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On Being Fish-Fond Part 3 of 3

January 10, 2008

Sometime in November of 2005, we received a 100x60x30cm tank as a gift. For a few weeks, it stayed on the floor waiting to be filled with water and fishes.

On the second week of December, hubby took home a silver arowana from Hornbach, a hardware store. I didn’t even know they sell fish there! It was 40euros.. =(


Markus (arowana’s name given by a friend) was about 5 inches then. He was alone in the tank for some time and he looks so bored in it. So we gave him 3 apple snails as companion.

DSC02979 aro and pleco

The snails stayed with Markus for a short time because the naughty fish played with them a lot…tossing them while crawling or maybe just smelling them, lol. We later recieved another gift, a Plecostomus about 15 inches from nose to tail. Both the tank and the Pleco were given in gratitude to hubby fixing computers!

Markus has gotten bigger by time, he is now 14 inches long! Still always sad-looking though.


An austrian friend once said that this is the saddest looking fish he ever saw. lol.

As a last installment, here are our oscars.

Hubby received 8 from a friend but I think he paid about 40euros for them, there was one albino and the rest were orange/brown but without the dots. Too bad the tank was too small that they quarrelled and 3 died soon. To date, we only have 3 remaining Oscars.

Our son Daniel has always been fond watching them, ejoying it even putting his hand for the fishes to tickle!

  1. Hi there Mommy G.

    Natuwa naman ako sa pet fish nyo. We can’t keep fish alive because our cat has ingenious ways of removing the tank lid..so the fish becomes cat food.

    Thanks for the nice words on my blog. God bless. =)

  2. Hello! Thanks for dropping by my blog and my Flickr account. I hope to hear from you more in the future once I update both accounts. Just super busy with stuff right now.

    Aren’t arowanas carnivorous? It might bite your son’s finger when it gets big enough.

    Take care. =D

  3. Hi Kc, just seeing your thumbnail photo makes me laugh already. It really is a fact that cats and fishes would never be friends…lol. Thanks for dropping by!Take care!

  4. Hi Vince (art of war?)! Daniel actually plays with the oscars, I think when they get to taste human flesh they might like it but good thing it never happened yet. Just enjoy being busy in that wonderful city!

    Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! =)

  5. A friend suggested that I get an aquarium…relaxing daw and it’s low maintenance. But another friend said that cleaning the tank is such hard work.:D So I dropped the whole idea. Besides, my apartment is already cramped…baka maiulam din ni Fritz ang isda!:)

  6. Naku Luna, that’s another combination that won’t work! But its true they’re relaxing to watch. Even the kids just stay silent in front of them…nag-iisip yata =D. Hubby and I have a hose lang for cleaning, to suck up the dirt…then hose lang uli to put back some water…though he does m ost of the work so I can’t say its really hard, lol.

  7. Lots of people love Arowana especially Chinese. And they usually prefer the gold rather than the silver breed. Anyway, Arowana(s) do have sad looking faces but they’re really expensive too.


  8. True Kyels, real expensive especially here because they are imported only. =(

    I think its also called Dragon fish by the chinese since its long body resembles their dragons…no? I haven’t seen a golden arowana around, only the silver ones, and they don’t get live food here, we don’t have lizards and cockroaches! lol. You take care!

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