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Old July 18th 11, 09:47 AM posted to rec.ponds
Twixt
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Can someone please advise i have large-ish pond in our garden it
contains pond plants is about 5-1/2ft deep in the deepest part and
stepped at one end.I am no expert in pond keeping/fish but have managed
to maintain a healthy environment for our fish. Recently we have had the
regular attentions of a heron (poor thing looks emaciated)the pond is
thoroughly/ properly netted!, but fish have disappeared. Now we have
found the grandchildren's largest goldfish and our pet koi carp have
been attacked, plus two dead on the lawn with just a few large bite
marks out of them around the head and stomach. Other fish in the pond
also in a maimed condition,sadly they had to be put out of their
agony.What can be causing this?! it cant be cats?! what ever it is has
had to have got under the netting at night we believe..Please advise




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Old July 23rd 11, 02:50 AM posted to rec.ponds
~ jan[_2_]
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Sounds like Raccoons.

I had to put hot wire around my ponds to stop them.

On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:47:52 +0000, Twixt
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Can someone please advise i have large-ish pond in our garden it
contains pond plants is about 5-1/2ft deep in the deepest part and
stepped at one end.I am no expert in pond keeping/fish but have managed
to maintain a healthy environment for our fish. Recently we have had the
regular attentions of a heron (poor thing looks emaciated)the pond is
thoroughly/ properly netted!, but fish have disappeared. Now we have
found the grandchildren's largest goldfish and our pet koi carp have
been attacked, plus two dead on the lawn with just a few large bite
marks out of them around the head and stomach. Other fish in the pond
also in a maimed condition,sadly they had to be put out of their
agony.What can be causing this?! it cant be cats?! what ever it is has
had to have got under the netting at night we believe..Please advise

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Old July 25th 11, 11:14 PM posted to rec.ponds
Bob Hobden
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"Twixt" wrote


Can someone please advise i have large-ish pond in our garden it
contains pond plants is about 5-1/2ft deep in the deepest part and
stepped at one end.I am no expert in pond keeping/fish but have managed
to maintain a healthy environment for our fish. Recently we have had the
regular attentions of a heron (poor thing looks emaciated)the pond is
thoroughly/ properly netted!, but fish have disappeared. Now we have
found the grandchildren's largest goldfish and our pet koi carp have
been attacked, plus two dead on the lawn with just a few large bite
marks out of them around the head and stomach. Other fish in the pond
also in a maimed condition,sadly they had to be put out of their
agony.What can be causing this?! it cant be cats?! what ever it is has
had to have got under the netting at night we believe..Please advise

I assume you are posting from the UK and are therefor not likely to have a
Racoon problem.
Have you got a river nearby? Could it be Otters or Mink?
I have heard of Herons using the nets to wade out onto the pond and stabbing
fish through the nets but that does not explain the fish on the lawn. Also
some rats have learnt to swim and have been seen to swim down to pick up
freshwater mussels.

ps. Good idea on an international newsgroup like this to mention in your
post or sig where in the world you are .......
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Bob Hobden
W.of London. UK


 




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