John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Fridays Fotos: Fish Tank Bully

Fridays Fotos: Fish Tank Bully

My fish tank showing a blue African Cichlid, 2 tiger barbs and a golden gourami. The cichlid was given to a breeder because he terrorized the other fish. They are very territorial and aggressive but very smart as well. I'm sure he's being taken care of and I know my tank is healthier again :-) Sometimes you have to make a change to your environment to achieve the results that will make everyone happy.

Blue Cichlid, Tiger Barbs, Golden Gourami

The Blue Bully. My tank now has 4 tiger barbs, 1 golden gourami, a spotted shark catfish and a pleco. They all get along just fine!

 Blue African Cichlid

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Comment balloon 22 commentsJohn Mayer • August 17 2012 10:44AM

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Feeling confined and underwater, then speak to a short sale expert before you end up in the tank. 

Posted by Erv Fleishman, Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates (Realty Associates) about 7 years ago

Clever ad Erv. Sell those short sales!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

That was clever Erv!  I would love to have a fish tank but it is just too much work for me. If I could afford a professional to come clean it regularly then I would have a monster tank at home.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 7 years ago

Hi John,

This is a terrific salt water fish tank. I used to have one and I spent months getting the PH levels correct. Then I bought a bunch of beautiful colorful fish and I remember the clowns were my favorites. While I was on my honeymoon, the person babysitting the tank put a coffee pot inside the tank to warm the water and burned up all the fish and cracked the tank. I was upset but had to move on as it was an accident. I just look at tanks from a far now and your tank is beautiful.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 7 years ago

Yes change is often necessary to get the right setup.

I tried a fish tank for about a year to year and a half and discovered I am quite good at killing fish!

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 7 years ago

John, Those are some nice shots!  Have a great Friday Night and weekend!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 7 years ago

John - I will never forget that during a stressful time in my life, I bought a fish aquarium.  I had it in my thoughts that watching the fish would be relaxing.  Included among the fish I had, was a little monster no larger than a quarter called a Ruby Scat.  That darned fish was beating up and tearing fins on most every other fish in the tank.  I was so stressed out after several days of it, that I flushed him:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 7 years ago

John, your blue African Cichlid is so beautiful.  Too bad he's such a meanie! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago
Hi John, I used to have a pretty good collection of tropical when I was growing up. They sure were a lot of work. The blue bully looks like he is as you described, a bully. He would have his own tank with a few other bullies and they tend to be more passive with their own kind. Or as my little broher used to say, let's see em fight and may the best man win, LOL.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 7 years ago

Hi Sussie - A 20 gallon tank isn't that much work and is very soothing to watch.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Kristen - That's a shame about the hot pot in the tank. You should try again. BTW - My tank is freshwater.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Than - It just takes a little commitment and they're worth it.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Thanks Tony - You too!!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Hi Myrl - That can happen but if you consult your local fish store, they can usually set you up with compatible fish. I thought about flushing the blue bully but put an ad on Craig's List instead. He now has a more compatible home.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Hi Patricia - African cichlids are the next best thing to colorful saltwater fish but they do have a mean streak.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Hi William - I had a whole tank of blue and yellow bullies and they never got along. There was always one dominant fish who ruled the tank. Live feeder shrimp didn't stand a chance in there.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Believe it or not it was an employee of the local pet store, who recommended that first batch of fish.  They were "supposed" to get along.  This was before Craig's List days, or I would have likely used that option rather than the toilet.  But I was so upset with him after his last escapade, that I flushed him:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs.

Have a wonderful week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

Thanks Roy - I take my camera everywhere.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Myrl - I guess the fish store employee didn't have enough knowledge to advise you correctly. I can understand the stress because it happened in my tank. I have flushed fish before too but try to avoid it. Maybe you should try again :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

John  I wish it was as easy to make changes in your neighbors

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 7 years ago

Hi Karen - Unfortunately, bad neighbors can't be flushed down the toilet :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

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