In all of my years as an exotic veterinarian, I have never had any practical experience or personal experience with fish. It is one of those things that you really don’t need to learn about on a professional level, unless you want to. I sat through some interesting continuing educationg classes on koi health a few years back, and it was entertaining but that was about it. Well, now that my son is almost three and we have been watching Finding Nemo, I am thinking it may be a good time to set up as small aquarium in the house. I think I would like to start with a freshwater aquarium and I am looking into Glofish, genetically engineered phosphorescing fresh water fish. This process seems like it will be a great educational experience for me to learn about aquariums and fish and I know my son well enjoy his very own tank. But, truthfully, I am very nervous. My friend was generous and gave me an aquarium and quite a bit of the equipment that I will need. She also gave me information on how to setup the tank. But it is daunting since I don’t even know what anything is. I am planning to take a trip to the local aquarium store in the next day or two so I can find out what I need, recommended number of fish, how to clean things properly, etc. I just hope I am not getting in over my head. I also am in the process of trying to find a good aquarium stand. Somethinig sturdy that won’t break if a toddler leans against it and something that won’t allow a cat to attack my fish. I am definintely concerned about how my cats will react. I know that it will be a source of entertainment for them but I have to figure out where to place the aquarium that will prevent fishing expeditions and other mishaps that my cats can think of. My goal is to try and have the entire setup finished by my son’s birthday. That gives me about 5 weeks to get my act in gear. As I make progress, I will document my project and my final result.