- - Disappearing Fish
|peterman ||05-29-2009 03:42 PM |
Hi I have a 250 gallon pond and lately I've noticed my 4 goldfish, 2 shubunkin, and 2 koi have just diassappeared without any bodies or evidence. I live in Northern VA and my house is backed up to woods but the woods are no that big probaly only an acre. I am thinking that some kind of predator got them but there are 2 frogs in my pond living just fine. And also a day ago I saw a little garter snake hanging around my pond but i doubt it could eat those fish. The fish were about 3-5 inches long. Please help because there is only one lonely shubunkin in there and I would like to know what probaly got them.
|Lupin ||05-30-2009 05:03 AM |
Could you please post a pic of your pond? How about the frogs and snake? Do you have raccoons, coyotes and herons there? Those are something else you should consider. If possible, try to add a netting there to barricade the pond from access by possible predators.
|onekatietwo ||07-25-2009 09:58 AM |
I would bet raccoons. Where I live, we get them even downtown at night. They go prowl all the alleys for garbage cans. They can really travel. I do a lot of bike riding at night so I end up seeing a lot of them and I've seen them in places where there is no habitat for them for over a mile.
Also, is the pond very close to your house? Could it have been a hawk, falcon, or eagle? Since they can just swoop in, they might not have the issues that a heron might with your dog.
|nomel ||07-27-2009 08:18 PM |
My grandparents had a few goldfish in their backyard waterfall. One morning he came out and there was a 4ft tall egret standing there with the last of the five fish in his mouth then down his throat.
|Fishin Pole ||07-28-2009 06:51 AM |
some neighbors of mine lost about $1000 of Koi in thier pond to feral cats that live around our area.........This all happened in about a 2 week span last summer........They now own a Mastiff that patrols their property and they said they havent seen a cat for a while.......Just a thought, maybe you have an issue with wild cats........
|Big Fish ||08-24-2009 05:38 PM |
I have no real experience with backyard ponds but I can recount a couple of things that happened to friends.
1) RACOONS. They are brazen and fearless and will feast on your fish.
2) If your pond is not 4 feet deep, pretty much anything that can reach in will have a snack. You need to be at least 4' deep so the fish have a chance to get away. It also helps if they have a place to hide in the pond.
3) The TWO LEGGED beast may be taking some stock for his own pond!
Best I can tell you! Set up a handicam with some form of trip and you will get your answer.
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