Eric Hammond wrote:Its definitely a lack of fish problem. I dug a pond going on 3 years ago now. Its had ducks from the beginning. Its been fun watching it go through evolution. Frogs were the first to arrive. Last year it got overrun with snails and leeches! We only noticed because tadpoles were dying at an alarming rate and after investigating the tadpoles were covered with leeches. Thousands of them were dying. I guess they come in on bird feet and start reproducing. I put 25 red ear perch and 25 hybrid blue gill along with 2 lbs of fat head minnows in the pond and all the leeches are gone, some snails are there but much more controlled. I did not give the fish any habitat because I could not justifying putting anything into this hole I paid to have material taken out of lol!
D.W. Stratton wrote:
What about the permaculture ethic of fair share and all life being valuable? Don't we have an obligation to these little guys as creatures who manipulate other species so readily? I am distressed frequently by the extent to which we view only the yield as this does not seem to be in keeping with sustainability.