My husband gave me a fifty five gallon aquarium for my birthday about three years ago. We read all about setting it up, how to adjust the water for the right pH levels, how to take care of the tank and choosing the right fish to go in it. We decided that a fresh water tank would be more practical for our needs, even though the salt water aquarium was prettier. It has turned out to be great fun with only a few blunders.
One of the blunders was that in our excitement to chose fish, we put too many of the wrong types in the tank. The smaller ones were disappearing fast. We kept looking for them, thinking they were hiding somewhere, only to discover that the catfish were eating them one by one. Our brightly colored school of Neon Tetras disappeared in the course of two weeks. Another bad decision was leaving the heating element on in the middle of summer, with the house tightly sealed while we went gallivanting on vacation for a week. Upon our return we found that only three fish had survived. One was an Algae Eater and the other two were Goldfish. We agreed to give ourselves a little time before buying more fish and that agreement has lasted at least two years now.
It has been exciting watching our three little babies grow up. We got them when they were no more than 3 inches long. Now they've grown to well over 8 inches in length. The Algae Eater's head and eyes are gigantic. I've recently moved my computer near the fish tank so that I can enjoy them better. I now find they are the ones watching me, especially the gigantic Algae Eater. He is constantly staring at me with those creepy eyes. I'm beginning to wander if he's curious about my activities or if he's considering me as a source of food.