It’s a Fish Eat Fish World

Fish TankI’m so glad I bought the fish tank for Beloved’s birthday.  The fish are soothing to watch; I often sit on the sofa and just…stare at them.  It’s said that watching fish will lower your blood pressure, and I believe it.  I’m also learning a lot about them – Beloved knows a lot about fish tanks, since he’s had fish as pets before.

Me?  I’m lucky my kids are all still alive.  Thank gawd I don’t have to worry about their PH balance.

I’ve learned a lot about what kind of fish coexist well, and which kind of fish simply exist in our tank.  Right now, only two of the fish are from our initial purchase.  So. obviously Danios work well and Gourami don’t.  And hatchet fish don’t do well with “vacation feeder” disks that sink to the bottom of the tank. Ahem.

As of this writing we have 6 Danios – one gold lyretail, one zebra, and four DayGlo – one green catfish, one salt-and-pepper catfish, one albino rainbow shark, one absolutely lovely gold angel fish and one clown loach in a 30-gallon tank.  They all seem to coexist quite well and are a beautiful addition to our living room.

Until this last week we also had a Bala Shark in the tank.  He’s no longer a part of our little aquatic community, and frankly I’m not surprised – he wasn’t doing real well when we left for our vacation to southern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  So I wasn’t surprised that he was no more when we got home on Saturday.  I just didn’t expect him to be so completely…gone.

No, really – he’s gone.  From the tank.  Nowhere in sight.

The little “vacation feeder” disk we dropped in the bottom of the tank when we left?  Wasn’t touched.

I apparently have a tankful of cannibal fish.


13 thoughts on “It’s a Fish Eat Fish World”

  1. I have never owned fish, but my dad, sister and brother all do. I’ve never really unerstood where fish go. I mean, I can accept that a bigger fish might eat a smaller one, but what provokes the agression – boredom from that dry, flaky fish food perhaps – and why I never see tiny cartoon-like fish skeletons.

  2. I hope his demise was quick and not as painful as it sounds. Do all fish have teeth? I have no idea.

    I think fish tanks are wonderful and I’ve been thinking of getting one for Aaron, but I think he’d want to know if fish could fly and while I’m not looking he’d create all sorts of experiments that would make my blood pressure go up.
    .-= Tricia´s last blog ..Shearing the Apron Strings =-.

  3. Wow, brutal.
    My daughter is trying to get me to buy her more fish. She has one Beta that has survived despite her “negligence.” I don’t know tho; the whole “fish-eat-fish” world is a little scary.
    .-= Maureen at IslandRoar´s last blog ..Liar, Liar =-.

  4. During my college roommate days, we had, for a short while, a male roommate with a salt water tank. We (three females) were in charge of it while the guy went on a trip.

    While sitting around the tank one morning eating our breakfast and sipping our coffee, the shrimp reached and and took a hunk out of a passing fish. I never forgot the scream of my friend and me spewing coffee all over the side of the tank.
    .-= Pseudo´s last blog ..Kindergartners, Just Ten Years Later: A Spin Cycle Rerun =-.

  5. We (my ex and I) had a fresh water tropical fish tank for a while. He was the fish man.

    I liked watching fish in theory but I discovered that tropical fish spend most of their lives with a long line of shit trailing behind them. I just sat there willing them to run into something that would break it off…

    Honest, it totally ruined it for me.

    I think maybe salt water fish are a little more discreet in their habits.
    .-= Duchess´s last blog ..This mess is so deep and so wide and so tall =-.

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