I think I lost one

Unlike earlier in the week when I photographed the depths of the pond, the fish weren't hiding the other day:


They must have been sunning themselves, absorbing a bit of warmth from the ever-increasing sunlight (until the trees start leafing out of course).

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I loved the reflections of the trees in the water -- that's what made me grab the camera.


But I soon realized: there's one fish missing!


As you can see here, there are three orange, two white, and one black (the black one is hard to see). There should be three white, not just two! Here's a photo from December showing this:


So I'm worried that one fish has died, or was killed.

But then thinking about it, just a day before I had told my wife: "I think one of the fish is gone. I only saw  two orange, three white, and the black". I'm almost positive that was the count (but don't have photographic evidence). Two orange the other day, three orange today.


So I'm hoping that they're taking turns hiding while the rest of the school catches some rays.

I'll be keeping a close watch this weekend.

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Steve Lau  – (February 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM)  

I'm impressed at how cold hardy they are. Once they are a bit more mature hopefully they can produce some more young so you don't have to worry about losing them so much.

Alan  – (February 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM)  

Good news! I saw three orange and three white today! (Black one too)

Comet goldfish are very hardy Steve. I too am hoping for some spawning once it starts warming up.

Lisa  – (February 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM)  

I'm amazed at the difference in your pond vs ours. We still have several inches of ice...no sign of any fish since late November! We just have to keep believing they're ok down there!

Jason  – (February 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM)  

I'm impressed by your solicitude. Sounds like they do take turns hiding.

Kaveh Maguire  – (February 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM)  

I miss my old pond. I hope to have one again some day. I had some fish for 10 years but then the raccoons discovered them and soon they were all gone.

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