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[Live-foods] OT probably - daphnia pond legal situation
I have had a daphnia pond on the side of my front porch for the last two or
three years. It is about 80 gallons and is above ground. I've cultured it
with old aquarium water and calcium and fed the daphnia. The culture was
thriving. There was a solid mat of duck weed on the surface.
In August I had the roof replaced. The Mexican crew removed three layers of
roofing, tore off the deteriorated decking and replaced the decking and
roofing. By coincidence, the worst part of the whole house was the 10' section
right above the pond. They were rough but did a fine job on the roof. They
dropped some old shingles and decking in the pond which I removed. Nothing
Yesterday the gutter guy put up new gutters. The old gutters were gone on
that side of the house, all he had to do was install new ones and put the
screen on top. Since the ladders would be at an angle anyway, there is no reason
the pond should have been in the way.
The short story is he claims he fell in the pond and decided to empty it and
move it. He stated that he thought is was just full of rain water. I had
not checked that side of the home and he was the one who brought it up to me
on the phone this morning. I have since found neighbors who witnessed him
The pond is dry as a bone. The culture is destroyed and the algae growing
on the sides is dried.
Frankly, I am upset and am trying to put this in to perspective. I want to
decide what the damages are and decide a course of action. I am not paying
him until I sort this out. I see no justification for him moving the pond at
all. Everyone's thoughts and opinions are welcome.
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
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