Each year, I end up stocking the ponds with several dozen goldfish. This year, I have a breeding pair of goldfish who have escaped the birds, snakes and raccoons. I hope to have more baby fish. I will still have to restock the smaller ponds.
Yesterday while we were eating dinner, our domestic ducks were in the pond. The wild ducks arrived to find the pond occupied. Mr. Wild Duck immediately left in a huff. Mrs. Wild Duck looked over my three attractive male ducks and settled in for a visit while wiggling her tail suggestively. She stayed for about fifteen minutes before leaving to join her mate.
The ponds are relatively low maintenance. They grow a slimy plant in the hot summer. If I pull the slimy plant out, it makes a nice mulch and plant food for the roses. If the slimy plant doesn’t get pulled out, it disintegrates during the winter. It may help the goldfish to hide from predators. As far as I can see, the ponds are healthy with almost no maintenance. They look a little ugly in August, but we can’t all be at our best all the time. If I had the energy, I might hook up my small pump to water my roses with the nutrient-rich pond water in August, while filling the ponds with a garden hose. On the other hand, the ponds work with no maintenance other that occasionally installing new plants and restocking with fish.