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Re: Ike/ponds

Oh my, Cyndi, I can so relate.....we regularly have storms here  that cause 
flooding.  I'm used to wading out in the flooded back yard,  as the water 
begins to recede a bit, to catch the smaller fish that  swim out of the ponds with 
a net and put them back in the  pond.  How fortunate that your parent's Koi 
were okay.   Many here lost their Koi because the power went out, so there was 
no  filtration or aeration.  We put out battery powered aerators as soon as the 
 rains stopped, this helped an awful lot.  Luckily we were home to be able  
to do that, and put the fish back in the ponds.  I don't know if that would  
necessarily work with Koi, but it did fine with the Goldfish and others.   The 
serious Koi folks we know have back up generators that come on in case of  
power outtage for their expensive Koi.  One reason I don't have Koi.....too  
sensitive.  I had one Koi, a butterfly, years ago.....was my pet Koi  Boi.......we 
lost power one summer day over a weekend while we were gone...by  the time we 
got home, he was belly up.  Broke my heart, so I said never  again.  
Thanks everyone for caring about my turtles....and us.  I have  good  
news.....we found one of the lost turtles!!! YEAH!!! I have been  really worried 
about them.  We do rescue and rehab for the Gulf Coast  turtle and tortoise 
society, so although they are native, they are land turtles,  not good swimmers, and 
definitely not ready to be released, and in some  cases never will be able to 
live on their own.  Thankfully these were not  the worst ones that needed 
medication, etc. ( we had found those prior to  the storm).....but still, I felt 
very responsible.  I'm relieved to have  found one, now hopefully if I find 
the last one, and all goes well with the  insurance adjuster.....we'll have most 
of the Ike worries behind us and can  start to heal and rebuild.  
Thanks again everyone.....

In a message dated 9/22/2008 5:43:14 PM Central Daylight Time,  
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

My dad  and stepmother used to live in northern California. One year the
rains were  just really bad, the Russian river went way over its banks
and all the  little streams going into it were raging torrents. Their
house was on high  ground but the water came right up to the driveway. My
stepmother was  mourning the loss of her koi because the water went right
over the koi tank  - like an aboveground pool, she didn't have a pond -
anyway the whole thing  was submerged for days, she figured they had been
swept out. But a couple  weeks later they were cleaning up the debris and
up to the surface came the  fish, begging for food. They had just
hunkered down at the bottom of the  tank and waited it out. I hope your
turtles are dug in someplace  too.

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