Goldfish Sudden Death
In the last couple of days, two of our larger fantails have passed on. We are not pond experts but these guys have been with us for all our 8 years here and several more beyond that. We have no idea why they are dying. DH says they appear bloated if that helps? I can take pictures of the latest demise if that would help. I have no idea what to look for though.
The Pond - is about 10 x 12 and 3' deep approx. at it's deepest. It is cement and has no filtration system or any other fancy thing. It has an old well pump (as in really old) that a hose runs to and the water spills into the pond and thus allows us to keep the water level up and allow aeration into the pond. It only does this when we run it -- not a constantly running thing.
We are on a well, fed by an aquifer, so no 'Chlorine issues' with the water.
The weather here has been mid-70's plus daily for the last month or so - unusually beautiful. We love it but perhaps that's also heating up the pond more than usual?? We had a pond thermometer once but I think our puppy ate it (well broke it) and we've not replaced it. We'll get that done.
We cut back a lot of growth around the pond a month or so ago so much more sunlight on it now but that said, the pond water is actually clearer than I can ever recall. One can see the bottom which hasn't often been the case.
DH bot a dozen or so - what were termed - 'feeder goldfish' and added them to the pond recently. (Disgusting term if you ask me.) One deep sixed by the following day but the rest are swimming about quite happily it appears.
I've tried to relate as much 'has anything changed' info as I can so you expert peeps have something to go on maybe?
It's DH's birthday next month and I was planning on buying a few Shubunkins for the pond for him but I don't want to be sending them to their death.
I took a couple of photos of our most recent guy/gal who passed on. I don't see anything that looks like parasitic stuff or any wounds but then I'm no expert on fish stuff.
I hope you guys can help me with this situation. We are perhaps a little more relaxed than some but we seriously do our best to care for all our pets. I don't want anyone dying under my watch so I need to fix whatever is causing this.
Many thanks for any help you can offer.