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Freddy

Freddy the Plecostomus – April 14, 2004

By sheer coincidence this photo showed up in my desktop slideshow almost exactly eleven years to the day that it was taken. As I mentioned in this post, I was once really into the aquarium hobby, at one point even setting up my bed next to my tank.

This photo was taken before bed, in bed. “Freddy” was the first fish that I named. I got him when he was a couple of inches long, and he grew to about a foot before I had to give him away (I think I was moving out, but don’t remember exactly). Subsequent plecos I’ve kept have used some variation of the original name, i.e. “Freddy Junior” or “Freddy the 3rd”.

If I ever get another plecostomous in the future, I will continue the tradition of naming it Freddy.

A Dozen Fish Photos

Was digging around and found a set of a dozen photos of my fish over the years… I surely miss keeping a fish tank and will certainly keep one once I’m settled into my new home, but for now these photos will have to do.

Goodbye For Now, Aquarium Hobby

For the first time in over 10 years, I do not have an active aquarium running. I gave away my last few fish today, a plecostomus and a cichlid, and tonight I begin the tear-down of my last tank. I started with a lowly 10 gallon and finished with a 40 gallon acrylic, with many in between. Here are pictures of some of them from over the years.

20 gallon long, November 2001

20 gallon long, November 2001

10 gallon, May 2002

10 gallon, May 2002

50 gallon, June 2002

50 gallon, June 2002

10 gallon goldfish, August 2002

10 gallon goldfish, August 2002

50 gallon, October 2002

50 gallon, October 2002

50 gallon glass, June 2006

50 gallon glass, June 2006

50 gallon glass, November 2006

50 gallon glass, November 2006

20 gallon long, November 2006

20 gallon long, November 2006

29 gallon planted, April 2008

29 gallon planted, April 2008

50 gallon planted, March 2009

50 gallon planted, March 2009

29 gallon vals, July 2009

29 gallon vals, July 2009

50 gallon oscar, August 2009

50 gallon oscar, August 2009

75 gallon glass, July 2010

75 gallon glass, July 2010

40 gallon acrylic initial setup, May 2011

40 gallon acrylic initial setup, May 2011

29 gallon glass, July 2011

29 gallon glass, July 2011

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012 (side view)

40 gallon acrylic, January 2012 (side view)

40 gallon acrylic near tear-down, April 2012

40 gallon acrylic near tear-down, April 2012

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

This was one of the most beautiful tanks that I kept. Unfortunately, it took up too much of my time and I eventually tore it down. Most of the fish in it are dead now, but some still survive in my 75 gallon tank. Below are some of the best photos that I took of the aquarium and its inhabitants.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

Early stages of the tank, taken about 3 months after initial setup. Was not planning planted tank at this time.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

6 months after initial setup, I decided to fill in the tank a bit more and add more plants.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

A closer view of the 6 month old tank.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

The matriarch of the tank, a beautiful Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus).

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

9 months later, a Clown Plecostomus (Peckoltia Vittata) also calls my tank its home.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

Water change in progress: adding new water to the tank.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

A view from the side of the tank, now 1 year old.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

Full view of 1 year old tank.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

A German Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi).

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

Another full view, but a little closer and brighter.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

The Bolivian Ram hanging around a piece of Java-moss-covered driftwood.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

It’s a jungle out there.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

A photo of the tank after a fresh cleaning and trim.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

A closer view of the trimmed Water Wisteria, Hygrophila difformis.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

Closeup view of Otocinclus affinis.