I set up my pond early in the summer and a Yaupon Holly Tree shades it. The tree just sprouted full of red berries, some of which I am sure will fall in the pond, either by themselves or from the birds eating them. Are these toxic to fish?
That's good to know, DrCase. I lost a few fish in the last week with no indication of what went wrong. I've been chasing down a few theories, and that was one of them. The city sprayed for mosquitoes in an adjacent neighborhood, so that's my next suspect. It wasn't close enough to initially get my attention, but thinking maybe it has affected them because I'm running out of ideas. :/ I did a 20% water change 3 days running and now 48 hours without a fish demise, so hoping that stopped the problem.
I did a quick Google search and found they can be used to sedate or kill fish.
The article did not say. It basically said American Indians used them to sedate or kill fish before catching them and eating them. It's in the first link in Fails post. Page 1, second column, at the top.Did the fish have to eat the Berries to be sedated ?
Just wondering , I have netted out a bunch of them in the past that sunk to the bottom of the pond.
I cut the holly back really hard over the last 2 seasons, so I don't get as many in the water any more
Last winter, I had a flock of hundreds of birds descend upon my Yaupon holly‘s full of red berries and in a matter of two days thousands upon thousands of the berries were completely stripped by the birds.I set up my pond early in the summer and a Yaupon Holly Tree shades it. The tree just sprouted full of red berries, some of which I am sure will fall in the pond, either by themselves or from the birds eating them. Are these toxic to fish?
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