cleaning pond - eliminating parasite eggs?
Im not sure what my fish had - I think both body and gill flukes. Whether or not they had, or have, worms I'm not entirely sure - they are seeming better, the one fish in particular a little less bloaty.
When I clean out my pond, if I let it dry out and bake in the sun for about a week is that going to eliminate all the nasty eggs or should I treat it with something else like PP before I empty the pond? I'm really reluctant to do that because it would kill off the string algae which took me about a year and 1/2 to get established. (I LIKE STRING ALGAE! It uses up the nitrate, my fish eat it and keep it mowed so it looks pretty like green plush.) However, if that's what I have to do to get rid of the nasty buggers then maybe I will.
This is pic from last year - with Redtop leading the way, the one who succumbed to gill flukes a few weeks ago (his gills I saw were pretty much gone). RIP - he was the friendliest fish, always first to spot me and come running for dinner.