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Opa
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19 May 2017
11:54:11am

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I have a small pond with Roaches, Grundels and some other wild fish that I caught fishing. Last year my son in law gave me 7 small Koi and they fit in just nicely. Usually the pond roses are up by now and cover most of the water surface hiding the fish from view. This spring has been a little on the not so sunny side and there are only a couple of leaves that have come up.

Last week I came home from work and looked outside at my pond. There was a thick milky-oily substance covering the entire surface. I went outside to have a look and could see the large footprints of my favorite bird, A grey Heron. He emptied my entire pond except for the smaller young fish. So now all I have are thousands of tadpoles and Dragonfly larvae food. I donĀ“t think I like Herons anymore.

Going fishing
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AGKING
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19 May 2017
01:00:24pm
re: Empty pond

I did a double take on the roaches part Happy Thank you Google

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19 May 2017
01:17:35pm
re: Empty pond

Heron Decoys are widely available to prevent fish loss. Heron like to hunt and fish alone and will not stop by a pond that already has a heron in it.

The decoy has to be visible and you will probably need to move it around a bit once a week or so. (My wife and I owned a wholesale tropical fish company and later a retail pet shop. Koi and pond fish have also been in our backyard pond for two decades.)

It also helps if your pond is deeper than 24", giving the fish a deeper place to get away from the predators. And of course having a decent amount of plant cover also helps. There are also fake koi decoys you can buy. The idea is that the herons will always go for the easy catch and while doing so warn the real fish to hide.

Herons are pretty easy to deal with, but kingfishers can really clean out a pond too. Kingfishers seem much more persistent and harder to simply scare away.
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