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RE: habitat/ponds

It is much easier to catch a koi by hand then with a net... they see the
net and you would swear there was not one fish in that pond. The main
reason of touching them is to check for parasites and give them the once
over for illness. Some are friendlier than others.

I lost most of my big ones last summer in the heat, didn't realize how
many fish were in there, and not enough oxygen for them. I lost like 20
of them overnight, and numerous smaller ones. In my panic stage, I also
removed more and put them into my mothers pond since she didn't have any
fish. I thought I was down to 5 fish, and DH decided to drain the pond
while I was out of town and connect the train display into it. It needed
a good cleaning and revamp of some areas that were collector areas of
rubbish. (bad design).... well when the water got to be 18 inches, found
out we still had over a hundred fish. As he was telling me this on the
phone, I inquired if he got rid of the rest... nope, didn't do anything
but refill the pond. Urgh! He did more harm than good and this spring I
am going to have to drain it again.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of cathy carpenter
> Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 8:52 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] habitat/ponds
> I understand that trout can be caught by immersing your hand in the
> stream and waiting until a trout swims over it. Tickle its belly and
> goes limp in ecstasy, and can be scooped up. Of course, you'd have to
> really be able to endure cold! I know, though, from personal
> experience, that herons will kill fish too big to eat...they spear
> and leave them to die on the shore.
> Cathy
> > Seems like a fish that big would be way too big for heron and egret
> > to tackle???  I knew they'd come to your hand for feeding, but
> > know they liked getting rubbed...how neat.  Once up on a time, I fed
> > huge groupers and other sea fish standing in water to my knees off a
> > beach in the Caribbean - came right up and took bread out of my
> > but didn't want to be petted; one of the thrills of my life.
> >
> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > mtalt@hort.net
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