NANFA-L-- Killer rain?

Mysteryman (
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 13:25:18 -0700

After some heavy rains this week, I've lost all the fish in all my
ponds.. When I went to the local petshop for some supplies, I discovered
that everyone in town had the same problem. After Friday's big rain,
everything died in every pond in town. Nothing was spared but the
vascular plants; fish, tadpoles, even aquatic insects were all wiped out
completely, along with the algae. Now everyone's ponds are nearly
crystal clear but nearly devoid of life.

I immediately thought of acid rain, but a battery of water tests shows
nothing unusual.
Any ideas? Has this ever happened to any of you?

I was able to save a few fish by bringing them inside, and once in the
tanks they recovered completely. There are no signs of any disease. By
the time I went out for a second batch they were all dead; everything
was dead within 3 hours of the rain.
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