October 22, 2005

Today's Pond Q&A

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Today's Pond Q&A

In this issue:

- DE-ICER - DIY INSTEAD OF BRINGING THEM INSIDE

- RACCOONS - HOW CAN WE PROTECT OUR FISH?
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Question>

Carolyn,

Here is a comment in response to the question about taking the
fish indoors for the winter from the person in Ohio.

I live in Michigan and also have a very small pond that is only
about 30 inches deep. I lost all my fish the first two winters
due to the pond freezing over solid. But last winter I smartened
up (a bit) and bought a pond de-icer and it worked beautifully.
It kept the entire pond from freezing, and all of the fish made
it through the winter, including an albino catfish. The water was
still cool enough that they went dormant, but it never had a
single patch of ice on it. So for an investment of about $50, I
spared the time and aggravation of moving the fish indoors.

Just thought this might help.........

Regards

- Diana R.

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Answer>

Thanks, Diana,

It helps, except if there is a power outage.
Then nothing helps.

-Carolyn

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Question>

I had a sneak attack from a raccoon the other night. Luckily he
didn't get any of my koi and wasn't able to open the fish food
containers! But he trampled all my bog plants and made an awful
mess out of the pond. Is there anything I can do to keep these
pests away? I am afraid of them because they carry rabies and if
I let my dog out, he might get bitten and then I would lose him
too.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Answer>

The only sure way of discouraging raccoons is the low-voltage
wiring that is sold rather inexpensively, but I don't know where
you are, so can't refer you to a place to get it. Please look
into this. I got 150' of wire and the transformer, which was
very simple to install (I did it myself!). I only turn it on
when I am going to bed so it doesn't shock my own dogs by
mistake. Nothing else really works because these pests are so
domesticated. They live in our big cities, in the sewer systems!
Just like they own the place!

I also set out food in another area as a trade-off, and if
that doesn't work, the wiring should.

Good luck!

- Carolyn

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Posted by bfogle at October 22, 2005 12:51 AM
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