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fish tanks in the backyard

Posted By: laura <farabo@sirius.com>
Date: Monday, 4 September 2000, at 5:31 p.m.

I have 3 tanks -- 2 are standard glass 25 gallon tanks each with a 30" h wood stand. They are both on my backporch. Most of the year I keep the backdoor open and the fish are a part of my regular everyday life. Each tank has a magnum pro filter. One tank is tropical and the other cold, but I keep a heater in the cold tank set lo. No electric lights!! I have screen lids for both of these tanks which I take off during the day and put on at night.

The tropical tank is home to a thriving paradise fish family. Mama, Papa and their seven babies who are now 1 yr old. This is the second brood we've raised to young adulthood. The first brood I gave away to a very good fish store here in San Francisco but I felt terrible about it, just miserable. Never again. So, this bunch have made themselves very much at home .... but if any good homes were to come along ......

which brings me to my cold water tank. When the moment came to abandon my sweet paradise firstborn to the care of the storekeeper, I felt a desperate need to make him think kindly upon me that he might transfer than affection to my fish. I asked if he had a fish he knew he could never sell, for whatever reason. Lo and behold he happened to have two unhappy fancy goldfish. I took them home.A big fat elaborately coiffed black Moor and a squat awkward gold Lionhead. The Moor has one very large bulbuous eye and another no more than a tiny knob of flesh -- blind as a bat. The Lionhead looks fine but he's a little stiff. I have come to treasure these two. a couple of weeks ago The Moor began to list. Swim bladder. Initially both fish and I were devastated ... I expected him to die. I thought about putting him out of his misery. But his appetite never wavered. he calmed down, and except for the fact that he spends most of his time upside down, he's the same old fish he's always been. He's always been a hand-fed fellow, and now even moreso but he seems okay. I did try a saltwater dip, but it had no effect. He is very reponsive, alert, living his own little moorish life.

Next time I'll write about the third tank, the big one that lives out in the backyard -- custom-made 8' x 2' by 4" plex. an engineering marvel! my pride and joy! I'm headed out there now to work in the garden and visit the fishies. Happy Labor Day, laura

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