Well, I did it. I finally got my act together and the aquarium is now set up. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get it done. My friend at work gave me her aquarium and heater, filter, and air bubbler. On Sunday, I sat on the floor trying to figure out how the filter pieces needed to be put together and had no luck. So we took a family trip the the aquarium store and they were very helpful in showing me how to put together the filter. I was also able to buy my gravel, water chemicals for conditioning, aquarium background, a siphon, and get some basic education. That night, after Ari went to bed I was able set the aquarium on the stand–I had already checked the tank for leaks–and now the water was in, the chemicals, the heater and filter and light were setup. I then let the tank run for 24 hours. When Ari saw the tank set up Monday, he was so excited. He thought we already had fish in there but couldn’t find them. I explained we have get the fish on Tuesday so we had to wait until the tank was ready. Since Monday was Ari’s birthday, he received alot of phone calls from family and friends and everytime he spoke to someone the first thing out of his mouth was “I’m getting fishies” so I know he was thrilled about it. On Tuesday morning I dropped Ari off at day care and with a water sample in hand, made my way to a petstore. They checked the water to make sure it was free of nitrates, nitrites and chlorine and check the pH. With the two thumbs up, I picked out my fish–I mean Ari’s Fish. I purchased a neon green tetra glofish, a galactic purple danio glofish, and a starfire red danio glofish. Once I got them home, I went through the process of acclimating them–floating the bag, slowly putting tank water in the bag, And then releasing them by net. The two danio’s seem to adjust quickly but the tetra kept swimming towards the side and definitely seemed more confused than the others. Once acclimated for a while, I fed the fishies and let them be. When my son came home from day care, he was thrilled with the new fish. I asked him what he wanted to call them and he named them clown fish green, clown fish, purple, and clownfish red…I will ask him again tomorrow what he would like to name them. So hopefully these guys survive the next few weeks as that can be the toughest time on the fish. I will keep you posted.