What are some stupid* things you've done (that DIDN'T hurt fish or pond?)

Mmathis

TurtleMommy
Joined
Apr 28, 2011
Messages
9,806
Reaction score
5,628
Location
NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
* "stupid" = not well thought out in advance

I'll start. I had some clear plastic round ornaments that I wanted to float in the pond so they'd look like bubbles. Got bored with that, so decided to put some fish food inside one, thinking that the food would slowly flow out and the fish could self-feed.

Imagine my horror when next I checked, to find that the ornament WAS FILLED TO CAPACITY WITH GOLDFISH! They swam through the tiny opening to get at the food, kept going in, kept going in, and kept going in. They couldn't get out. I was able to free them all, no injuries, but just grateful I found them when I did. Silly fish! STUPID Mom!

I don't recall how many fish there were in there, but more than I would EVER have thought possible.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Mar 10, 2013
Messages
292
Reaction score
103
Location
NE Penna.
Turtle - that is so funny! I love that.

Dumbest thing - why do I think DH has done a bunch of things and said to the kids 'don't tell your Mom'? I know when we were setting up this spring, I caught him spraying a paint can over the water to see if it would spray. The paint landed on top of the water - yes, I did have a fit on him and no, none of the fish were impacted.
 
Joined
Apr 24, 2011
Messages
114
Reaction score
10
Location
west of Jupiter Florida
While building a fence to hide the filter systems droped a pluged in electric drill into a running 70 gallon skippy filter . Much to my suprise no harm to the fish in the pond and after a few days drying the drill still works.
 

j.w

I Love my Goldies
Joined
Feb 1, 2010
Messages
26,408
Reaction score
15,892
Location
Arlington, Washington
Hardiness Zone
USDA 8a
Country
United States
I dug my first pond in a little corner area right up next to the front of our house and was halfway down to the depth I wanted the pond to be and ran into big septic pipes. Decided to just let the pipes be covered w/ the liner as a big hump in the middle and dug lower on each side of the pipes. Left it that way for a few yrs and started wondering what would happen if we ever had trouble w/ those pipes what would I do w/ the pond. Sooooooo not wanting to take any chances dug a new bigger pond on the other side of the walkway w/ no septic pipes. Actually came out better by getting the bigger pond but just should have done so in the beginning as my back would not have been put through the double trouble of it all.

Old pond:



New pond:

 
Joined
Apr 10, 2010
Messages
3,219
Reaction score
1,291
Location
Phoenix AZ
Composted "cold" charcoal from the grill. Pretty close to burning down the shop.

Cutting a cast iron sewer pipe under a house. The rate of cutting slows down...wondering why when there's the sudden hissing of escaping gas. Pretty close to blowing up my friend's house.

I remain the luckiest person on the planet.
 
Ad

Advertisements

addy1

water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins
Moderator
Joined
Jun 23, 2010
Messages
35,998
Reaction score
20,634
Location
Frederick, Maryland
Hardiness Zone
6b
Country
United States
HTH said:
I talked about culling fish on Ko Ko's! Does that count ?
most likely, never been there, but sounds like they don't like the word cull

When digging our pond, I ran into something stronger than dirt, kept hitting it with the bucket, finally decided to climb down see what I was digging up.................our septic tank, we had no clue where it was.......... Luckily no damage to it. The stream waterfalls right over the outflow pipe, I found while digging the one corner, luckily learned by then to be a little gentler when the sound of the bucket hitting something changed.
 

Mmathis

TurtleMommy
Joined
Apr 28, 2011
Messages
9,806
Reaction score
5,628
Location
NW Louisiana -- zone 8b
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
Carolyn22 said:
Turtle - that is so funny! I love that.

Dumbest thing - why do I think DH has done a bunch of things and said to the kids 'don't tell your Mom'? I know when we were setting up this spring, I caught him spraying a paint can over the water to see if it would spray. The paint landed on top of the water - yes, I did have a fit on him and no, none of the fish were impacted.
Thought of you today as I was spray painting some PVC pipe. I made sure to stay away and downwind from the pond :)
 

HTH

Howard
Joined
Jun 10, 2011
Messages
1,571
Reaction score
783
Location
Oklahoma Panhandle USA
addy1 said:
most likely, never been there, but sounds like they don't like the word cull
It is a forum where people are very attached to their fish and can not imagine anyone murdering one. A nice forum really with nice people etc. But it was very much the wrong thing to say.
 

JoaniePA

Joanie
Joined
Sep 11, 2009
Messages
197
Reaction score
28
Location
Southeastern PA - Zone 6B
I have a small water pump with a hose running from it that I use to weave between rocks for a dripping effect on one side of the pond. I was doing some maintenance and had unplugged the pump, pulled the hose out from the rocks, and left the outflow end in the garden. Hubby came along and saw it unplugged. Trying to be helpful, he plugged it back in. You guessed it, the pond emptied over night and we found all the fish hunkered into a pool of water at the pump level. Thank goodness the pump wasn't sitting on the bottom of the pond!!
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
15
Reaction score
9
Location
O' Fallon, MO - Zone 5B
Hardiness Zone
5B
Country
United States
My floating water plants would always drift to the skimmer inlet. I thought I would stake them on the other side of the pond with a bamboo stake. As I was trying to push the stake into solid ground I released, just in time, that my pond has a liner. Glad I stopped before poked a hole in it. :ugh:
 

sissy

sissy
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
31,804
Reaction score
14,750
Location
Axton virginia
Hardiness Zone
7A
Country
United States
well stupid here just hit a branch on my tree mowing and knocked me backwards right off my riding mower .good enough .Nothing to do with the pond but a good one :cheerful: and not gonna try that again
 
Joined
Oct 9, 2012
Messages
6,275
Reaction score
2,796
Location
Plymouth
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United Kingdom
As a young boy staying at friends of my Mum and Dad ( before the divorce ) and playing with their son a boy of my age , I ended up doing a header straight into their goldfish pond trying to get a ball bavk out of the water without them knowing it had been their much to say both of us got grounded for the day.
I often wonder if this is where my love of fish comes from lol.


rgrds

Dave
 

koiguy1969

GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!
Joined
Dec 15, 2008
Messages
10,587
Reaction score
6,375
Location
Michigan zone 5b
left water going on water change...got sidetracked and forgot...caught it before any problems arose tho!
was testing waterfall, and got called in for a phone call...lost track of what i was doing and pumped a couple hudred gals of water under my liner. bought a "drill motor" pump, wiggled a hose under liner and fixed it fairly easily.
 

HTH

Howard
Joined
Jun 10, 2011
Messages
1,571
Reaction score
783
Location
Oklahoma Panhandle USA
koiguy1969 said:
left water going on water change...got sidetracked and forgot...caught it before any problems arose tho!
was testing waterfall, and got called in for a phone call...lost track of what i was doing and pumped a couple hudred gals of water under my liner. bought a "drill motor" pump, wiggled a hose under liner and fixed it fairly easily.
I think I floated a liner once. But I have left the hose running enough times to loose count. Last time was last night. We had pulled enough lilies out to lower the water level maybe 5 inches. I woke up at 3AM and ran out to turn it off. Water is chlorinated and I run the hose into the water agitated by the air so the fish do not sit with their nose next to the hose.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Apr 14, 2013
Messages
15
Reaction score
9
Location
O' Fallon, MO - Zone 5B
Hardiness Zone
5B
Country
United States
koiguy1969 said:
left water going on water change...got sidetracked and forgot...caught it before any problems arose tho!
was testing waterfall, and got called in for a phone call...lost track of what i was doing and pumped a couple hudred gals of water under my liner. bought a "drill motor" pump, wiggled a hose under liner and fixed it fairly easily.
I'm guilty of this as well, but thankfully have a high water drain in my skimmer.

HTH said:
I think I floated a liner once. But I have left the hose running enough times to loose count. Last time was last night. We had pulled enough lilies out to lower the water level maybe 5 inches. I woke up at 3AM and ran out to turn it off. Water is chlorinated and I run the hose into the water agitated by the air so the fish do not sit with their nose next to the hose.
That's a lot of lilies! :regular_waving_emot
 
Joined
Oct 9, 2012
Messages
6,275
Reaction score
2,796
Location
Plymouth
Hardiness Zone
7a
Country
United Kingdom
This is not a pond tale but it is to do with fish ......
A friend of mine lived in and owned the top floor flat in a converted house.
He was having an illegal puff of the magic herb and getting right into it with the decent music playing (rock).
Much to say time went by and he fogot totally about the fact he was topping up his 4ft tank in the living room.
All of a sudden there was a hectic knocking at door at the bottom of his stairs so he went down opened the door and there stood both the next floor flat owner and the ground floor flat owner shouting at him that his flat had develoed a burst pipe.
That instant he was hit by the sudden clarity of oh S*** I've forgotten I was topping up the tank lol.
Much to say he pretended to get a plumber in and went around making pipe noises by tapping the wrench against it.
He also had to help dry his neighbours flats as well, hiring two dehumidifiers to do the job .
Never again when doing a water change did he partake of the magic herb it quit frankly cost him to much lol

rgrds

Dave
 
Joined
Mar 10, 2013
Messages
292
Reaction score
103
Location
NE Penna.
HTH said:
I think I floated a liner once. But I have left the hose running enough times to loose count. Last time was last night. We had pulled enough lilies out to lower the water level maybe 5 inches. I woke up at 3AM and ran out to turn it off. Water is chlorinated and I run the hose into the water agitated by the air so the fish do not sit with their nose next to the hose.
I thought I had a lot of waterlilies at 20 pots....
 
Joined
May 16, 2012
Messages
605
Reaction score
56
Location
Hanover, Pa
hmmm... one year I had bought a few fish and was fairly excited to find a black koi of some type, still fairly small, I placed them into the pond and watched for a few days. The black fish was difficult to see against the black liner unless I was feeding and it came to the surface. One day I noticed I didn't see it anymore, looking frantically and feeding fish to see if it would show, I happen to look across the pond and saw my bullfrog. Yes I thought the unthinkable, so I grabbed my net and scooped him up and pried its mouth open. To know avail did I find signs or remnants of my fish. A few days later I was cleaning my prefilter basket on my pump and found the bugger, dead unfortunately. It must have gotten too close to my skimmer inlet, brushes and net and got sucked in..
 
Ad

Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top