Archive for May 17th, 2012


Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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.