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#347827 - 08/18/13 02:29 PM Re: killed leeches with chemicals, but now ... [Re: Manitoban Wendy]
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Drawdown and complete draining every 2 to 3 yrs is a very good management technique in small ponds especially swimming ponds where one wants reduced muck and fresher sediments and of beach areas which is one purpose of regular drawdowns.


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#347862 - 08/18/13 09:41 PM Re: killed leeches with chemicals, but now ... [Re: Manitoban Wendy]
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Just an FYI, my one of two bluegill in my pond has nipped me twice, and my son once. Plenty to eat, no competition lots of space. It doesn't bother us too much, it is just a surprise as the gill is large enough to make the nip substantial.

That is good to know about swimming ponds, it is something to consider as part of routine expenses and maintenance. I didn't realize that would be normal practice.
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#353844 - 10/14/13 02:58 PM Re: killed leeches with chemicals, but now ... [Re: Manitoban Wendy]
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A bit late for an answer,but Manitoba Wendy you likely live in an area that has yellow perch. Catching 4-5 of them in a local lake and dumping them in your pond will solve your leeches issues, and they won't be nibblers either!
We did the same here with our kids, they caught the fish, introduced them in our pond and have not seen any leeches ever since. Your pond is too small to try walleye IMO.
Drawdowns are also a good advice for a swim only pond usage where no aquatic plants or fish are wanted.
Leeches travel on land during warm rainy nights to find isolated ponds to find frogs/blood for their reproduction. Only female leeches will suck blood.
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#353846 - 10/14/13 03:55 PM Re: killed leeches with chemicals, but now ... [Re: liquidsquid]
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Originally Posted By: liquidsquid
Just an FYI, my one of two bluegill in my pond has nipped me twice, and my son once. Plenty to eat, no competition lots of space. It doesn't bother us too much, it is just a surprise as the gill is large enough to make the nip substantial.


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