Having moved the big fish into a smaller pond (across from the guesthouse), it was the perfect opportunity to clean the big pond before transferring the medium-sized fish into it. Kevin was thrilled to discover that all his preventative measures throughout the year has paid off! The metal grate collecting all the dead leaves at the opening of the aqueduct and going up regularly to clean the grate... the two green nets in the sediment pond that slows down the flow of water and helps settle the sand quicker instead of it flushing through to the fish ponds... the regular maintenance of closing off the water flow when the river gets too silty... all these practices have made a huge difference in the quality of the water in the ponds. Cleaner pond water equals a healthier environment for the trout. But, there's so much less thick mucky debris at the bottom of the ponds as well, which makes for easier cleaning. Just to compare, before all these measures were in place, in our first year here, it took Kevin, Martin and his son, Nacho, a full week to clean the big pond. Last year, it took Kevin, Martin and Jiro (pronounced Hiro) three full days, which felt like a great improvement. Last week however, the men managed to clean the entire pond in five hours!! That's simply amazing!
Kevin is giving our guests the tour of the property as I write this and I hope the heavy clouds will hold off from opening up and drenching them. They really want to see a Quetzal... oh, which reminds me, I completely forgot to mention in last week's post that Kevin saw a Quetzal the morning that our previous guests arrived. The next day, when he gave them the tour, he was mentioning how he'd seen one the day before and just as he said that, a male Quetzal landed on a branch not 10 ft away. The Quetzal seemed to enjoy the attention as he posed for them for 10 minutes or so. They had time to take lots of pictures. It doesn't happen often enough, but perhaps that's what makes it so magical when it does. So, fingers crossed our honeymooners get their wish and see one today. You never know.