No grudges for Petts Wood couple after killer catfish eats 70 of their goldfish

Philip Webb and wife Trisha with the catfish

Philip Webb and wife Trisha with the catfish

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A killer catfish has eaten around 70 of a Petts Wood couple's goldfish after slithering into their garden pond.

The black bullhead - an American breed - also helped itself to the pond's entire population of newt and frog, before its feast was brought to an end.

However the pond’s owners, Philip Webb and wife Trisha, do not bear a grudge against the slippery beast.

On the contrary, they are desperate to find it a loving new home.

News Shopper:

Mr Webb, of Greenfield Gardens, told News Shopper: "It was about 10 days ago that we found it.

"My wife feeds the goldfish and she had noticed the food wasn't being eaten at the rate it usually is.

"We decided to empty the pond and see what was going on.

"We usually have about 100 goldfish but we only found about 30.

"Eventually I saw this large fish thrashing around at the bottom of the pond. We think it has eaten 60 to 70 goldfish.

"We usually have frogs and a lot of frogspawn in our pond and we don't this year. I think it has eaten all the frogs, and the newts as well."

News Shopper:

Mr Webb believes the goggle-eyed menace found its way into the pond during the wet weather earlier this year.

The 65-year-old said: "We have a small stream running down the end of the garden.

"During the flooding period it was very high and, although our garden didn't flood, the ground was heavily saturated.

"It probably came down in the rush of water and found his way into our pond.

"It must have been like going to a lovely restaurant."

News Shopper:

He added: "We have been in touch with local aquatic organisations but nobody wants this poor old catfish.

"It's now in an old bath in our garden feeling sorry for itself.

"I can't bring myself to kill it. It wasn't its fault it ended up in our pond.

"And it’s not interested in eating our goldfish food. I'm worried it might die of starvation."

Can you find a home for the catfish? Call Philip Webb on 01689 827 156.

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4:47pm Fri 4 Apr 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.
So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 14

10:04pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Frying pan !
Frying pan ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -9

3:38pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Witchkid says...

Unless your goldfish were tiny, I doubt if this catfish ate them. More likely a heron would have been responsible for their disappearance. Bullheads are native to the US, although they are spreading in the UK, and they feed mostly on insects, frogspawn, plants, grains and crustaceans. During the winter they don't eat, but bury themselves in mud, so it could have been washed out by the flood water. They're happy living in murky, low-oxygen water, so why not keep it in your bathtub and feed it live fishfood (bloodworms etc) and small birdseed. It should start eating once the weather warms up.
Unless your goldfish were tiny, I doubt if this catfish ate them. More likely a heron would have been responsible for their disappearance. Bullheads are native to the US, although they are spreading in the UK, and they feed mostly on insects, frogspawn, plants, grains and crustaceans. During the winter they don't eat, but bury themselves in mud, so it could have been washed out by the flood water. They're happy living in murky, low-oxygen water, so why not keep it in your bathtub and feed it live fishfood (bloodworms etc) and small birdseed. It should start eating once the weather warms up. Witchkid
  • Score: 16

4:50pm Sat 5 Apr 14

london10 says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.
Itd grow to big for the pond they grow huge.
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.[/p][/quote]Itd grow to big for the pond they grow huge. london10
  • Score: -2

4:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

london10 says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.
They grow to be huge, it needs a very big place to live, they should find a lake somehwere, where the owner will let it live. If she puts it back in the pond, 30 more fish will die, the any frogs and newts will have a habitat less to live in, and it will outgrow the pond easily.
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.[/p][/quote]They grow to be huge, it needs a very big place to live, they should find a lake somehwere, where the owner will let it live. If she puts it back in the pond, 30 more fish will die, the any frogs and newts will have a habitat less to live in, and it will outgrow the pond easily. london10
  • Score: -1

6:08am Sun 6 Apr 14

Witchkid says...

london10 wrote:
PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.
They grow to be huge, it needs a very big place to live, they should find a lake somehwere, where the owner will let it live. If she puts it back in the pond, 30 more fish will die, the any frogs and newts will have a habitat less to live in, and it will outgrow the pond easily.
Black bullhead catfish only grow to 6 or 10 inches, unlike other species. so this one looks pretty much full grown.
[quote][p][bold]london10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: So it came from the stream? any reason why it cant go back in there. Or just put it back in your pond and get some more catfish.[/p][/quote]They grow to be huge, it needs a very big place to live, they should find a lake somehwere, where the owner will let it live. If she puts it back in the pond, 30 more fish will die, the any frogs and newts will have a habitat less to live in, and it will outgrow the pond easily.[/p][/quote]Black bullhead catfish only grow to 6 or 10 inches, unlike other species. so this one looks pretty much full grown. Witchkid
  • Score: 4

6:52am Sun 6 Apr 14

Witchkid says...

Just to clarify, the species that grows to be huge and eats other fish is the Wels catfish.
Just to clarify, the species that grows to be huge and eats other fish is the Wels catfish. Witchkid
  • Score: 5

10:33am Mon 7 Apr 14

Harry Flannel says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Frying pan !
Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ?

Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Frying pan ![/p][/quote]Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ? Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol Harry Flannel
  • Score: 13

11:46am Mon 7 Apr 14

the wall says...

In the words of SLB ...... Deport the usual undesirables or is that SLB.
In the words of SLB ...... Deport the usual undesirables or is that SLB. the wall
  • Score: -14

12:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Harry Flannel wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Frying pan !
Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ?

Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol
Hello Karl boi where ya been ....oh my sides.

Still at work son at 10.04pm having an earner. It's a livin son.

Say hello to all dahn Burgess Hill fer me. ROFLMAO
[quote][p][bold]Harry Flannel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Frying pan ![/p][/quote]Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ? Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol[/p][/quote]Hello Karl boi where ya been ....oh my sides. Still at work son at 10.04pm having an earner. It's a livin son. Say hello to all dahn Burgess Hill fer me. ROFLMAO Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 5

11:55am Tue 8 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Harry Flannel wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Frying pan !
Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ?

Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol
Says the clown who posts on Christmas day.

You really are the most consistent moron who posts on here 'excrement' head.
[quote][p][bold]Harry Flannel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Frying pan ![/p][/quote]Bit sad to be posting on a friday evening @10.04pm ? Bet that ends up in the archives somewhere! lol[/p][/quote]Says the clown who posts on Christmas day. You really are the most consistent moron who posts on here 'excrement' head. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

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