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Old June 29th 06, 08:57 PM posted to,rec.ponds,
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Default Barrel pond gone stagnant

Hi Janj


However, within a few weeks the water started to smell. I also noticed
a number of small grubs in the water - some of which have grown to the
size of maggots. The water also has the oily surface that you get on
stagnant water.

Did the maggot look like this?
If so, harmless, but still not pleasant to run into.

Yep - that's the critter.


IMO, the grubs didn't come with the soil, a mature fly laid eggs and thus
they hatched. You can either add something that will eat them, mosquito
fish, tadpoles, or small goldfish or you can use a little bleach (2ppm
won't hurt plants and it will be gone in 24 hours, if not sooner as it
reacts to the organics in the tub).

Thanks for the tip - a few drops of bleach have sent them all floating
to the surface.

Colin E.