The Friday Gathering for 2/1/2008

By glblguy

Clown fish
Photo by: jon hanson

We’ve been working on our salt water aquarium again this week. I’ve written about my adventures with the salt water aquarium previously where it way my fault the fish died. Well about two weeks ago, I got another infection of “salt water ick” that killed all of our fish again. Not my fault this time though, the water was perfect. Fortunately all of the corals, shrimps and other “creatures” survived. We also stopped buying expensive fish, so it wasn’t a big financial lose. My clown fish died though…hated that, they are my favorites. I’ve been doing a bunch of reading and research on salt water aquariums, so I feel like I have a much better understanding of the cause and how to avoid the problems in the future. We added some additional corals this week along with a few snails and a cheap little blue damsel fish to test the waters per say. Assuming it does okay, we’ll starting adding a few more over time.

While waiting for the bus this morning, my whole family was crowded around the tank watching the new fish, watching Jacques and Cousteau (our two cleaner shrimps) doing their their cleaning, and looking for all of the new little creatures and corals that just seem to be constantly growing. My wife and I were discussing how the aquarium has really become a focus point for our family along with a great educational opportunity for our 6 children. My 8 year old has been checking out marine aquarium books from his school library and reading them like crazy. It’s an expensive, but fruitful hobby.

While not fully up yet, I’m starting another blog to share my learnings around salt water aquariums and to write about my new found hobby. I’ll share the address with you once I finish setting it up which will hopefully be soon.

Blog carnivals this week

I participated in a number of blog carnivals this week:

Make sure you head over and check all of these great carnivals. They feature the cream of the crop from LOTS of bloggers. They are a really great way to find some good reads.

The Gathering of my blog roll favorites:

From the M-Network:

From the rest of my blog roll:

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Oh, don’t forget, Saturday’s are now guest post days on Gather Little by Little, so make sure you check the site tomorrow where Ryan from Millionaire Money Habits will be my guest! Interested in writing a guest post? Contact me!

7 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Friday Gathering for 2/1/2008”

  1. Mrs. Micah Says:

    Thanks for including the festival. Sorry about your fishies. My mom refused to buy us any because she’d just never been able to keep them alive. Hopefully your luck will be better.

  2. Lynnae @ Says:

    Sorry to hear about your fish. :( Can’t wait to see your new blog, though I will NOT be tempted to start a salt water aquarium! :)

    Thanks for including the CoMS and my post!

  3. Emily Says:

    Oh poor fish! My 3 year old is sitting here with me chanting “Nemo!” :)

  4. glblguy Says:

    @Lynnae – Hmmm, a challenge…tempt Lynnae to get an aquarium…

    @Emily – hehe, our two clown fish were named Nemo and Marlin ;-)

  5. Patrick Says:

    Yeah – I want a BMW. They are sweet cars! I thought about getting a salt water aquarium as well, but quite honestly, I don’t want to mess with it at this point in time. The learning curve is not something I want to deal with! :)

  6. Randall Says:

    We went through about 4-5 rounds of fishies before we got it right. Just don’t let the kids start yelling “Fish Killer” at you. (or if you do, do what I did and start serving fish sticks regularly to scar their little minds.) :)

    Thanks for the linkey-linkies.

  7. What Do Snails Eat Says:

    You really have to watch water snails. They will reproduce non stop if conditions are right. If you have more than one snail they will reproduce. Snails will take on the gender needed to reproduce. The only way to cut back on the snail reproduction is to cut back drastically on how much you feed them. Also, snails will reproduce when they are stressed. It is best to add snails to your taken one at a time, so they can acclimate