Pond Myth #1: Will Predators Eat My Goldfish & Koi ?
There is a constant fear in Morris County NJ among our existing customers and those looking to jump into the water garden hobby that raccoons and other four-legged pond predators will go swimming in your backyard pond, and while they’re in there, they’ll help themselves to some of your prize koi, shubunkin, or goldfish. When you go out to your pond in the morning and discover you’re missing a fish or two, it’s very tempting to blame it on such critters, especially if you didn’t see it happen. There has to be a reasonable explanation, and predators are as good as any, right?
Fish Caves? …What is a Fish Cave?
Crevices, or miniature caves, can be created within the rock walls of your pond. During new pond construction in Morris County NJ, install large pieces of pipe that are hidden and covered with boulders into the walls of the pond to create tunnels or caves and overhang larger sized rocks so that fish can quickly find a place to hide if they feel threatened.
The one predator in New Jersey with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. These tall, long-legged, big-beaked birds can easily wade into your pond, help themselves to any of your prized fish they think look tasty, and fly away with their bellies full. They are a protected species in New Jersey, so they are off-limits if you’re thinking about taking revenge on them. There are many ways to deter this persistent predator from getting our pond fish, talking about these deterrents requires more reading. See our blog:
The possibility of pond predators seeking out your pond is, indeed, a valid concern in terms of the safety of your pond’s inhabitants, but the possibility shouldn’t be a reason to avoid building a pond.
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