New Additions to our freshwater tank!

As you know we no longer have Freddie the frog in our freshwater tank. There are only four tetras and a lonely swordtail that are doing well but probably still looking around for Freddie. He was always getting in their way. They needed eyes on their tails to keep out of his way. He jumped all over the place blindly looking for food. I think he was blind and only found his food by possibly scent or feeling around for it.

My husband and I went to the pet store where we originally purchased Freddie to check up on him. He was no longer there. I asked the man who was working on the fish tanks about Freddie.

He said he never saw him and that there were two possibilities.

  1. Freddie was purchased
  2. He committed Hari Cari by jumping out of the tank.

I hated to think about the second one, but I know how talented he was about jumping out of tight places even though he was quite large.

Here are the many photos of Freddie – some he is trying to find a way out of the tank while others he is hanging around. The photo with his tongue hanging out is an early photo of him before he grew so large.

The tank looked sad without him, so we visited the pet store and purchased nine neon tetras to the join the black and white tetras. and swordtail. These new neon’s are tiny and hard to see. Here are a couple of photos. Look closely and you will see their blue neon stripes and glowing eyes. Hopefully they will grow a little.

Can you pick out seven of the nine neon tetras? It doesn’t help that the rocks are the same color as the fish!

In this photo above you can see four striped tetras and one orange swordtail. We did have a few more swordtails but they killed each other off. Two of them were males and two females. The surviving swordtail is a female. Sigh! Such is the way of the tank, only the strongest will survive.

We have had a problem with the water being cloudy. John is doing all kinds of things to get it to clear up and stop growing algae. The man at the pet store said to use a product that should correct the water since we are using our city water which has all kinds of chemicals and things. Yikes! We are drinking this stuff!? We may have to purchase special purified water from the store if this doesn’t work out.

It’s not easy taking care of these two tanks. I don’t do any of the clearing or feeding. My husband does all that. If he couldn’t do it anymore, we would have to give the tanks and fish away. Sigh!

Here are some more photos that may be a little clearer and closer.

Swordtail in motion

Striped Tetra not happy I’m taking his photo!

Seven neon tetras looking at me as I snap this photo.

As you can see from this post and previous ones, I am always taking photos of our fish. They do not like to be disturbed in their water environment. To them I am a nuisance. They don’t even like when I clean the glass on the outside of the tank. That’s all the cleaning I do with these tanks. But I like when the glass is sparking and not finger-printed or covered with water spots or salt. I enjoy looking at them and watching them in action. It’s calming.

I hope Freddie is happy wherever he is! Miss you, Freddie! I didn’t tell the grandkids about Freddie yet. I hope they don’t ask. They haven’t been by since Christmas with me being sick.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Come back again soon for more posts about whatever pops into my mind! I don’t even know what that will be until I write them.

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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4 Responses to New Additions to our freshwater tank!

  1. Darlene says:

    We used to have a large saltwater fish tank with all kinds of colourful fish and anemones in it. Hubby looked after it of course. But it was a lot of work and got expensive as the fish didn’t always live for very long.

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, that is true. My husband enjoys it but some days I want to stop buying fish that don’t live long. They are expensive! But he is happy and that is what matters to me. Hugs x

  2. Enjoy your new additions! I am sure that Freddie is living the dream.

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