Way back when we started the pond in 2009 I bought 8 fish. The charts said my pond could sustain up to 15 but the store talked me out of buying more.
I know why.
There are close to 40 fish in my pond. There have been losses along the way. Predators got a few. I euthanized one. At least two died of unknown reasons.
Last year I gave away quite a few. Yet I always have 40 fish.
In the past few weeks I saw several small fry. That’s baby fish. They are less than an inch. They are a protective dark color, stay deep and are hard to see.
Yesterday I saw the signs again. I have a 10” white goldfish. Very pretty but she must have been spraying her pheromones because there was a trail of suitors nipping at her butt. Ah yes, more babies to come.
I have discussed contraception with my crew. Explained about overpopulation in a pond. However, love (and lust) cannot be contained.
I cut off the wine and cheese happy hours. Stopped the romantic music yet it continues.
In nature there is a theory that overpopulation brings infertility. Can’t prove it by my pond! I have a horny crew.