John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: My Fish Tank Restaurant

My Fish Tank Restaurant

Woody Allen once said, "I hate nature. It's like one enormous restaurant." I just cleaned my fish tank because somebody ate both of my algae eaters and the tank was getting a little too green. After two hours of cleaning, new filters and a water change, the little devils are happy again. Now I have to go and buy the biggest and meanest algae eater I can find so it won't happen again :-).

Pictured below is a Golden Gourami.

Golden Gourami

I think my spotted shark catfish is the culprit but I didn't catch him in the act.

 Spotted Shark Catfish

 Tiger Barbs and a Golden Gourami.

 Cape Canaveral Fish Tank

Tiger Barb on the Prowl.

 Cape Canaveral Fish Tank

  It's time to have some fun in the the Sunshine State!

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Comment balloon 34 commentsJohn Mayer • November 19 2012 01:01AM

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Hey John,

The pictures are gorgeous.  You must a pretty sizeable tank.  Thanks for sharing.  Have an awesome day!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) about 7 years ago

Thanks Jordan - Actually, the tank is only 20 gallons but I gues the photos make it look bigger.

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

I wish I could afford a wall size fish tank as I love them.  But the expense and the work would kill me.  Great photos John.

Posted by John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast (RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC) about 7 years ago

Wow John, those pictures are stunning.  What kind of camera did you use?

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) about 7 years ago
You've got some pretty fish. Tank maintenance sounds like a pretty big maintenance headache. Aren't there folks who will come do that for you at minimal cost?
Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 7 years ago

I had about 100 galloon tank that my mother bought for my kids. (Which means it was mine.) I seem to be very good at killing fish, so it was taken done. Glad you are more talented.

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

Hi John - I'd like a bigger tank but just don't have the space. They're fun to watch.

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

Thanks Bob - I used my Nikon D90 using a very high ISO. The little devils never stop moving! I had to take a lot of photos.

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

Jeanne and Ralph - It's only 20 gallons and tank maintenance is a lot easier with algae eaters (which they ate :-)

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

Hi Than - It's like watering your garden. If you stop, your flowers will die. Try a goldfish bowl :-)

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

John, Great photos!  I have never gotten into the whole fish tank experience, I like to look at them, I just have never wanted to have one.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 7 years ago
Hi John, Your photos are wonderful and really enjoyed this post. I particularly liked the Woody Allen quote. If you have ever watched the Discovery Channel of the animal kingdom food chain, one would almost have to agree with his opinion.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 7 years ago

Hi John, Congratulations, your post has been Featured in the ActiveRainPhotoBlogger group.

Congratulations John !

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 7 years ago

Back in the 1970s, I went through several years of keeping a nice size aquarium.  I had purchased it because I thought it would calm my nerves, from raising a raucous family:-)  Alas, I never could seem to get the right community of fish together.  Someone in that tank was continually beating up another.  The worst came when I introduced a small quarter sized Ruby Scat to the mix.  That little barbarian chewed the fins of the Angel Fishes down to the bare nubbins.  Finally, after frustration got the best of me, I gave the aquarium to Goodwill:-)  I'm much calmer these days - No Kids Living At Home. . .No Fish Tanks:-)

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

Hi John,

I used to have a salt water tank and it was a real problem getting the water levels correct. I killed a lot of those black fish until I could put the pretty salt water fish in it. My favorites were the clowns. Thanks for sharing such great photos and sorry you are missing your algae eaters! Some one in the tank is not hungry today!  

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

John, the only time I ever tried fish, they started to eat one another, and I sort of freaked out.  Now I'm doing Labradoodles.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi John,

Bet they are happy little fish!  Nice job with your pictures too!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

DeeDee

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 7 years ago

Hello John and those are some great photos, thanks for the views!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 7 years ago

John  Very lovely photos   Arthur and I stopped by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

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

John,

Great acquarium shots. Sorry about the little dustup there. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago
John, you have a beautiful aquarium! Wonder who ate the algae eater? Here's wishing you and yours a happy thanksgiving!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 7 years ago

Hi Myrl - The trick is to do some research about what kinds of fish get along. Even then, there can be a bad apple in the tank. If that's the case, I usually trade him in for something else. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi Tony - They're fun to watch and don't pee on the rugs :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi Kristin - Saltwater tanks can be more difiicult to maintain but the fish are more colorful. I got a new "pleco" algae eater and so far, he's still swimming :-)

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

Thanks William - I appreciate the feature! This planet is just full of predators and prey :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi Patricia - You're smart to stay with what makes you happy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi DeeDee - They're happy for now anyway. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Thanks VB - Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Thank you Karen. I took about 40 photos just to get these ones. They are always moving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi Steve - That's what happens in "Nature's Restaurant". Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Hi Sylvia - I think my spotted shark catfish ate them. Hopefully, my new pleco will do better. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

John,

Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Thanks Steve - I really appreciate the feature!

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

John,

My pleasure. Nice post and very well received in the group. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

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