25 verses 47 in 2017 !!!! I attribute the lower numbers to my Parrots Feather dying, so there were less plants in the pond for the young ones to hide.\n\nWe really lowered the water before I got in with my waders, but it was still difficult. There is always one that defies every attempt to be caught flipping and flying through the air !\n\nIt did give me an opportunity to inspect the pond, remove organics and clean the pumps and waterfall. I've lifted the lily pots for now and will work on them over the next few days. I never ran my UV light this year and frankly didn't do much maintenance except back wash the sand & gravel filter weekly and clean the skimmer leaf basket and filter pads every few days. I think hanging the net over the pond , while unsightly, kept a lot of debris from getting in the pond.\n\nRefilling the pond and waiting for the nursery to open, so I can take the 25 youngins to their new home....good to be done !