Hello. I am desperate for advice. A wall behind my patio pond is going to be demolished.


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My neighbours are having an extention built and need to dismantle an adjoining wall which is about 30 cm behind my patio pond. It will be replaced with a fence. I am concerned that the noise/vibration and dust etc will affect my 3 x 9 inch goldfish. I have carpet underlay and a winter cover for the pond, would that help? I hope someone out there can help. Thank you.
 

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Not sure about the carpet underlay but some type of cover to keep dust, etc out is great. I have put a tarp over mine pond when we had tree cutting going on.
 

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Hello and welcome!

Wow, those are huge goldfish! How long will it take them to do the dismantling and rebuilding? I would think that a tarp over the pond during the work would be adequate to keep debris out. Not sure about the vibration factor. Be sure to have a bubbler or some way to keep air flowing through the water. As an alternative, you could fix up a temporary tank or tote for them to live in until the work is done.
 

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I'm thinking that the fish won't like it but I don't think it will harm them. I would definitely put a cover over the top to keep out the debris and dust. They will get over the noise and vibration after it's all over eventually.
 
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Can you relocate them for the duration of the project? That patio pond doesn't look too cumbersome to move with a couple strong people to pick it up and set it on a dolly. Transfer water + fish to bathtub. Remove remaining water. Relocate container. Transfer water and fish back to container.
 
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Years ago we had our roof replaced, with our little 600 gallon pond located right up against the house. The roofers laid several sheets of plywood across the top of the pond as they dismantled the old roof, with many of the 10-pound concrete shingles sliding off onto the plywood. After the work was finished (about 5 days) the plywood was removed and the fish were just fine. I would place something rigid - like plywood - across the top to protect the fish from an errant brick, with a tarp over the wood to protect from dust. Good luck...
 
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Thank you so much for your reply. I feel much happier now. Will do as you did . Being a small 60 gallon pond, there is an internal pump with bubble/fountain so the fish will have plenty of air.
 

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