Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
My pond, HELP! I love my 500litre pond and again this winter it took a hemmering from thick ice. Being small, I can't stop the ice and I have no electrics to it as it's far from the house.
I went to check it out this morning, the water is black and stinky with an oily film on the surface. I removed 10 dead toads and frogs and I know there are still some on the bottom which I can't see.
Having cleared as many dead amphibians and leaf and plant as poss, I'm not sure what to do next. Am tempted to empty it and change the water but I have quite a few crested and other newts living in it. does anyone have any idea what I can do to bring my pond back to full health and what happends if I can't find all the dead things?
One idea is to turn it into a bog garden because I do get so fed up with the herons nicking the fish and having to wire round it which makes the pond so hard to enjoy as I can't easily get to the edge.
- 26 Jan, 2011