Generator to oxygenate the water in Queen’s Park pond

A GENERATOR was used to oxygenate water to try to save fish that were ‘suffering’ from the hot weather.

Several people have raised concerns about fish in the Queen’s Park pond in West Drive, Brighton, after several crucian carp were spotted dead since the weekend.

It is believed that the fish died due to a lack of oxygen in the water during hot weather and that the pond level dropped due to a lack of rainfall, which supplies the pond.

Brighton and Hove City Council said illegally discarded fish should not be in the pond “for precisely these reasons”.

The Argus: The generator was on this pontoon on WednesdayThe generator was on this pontoon on Wednesday

It then installed a generator to “try to save the fish” as a temporary measure, but that has now been removed.

A spokesman said: “We are experimenting with pumping oxygen into the Queen’s Park pond to try to save the fish that are suffering from the long heat spell.

“This is a short-term measure and even if it works, it is not a sustainable solution in the long term.

“Ponds like the one in Queen’s Park, which are not fed by streams and rely on rain, inevitably dry up during prolonged periods of heat.

The Argus: The pond level seems to have dropped even further due to the hot weatherThe pond level seems to have dropped even further due to the hot weather

“Amphibians and many other native wildlife that live in our ponds can survive that.

“But amphibians cannot protect themselves from being killed by non-native fish. It is also about protecting our native species.

“With that in mind, we want to emphasize that people should never throw unwanted fish into our ponds.

“We will put up signs by the pond to reinforce this message.”

The Pool of Argus: Queen's ParkPond in Queens Park

The generator was fitted on Wednesday but was gone when The Argus went to the pond yesterday Thursday

The pond’s water level also appeared to have dropped further after days of hot weather in Sussex.

Richard James, who lives near Queen’s Park, said earlier in the week he had removed a number of dead fish from the pond.

The Argus: A dead fish in the pond on Monday 11th JulyA dead fish in the pond on Monday July 11th

He said: “It appears that after numerous complaints and apparent media coverage, the Council has found a temporary solution.

“While this will help in the short term, it only helps with oxygenating the water, not increasing water demand and removing silt, which is another concern.

“The council needs to clarify the water feature that will solve this problem and restore the park pond to its former condition.”

Council park rangers have also cleared the pond of dead fish.

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