A sad tail

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The water in the winter pond is as clear as glass. At this time of year, when the weeds have sunk to the bottom to escape the ice and the various algae have ceased to bloom in the sun, you can see the fish in perfect detail. I have been spending a lot of time fish-watching lately, as there is a sick fish in my son’s pond. He does not need clear water to be seen as he spends all of his time on the surface. For a few days, he was floating, belly up.

The golden orfe developed a slight kink in the tail a couple of years ago. We did the research. There was no way of knowing what was causing the problem; it could be anything from genetics, to damage, to disease. We explored all the options, treated the pond just in case and waited to see…

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