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Gail's lemonade stand (Store of Cool Stuff)
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Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Put the fish in the pond
Topic: fish

Today I took my three Tanichthys albonubes, white cloud mountain fish, from the indoor aquarium in which they overwinter, and put them in my outdoor fish pond.  It's just a round rubber horse trough, probably only about 15 gallons, but they thrive in there all summer eating mosquito larvae.  These three fish are the survivors of about a dozen that I bought about eight years ago.  They much prefer life outdoors, getting fat and sassy from all that live food..  I won't see much of them until the fall, when I drain the tub to find them and bring them in.

There are many, many mosquitoes in the yard, so those fish will not go hungry. 


Posted by gail_heineman at 11:54 AM YDT
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Monday, 17 September 2007
Brought the fish inside
Topic: fish

I brought in the fish from the "pond".  There were four live ones and one recently deceased.  They are old for Tanichthys albonubes so I choose to believe it was old age.  The live ones are brilliant green and red.  They are always so disappointed to come inside and share an aquarium with guppies, eating flake food.  No worms or mosquito larvae until Spring!


Posted by gail_heineman at 6:42 PM YDT
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Thursday, 28 June 2007
Buried salmon bones in vacant rows
Topic: fish

Today I made fish stock from the heads and backbones of the red salmon we dipnetted from the Kasilof River yesterday.  I buried the bones in the rows of seeds that didn't germinate in my garden very well:  some cilantro and thyme.  Other cilantro did ok.  Some of my seeds are probably too old and I should throw them away.

So now I have some room to transplant the greens that germinated very well and are too crowded.  I'll wait a couple of days for the soil mounded over the bones to sink down a bit before I do the transplanting.

Over the years I've buried many a salmon carcass in this garden.  I sometimes stick my finger on a pointy vertebra bone that hasn't decomposed yet. 


Posted by gail_heineman at 10:36 PM YDT
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Sunday, 3 June 2007
Fish in pond
Topic: fish
Today I put five white cloud mountain fish (Tanichthys albonubes) into my fish pond.  It's really just a round rubber horse trough, about 20 gallons of water.  The fish live in an aquarium all winter because they'd freeze outside.  But now the mosquitoes are flying, so I want the fish there to eat the larvae.  The fish love it, and fatten and color up every summer.  I've experimented with other species, and the white clouds are the only ones I've found that consistently survive.  It's too small for goldfish.

Posted by gail_heineman at 7:11 PM YDT
Updated: Friday, 22 June 2007 10:09 PM YDT
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