I am sorry to report that many of our goldfish died this winter. The heavy snows, high winds and polar vortex combined have taken a significant toll on our aquatic life.
The pond heater did it’s best to keep some water open under the canopy that shelters the unit from wind. Extremely cold temperatures created thick ice. Persistent high winds filled in the pond basin with deep snow restricting air flow.
Most of our larger fish and one unfortunate frog have fed the crows. Some had been our friends for many seasons. We will miss them.
At least one sizable fish is still alive. This gives me hope that others may also remain along with their smaller kindred.
We will wait with hope until the weather warms enough to remove the heater and de-muck the basin.