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pond disaster!!

Newark, OH(Zone 5a)

While at the Roundup, someone must have sabotaged my mom's pond. there's allot of jealous people around here. When we got home all the fish were dead.........all 60 of them. We think that someone poured something in the pond to kill them all. After we unloaded the car of all the plants from the RU we went to work on emptying the pond and cleaning it out. It took us about 5 hours of continuous work to get it all cleaned out and filled back up. Now I have to try to get a deal on some fish to put some back in the pond. Still trying to find a few more pond plants to create a bit more shade for it too. Mom almost cried because all of her fish were dead :o(

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Oh, no. Somebody did this while you were gone? That is too cruel, sounds like potential candidates for us here in the criminal justice system. Hope you can get it all back to normal.

Ace, TX(Zone 8a)

I can't believe someone would be that cruel. If you need plants, I can help. Fish are a little harder to mail :0( Email me....

Sharpsville, PA(Zone 5a)

oh my!!!!! I had the girls 2 houses down burn down my garage. know how violated she feels. Make a police report!

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Flowox, I'm so sorry to hear about what happened!! That's so awfull!! I don't know if it will help at all, But, I can say I can relate to how you feel, The same thing happened to me just two day's before leaving for the round-up! I lost 18 fish ( Some I had for over 5 yrs! ) I think I got a bacteria in the pond by introducing some new plants and fish without isolating them first! I had to re-do and scrub down three ponds in excessive heat, What a job that was!! I was quite heart broken over the fish I lost also, I almost cancelled gong to the round-up because I was so discouraged
I got some special bacterial additive and such for the pond from a pond specialist in my area, I'm hoping that it gets my ponds healthy again! ... I removed the new plants I had added and scrubbed everything down,re-filled all the ponds and added the additives, I'm keeping my fingers crossed now, I'll get a couple of new fish in a couple of weeks and see what happens.
Tell your mom I'm really sorry about what happened, It can be so depressing! I hope you get some new fish soon, I think it would make her feel better ~ I wish you much luck on finding some ~ Iris

Newark, OH(Zone 5a)

well, got her a couple of new fish yesterday and so far so good. She feels a bit better but it's going to take a bit to try to replace the 60 some fish that she did have. cajunace, thanks, I think I'll take you up on that and will e-mail you

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Glad to hear that you got a couple more, And that she feels a bit better ( It's gong to take time to replace 60 fish) She must have a huge pond to be able to keep so many, How big is the pond?? I'd love to be able to have a lot of fish, but, my ponds are too small, And after the disgust of the ones I lost, I think I'll keep the no. of fish down to about 9 or 10 small ones for the three ponds.

Blum, TX(Zone 8a)

geeze! that even depresses me and it's not even mine..have you tried buying feeder goldfish. they are reasonable and will give the pond more movement.they will grow fast and as you add to it, you can sell them to someone else. (or trade)

Grove City, OH(Zone 6a)

That is what I put in my water garden yesterday. They were $.10 each. Not too much money to lose :)

New Albany, MS(Zone 7a)

I am so sorry to hear about what happened. It is horrible that someone would have the gall to hurt an innocent animal like that.

I went to local bait shop and traded water hyacinths for goldfish. Got some really nice ones. About 5 inches on some of them. They are such wonderful little creatures. They know when I come out there to feed and follow me around when i am working in ponds.

Good luck on replacing them. Tell your mom we are all thinking about her.


Georgetown, TX(Zone 8a)

Susan, I just read this. I do indeed know the feeling. Many years ago, someone went into my greenhouse and chopped a 8' begonia into pieces no longer than 3", tore out most of my other plants and left them to die on the benches and floor. I had a pretty good idea who did it, but there was no way to prove it and he was a cop who lived behind me! At other times, he poisoned my hedges and dog. I can only hope the people twisted enough to do this kind of thing stick to lower forms of life and don't decide to upgrade to humans.

I have plenty of American water willow and arrowhead if you need any. My ponds need to be cleaned out as soon as I am up to the Herculean task, and sending some of the plants is fine. Just let me know. I am so sorry you and your mom have to go through this.

Newark, OH(Zone 5a)

Well, the pond is filling back up with fish as we've been fishing the last couple of days and have caught some small blue gill and one baby rainbow trout.........LOL. Threw them in the pond and they are doing great!!! .......Now, just to get some more plants added. Cajunace, no plants have made it yet :o(

Aimee, you know that anything you'll send will be much appreciated my friend :o)

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

How big is her pond, Flowox? Do you have pictures? It must be really neat! Sorry to hear about the fish - how are the new ones doing?

Newark, OH(Zone 5a)

the new ones are doing fine and I had posted pictures of it in the photo forum or this one..........can't remember which......LOL. It's about 5x6 or something like that

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