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I hope there wasn't anything I had to do today, because I got distracted by the fishpot, outside.

This is a big pot that I filled last year with a couple of waterlilies, an oxygenating plant, a small solar powered pump, and three shubunkin goldfish.

The fish disappeared quite quickly, I assumed the birds had found them.

A month or so ago, I noticed the pump had stopped working and the water was...slimey. So I siphoned some of the water, fished out some of the slime, ordered a new pump and then just ignored everything.

Until today, when I saw a fish.


So. Action stations!

1. I fished out some more of the slime.

2. I tested all the water parameters, and the water is pretty much perfect except for really high pH, which is now being rectified. It might also be too hard...but as I've added tap water (pH neutral and quite soft), some stuff in a jar that lowers pH, and a lump of wood (lowers both pH and hardness) those things should be okay fairly soon.

3. I carefully put a little bit of fertiliser in the waterlily pots.

4. I did this wearing a disposable glove that comes up to my armpit, the sort that vets use to help deliver baby calves.

5. The thumb of the glove filled up with water, I guess they don't expect to find gravel up cow uterusses (uterii?). I gave up on the glove.

6. I added gravel to keep some of the mud down.

7. I installed the new pump.

8. I tidied up outside, then, given I was already coated in slimy biological material, messed about with the tropical tank for a few minutes.

9. I showered thoroughly.

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 23rd, 2016 06:54 am (UTC)
So a fish actually managed to hide and thrive? That is freaking awesome.
Sep. 23rd, 2016 10:17 am (UTC)
I second that thought, Sal!
Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:11 am (UTC)
I recall seeing those huge Chinese type of vases/pots outside of art galleries and restaurants, containing a waterlilly and a few goldfish and wondered if fish survived in that environment. Obviously they do :)
Sep. 23rd, 2016 10:21 am (UTC)
It is so good to know just what steps to take when needed, isn't it? That fish is a real survivor but obviously all the perks for survival were in place. Had the fish grown, do you think? Will you start feeding it fish food or is there enough insect life out there to keep it going?(there must have been!).
Sep. 24th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
Unbelievable how the fish survived.
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