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All this rain, and our goldfish almost ran out of water!

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009, at 3:59 PM

When I let one of our four legged family members out to do their business this morning I heard a strange sound and decided to follow it to see what was up. What was DOWN was our goldfish pond and what I heard was the pump sucking air, or maybe it was the fish sucking water.

Yikes! I ran to start the hose, dumped a couple water barrels in there and went looking for the leak. Of course the whole area was wet from rain that was falling so nothing stood out as the culprit. From previous experience, I started pulling moss, watercress and any weeds that could be blocking the flow and causing overflow somewhere in the stream coming out of the filter pond.

Never did find it, but the water level stabilized and life might be back to normal. Our fish went on a hunger strike for a few hours to lodge their protest, but all things considered, we were lucky. I easily could have had a few raccoons catching an early morning breakfast or even our cats could have caught them in the little water that was left.

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When we came home the other night, we caught a hawk-like bird flying away from our pond.

-- Posted by cfrich on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 4:19 PM

My pond could use thinning out of fish, but I would prefer not that way. Our goldfish pond is tucked into our house area, so I doubt the birds of prey would chance it, however, I have seen them land in our front yard.

I was always afraid for our kittens, but so far, so good. Knock, knock

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Sep 26, 2009, at 7:35 AM

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