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#21 John S

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 09:02 AM

Elton, if you are asking "Do herons feed from garden ponds?".... Yes, they do :(

Also, gulls and (if they have enough clear area to land) - CORMORANTS!!!!

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#22 Elton

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:12 AM

John,

I was asking whether the decoy heron trick actually works. Knowing my luck, I'd buy one that looked like a female on heat! :D

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 03:46 PM

Elton, I was working in a house where the guy had a small pond just outside his kitchen window, and he had an artificial heron by the pond to "scare off" other herons.

One morning he looked out and he had TWO herons, and only one of them was artificial!

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 05:14 PM

I have a small pond and stream(pumped) but no fish. I am redesigning the garden now, as we have purchased a bit more land from the farmer.

If it rains much more we will probably just dig a hole and let it fill up!


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What we are jokingly calling "The Somme"

The stream runs from left, by the bird table, across to the pool on the right, we have been growing our own watercress in it.

The cress bed makes a super filter bed, trapping lots of silt,which must be dust from the air.

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 06:49 PM

I feel quite inadequate, five goldfish in a fish tank, had eight originally (about 5 years ago)need something to eat the algae for me, any suggestions welcome, at the moment I have to clean down the glass every week.
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Posted 03 January 2003 - 08:34 PM

Greg,

Your quite right mate, what I should have said was they are very cautious in my area, there are a few ponds in close proximity to me & believe me the Herons are well aware they're not welcome!

You did bring to mind a chat I had with a Trout farm owner on holiday down sarf. He told us of a young Heron that used to get under his netting, eat his fill of Trout then go to sleep. He had to go in & physically move it out :D I think it survived by virtue of it's sheer bloody cheek.
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Posted 03 January 2003 - 08:43 PM

phil dean:
.... need something to eat the algae for me, any suggestions welcome, at the moment I have to clean down the glass every week.

Pleco / Plecostomus are by far the best I've ever had for the job. And when they have all the growth cleaned off tank walls, rocks, etc. you can just feed them some lettuce. Amazing to see the leaves after a pleco has sucked all the "meat" from the thing but left the veins there and intact. They are easy going with community fish but can hold their own with bullies.
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Posted 03 January 2003 - 08:52 PM

Newt:
Pleco / Plecostomus are by far the best I've ever had for the job.  And when they have all the growth cleaned off tank walls, rocks, etc. you can just feed them some lettuce.  Amazing to see the leaves after a pleco has sucked all the "meat" from the thing but left the veins there and intact.  They are easy going with community fish but can hold their own with bullies.

They are an extremely hardy fish, too, in my experience. When I first met my wife, she had a fish tank and I bought her some new fish. They all died, almost immediately. The water was practically poisonous to any living creature! The Pleco she had in there survived and is still alive in her brother's tank to this day.

Can you stick them in ponds, Newt? Bet they'd love my blanket weed!

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 09:05 PM

Phil you may need to review the position of your tank in the room. Direct sunlight is a swine for producing algae on the glass. A more shaded part of the room will prevent any algae excess.
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Posted 03 January 2003 - 11:52 PM

I've got a small Koi and a shubunkin in the house and about 6 carp (ghosts & mirrors) plus a dozen or so goldfish in the pond. I dug the pond which is about 12 or 14 ft long, roughly teardropped shaped as soon as I moved in (six years ago). The carp bred as I saw lots of small 'commons' but they have since vanished, although some could well be hiding in the weed.

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