A New Beta is Here!

If you have been reading my blog since 2013 you will already know about our fish tanks and all the lovely fish we have. I have done several posts about our pets. Check out this post about their personalities.

We have had a lot of trouble with our little 3-gallon fish tank as I mentioned in a previous post here.

Here is the original tank with the peace lily on top. Evidently the fish were not getting enough oxygen from the plant and the PH was too low for them to survive. Alas, we lost many fish until we got the PH right and removed the plant. The plant has been transplanted to a new home in a pot. It is a beautiful plant and I did not want to throw it away.

Peace Lily on top of 3-gallon fish tank
Peace Lily with two beautiful blossoms
Tank with Lily and Neon Tetras and Sword tails before they met their demise.
Tank without lily and with a new handsome Beta named Bubba

My husband had to put in shells to help keep the PH at the right level for the fish. A little known fact to us. We just found this out from the fish store.

The saltwater tank has plenty of shells and live rock to keep the levels up and has plenty of healthy and happy fish. Even though we did almost lose our beautiful midnight blue trigger. He must have had an upset stomach because he disappeared behind the rocks for a few days. He resurrected himself after that and now we call him Lazarus!

Dark Blue Trigger in center eating seaweed in 95-gallon tank.
Dori and friends

We have two tanks of fish now (3-gallon and a 95-gallon) – down from four tanks at one time. They are a lot of work for my husband but he loves to do it and we do enjoy the fish. They are so relaxing to watch. A great way to unwind is by standing by the tank and gazing at them as they meander around the tank in a sinuous motion. Ahh!

95-Gallon tank with our colorful fish (pets)

Here is our beautiful starfish, Red, preparing a clam for dinner.

Red sitting on a clam
Red hanging out on some coral

This starfish can twist himself up and slither through small areas and flip himself over and slide up on the inside of the tank to eat the algae. It’s fascinating to watch him. But remember he doesn’t move very fast. You may have to wait for an hour before you see him move far. But it is relaxing while you wait! Haha!

We look at him in the morning and then later in the day and he has moved quite far. He can open clams with his rough suckers all over his legs which he uses to grip and open. This time John gave him a cherrystone or hard stone clam and he is working at it a little every day for a few days. No luck yet.

The rest of the fish in the tank are waiting on him. They always get a little bit of pieces of the clam that manage to float away from the shell.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my fish (pets) and check out the other posts for some interesting information about tropical fish.

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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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14 Responses to A New Beta is Here!

  1. wolfpug says:

    That Beta is a pretty color! I did NOT know about the shells raising PH level in tank. Red is pretty cool, too. Wonder how long it will take him to crack that oyster! Thanks for the update on your fishes!

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  3. Actually, and nothing against your “hobby”, fishes do not belong inside an aquarium, but they should live free in oceans…
    I don’t see no beautiful colors, only sadness and lack of freedom.

  4. Your fish are lovely, Janice. My Dad used to have fish.

  5. Jennie says:

    Beautiful, Janice. Welcome, Bubba!

  6. Cool! Really like the tanks, especially the marine tank. Haven’t tried marine fish keeping myself yet.

  7. You have beautiful fish. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

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