While I have been working on my newest book in the Abby & Holly Series, my husband, John, has been taking care of our tropical fish tank. Here are many photos of it. It’s quite spectacular with all its colorful fish and now we have some new additions to the tank.
Below are a few of the inhabitants – yellow – Foxface, blue – (Dory) hippo tang, red – tomato clown. There are several more that you cannot see in these photos.
I am constantly taking photos of the new fish in case they don’t make it. That way I have a photo of them to remember. Fish don’t have long lives in a tank. Even though we have had many fish that lived 7-10 years in captivity. They are cared for and loved and treated like any pet, dog, cat, or whatever. I am upset when we lose one. They each have their own distinctive personality. They are a joy to watch and recognize us especially at dinner time. John and I both talk to them and they come right up to the glass and look at us. I wonder what they are thinking – probably, feed us you fools!
They are fed all kinds of fish food, clams, blood worms, shrimp, and occasionally some raw fish we cut off of swordfish before we cook it for ourselves. They fight over some of this but only the starfish can open the clams. they wait around until he does and grab a piece here and there of what is left in the shell after the starfish finishes his meal.
Puffer – Boxfish below has spiny flesh and will blow up when frightened. Other fish stay clear of him – those spines would hurt them I’m sure. Notice his lovely blue eyes.
Orange and white – Clown fish, Blue – Pink tailed Trigger (Sigh – recently died), (lower left) Green Wrasse, and foreground – red chocolate chip starfish.
Here are the new additions since we lost the blue trigger – two anemones. They are about the same size. My husband dropped them into the tank and they move and choose a rock to cling to on their own.
A new Red chocolate chip starfish above joined the one we already have. He is more brilliantly red and larger than the first one below.
The tank is teeming with fish as you can see below. In the center is a good picture of the green Wrasse. He is long and sleek and can maneuver his way around and through any obstacle. There is a another new fish down in the left hand corner – red with black stripes – Flame Angel. He is hard to keep – being very sensitive to water changes. We have lost several over the years. We are hoping this little guy or gal is much stronger than all the others. He is just beautiful! The purple and yellow fish on the right are gamma rays. They have been separated for a long time in the tank but suddenly they are swimming together and have been seen kissing a lot. A romance is budding? Haha!
Above there is a small blue fish with a yellow tail – a Damsel. He is feisty and has to be since he is the smallest fish in the tank. We have had him a long time now. He knows his way around and no one bothers him.
Here’s our tomato clown hosting the two anemones. This is what clown fish do, they mingle with the anemones and swim in, around and through them and even bring food to the anemones. No other fish are able to do this without injury. Remember the movie, Finding Nemo?
Both anemones are tucked up against the live rock. They moved there on their own and clung to the rock for stability. They need plenty of light. One anemone is further to the back and may not survive since it might not get enough light. We may not be able to do anything about that. It chose this spot first then the other anemone situated itself right next to it pushing it further back on the rock. Look toward the back at the tail of the clown fish and you will see smaller tentacles there. That is the other anemone. The one in the front has larger tentacles and is hogging all the light.
While I was snapping these photos the tomato clown looked right at me as if to say, “Yeah, I’m happy. Thank you!” He certainly is in his glory. He will keep the anemone happy too. Hopefully the one in the back will make it also.
Thank you for stopping by to read this post and check out our beautiful fish tank. I give my husband full credit for caring for these creatures. I watch and enjoy them. He does all the work of cleaning and changing filters, adding new water and salt, checking water quality and feeding them. It can be a daunting task but it is something he loves to do.
Please love and care for your pets. They bring much joy into our lives and deserve our love back.
Read about some of our pets, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (our most popular children’s book), Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, and Colby the Courageous Cat. All these books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also click on covers BELOW OR to the right of this post for purchase. Happy Reading!
REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!
Blessings & Hugs!