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Re: Pond Mission Impossible?
PerryNZ #529361 01/02/21 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by PerryNZ
Do tell an ignoramus from far away: what are the hieroglyphics in your signature? confused

* Ferrets, stoats, weasels.

LOL. Here, this may help. https://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=92442#Post92442


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Re: Pond Mission Impossible?
PerryNZ #529363 01/02/21 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by PerryNZ
Originally Posted by anthropic
You must have a lot fewer predators than we do here in the US. Dogs, cats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, wild pigs, etc, etc, would make raising a duck family on shore a perilous & probably futile endeavour.
We don't have raccoons or coyotes in NZ. The rest of your list: yes. Rats, mustelids* and hawks are predators here, but Trevor keeps her eye on the sky and I have plenty of cover (tree canopy). I have many rat bait stations around, too, plus one ferret trap.
Originally Posted by anthropic
Can't speak for everybody else on PB, but our little pond place in the woods of east Texas was a true blessing, a refuge in time of panic.
Sounds like a multi-faceted sanctuary.

Do tell an ignoramus from far away: what are the hieroglyphics in your signature? confused

* Ferrets, stoats, weasels.

Sounds good, Perry. Raccoons in particular are extremely common here and death on any eggs they can reach. They can swim, too, and have cleared out goose eggs on our island. Don't mind that, to be honest, but I hate the thought of them getting duck eggs. At our place we've chosen to leave any non-dangerous dead trees alone, as wood ducks can pretty safely use holes for nests. Eagles like them for vantage point, also.

I use hieroglyphics because I want a written record of pond history, including stocking. Signature space is limited, so abbreviated. But I'm writing for and to myself, so it's okay.

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Re: Pond Mission Impossible?
esshup #529365 01/02/21 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by PerryNZ
Do tell an ignoramus from far away: what are the hieroglyphics in your signature? confused
Originally Posted by esshup
LOL. Here, this may help.
It did, but I respectfully decline to learn it all. However, in the post that you linked to, Theo averred . . .
Originally Posted by Theo
You can mark a special thread by putting it on your "watch list".
Now, I can locate a follow / unfollow, but not a watchlist. Where am I not looking right?

The Floating Island List
PerryNZ #530194 02/02/21 07:23 PM
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Today, I waded out to the island. It had stopped moving with the wind. The cause was evident from the bank. A serious list to port. wink Grounded on one side, actually.

I took out three more buoyancy aids, but I doubt they were sufficient. The weight of the summer top growth is simply too much. The notion that some gas might be generated by the root mass and so provide a modest buoyancy boost now seems fanciful.

For now, I'll wait and watch. Depending on what happens:
* I'll try to add more buoyancy aids;
* Hack off some of the top growth to reduce the weight;
* Wait for winter to do much the same.

Pond pickerel is supposed to be deciduous, but last winter did not eliminate the top growth; just diminished it. Possibly because of the temperature modifying effect of being surrounded by water.

Hereabouts, we do not get ground freeze. Just colder winter morning morning frosts.

Re: The Floating Island List
PerryNZ #530214 02/03/21 11:16 AM
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Hi Perry!

I'm assuming no fishes in that pond? Would fish help eat that weed?


Im going to ask a lot of questions, but only because I'm clueless


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Re: The Floating Island List
PerryNZ #530230 02/03/21 08:08 PM
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You're right - no fish. The pond is only knee deep, on average. I know not if any fish eats wolffia (watermeal) and duckweed. Hereabouts we have kingfishers, adept avian fish foragers, so any such fish would need to be a big 'un.

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PerryNZ #530240 02/04/21 08:30 AM
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Hi Perry,

Did some quick googling and it looks like Koi might be the right fish for you


Im going to ask a lot of questions, but only because I'm clueless


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Re: Pond Mission Impossible?
PerryNZ #530268 02/04/21 09:26 PM
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They are in NZ, but I don't think they'd work, at my place. My strata is shingle and the pond is lined with bentonite. Fish that disturb that bottom 'seal' would not be welcome. Koi Carp are not favoured in New Zealand, either, as you'll see here.

But thanks for the thought, anyway.

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