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Fish killed by mystery fungus

PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

Fenland Council has been pulling out all the stops to save goldfish in a pond in Wisbech, which have been dying as a result of a mystery fungus.

Fenland District Council has been pulling out all the stops to save goldfish in a pond in Wisbech, which have been dying as a result of a mystery fungus.

A number of fish in the pond at St Peter's Church gardens have died over the last few weeks and it is thought their death is a result of a mystery fungus which could have been put in the water deliberately.

So for the last few weeks, the council's parks and open spaces manager, Bob Ollier, has been overseeing treatment of the fish in the pond in a bid to help them survive.

Specialists have even been brought in to put the remaining live fish in tanks while the pond is monitored and treated. The fish will not be returned for several weeks.

A spokesman said: "A mystery fungus has killed off many of the fish in the pond and foul play has not been ruled out. Origins of the killer fungus are a mystery and the council is currently trying to find out how it got in the pond."

One way the fungus could have got in the pond is when goldfish won at the fair are dumped in the water and they could carry infection.

There are also reports of drunks using the pond as a toilet.

Councillor Peter Murphy said: "It was only recently that the pond was cleaned, so we are puzzled as to how the fish have become ill.

"We hope by cleaning the pond it will make it a safe environment for the fish to return."


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