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  1. All I can say is my pool/pond is within 10 feet of my neigbors row of 2 very old native (black cherry) trees and a 15 year-old bing cherry tree. The 2 larger trees have consistently dropped their leaves and tiny cherry fruits into the pond (they are about the size of b-b's). The fish do not eat the cherry fruits. Actually the top 20 feet of one of those cherry trees snapped off in the storm last week and fell into the pond.. branches, leaves and fruit,, where it remained for 4 days until it could be removed. I have seen no harm to my 80 or so fish as a result of that. oliver
  2. I noticed the comments above regarding egg whites and a lack of success. I have about 80 to 100 gold fish of pretty fair size to be fed every day. I give them Blue Ridge staple as their primary diet, but very frequently give them substitute and/or supplement foods, as follows: 1-Since I try to watch my cholesterol, I usually do not eat the yolk of eggs but save it for the goldfish. For example, I will save up the yolks of some hard boiled eggs, mash them up in a saucer and then integrate a raw egg, stirring and mixing. Then I flatten the "Stuff" and put the saucer into a micro-wave and zap it in separate 30 second-long segments (more or less, depending on the number of eggs used and the power of the microwave). Remember to keep the saucer covered with a paper towel to prevent spattering. When the eggs are firm all the way through, they are done. They will be very, very hot. Using a spoon, remove the egg from a saucer (in one piece if possible, and set it on a paper towel to cool. It may also be refrigerated in a plastic bag. When ready to serve, use your fingers to break off tiny pieces and hand feed it to the fish... in tank or pond. 2-The fish in the pond love little bits of zucchini, including the skin. I cut up a raw zucchini into tiny dice no larger than 1/4 by 3/8 of an inch. (it is easier to cut the stuff to size raw than when cooked). Put the dice in a saucer or a plastic bag, adding only enough water to cover. Microwave for one 30 second cycle. Let cool or rinse in cold water to bring down temp. Hand feed in tank or pond. 3 On rare occasions, when my family neglects to polish off the shrimp served as an appetizer, I grab them for the gang. I will put them in the freezer until I serve them. Defrost by running lukewarm over the shrimp, cut into tiny bits and watch them go to town as the shrimp hits the water. No cocktail sauce, please. Oliver
  3. Not too surprisingly, a frog has taken up residence in the pool/pond. My grandson already named him Kermit. He (or she) is about one-third to one-half the size of some of the bullfrogs I remember seeing elsewhere. It likes to sun itself on the retaining wall between the pool and the spa area. I was feeding the gang (I'm back up to about 80 or so despite last year's culling), when he suddenly surfaced right below my face with his legs extended and a wide grimace on his mouth, making every attempt to look like the creature from the black lagoon. It worked, because I jumped back, quite startled. Anyway, do frogs eat goldfish? I can't see him managing any of my bigger ones, but frankly, I wouldn't mind if he took what will be this year's crop of young'uns, because it seems a more natural fate for them, rather than me having to *try* to net them out and find homes for them (not too successful). Oliver
  4. Has this pond forum been eliminated or condensed into another forum?? Oliver
  5. The ice on my pool/pond was at least 3 inches thick this afternoon oliver
  6. If our swimming pool hadn't been unused for12 years, I wouldn't have any fish at all. oliver
  7. I believe that, for the most part, most of the dog breeds were originally "engineered" for specific purposes (ratter, retreiver, hunter, etc.) That is, attempting to develop characteristics that would enhance the survival and job performance of (primarily) the owner and secondarily, the dog. In modern times, it is too easy to forget that a dog was a vital cog in keeping a human and his possessions fed and/or safe. Certainly Man has tried to play G-D by altering many different animals, but I suspect most efforts were aimed at the economic or safety benefit mentioned above. Nowadays, breeding (for showing) to the so-called ideal is an exercise of human vanity. So too in the case of fancy/exotic goldfish. I think thoroughbred horse breeding in another instance where the search for speed/endurance brings many animals to the brink of physical failure. Oliver
  8. We have had so much rain the last 2 weeks the pool was just about to overflow. I put a small pump in the melt-hole and let it run for a couple of hours. More precipitation is due this week-end. Oliver
  9. From what I have read so far, it seems a general given that fancies have more heath problems, though they are much more exotic in appearance. So, I ask... why haven't they been able to create the fancy coloring varieties in the common or comet forms? Is the deformed fish body the genetic quid pro quo for fancy colors? Oliver
  10. Mowing and baling send up large amounts of chaff/fluff, easily carried by the wind quite some distance, thus the potential for some sort of chemical residue getting in the ponds (in different volumes) does exist. Just a thought. You might want to have a sample of the water from the pond with the highest mortality rate tested for such contaminates. The thought also occured to me that some of what he is cutting might be Jimson weed, which contains toxic poisons of its own. Oliver
  11. Have you checked for poisons getting in the pond (accidentally or purposefully)? Any strange plants, or windblown stuff falling in the pond? Oliver
  12. Oh yes... this is the 3rd or 4th winter that GF have overwintered in the ool. BTW, many years earlier in my marriage, I had 4 or 5 twenty gallon tanks with tropical fish in the basement of our previous house, so it would not be a pleasant and decorative novelty for her. Oliver.
  13. You wouldn't believe the trouble I would generate even raising the topic for discussion. If there is one thing I have barely learned over the years, it is to leave well enough alone. Oliver
  14. Now that the outside temp has hit below 10 degrees F around here, there is a nice, thick covering of ice on the pool. Meanwhile, the little tetra pond heater is doing its job in maintaining a small, un-iced vent hole. While the pool has frozen and unfrozen a few times so far this winter, when the temp dives down this low, the pond ice created is usually thick enough to last through any short-term warmings that might occur over the next couple of months. Fare thee well, goldfish of mine...., if all goes well, I will see you around February. Behave yourselves. Oliver
  15. The water temp in my pond is twixt 40 and 45 degrees and heading down. Last week the air was warmish (50 to 60)and the big boys were hanging around the feeding circle, so I gave them some wheat germ. Now, I dont believe a typical "warmish" period will be enough to overcome the sustained cold weather we are moving into. Oliver
  16. I have had success with the golden-belly minnow. It gets along well with the comets and has flashes of color. Oliver cool, do they school? what about shubunkins and commons? can they do okay in the winter? They do tend to school with the other gf I have in the pond.. comets and shubunkins. I have had them winter over at least 2 winters (including under ice). They have also bred in the pool.... I mean pond. Oliver
  17. I have had success with the golden-belly minnow. It gets along well with the comets and has flashes of color. Oliver
  18. I would be careful of the type of wood used in close proximity to the tank.. that is, treated wood might leach poisons into the pond water. I believe redwood or cypress might be safer. (do a web search on your State's Dept. of Agriculture (or Forestry) to look up toxic characteristics of wood). You do want the structure to last for more than a year or two. Also, I would NOT use a floor under the tank or as part of the frame, but I would set the frame (not the tank) on a perimeter of bricks so that there is drainage for the rainwater that falls into the frame area or spillage from water changes or the watering of the plants. In addition, your drawing shows that your frame will be made by butting the boards on edge at each corner. That won't be storng enough. Inside each corner joint, you should place a length of 2 by 3 stock, vertically (top to bottom), in each corner and screw both sides of each corner board into the 2 by 3 in several places. Oliver
  19. As far as a tank cover is concerned, you can buy a roll of fiberglass-like window screening for less than $12 a roll (at Lowe's) that you can use to construct your cover. Build a frame of 1 by 3 pine that is just large enough to "capture" the 4 sides of the tank. Staple the screening to the top narrow edge of the boards. By building the frame "on edge," and slipping it over the tank, it will not slide off. Note, for additional strength and rigidity, strengthen each corner joint with appropriately-sized stiffeners in each corner applied to the top of the cover unit. I don't see any harm in allowing ordinary rain water to fall through the screening and into the pond, especially since you are NOT using metal screening (which could leach metallic elements into the pond water). Oliver
  20. Thanks for the info. My pool/pond gets lots and lots of sunshine and has always been an "algae producer," even back in the days when it was a swimming pool and I was fighting to maintain pristine water. If there was only a way to lessen the opacity of the green water, because it prevents one from seeing the fish unless they are n the upper few inches. I wonder if using Aqua-fix at some reduced dosage would keep the algae density to a more acceptable level. I also wonder if, when the pool gets colder (it is now at 49 degrees plus or minus 5 degrees depending on the weather (its been in the 60's here), there will be a natural algae die-off? Oliver
  21. Disregarding the fact that (living) algae/green water is unsightly, whether in tank or pond, are their some real benefits from algae (other than as a food source)? While the decomposition of dead algae can consume disolved oxygen in water and suffocate fish, does living algae actually oxygenate the tank or pond water, and, so long as the algae thrive, provide a boost to the available oxygen for the fish? oliver
  22. I have seen lots of advertisements for the use of barley products -- extract, bundles, screens, etc. - in ponds. I don't quite understand how they work, but more importantly, are they really cost-effective and worth their use. Oliver
  23. 45 degrees in the pond this morning... but the Phillies won the World Sewries in this weather, so no complaints here. Oliver
  24. There are well over 100 fish in my pool-pond and they all school.... broken down into 2 primary schools... all the biggies and all the smaller fish. I have not seen any fish be alone (away from the school) for more than 15 seconds... either they return to the school or the school moves to them. mw
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