The Aquarium

When my older daughter was 3 years old, we were given a ten gallon aquarium. We loved it. The fish were neat to watch as they swam back and forth, relieving tension in the viewer. We had some mollies, a couple cat fish, some neons, and a plecostomus. A plecostomus is a shy, prehistoric-looking bottom feeder that keeps the tank clean. Wikipedia says: “Plecostomus, pleco, or plec is the common name of several species of freshwater loricariid catfish commonly sold as aquarium fish.” He was very shy and would lose his color when frightened. I remember sitting by the tank one night and he was feeding close to the front of the tank. I moved forward and he moved back, growing pale. When I sat back, he swam forward to feed again. We repeated this action several times. I was fascinated by his shyness.

It only took a short time for my daughter to run around chattering about the plecostomus! It was fun to hear her converse about him!

When we moved a few years later, we gave away our aquarium and our wonderful plecostomus. To this day, he is a special memory.

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2 thoughts on “The Aquarium

  1. My daughter got an aquarium when she gave up her dummy. It was her first very own pet she looks after very well. For her the dogs were all of ours but slightly more my husband, my son and mine as she was the youngest and didn’t spend as much time with them (her way of putting it) and so was the cat as we had him before we had her. So the fish were truly hers. We’ve lost the guppies over time and now she has one beautiful angel fish.

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