One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

Oh, about the pond…

Before we left town for the holidays, we knew our fish pond had a slow (or so we thought) leak somewhere, but we figured it would make it til we got back. I topped it off completely the day before we left… and when we returned eight days later, less than six inches of water remained in the pond for the 30 some-odd fish there. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the heavy rains that our area had received a couple of days earlier, we may have had a true disaster (read: a bunch of dead fish) on our hands. As it stood, I was able to refill the pond and save all the fishies. But we now had a fast leak on our hands.

And sure enough, within just a couple of days, the pond level was down about six inches or so, and we decided that enough was enough. We first scooped up about half a dozen fish that we wanted to keep for the time being. Next, we called up the family that used to live in our house before we bought it; the eldest son is the one who built the pond in the first place, and he came over the next day to take about two dozen of the fish for himself. We thought that was all of them (the fish), but about half a dozen “appeared” the next morning (they had apparently been hiding among the plants and muck at the bottom of the pond); we managed to snag them and then donated them to a local aquatic center.

So now we have a nearly empty pond, and we have to decide what to do with it. If we rebuild/restock it, we’re going to do it the right way (new liner, new pump and filter, etc., but that’s going to cost us a pretty penny. We’ll probably make a decision by the end of the coming weekend. In the meantime, we have a big bucket of fish spending the winter in our kitchen…