It always comes, and I hate it. It’s that first call of the season each spring or summer when the temps start to rise. It usually goes something like this. “Hi, I need some help here, my fish are coming to the surface of the water and appear to be gasping at the air. Some are dying and I need to try to save the other one’s. What can I do?”
My first response is usually with a simple question. “Do you have aeration in the pond?” And usually the answer is…no.
In fact I can’t think of an instance, although that’s not to say it couldn’t happen, but I can’t remember anyone ever following that question with a “yes”.
And therein lies the problem.
Without a pond aerator in place before the problem starts, you’re going to end up in crisis mode, trying to respond like a M.A.S.H. unit in a war zone.
To start with, I’ll cover what you might try to help curb the losses in the short term. And then I’ll tell you how to end this tragic problem for good.