This is why I keep guppies–for the water lily. One water lily in a free-standing black tub. Keeping even such a small lily pond means setting up a whole system. I add hornwort and anachris to aerate the water. I add water hyacinths to help clear the water with their roots and for a few more flowers. The snails and the duck weed just show up. As do mosquito larvae. And since we’re expecting a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year, the lily pond needs fish more than ever.
I started with goldfish. That turned out to be a great way to feed the raccoons. The survivors thrive, though. After a season in the tub, their colors are brilliant, but they get so big, most of them get snagged by the raccoons. Now they are strictly indoor fish.
So I tried putting guppies in last summer. They did great until it got cold out. I swear I was meaning to set up a tank for them. Since then, I’ve chronicled the cycles of the new batch of guppies. I collected the babies of the last few weeks so they wouldn’t get eaten, appalled at how many they were. There’s at least five in the home tank that I haven’t caught.
As for guppies in the lily tub, the advance team seem to be doing okay. And just this last week, it finally, finally become warm enough to send the rest of the baby guppies on summer vacation.
All twenty-six of them. Those mosquitoes don’t stand a chance.