Death in the pond

Something went very wrong today. This morning my fish were energetic and seemed perfectly healthy. I fed them, checked their water and treated it for ammonia and algae; pruned the water lilies. By this evening half of them were dead—including my prized giant black one—and I fear some, possibly all, of the others will be dead by morning.

My current hypothesis: the algae treatment combined with the high heat to drive water oxygen levels down too low.

I’m really sad. The loss of these little lives and the pleasure of seeing them in my garden. The feeling of disappointment and setback after having thought I’d figured out how to make a fish pond work. I’ll start over again and try to understand the mistake and see if I can’t get it right in the future.

3 comments

  1. Noooo! I’m so sorry. That sucks. I cannot offer much, but I do offer the story of another fish’s death in the hopes that you can chuckle through your tears.

    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-fish-almost-destroyed-my-childhood.html

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    1. Oh my—what a story! And chuckle I did… thanks for sharing.

      Like

  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    Oh! Sad day… I’m so sorry. Everything seemed to be going so well.

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