“Fish & Chips”


This post contains scenes not suitable for young children or people with heart conditions. The post contains scenes of death and mass genocide.

Remember these guys? well they have been busy! rather too busy as it turns out.

I have had my pond for five years, It is a 900 Gallon stock tank, and I must say it has been brilliant. I have had no trouble with critters due to the steep sides, and apart from cleaning my filter on occasion, it really hasn’t been any hassle….until recently, the last three days actually. It all started with a hatch of tadpoles shortly after the recent rain we have had. When I say hatch I mean a hatch of Biblical proportions, it turned the waters black, the clouds darkened, and the birds stopped chirping… this was just the start of the holocaust. I can only assume it has something to do with the drought in Central Texas then the recent rains, the toads just went bananas, I could even hear them during daylight hours, up to their toady shenanigans. That is not the norm!

As with any plague comes death, and subsequently an imbalance in the natural eco-system, my pond is no exception. So far I have lost 5 fish that I have had for years, and I fear more will follow. The spike in oxygen depletion and an erratic build up of ammonia in the water is my current prognosis.

I have had this poor girl for years, now she is buried and pushing up the daises. This was a rather large goldfish. Goodbye silver princess, I promise that your composted remains will be put to good use.

Arrggh! all these tadpoles, and I just got my hair fixed!
I love toads as much as the next gardener, but this has got to be dealt with. The pictures do not relay the extent of this "infestation". My filters are clogged with them, the fish can’t breath without inhaling them, they are that dense. I needed to do some tadpole culling. I went out today and bought a new fine mesh net to do some skimming and another "sock" net to strap over my water outlet from my pump to catch even more. I also set up the fountain/filter that usually resides in my feeder tank to try to get more oxygen into the tank water as well. It cannot hurt.
My other fish are also not looking good, (shallow breathing and tadpoles attached to them).

Think this but with 5 tadpoles instead of the sucker fish!
Poor water quality = poor fish, this is a desperate scene. One I don’t wish ever to see again.

This is how many that passed through my filter system in a couple of hours!…stocking, I mean shocking!. The mesh sock seems to be clearing some of them out, I am afraid it is too little too late.
I am going to the Emerald Garden tomorrow to pick up some "Microbe Lift" to try to eat some of the waste material in the pond. Any other suggestions welcome.

When I was done thinning out some of the poor tadpoles I noticed this Pompei scene on the hot Texas rocks. It also reminded me of:

Cave men also had filtration issues as it turns out.
This was a caveman’s blog image, posted on a wall,
The artist knew it was quicker to paint it 
than use an online modem.

Oh and to top my ponds struggle off, my fish decided this was a good time to hatch as well…..Ahhhhhhh!

"And now for something completely different"…

I am hoping someone can identify these crazy beetles that are buzzing everywhere in my yard right now, I should really know what they are!
I have to execute all manner of erratic dances and head jerks to avoid getting hit by them on my way to my "ratty" shed. I now have whiplash. 

They are also really loud, like June bugs when they "try" to fly, they also have the same navigational issues. I love the metallic green and forms of these bugs, could be inspirational for a new design of a motorbike or car. The color scheme is amazing.
…and while we are on the bug subject, this tiny one was having a great time on my citrus tree, are these beneficial or not? What is this little guy?
Other recorded happenings in the yard right now:

Cannas and toad stools blooming after the recent rain.

A natural weave! 

Exploding Dwarf Papyrus.

The Lunar surface all turned over.

I love this shot. This plant has one of these on each of its 4 leafs. I imagine they intend to depart the mother ship soon to root. Perhaps I will give them a helping hand.
This lily was half submerged, it looked like sea anenome.
Click then click again to see the incredible wing structure of this blue dragonfly.

All material © 2008 for east_side_patch. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. 

Stay Tuned for:
"Primordial Soup"



~ by eastsidepatch on August 23, 2008.

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