Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

Oh man, this is deep stuff. We ARE in a big tank with a leak. Is anyone watching, ready to rescue us? One can only hope....


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

My nine-year old brain would have had a great time with the leaking tank metaphor!

We might need to plug our own leaks...


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

My kids love fish tanks whenever we see them at doctor's offices or the pet store. I only see work and do not picture myself being brave enough to care for a large tank! So how does the story end?! Did the leak get repaired?


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Scott drove all over town trying to find a replacement 55 gallon tank. Then after work on Wednesday we caught all 23 fish and put them in temporary tanks, drained the leaking tank, took out all the sand and rock, put the new tank on the stand, leveled it, refilled it, put back the sand & rocks, caught 23 fish again, and put them back into their new home. Oh, and then we cleaned up the mess we made.

And I don't ever want to have to all that again. I think next time I might have to relocate the fish to somewhere else--permanently.


Lilianpw's picture Lilianpw

Phew!! I couldn't see the other comments before posting, so I didn't know what had happened.

Photos? ;)

(are these tropical or freshwater fish?)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

They are African Cichlids--freshwater, but high-maintenance and specialized as a hobby. They're really neat fish, though, and have strong personalities.