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      Thanks for the ideas. My wife loves your design too. We'll have to see what we can find.

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      This is all hypothetical because I've never done anything like this but I visited a pond that had a number of
      wires guarding the pond from this kind of attack, but they were very high. I'd try lines up higher, like over
      head height so it doesn't effect viewing. Maybe in addition to putting them near the pond they could be put
      where you see the beasts landing so make it harder for them even to use their landing gear. Then if they have
      enough area elsewhere to land, lines to trip them up as they approach.


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      On my smaller pond ... having the lines at 3feet and 2feet seemed to confuse them enough to make them give up. I didn’t have any taken with that fence. And if you kinda cross the pond edges with your line ... you be in better shape.

      I agree that having other lines farther back ... maybe under the trees but not on the grass (so mowing isn’t a pain) ... would be even better. You could still put your motion sprinkler facing out to the landing area too.

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      Some fish survived!

      Andrea you were right. At least 3 of my original goldfish have survived the heron attack. They have stayed out of sight at the bottom for 1 1/2 weeks with no food from me. Yesterday I threw in a few food pellets for the new little ones to gnaw on, and lo and behold I saw a couple of big flashes of gold and yellow. I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm so happy that some of them survived. They are terrified and won't stay on the surface at all which is fine with me. I just want them to be safe. I ordered a UV and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I can't wait to get the water cleared up so I can see what's really down there.

      On another positive note, about 5 days ago I got the opportunity to fire off two shotgun blasts in the general direction of the heron, and he hasn't been back since. We have seen him feeding at the other end of the big pond in the back, but he hasn't been back to our yard. I hope he understands that he is not at the top of the food chain over here and will stay away. If not, there's more where that came from.

      Here's a very short video so you can see what I saw. It's not much, but it's beautiful to me.

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      Well that's good news!

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      that help healing for sure
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      YAY!!! That's wonderful!!!!!
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      That's a great news... Happy to hear those fishes survived!

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      Awesome news I just subscribed to your channel cheers

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      So glad the heron didn't get all of your fish. Let's hope more of your fish are still hiding down there.
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      I thought I would give a final update. Now that the UV has cleared my water I can see that 4 or my original fish survived the attack....3 orange and 1 yellow. The one with long flowing fins and tail is still here, so it will be fun to watch him grow up. All of them are now street smart and swim around near the bottom. The Heron hasn't been back since I unloaded the shotgun on him, so I'm holding off on monofilament lines or netting to see how it goes. If the fish stay deep, nothing can get to them anyway.

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      Mitch you are welcome anytime.

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      It's a great new that 4 of them survive.. How many didn't make it? Man, this must be a tough decision for not having any protection.. You may want to think about it again.. The fish may be "street smart" now but they may forget after awhile.. The Heron came before may never come again but there is no guarantee that there will not be another one out there.. We saw how devastating you were on the first post of this thread, I can't imagine how you would feel if it ever happen again.. It was the first time and you did not know about it.. However, if it were a 2nd time, you would hit your head hard for not acting on it.. Maybe something less distracting for your view?

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      Quote Originally Posted by pickerel View Post
      I thought I would give a final update. Now that the UV has cleared my water I can see that 4 or my original fish survived the attack....3 orange and 1 yellow. The one with long flowing fins and tail is still here, so it will be fun to watch him grow up. All of them are now street smart and swim around near the bottom. The Heron hasn't been back since I unloaded the shotgun on him, so I'm holding off on monofilament lines or netting to see how it goes. If the fish stay deep, nothing can get to them anyway.

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      Ditto to that 100%. Even if that one is spooked... the other ones might not be paying attention when he retells his tail around the campfire. I had my pond for 6 years before having a single heron issue. Then no problems for another year after the first hit. After that it's just be completely random... once or twice a year that we actually notice one trying.

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      Is there a recommended height that the filament should be above the pond or ground level?

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