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NFC: Fw: Re: Duckweed Away
Duckwed Update FYI
----- Forwarded Message -----
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 21:48:35 -0400
Subject: Re: Duckweed Away
I'd watch out with putting in duckweed eating fish
- I also thought about that & asked Bob Rice of the Native Fish Conservancy
council ( www.nativefish.org ) &
although there are some pretty good duckweed eating fish, some of them will also
eat everything else - including your gazillions of tiny fish. - I'd check at the
native fish website before dropping in any weed eaters.
The ducks should eat the weed if they are wild
ducks (As long as you don't feed them bread etc! ) if they're domesticated ducks
they'll look nice, but not help with your work.
Bob & I have stocked my pond with a few native
Floridian fish fry that will eat some weed & we've also planted some grasses
that will grow in preference to the algae & weed when the fertilizer off
everyone's lawns runs off into the pond again this year.
So far I've not had to work on the pond since
Christmas & I've had my 1st crop of apples & blueberries fertilized by
the 50 wheelbarrowloads of weed & algae that I removed last year
Good Luck with your skimming.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 3:09
Subject: Duckweed Away
I read about your inventions with appreciation
and optimistic anitcipation. We have (although of recent I
struggle with the present tense) a beautiful pond which, until this year, was
duckweed free. It seems to grow more duckweed by the hour. Like
you, we have spent hours trying to harvest the surface, but to no avail.
We will most definitely try your invention.
We have approximately 200 brown and rainbow
trout, 20 ducks and gazillions of tiny fish, (the origin and names of which we
do not know). If you have similar pond inhabitants and have found
a compatible duckweed eating fish, we'd sure like to hear.
In any event, thank you for the time you took to
innovate and for sharing.
Ellen & Paul