If you missed it on Facebook yesterday, we lost the majority of our catfish over the past couple of days. A long period of hot, dry weather, a pond with too many fish in it, and algae bloom caused the oxygen level in the water to drop too low*. Tuesday morning, the pond was fine, and by Tuesday evening, there were hundreds of dead catfish floating on the surface of the water. We spent two hours Tuesday evening and three hours Wednesday morning scooping dead catfish out of the pond and burying them. A guesstimate is that we lost a total of 400 – 500 fish of all sizes (the huge ones were especially fun to scoop out of the water).
We saw a few fish flitting around while we were scooping, and as of last night there were definitely several still around. Hopefully they hang in there to repopulate the pond – we can’t use “fully stocked catfish pond” as a selling point if there are no fish in there.
All of this is to explain to y’all that I am WIPED OUT and so I’m posting one picture and calling it good enough for today. Back tomorrow with more kitteny cuteness!
*Yes, we know about aerators.
2015: Miz Poo
2014: So, it came as a shock to only a few of you that we’d decided to keep Dennis.
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2011: I love how FS has his big ol’ rabbit feet pressed against Finnegan.
2010: Fostering by the numbers.
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: What a difference five weeks makes.