Sad News about our Pets in our Aquariums!

We have, unfortunately, lost our beloved Puffer fish from our saltwater tank. I guess it was his time to pass. So sad. Here is a photo I snapped a while ago. He was sweet and had the biggest blue eyes that just looked at you.


This is the third puffer fish we have had. This one did not live as long as the previous two. We haven’t figured out what happened to him. He began to look lethargic and stopped eating as ravenously as he previously had.

It’s always sad to see one pass. Unfortunately fish don’t have as long a lifespan as other pets. Sigh!

We added a hermit crab to clean the bottom of the tank. The two previous ones we had always kept our tank pristine. This little guy is doing a pretty good job too. I posted about him already. He was named Sebas Jr. by my grandson who just happens to be named Sebastian. Coincidence?

Sebas Jr.

We also lost our spiny black sea urchin. We think Sebas had a fight with him and Spiny lost. There was evidence of this by all the spines that were broken up all over the tank. Sigh!

Here’s Spiny!

My husband added another fish or two in the tank. Here are a couple of photos of the current occupants.

The large green one in front is a Wrasse, pink one on the left is also a Wrasse, Sargent Major with stripes, Picasso Trigger behind with white on face.
Brown tang in front with yellow, above Picasso Trigger to the right is a Clown fish (orange & white) and in upper right hand corner is a yellow Foxface, the newest addition to the tank. Below the brown Tang is a pink & purple wrasse.

We have also lost a long time friend in our freshwater tank. He was called Angelo, the angel fish. He was quite large – larger than a silver dollar. His swim bladder broke down and he could not right himself and was swimming upside down and sideways. Poor thing. He finally succumbed. It was sad to see him go. My husband and Angelo got along famously. They had a chat every morning. When it was time to eat Angelo would get so excited and swim to the glass and wiggle in anticipation. I think he knew his name too. John would call out to him and he would come and look at him.

In the photo below he is looking intently at me while I snap his photo. He thinks he is going to be fed again!

Angelo the angel fish (bigger than life)

In the photo above notice a small nip out of Angelo’s large lower fin. That was from a crayfish we purchased that tried to eat Angelo. The crayfish only lasted a few days. I have a feeling that Angelo got even with him somehow!?

John bought some Mollies to fill the void of Angelo but out of three Mollies, only one survived. He also purchased a white frog which is quite cute and extremely active. He appears to be confused and keeps looking for a way out of the tank. We did have a couple of frogs in the past and they jumped out of the tank. We found them on the floor the next day. I hope this one doesn’t do that! I almost stepped on one of them at that time! Yikes!

Molly in freshwater tank (frog in lower left corner)
Mollies and Fred the Frog in freshwater tank
Fred the Frog (We think Fred might be blind. He doesn’t seem to find food right in front of him!)

PS The last molly died as I was writing this post. Sigh! Life can be so fleeting for fish. I don’t want to come back as one! Sometimes they pass from stress of leaving one tank in the store to a tank in our house. Sigh! So sad!

There is always something going on in our fish tanks. It is fascinating to watch the fish in their habitat and how they interact with one another. They calm me down and make me forget all the troubles in the world.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about our aquatic pets. Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again. You are always welcome.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








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, 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 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 Sad News about our Pets in our Aquariums!

  1. Sharon Marchisello says:

    Beautiful fish. Sorry for your losses.

  2. Darlene says:

    We had fish tanks when the children were young. My husband enjoyed stocking them. But, alas they didn´t live long, as you said. The saltwater tank was very interesting and we had all the same fish you did. The clownfish were my favourite and actually lived a bit longer. We also had a lionfish who ate raw meat.

    • jjspina says:

      We had a couple of lion-fish separately of course but they didn’t live too long. They are poisonous and can give a nasty sting if you get in it’s way. No stings here thank goodness. 🥰

  3. noelleg44 says:

    Sad news, Janice. It’s tough on the psyche to lose friends in an aquarium.

  4. Jennie says:

    I love your aquarium posts, Janice. I’m sad about you loosing a fish, but new pets are always a welcome boost.

  5. Victoria Zigler says:

    Sorry about Puffer, Spiney, Angelo, and the Mollys.

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