Shirley the 5th
It's a chore. Every year. Sadly, I can't leave them in the pond, only because it can freeze, thaw, refreeze, depending upon the weather. The first year the (surprise!) babies made it through the year outside. Last year, the frogs kept moving in, I kept moving them out to the natural pond. I can't do that this year as the frog pond is quite dry.
I grabbed all the fish I could, then removed the water plants. These protect the baby fish, and the large, adult fish like to hide under them in the hot sun. They also put oxygen into the water. Once that was done, I captured only 2 big fish, and decided to drain it. Since we are in a drought, I took the opportunity to use the water for some nearby plants, while the main drainage hose (an old piece of defunct garden hose) drains it beside the trees.
Over the years: October can be too cold to be playing in water.
Oct. 7th, 2015: The goldfishies are in!
Oct. 4th, 2014: Fall chores: bringing in goldfish
Sept. 28, 2013: It's that time of year: come on in, goldfish!
Day 1I had helpers. Annabelle didn't like getting her paw wet. Good thing!
I took these fish in, ran back for more. The empty bucket was fair game.
Two elders in, plus 19 babies. More to come...
Day 2 We drained the sucker!
Below you can see the water barrel. I have that hooked up to the eavestrough, and rain runs from there to fill the pond. Rain is forecast later in the day, Saturday, and I am hopeful!
Day 2 brought TWO helpers. You can see that I put the pond weed in the large tub. I put it back in, after I was done.
I have a large water lily plant (above, middle photo), and I am hoping for rain to cover it. It should be OK, as there is some water in the bottom. It has a huge root and produces beautiful flowers. Bye bye, water lily!
And we are done!
Last night (Saturday), it rained, as predicted. Heavily. The goldfish pond is half-full, again, with 13.46 mm (0.53") of blessed rain. (We are still, officially, in a drought.)
It's a full tank, and I'm not sure how long I can sustain it. I'm thinking of putting a few babies back outside!
It's a 60-gallon tank, which is a good size. They do tend to grow to the size of the container. Shirley-the-5th is doing well, although she has turned all-white. I think she is about 5 years old. But I can't remember!