Aquarium

I’ve been caring for aquatic animals for nearly as long as I’ve been playing guitar. One day I’ll get into larger aquariums, but so far I’ve had fresh- and saltwater tanks of the following sizes (in U.S. gallons): 1, 2.5, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 28, 29, 40, 55, 75.

Gallery

Below are some of the more photogenic animals I’ve owned. Some of my old favorites predate digital photography and are absent here–sorry, Gus!

Pair of percula clowns that spawned every 14 days for about 13 years.

Zeke, a honeycomb moray eel who grew from about 28″ to nearly 48″ during the 3.5 years before he outgrew his tank. There was almost always at least one cleaner shrimp at work on Zeke.

Silvia, a female rose queen cichlid who’s grown from about 7″ to more than 12″ since she arrived in July, 2014. I keep hoping that she’s done growing, but she continues to expand in every dimension.

Tukey, a peacock mantis shrimp. These are one of the most amazing animals in the world–you should Google it!

Octopus, another of the most amazing animals in the world. You probably don’t need to Google this one, they’re pretty familiar.

Toma, a red-tailed catfish who grew to nearly 24″ as she outgrew her tank (and later tub).

Rufus, a tiger shovelnose catfish that reached about 22″ as it outgrew the tank.

Pinky, a red-bellied piranha.

Gold piranha.

Volitans lionfish.

Clown triggerfish. Probably the messiest eater I’ve ever seen, would positively shred its food and only seemed to eat a small fraction of it.

The smaller of two pairs of managuense, or jaguar cichlids. The male is in front above hundreds of eggs on this pair’s spawning slate.

Species List

To the best of my recollection, these are the species I’ve owned. Asterisks mark those that have spawned. On the rare occasions when an animal was given a name, that’s listed in parentheses.

Freshwater

Arowana
  Black
  Silver (Jerry)
Barb
  Cherry
  Rosy
Catfish
  Corydoras, sterbai
  Corydoras, julii
  Corydoras, albino aeneus
  Corydoras, panda
  Corydoras, spotted
  Marmoratus
  Otocinclus
  Pictus
  Pleco, bristlenose
  Pleco, bristlenose, albino
  Pleco, common
  Pleco, gibbiceps
  Pleco, gray spotted
  Pleco, leopard
  Pleco, royal
  Pleco, gold-striped royal
  Pleco, clown
  Red-tailed (Toma)
  Synodontis, angelicus
  Synodontis, petricola
  Synodontis, multipunctatus
  Synodontis, decorus
  Synodontis, nigrita
  Tiger shovelnose (Rufus)
Cichlid
  Blue acara
  Buttikoferi
  Convict*
  Discus, brown
  Discus, heckel
  Discus, red turquoise*
  Electric blue johanni
  Firemouth
  Green terror
  Jack Dempsey
  Julidochromis, regani
  Julidochromis, marlieri
  Managuense*
  Mbuna, albino
  Oscar
  Purple rose queen (Sylvia)
  Red devil (Petey)
  Red terror
  Synspilum
Loach
  Clown
  Kuhli
  Weather
Tetra
  Black neon
  Cardinal
  Pacu, black
  Pacu, red-belly
  Piranha, gold
  Piranha, red-belly (Gus; Pinky)
  Red-eye
  Serpae
Miscellaneous
  Bala shark
  Blue lobster
  Cigar shark
  Dwarf frog
  Newt
  Snakehead, blue
  Snakehead, red-line

Saltwater

Angelfish
  Coral beauty
  Flame
  Potter’s
Clownfish
  Maroon
  Ocellaris*
  Percula*
Crab
  Blue-leg hermit
  Sally lightfoot
Lionfish
  Radiata
  Volitans
Moray eel
  Black-edge
  Chainlink (Bernie)
  Honeycomb (Zeke)
  Snowflake
  Viper
Shrimp
  Cleaner
  Fire
  Peacock mantis (Tukey)
Triggerfish
  Clown
  Picasso
  Undulated
Miscellaneous
  Anglerfish
  Blue damsel
  Brittle star
  Octopus