02/25/11 Previous Life


I’m in a mood…I don’t really have the energy or desire to even try to figure out which one it is so I’ll leave it at that.

When I was still with the ex we had a great black lab that died unexpectedly; after that I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to have a pet of any sort. Fast forward to separation and one of the first things I bought for my apartment was a betta. I was an inexperienced fish parent so his home was one of those small cups but he ended up living a long time. When I moved to Canada the cup sat on the passenger seat next to me!

Another fast forward to our second home in Maryland, which was actually a townhouse. A big surprise Christmas gift from D that year: a 29g aquarium kit! That was the start of an addiction hobby that at one point had me caring for 12 tanks. Our last move forced me to downsize considerably though, but because we were finally owners rather than renters we were able to finally have dogs. There are still three aquariums in the house. I have a 2.5g on my desk, all live plants and a red male betta who is afraid of his own shadow. My daughter Emily has a small desktop tank, planted as well and home to a betta and two African dwarf frogs. And my oldest son has a 5.5g with a gourami, danios, and most surprisingly some kuhli loaches who must now be considered senior citizens in the fish world since they were from my original 29g!

Around the time I started keeping fish I also got my first digital camera and subsequently my Nikon D50. Sometimes while in not-so-great moods I look thru old photos and thought I’d share some of those today.

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6 thoughts on “02/25/11 Previous Life

  1. Those are such fun pictures! Sometimes it’s not about the quality (those these are good!) but about the memories they bring back.

    We have a tiny tank with ONE fish at the moment. And I think when he turns up his fins, we’ll just concentrate on the dog.

    • Dogs are the best! I do enjoy looking thru old photos. My kids do too, talking about how much they’ve changed, places they’ve been, etc. Fun stuff 😀

  2. Great pics! I had a few fish as a child but after finding out you can’t hold and cuddle with them, I lost interest 😛 . Have a great day!

    • Very true! A couple of the larger fish had very distinct personalities and could be hand fed, would follow me from one end of the tank to the other. But they’re not the snuggle monsters that my dogs are 🙂

  3. Beautiful pics! We used to have oscars too. Boy they were mean. We had a bunch of cichlids after that. They reproduced and we had their babies forever. We had some african frogs as well, and plecos. The last fish we had were two fancy goldfish. They survived the move north to Maine just barely – we called them our miracle fish! We then made a second move to our new (very old) home, which subsequently killed Sunny. Blackie survived, but we bought him “friends” at a local Petco which were infected w/ anchor worms. We treated him successfully for the infection, but it was a real trial. he lived for quite some time after that, but died in March of last year.

    • Thanks! Sounds like you’ve had some interesting fish adventures! I’m still shocked about the kuhli loaches I mentioned. They were bought almost 9 years ago, survived 3 moves, and are still alive & well 🙂

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