Phish – Lucy and Ethel (Part 1) – Fish Tanks as a Gift

ETHEL – My close up for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

A year ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I thought about it, and decided, I would love a fish tank for goldfish.

For over twenty years we had an outdoor pond. When lifting the dirty filter out of the pond became cumbersome, we filled it in and gave the large koi to a friend. I missed watching the beautiful fish, and knew a fish tank indoors would fill the void.

ETHEL AND LUCY SWIMMING IN THE 20 GALLON AQUARIUM

Most pet stores sell aquarium sets: filters, lights, filter accessories, and heaters are included. Since I already knew I was filling mine with goldfish, the heater was unnecessary, but it was included in the kit. Gravel was not included, plants also were extra. The background was another purchase. Still…when the items were totaled, even adding in the cost of two 3-inch goldfish later in the week, the aquarium set-up was under $75.00. I certainly didn’t feel extravagant in choosing this as a birthday present.

One disappointment was the recommendation of the person who netted the fish I chose, two small goldfish were almost too many for a 20 gallon tank. Goldfish grow fast and are a messy fish. They create a lot of waste. Goldfish aren’t the best fish for beginners. I felt a bit miffed, I had envisioned at least four to five goldfish for my tank. I was wise though, and followed her advice, and picked out two small goldfish who I named Lucy and Ethel. I also bought three snails to take the place of the fish I didn’t have room for in the tank. I named them Ricky Ricardo, Little Ricky and Fred Mertz. Are you old enough to see what the theme is for my aquarium?

Live-bearers, guppies, swordfish, mollies, and platies are a better bet for a first aquarium. If, like me, you have a bit of experience with outdoor ponds, and previous aquariums, give the goldfish a try. Here’s a great article from Fish Tank World about keeping goldfish in an indoor tank.

7 REASONS WHY GOLDFISH AREN’T GOOD FOR BEGINNERS

One thing this article mentions is something I have found to be true: a characteristic of goldfish is they like company. Lucy and Ethel display this trait all the time; they brush against each other gently, much the way a cat rubs his head against your leg. I love watching these two beautiful creatures. Part 2 & 3 of my goldfish adventure will follow soon.

I checked two sources for Aquariums and accessories, and aquarium kits to include with this post. Pet chain store prices are between $75.00 to $100.00 to set up a 20 gallon aquarium. Amazon has kits that contain decor also, but the prices are a bit higher. The best idea is to check out small business pet stores in your area and support local dealers.

7 thoughts on “Phish – Lucy and Ethel (Part 1) – Fish Tanks as a Gift

  1. My (now) ex-husband and I had two fish tanks about 30 years ago. The 20 gallon tank had the fresh water fish (guppies, clown fish and zebra fish) and the 50 gallon tank had salt water fish. They were gorgeous but also very high maintenance. Moreover, the salt water fish cost considerably more so their tank had to be pristine. Believe I had paid $8.00 for some of the insignificant ones. Those years have cured me for ever wanting another fish tank.

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    1. They are definitely high maintenance. When we first were married, over 40 years ago now, we had tanks, for some reason they were easier when I was younger. I think the LED light fixture causes the algae to grow much faster. It is really hard to keep the sides free from the build-up.

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