You read right. Our beloved fish tank has moved on to greener pastures. Once a staple as the division between the kitchen area and the living area in our main room, we’ve opened up some space, gained some free time and found new homes for our beautiful Discus.
I’ve been keeping tropical fish as long as I’ve lived on my own, so when we bought our place a few years back, I was excited at the possibility of getting back into the hobby after a year off while we lived in our first Chicago apartment. I jumped in full bore, purchased a gorgeous stainless steel show tank from Craigslist and dove head first into the Discus hobby.
They’re a challenging species of fish to keep, requiring an hour or two of weekly maintenance and a monthly cleaning that sometimes took me a few hours. So with spring around the corner, an energetic dog in the house and bicycles begging to be ridden outdoors, I found myself at a point where cleaning a fish tank was no longer at the top of my priority list. I’d been thinking about it all winter, and decided to pull the trigger and list the big honkin’ thing back on Craigs. I found new homes for the fish (at a profit!), sold the tank and never looked back.
I’ll admit, seeing the bare section of wall between the two windows for the first time was a little sad, but I know I made the right decision. I’m also certain that I’m not done with fish. Not by a long shot. They have a calming presence (often Kim would find me perched on a bar stool, totally transfixed by their movement), and no one can doubt the beauty of a gorgeous young pair like this.
In the end, I made a few bucks (some of which will be diverted toward a tiny kitchen table eventually- we’ll keep you posted), lightened my workload around the house a little bit and made a bit of time to keep Jack exhausted (wanna go to the P-A-R-K, anyone?).
With my past time, well, in the past, I’d love to know if there are any fellow fish lovers out there, and if so, do you maintain a tank in your home? Anyone given up the hobby for good, or taken a bit of a break like us? Or maybe you have another favorite distraction? Let’s hear it.