|Michael looks a bit surprised at how easy that was|
And so we went fishing!! The wild eyed chap is our mate Michael and the cheezy chap is my next door neighbour Chris who is one of those lunatic trout fishermen.
|Chris may have caught the biggest one|
|An even less sporting way to catch fish|
Unfortunately the flavour of the first ones we cooked was not great and so we have not eaten many of those which were big enough to kill and freeze. They are quite good in a fish curry but not so great when baked or fried.
|not much reward for a LOT of time and effort|
|What a mess|
My biggest surprise at this time however was that at the time I spotted the snake below I also spotted fish in the tank. Clearly I had missed a couple when I did the big clean out in March 2011!!!!!
I will admit to being a bit slack and not doing anything about the fish at the time and I found one dead and floating in the tank not much later. Today I thought I had better do the right thing and so I pumped most of the remaining water out and climbed into the tank wearing waders and with the net I used last time. And I caught another fish which was about 200mm long. It was skinny but not diseased and seemed reasonably active. I said goodbye and floated it onto the big dam. While trying to catch this one I did catch a fish skull in the net so I can see where some of the survivors food has come from . And I can only assume that the fish ate algae and whatever critters were unlucky enough to fall into the tank. I know frogs get in occasionally and I suspect the occasional skink might fall in as well.
A remarkable survival of almost 2 and a half years without supplementary feeding - tough little chaps Silver Perch.
And the snake?
|Hello- Joe Blake|
I have not yet completely demolished the system in the shed but that will happen in the next couple of months as we need the storage space again.
The hydroponics tanks in the conservatory are still going and are a success now that I don't have to worry about keeping fish alive as well. We get a steady supply of greens, peas and chillies which keeps Di happy.