the wet areas look under rocks, in leaf matter etc. (be careful to replace the rock as you found it - lodged in the earth - because this is a favorite environment for frogs).