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"Fish & Chips"





Warning!
 

This post contains scenes not suitable for young children or people with heart conditions. The post contains scenes of death and mass genocide.

 
Remember these guys? well they have been busy! rather too busy as it turns out.

I have had my pond for five years, It is a 900 Gallon stock tank, and I must say it has been brilliant. I have had no trouble with critters due to the steep sides, and apart from cleaning my filter on occasion, it really hasn't been any hassle....until recently, the last three days actually. It all started with a hatch of tadpoles shortly after the recent rain we have had. When I say hatch I mean a hatch of Biblical proportions, it turned the waters black, the clouds darkened, and the birds stopped chirping... this was just the start of the holocaust. I can only assume it has something to do with the drought in Central Texas then the recent rains, the toads just went bananas, I could even hear them during daylight hours, up to their toady shenanigans. That is not the norm!

As with any plague comes death, and subsequently an imbalance in the natural eco-system, my pond is no exception. So far I have lost 5 fish that I have had for years, and I fear more will follow. The spike in oxygen depletion and an erratic build up of ammonia in the water is my current prognosis.

I have had this poor girl for years, now she is buried and pushing up the daises. This was a rather large goldfish. Goodbye silver princess, I promise that your composted remains will be put to good use.

Arrggh! all these tadpoles, and I just got my hair fixed!
 
I love toads as much as the next gardener, but this has got to be dealt with. The pictures do not relay the extent of this "infestation". My filters are clogged with them, the fish can't breath without inhaling them, they are that dense. I needed to do some tadpole culling. I went out today and bought a new fine mesh net to do some skimming and another "sock" net to strap over my water outlet from my pump to catch even more. I also set up the fountain/filter that usually resides in my feeder tank to try to get more oxygen into the tank water as well. It cannot hurt.
My other fish are also not looking good, (shallow breathing and tadpoles attached to them).

Think this but with 5 tadpoles instead of the sucker fish!
 
Poor water quality = poor fish, this is a desperate scene. One I don't wish ever to see again.


This is how many that passed through my filter system in a couple of hours!...stocking, I mean shocking!. The mesh sock seems to be clearing some of them out, I am afraid it is too little too late.
I am going to the Emerald Garden tomorrow to pick up some "Microbe Lift" to try to eat some of the waste material in the pond. Any other suggestions welcome.

 
When I was done thinning out some of the poor tadpoles I noticed this Pompei scene on the hot Texas rocks. It also reminded me of:

Cave men also had filtration issues as it turns out.
This was a caveman's blog image, posted on a wall,
The artist knew it was quicker to paint it 
than use an online modem.

Oh and to top my ponds struggle off, my fish decided this was a good time to hatch as well.....Ahhhhhhh!

"And now for something completely different"...

I am hoping someone can identify these crazy beetles that are buzzing everywhere in my yard right now, I should really know what they are!
I have to execute all manner of erratic dances and head jerks to avoid getting hit by them on my way to my "ratty" shed. I now have whiplash. 

They are also really loud, like June bugs when they "try" to fly, they also have the same navigational issues. I love the metallic green and forms of these bugs, could be inspirational for a new design of a motorbike or car. The color scheme is amazing.
 
...and while we are on the bug subject, this tiny one was having a great time on my citrus tree, are these beneficial or not? What is this little guy?
Other recorded happenings in the yard right now:

Cannas and toad stools blooming after the recent rain.

A natural weave! 

Exploding Dwarf Papyrus.

The Lunar surface all turned over.

I love this shot. This plant has one of these on each of its 4 leafs. I imagine they intend to depart the mother ship soon to root. Perhaps I will give them a helping hand.
 
This lily was half submerged, it looked like sea anenome.
 
Click then click again to see the incredible wing structure of this blue dragonfly.


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earthmother45
Aug. 25th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Your pictures are incredible as usual.

The papyrus is gorgeous!

And from my experience, the little root laden pups of the donkey ears will find their way to the ground. Mine are out of control after three years and I have to thin them out drastically at the end of each summer. After a flower spike and flower comes up and when it's done blooming and dies, that particular mother plant will die also. But you will have dozens of little babies already rooted and growing in the ground. I love succulents and they are my passion!

And here is a great website for identification of dragonflies. They are another passion of mine, and this site has helped me identify so many of them. When you get there, click on the common species list for great pictures and info.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfly

Enjoy the day!
earthmother
east_side_patch
Aug. 25th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Thank you Earthmother.
Donkey's Ears!,so that is what these are. I bought two of pratically every succulent in the nursary, but did I keep the tags? I have learnt my lesson. Appreciate the identification.

I will check out the dragonfly website, this is another area where I need to improve my identification skills! phew! Thanks for this, and for compliments, appreciate it.

Regards,
ESP.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Hi! Love your sense of humor!!!! The Dwarf Papyrus is great! I especially loved the pictures of the dragonfly. Just this season I've started to notice dragonflies and have seen blue, red and a flourescent orange.

Enjoyed the post about the granite gravel too...We had a load delivered in the spring and I also became great friends with my trusty pick and wheelbarrow (the wheelbarrow only when I actually got to dump it where intended! Ha!)

Nice site...will come again. Hope you don't mind but I added a link on my site.

Karla/TheGardenGuide
east_side_patch
Sep. 1st, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Thank you Karla.
Glad you like the pictures of the dragonflys and the papyrus. I also grow the full-sized papyrus, containered naturally, it is a monster.
Decomposed granite is one of my best friends, a lot of my plants grow in it. It is a royal pain to keep humping it from one place to another, but worth it in the long run. I am planning a rather large bed of lavender, so I will be doing it all again next month! aaahhh!
I am glad you like my blog enough to add a link to it..thanks!
I will check yours out too!
Hope to hear from you again soon.
Regards,
ESP.
bohemima
Sep. 6th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
What a great, great post! The pictures are outstanding and your running commentary is great. You're a real breath of fresh air here.
east_side_patch
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you bohemia.
And I added you!
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