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My name is John Huff. Friends call me Dr. Sir John Huff. I don't want to know what my enemies call me.
Glad to see that the forum is thriving.

Things which have happened to my pond since my last time here:
- One of my pumps failed and I now only have a single bioball filter for my pond. It's too late in the season to add more filtration but next season I will route my shower filter into the same pump line and increase my media capacity.

- Bobcat(s) attacked and ate about 40% of my fish (especially the big colorful ones). Each time I added more netting and I think I may be ok now. I actually saw the bobcat in the pond enclosure one time and found out where he was coming and going. I'll do a final check of the netting before the weather gets too cold. Not only did the bobcat eat the fish, he/she thrashed the plants while doing so.

- My favorite fish dealer went out of business and I no longer have access to the wonderfully colorful koi that he and only he carried.

- 3-4 of my medium size fish died over Spring and I don't know why. They looked completely healthy.

- I'm working towards minimum maintenance. The problem remains cleaning the mechanical filters. I've added more filters so that it takes longer for them to clog up.

- I found the leak in my pond. It was in the waterfall. Don't know where in the waterfall but I bypassed it and the leaking stopped. There still is a little leakage but it's minor enough that I consider it just an easy way to do a little water change.

- Because my favorite fish dealer is gone, I've stocked up the pond with simple 35 cent feeder fish. They seem to be doing well and are a lively part of the fish community.

- Alongside the fish, I've managed to befriend a family of whitetail rabbits, a few squirrels, blue jays and robins. I hope they stick around during the winter.

So what have you guys been doing?
 

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Dr. Sir John Huff WELCOME back!

So sorry to hear of all your trials and tribulations.......................
 
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Welcome back to the forum! :) Sorry to hear about the bobcat attack, that must have been awful for you. You've missed quite a lot since you were last here! Sadly Meyer Jordan passed away at the end of last year, we all miss his input.
 
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Bobcats! Holy cow! I think that's the first time we've heard of that happening! You've had lots of challenges for sure - glad to hear that things have settled down, at least for now! And welcome back!
 

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Darn bobcats! I see them around here sometimes when out walking or riding my bike. They are scaredy cats of me.
Hope you get your pond secure enough to keep them out. I had trouble w/a tailless racoon a short while back. Had to reinforce around the bottom of my net w/higher wire fencing and attach the net to it tighter. Also added some short spikes to some short boards on one area where they were getting in at. They don't like walking on pin cushions! So far so good!
 
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Bobcats are the next bald eagles where they are no longer endangered. They're on the watch list for endangered species but they are silently coming back more so then people realize. The missing small dog or cat posters on the telephone pole is probably a testament to coyotes and bobcats. A deeper pond should take care of the bobcats hanging around.
 
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Hello. A bobcat at your pond, sorry but I do think bobcats are lovely, I would also love to see one. Pity it took your fish thought, it would have been nice if it only took a drink and then went on its way.
 
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Hi Dr. Sir John,
I’m a newer member since you last posted and agree, this is a fine forum. Oh yeah, I fully support the lower maintenance approach! Take care,
Stephen
 
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Hi John. Great to see you back! :) Sorry about losing your fish. We have had bobcats in Chicago. They wander down the railroad tracks from Wisconsin. It's the same route coyotes and other animals take.
 
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IT'S funny we were talking about Bobcats just last night. As we flushed one out today as we were restoring one of the work areas and this is who popped out and crossed the road he was a big boy
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I have never heard of a bobcat killing anyone. seriously maim maybe they are ferocious hunters but they a limited bite similar to a house cat. they can jump up probably higher then just about any other animal but they don't have the strength
 

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Bobcats are big and scary looking. The one I saw (about 5 yards away) was the size of a Labt. Imagine your cat that big. It could do serious damage. It was big enough that I didn't dare walk outside when I saw it.
 
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Ok second dumb look in two days what in the word is a labt? ohhh or is it typo and LAB AH GOTCHA yes this guy was the size of a medium sized dog like a lab but he climbed a blasted out section of ledge 20 feet high straight wall like it was no big deal what so ever
 

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