Sam’s Fish Tank

fish-tank-072006a.jpgThe 37 gal. fish tank is not alone. It has a friend. The 5 gal. aquarium is home to Sam, a betta (Siamese fighting fish). It's unclear if Sam is a male or female. So, Sam stands for Samuel or Samantha.

This small fish tank is perfect for a betta. Although, the poor fish wishes his fishkeeper would clean his tank, and add some environment. While water changes are done frequently, the gravel in this fish tank is due for a thorough cleaning. Caked with algae and other unmentionables, plans are being made to clean this fish tank soon. Sam's fishkeeper has already purchased a fake plastic plant he believes Sam will enjoy.

Sam was placed in his new fish tank home around 6 months ago, and has seemed to enjoy his stay so far. It's unknown how long this fish will stay around, but his fishkeeper will see to it that it's as long as possible. Do you have a betta? What's the type of fish tank you keep your betta in?

Fish Tank Evolution

fish-tank-071306a1.jpgWell, it's time to start a new fish tank. So, along with setting up the freshwater aquarium, I thought that I would start a web site too. I've been a fish keeper for about two years now. I've stuck with tropical fish, but I'm thinking about setting up a small reef tank too. I don't have much room for it now, but can maybe find a space. Regardless, I'll be talking about all types of fish tanks here.

The picture to the left was of my old 37 gal. freshwater fish tank setup until a couple of months ago. A few people were helping me with the aquarium. My fish tank heater burned out after working for 1 1/2 years. So, I bought a new one. I should've paid attention to how the heater worked since I was having other people adjust the heat for me. I'm paralyzed and couldn't reach the heater at the rear of the fish tank.

I won't go into the details. Let's just say I woke up to what smelled like old laundry one morning. An hour after unplugging the heater the water was still over 100 degrees! All the fish were dead. Poor guys. It's ridiculous that they make fish tank heaters that get that hot. After dealing with the accidental mess, I started planning my new fish tank.

The old freshwater fish tank setup was home to 1 Blue Gourami, 1 Siamese Algae Eater, 1 Yoyo Loach, 1 Striata Botia Loach, 1 Skunk Loach, 6 Sidthimunki Botia Loaches, 1 Bushy Nose Plecostomus, 2 Tiger Barbs, 1 Albino Tiger Barb, 1 Flame Gourami, and 1 Mega Clown Plecostomus. The fish tank also went through various stages of live plants. I enjoy learning about new fish, plants, and aquarium techniques, and will be sharing these topics and more with you in the fish tank.