on friday we took on the dreaded task of cleaning out our big backyard fishpond.
in all the years we have had it (13) we have never had to clean out the entire thing.
and i hope i never have to again.
since last summer it had gotten so cloudy, that you couldn't even see the fish anymore...which is the whole point.
we had to empty all the water into giant stock tanks.
we borrowed most of them from friends. (thanks joan & alden, and van!)
we also ended up buying one with another friend who also has to clean out his fish pond.
sorry if you lived in our neighborhood and smelled that nasty stench on friday...
pumping all that water out smelled disgusting!
we then transferred the fish one by one into the stock tanks while we dug out all the muck and silt from the bottom.
they even touched the fish that were in the tanks.
we let all the muck from the tank water settle to the bottom and them pumped off the top stuff to put back in the pond, mixed in with some city water.
you have to have around 3/4 of the original water, or the fish can't survive. it contains good bacteria that they need.
the guy helping is our friend ...my surrogate teenagers dad.
he has two giant fish ponds too, which means we get to help him when he does the same thing.
sophie and lawson wanted to come back to watch, and amy was nice enough to take pictures for me since i was catching fish and was covered in muck. THANKS AMY!!
i should probably warn you that these aren't just little gold fish. they are obnoxiously huge koi with a few large goldfish.
a lot of people always ask if we know how big they are, so while we were moving them back, we took the time to measure them.
i wouldn't let them weigh them though...i didn't want to hurt them. (yes corey, i am aware they are tough!)
no one else seemed to be brave enough to hop in with them, so i go the job.
i really tried not to think about it.
i would corral them over to the boys with the net and then they would measure them.
some of them didn't even care.
this picture was taken right after one of them decided he didn't want to have anything to do with being caught.
the biggest one, which we call beluga, measured in at 31 inches long and 9 inches wide. CRAZY!!!
you had to carry them from the bottom.
i 'm glad it's over...i think the fish are too.
it looks so much better.
and so did i after a much needed shower.
miley thanked lawson for his help with kisses.
they had all hatched!
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