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I hope someone can help me as we are losing a fish a day and i was wondering if it has some thing to do with the leeches that we have recently found living in our pond as we have never lost so many in such a short space of time before and i am so attached to my fish also we have newts and frogs and toads and this year we have had no tadpoles at all !!  ,if it is the leeches how do we get rid of them? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    When you say lost. Are they just floating dead?

    leeches are part of pond life and not a common cause of problems.

    If they're killing your fish you'll see them attached to the fish before the death. It's not an instant death.

    Newts are more likely to be responsible for lack of taddies. They like frogspawn. Since the newts moved in we have no frogs to speak of. I feel pleased to have greacrested newts but I'd like to see the frogs again

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • the fish are just floating each morning and it not the age of them as it has ranged from the oldies in the pond to last years hatchlings and we have tadpoles every year even with the newts but this year not one and we didnt have leeches last year so i am stumped as to what to do image


  • oh and by the way thxs for replying x

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    Keep your eye on the fish. If it's leeches thay will be attached to fish before death.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • some of them have had funny marks on them but no sign of any leeches being attached  but will keep my eyes peeled 


  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    I can,t imagine its anything to do with the leeches,we have had fish for 30 years and leeches are frequently seen along with the usual pond creatures and have never caused a problem.

    As your fish are floating each morning,it could be something poisonous has found its way into the pond water,I would try emptying the pond by about two thirds and then refilling.It may be worth buying some pond treament  as well.

    It could also be a fungal infection of the actual fish,do they have any unusual lesions on the scales?

  • have tested the water and it ok and the fish have no signs of fungal infection but i havent had any die now for 2 days?? so i have no idea what was going on

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Good news about the fish,if you have tested the water and thats ok,there is nothing else you can do,just wait and keep your fingers crossed,best of luck.

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