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    I have an outside 30 gallon pond that looked similar to this

    about 3 weeks ago. now there is not even the water mint left only a few floating pine needles and 2 or 3 snippets of plants less than 1/2 inch long. The only living creatures in it are a large apple snail, about 2 inches in dia, and a crawfish. Both of which had been in the pond for weeks prior to the plants disappearing. The pond is insdide a fenced in area of our fenced in yard and is above grond so only animals that can jump at least a foot can get to it. Any ideas on what could cause this. I was planning on putting in a larger water pond but if this could happen again I don't think I will risk it. On a postive note my ponds inside my greenhouse are fine.
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    sounds to me like you had a theif [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] anybody around shown special interest in the Utics?

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    Aquatic Utricularia form turions for the winter rest. This seems like it happened very quickly in your case though! Still, who would go to the trouble of stealing pond scum? (which is what most people would see this as) Any curious kids that you showed the stuff to and maybe told what it is? It's a funny world. Pyro mentioned having some plants ripped off that were being sent to him by another member. Maybe CP are getting to be hot items in the black market trade? I dunno. Look to see if there are any little hairy green balls lying on the bottom. These would be turions, from which next seasons growth will come. Once they form it doesnt take long for the plant to go pffffft.
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    I think that if it had been a person they would have taken plants out of the bog next to the pond as most people I have shown the area to were more intrested in the venus fly traps in the bog. I did not see any turions at the bottom of the pond and the weather has not realy changed that much, I am in the Atlanta area. However a large amount was U.gibba which does not form turions. Could a change in PH cause a mass die off?? I have not had a chance to check the PH.
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    Just a WAG, but you haven't had any water fowl (duck or geese) pass through the area have you? I don't know if they would eat your plants but then I've seen ducks eating stuff in some pretty strange places.
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    Ducks eat Utrics.. and so do Moose and other wildlife in my experience. I've seen them munching on the plants several times... but then again, moose will eat anything. We can't put pumpkins out on Samhain any more because the moose eat them [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Maybe deer would too? I've never seen a deer so I wouldn't know.. but they are related to Moose..
    Do you have any kind of wildlife in your area that could have done this? Maybe waterbirds like BCK suggested?

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    Purplesundew,

    Off topic, but you mention Samhain! It's nice to see the proper name being used!
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    just a thought

    it could be caddis fly larvae. i just had a few caddis fly larvae wipe out my whole aquatic utric collection. i didnt even notice them and i didnt notice they were eating the turions and what not. it happened quite fast and it was only a few of the little buggers. if you had a population of caddis flys, they could wipe out a pond of utrics in a few weeks. just a suggestion.

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