A Tale of Fishes and More!


As most of you know I love birds and post about them often. I also love fish (not the eating kind here). But I do eat my share of all kinds of fish and other seafood.

My husband and I have three tanks of fish at our home, one salt water and two freshwater. They are our pets! We love and care for them. They have personalities like any other pet.


This freshwater tank is only six gallons and has a beautiful blue, red and purple beta (Rainbow) above, and a brilliant orange lobster (Larry) below.


The second tank is also freshwater and is 80 gallons with a myriad assortment of fish including a black-tipped shark and two large angels. One angel is at the top of the tank here.


The third tank is a 35-gallon tank with a spider starfish (Spidey), a chocolate chip starfish (Coco), a sea urchin (Urkel), a sea cucumber (Sandy), two clown fish (Nemo and Marlin), a hippo tang (Dory), and three shrimp (two are fire shrimp and one is a cleaner shrimp).


Nemo and Marlin and Dory swimming around together are the best of friends.


Coco, the chocolate chip starfish, loves feasting on shrimp.


Sandy, the sea cucumber, reminds me of Shrek as she lifts up her head.


Spidey, the spider starfish, slinking around the clam that my husband threw in for a treat.

We had two anemones which the clown fish love but they didn’t make it. We may buy another soon. I will share it with you. They are fascinating as they shrink and grow at will with finger-like projectiles that move in the water. Most fish get stung by these projectiles except the clown fish who actually sleep inside these creatures. They are immune to the stings.


I wrote about one of our former special sea creatures, a crustacean, Jerry the Crabby CrayfishJerry was quite a character and very crabby at times. He has become my most popular book of all twelve books so far. Louey the Lazy Elephant is a close second.

With all the colorful sea creatures we have there is bound to be more stories brewing in my head for future books. One that I plan to publish, in the future, is about a hermit crab (Clarence Henry), no longer with us. Stay tuned for more info on this and other books coming.

i hope you enjoyed this post about our pets. They give us a feeling of peace and joy just watching them in their habitats.

Please check out adorable Jerry the Crabby Crayfish and all Jemsbooks here. You can click on the cover or title to purchase above.

Blessings and hugs!


9/28/16 Addendum: Sad news to report! Sandy, the sea cucumber, passed last night. I found Coco having an early morning snack of her remains. Sandy had only recently joined our tank family. We will replace her eventually. It’s difficult when we name each creature and then they die. The large tank we don’t name any of them but the smaller tanks the grandkids enjoy calling the fish by names. Sigh. I did get some great pics of her though.

11/10/16 Addendum: During our vacation in Aruba our power was lost to our 35-gallon fish tank and we lost all our fish – two clown fish, a chocolate chip starfish, a hippo tang, a goby, a gamma, a sea urchin, a cleaner shrimp, two fire shrimp, spider starfish, and two hermit crabs. We were devastated to lose everything. My son who was caretaker of the tanks could not have prevented this from happening. The surge protector shut off the power and it was not turned back on until the next day. Too late to save them! Sigh! So sad for everyone! My husband will replace all of them soon. I will share the new tank at that time. For now please give them all a moment of silence so that they will rest in peace in fish Heaven. Sigh! ❤️

About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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20 Responses to A Tale of Fishes and More!

  1. Gloria says:

    Love the pictures and discriptions. More beautiful seeing them in motion.😊

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    I now have tank envy, Janice… my home just isn’t big enough for more tanks 🙂

  3. Love the pictures and the story about Jerry!!

  4. macjam47 says:

    Lovely photos of your fish and wonderful descriptions to go with them. I will share this post with my 3 yr. old granddaughter who loves fish and all animals. I haven’t read Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, but I definitely will be ordering for my granddaughter.

  5. Beautiful, I’d love a fish tank I just don’t trust myself to have time to look after them well enough but they are beautiful. Yours are big enough tanks that they have room to play 😊🐟🐠🐡.

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