Koi Pond Pondering...........

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    We have a nice little Koi Pond in the backyard. We added some goldfish and others to it, and today found some critter (we are thinking a raccoon maybe) got in it and ate a lot of the fish.

    Without having to put a fence around it, how do we keep the critters out?


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    Shotgun and a case of beer.
     
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    A small electric wire fence is the only way to keep critters out.
    Stakes around the pond fairly close together and close to the ground and about 4 inches high.
    You can still get to the pond and have access.
    Turn off the power when you want to just sit around and enjoy it. :)
     
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    part of the natural order of things.
     
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    You can put a lightweight pond net over it or they sell the Scarecrow motion detector.
     
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    Echo,

    Raccoons and snakes are the two biggest problems with home ponds. And goldfish are east prey. they are small enough and stupid. you know what else is a potential predator, a neighborhood cat. they love to fish.

    Snakes or racoons you aren't keeping out. you could put a netting, but that destroys your view and snakes will still get through it.

    here's a little garter snake eating a baby shebunkin from my pond

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    here's a partial view of my pond.

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    oh, birds could do it too. I had a blue heron take out at least 50 in about 20 minutes
     
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    You could stock the pond with piranha.......
     
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    wow nice pond...i would love a pond like that.....takes a lot of work....a small pond is just a holding tank for predators
     
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    yea, it is a lot of work. as a mattet of fact tomorrow i'm draining it and cleaning it. i built a pvc fram and cover it in the fall with netting to keep the leaves out. but a bunch get in anyway. plus, the lilly pads grow like mad and every few years i have to thin them out. 2 years ago i pulle out 10 cubic feet of roots. it's 16' x 24' and 5 1/2 feet deep. so everything winters over fine. it's like a built in pool. I dug it by hand when i was young and foolish lol
     
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    Raccoon's are very smart critters. I've had them around here for years and I've taken to live trapping them and relocating them several miles away along a river bank. Still have some as there is a den tree in the back yard.

    If you do try to trap them in a cage use marshmallows as bait, they love that. You may have to glue the mellow to the trigger though because a coon is very smart. Put a line of mellows in to the wire cage and when he/she tries to eat the one on the trigger ... bang you got a live coon. Then take it out somewhere and release.
     

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