What is a person that keeps aquarium fish called?
Fish keeping is a serious commitment. A person that keeps aquarium fish is called n aquarist. I have been an aquarist since I was just a little girl. When I go back in time, I think I must have been about eight years old.
At first, I kept local Michigan juvenile fish like Dogfish, (or Bowfins) like these below. My best childhood friend, Bob, and I would catch them at a large pond at the end of our street.
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We also kept Bullhead minnows. They were jet black with silky white tummies. They looked like that had little tuxedos on! Beautiful little fish!
Today, one of my hobbies is Freshwater Tropical Fish. My goals as an aquarist are focused on having as natural an aquarium as I can. I am drawn to South American and Amazon fish. So you might say I have a general blackwater setup. I add elements that I know my fish and plants like to make the water soft and acidic.
I have driftwood, oak twigs, and Indian Almond Leaves in my tanks. I use low to medium light plants. No, not a plastic or artificial plant in sight :). I do not have CO2 setup. Both tanks are low-tech and natural. I do not have any algae issues, but do use an afternoon siesta to allow CO2 levels to recover. My fish seem to enjoy it. My Cories and Neons really enjoy this time period for breeding.
My Calico Bristlenose seems to not mind bright daylight. His name is Remo (which means: oar, swift, strong one). He comes out all the time and has quite a strong personality. He enjoys the siesta, too.
Our two cats take a siesta in the afternoon and since my husband works nights, he sleeps during the day. If I stay up late working on various projects, I too take an afternoon siesta.
Introduction To My Aquariums
I don’t have expensive “fish rooms” or anything like that, but I have two aquariums:
55 Gallon – Mostly Tetras
15.8 Gallon – Male Betta splendens, Black Neons, Ghost Shrimp
29 Gallon – Livebearers
I have journaled about the experience of setting up and caring for both tanks. For the 15.8-gallon tank. I just round it up and call it a “16 gallon” to make things easier.
The 55-gallon is my first “dirted-tank.” I have also kept a journal on all of the ups and downs of this setup.
If you would like to see my posts about the 55-gallon, search for the tag “55.” For the 16-gallon, search for the tag “16.” For the new 29-gallon, search for the tag “29.” For all of my freshwater posts, just use the category, “fish.”
Join My Fish Community
If you have an interest in keeping fish, whether you are a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between like me, I would like to invite you to join the fish community that I am active in. There are some very knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful folks there. What I like about being an aquarist is that we all share our passion and experience to help improve the hobby.
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I hope you enjoy my posts about my freshwater planted aquariums and my fish family.