Last week, John decided it was time
to clean the fish pond...it was yucky.
Cleaning the fish pond is a major job.
Since we don't have a drain,
the water must be pumped out
as much as possible....then the
rest is dipped out. John gets in
with his wading boots.
Of course before getting all of the
water out...the fish must be caught.
He catches them in a net and puts
them in a holding tub. That is a job
when the water is dirty....and there
are over 30 fish to be caught.
They are reall packed in the holding tub.
After the pond is cleaned....water
must be carried in five gallon buckets
from the rain water barrels.....that is
a lot of water and a lot of carrying....
which almost fills the pond.
Now it is time to put the fish back in...
a lot easier than taking them out.
In the beginning.....several years ago....
when we first made the pond....we had
only a few fish. We bought them at a
store that sold them for fish bait.
Those fish grew much bigger.....
a few years later....my granddaughter
discovered that we had babies! We
were so excited but also afraid that
they would not survive....but they did...
and grew and grew....we had too many
fish for our small pond and had to
give some of them away.....we still
think that maybe we have too many.
The pump runs year round
so that they will have air in the water.
I get a lot of enjoyment out of the fish.
I love to sit by the pond and watch them.
They are many colors....orange...black....
white....and some are mixed colors.
Do any of you have ponds....
self-built or natural?