New Family of Fish after Sad Loss of Saltwater Fish Tank!

As I mentioned in this previous blog as an addendum at the bottom of the post, we were saddened to lose all of our saltwater fish in our 35-gallon fish tank. Today we purchased new occupants for the tank.

Here are the new clown fish (Nemo & Marlin).


They are tiny compared to our previous ones but they will grow. They look happy in their new home!

Here is the chocolate chip starfish making himself at home already.


Two cleaner shrimp that keep the fish in the tank clean by eating the parasites and food off of them.


A Diamond Watchman Goby joined the new tank family. His job is to eat sand and digest the food in the sand and expell the sand out through his gills. It’s amazing to watch him in action! He is cute little fellow, don’t you think?


Here is a Royal Dottyback who is a little shy but came out to say ‘hello.’


And last but not least, for there will be more to add soon, is this adorable hermit crab.


As I mentioned before I wrote a children’s story about a a hermit crab that we had previously named, Clarence Henry. He was quite a unique character because he only had one claw and three legs. My story tells about how he adjusted to the tank in his condition and how over time he grew another claw and leg. Children and adults will be fascinated by this fact. I did take numerous photos of his claw and leg as they developed. It was incredible to witness. My husband will be working on that book over the next six months or so. I have two other books for him to work on. Poor fellow, I work him to the bone!

Thank you for stopping by to share in our joy over our new saltwater family of fish. It takes away some of the pain of losing the others.

Blessings & hugs,


Addendum:  11/21/16 – I am sad to report that Goby and Royal Dottyback did not make it. Unfortunately they were stung by an animone my husband purchased for the clown fish to host (accept as their home base). We woke up two mornings recently to find a fish that had escaped the tank. It appears they were stung when they got too close to the animone and flew up and out of the tank. It was so sad to see and upsetting to find. Poor little things! We will not purchase any more fish for the time being. The clown fish are the only ones that can get near the animone and not be harmed.

Here are two more fish that were stung by the animone, Hawkfish and Copper Striped Butterfly. They were both beautiful! The crab, starfish and shrimp are all doing well, thank goodness.

This is a new fish that is doing well so far, a Purple Dottyback, we got in place of the the Yellow Dottyback.



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, 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 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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8 Responses to New Family of Fish after Sad Loss of Saltwater Fish Tank!

  1. New appendages? Wow. Fabulous photos. My S-i-L has had to replace fish in his tank several times as well. They are soothing to watch and colorful. 🙂 ❤

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As we consider our options for a new canine family member in coming months (hopefully weeks) Janice Spina shares her new family members. Following on from the loss of their previous fish she and her illustrator husband John are restocking the tank with new potential characters for books.

  3. What a lovely, colourful new fish family! I didn’t even know you could get chocolate chip starfish. And those cleaner shrimps look really useful – I could do with a couple here! 😉

  4. My favourite is the purple and yellow one, love the name too.

    • jjspina says:

      Unfortunately this little guy didn’t make it. I guess the change of tanks from the store to ours gave him a shock. So sad. It is tough when we lose one. 😢

      • 🐠🙍🏼 We won two goldfish at a fair once, Dad persuaded Mum they wouldn’t last, 3 bigger tanks and ten years later, we were all upset when they didn’t survive when we went away on holiday even though we’d used the recommended holiday food. They grew really big.

      • jjspina says:

        Goldfish are very resilient and live a longer life than other fish.

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