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Old 05-03-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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Being home, I have walked my trails most days...I jump from project to project...and, now, regular maintenance like mowing. I visit the pond, or, at least, walk past it a few times a day. The frogs still get startled and dive underwater when I approach.

Today, I was standing on the lower edge where I am closer to the water's surface...when I saw them. At first, I assumed they were tadpoles, even though my mind immediately told me they were fish. I didn't want to get my hopes up.

Fish fry. Babies. I was shocked, but thrilled to see them. Now, where did they come from...and what kind are they? The most likely answer is they are descendants of the minnows I put in that I purchased from a bait shop. I was almost certain they all had died over the first two or three days after I put them in. I did acclimate them first...but I figured they were for bait and were likely not very hardy having been raised crowded together (yet with plenty of oxygenated water)...or, my water did not have high enough oxygen for them despite the recirculating pump. I counted the bodies floating to the surface...and I guess it is possible that 2 or even a few survived. This seems most likely. The other possibility is that they were brought here as eggs stalk to a bird visiting another pond.

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Time will tell if they mature, and I can identify them. Hopefully, I have a record of the fish I added.

I had wanted black-nosed dace which my dentist recommended, but the bait shop didnt carry them. When the quarantine is lifted, and social distancing is no longer an issue, my dentist is supposed to share some black-nosed dace and some bluegills with me (I guess he never got around to it last year).

Originally, I didn't plan on adding fish, but I have always loved watching them ate the various bodies of water I have visited where I could see them. They provide so much added interest...and another step in the food web--if they attract king fishers and/or herons, so be it. When digging out the pond, I created a ledge or two for fish to hide and evade predators. I just hope there can be a balance.
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I am thrilled to have them. I hope I can watch them grow...and hope they will be self-sustaining.
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Proud daddy are weeeeee. I'm so happy for you!
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Old 05-03-2020, 07:59 PM   #3
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Cool, I have heard of fish coming in with birds. I think maybe even some birds bring fish to ponds to increase their food sources. Dont remember where I heard that so take it with a grain of salt, but it stuck with me.
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Nature is so amazing. Especially when we’re leaving it alone or giving it a tiny leg up.
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Proud daddy are weeeeee. I'm so happy for you!


I really am thrilled!

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Cool, I have heard of fish coming in with birds. I think maybe even some birds bring fish to ponds to increase their food sources. Dont remember where I heard that so take it with a grain of salt, but it stuck with me.
I like that idea...but, yes, I will take it with a grain of salt...maybe I will.even look it up some day.

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Yes, it is amazing.

That said, it is entirely possible that these are descended from a couple survivors from.my bait shop purchase.

I guess I will know more if I find that they are a different species than what I purchased. I have yet to see them again...the water is not very clear beyond a couple of inches. I guess I was pretty lucky to see them at all!
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You really are rewilding your little patch of the world. Good going!
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Thank you, Rebek!

I am thrilled. ...and, despite my frustration with battling invasives and the delay in getting my meadow spread over the entire field, I have had a lot of successes.
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Very cool. I'll be interested in how they mature, if they're not already mature. Yeah, off a birds leg as seeds, or those minnows from the pon's past; good mystery!!! But congrats!!!! Nice when the wildlife arrives!!!
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Very cool. I'll be interested in how they mature, if they're not already mature. Yeah, off a birds leg as seeds, or those minnows from the pon's past; good mystery!!! But congrats!!!! Nice when the wildlife arrives!!!
I can't wait to see them mature, too. They definite look very young to me.

Thanks. I am excited.

...unfortunately, I have not seen them since...the water is not very clear, and I assume they are not at the surface often.
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