So I just realized I have 11 fish tanks. Alright.. 10, one is split, LOL. But still.. it's dawned on me that a lot of my time goes to taking care of my fish.. of course this is nothing new, I love taking care of my animals, I would rather spend time with them then people most days!
There are a few joys that come with so many fish.. like walking into almost any room in my house and being greeted by a cute grumpy fish smile and a wiggling butt, like checking on my boys and finding a new bubble nest. And I love checking plants and seeing how much they've grown. My favorite thing is water tests.. I'll walk around the house and test all the tanks and it's so great to find every test in range and know all my fish are comfortable.
Of course there are downsides.. A lot of money has gone into my tanks, and if I wasn't such a thrifty woman it would be more then I could handle.. thankfully I'm good at finding deals and getting free tanks, lol! Water changes and filter maintenance are very time consuming. :( When my back wasn't screaming in pain, I loved doing water changes. It's so much fun to see which fish like swimming into the current and which avoid it. And there is nothing in the world like a topped off tank! Of course, I have to get people to help me now, I can't haul that 5 gallon bucket around anymore.
And the babies! Breeding isn't for everyone, but I've found it is incredibly calming to watch all my little baby betta swimming around in their tank, looking for food. They are the cutest things and I can't wait til they're older and their little personalities start showing.
Now there has never been a point in my life I didn't have some kind of pet. Cats, dogs, birds, lizards, snakes, rats, mice... on and on.. but none of them are quite as rewarding as fish. Though.. no one tell my cats that, we'll have some problems!
What are your favorite parts of having fish? Even if it's one tank!