In June last year I dug a small pond in the woods where a spring emerges from the hillside. I stocked it with a few goldfish and minnows – see my post on the little pond and by July I was sure the frogs had eaten all of them. Then later in the year I noticed one fish, about 6 inches along, and then two fish and in January, the same two fish and a small fish. Somehow a couple had survived and apparently propagated.
In my post in February this year I mentioned the frogspawn in the pond and, it would not surprise me if the surviving fish snacked on some of the frogspawn – what goes around comes around. All was good until we recently had really heavy long lasting rains. The spring became a gusher and the 3 fish may have opted to explore the overflow pipe rather than endure the silted waters of the pond. It appears they are no longer in the pond though they can be skilful at camouflage. Today I purchased a conical filter for the 4″ overflow pipe and 10 small goldfish at 14 cents each from PetSmart and a small aquatic flower for the shallow end.
The pond outflow pipe now has a conical filter to prevent the new residents from taking off.
And if you look carefully you may spot the little group of ten.