To give you some background on my new aquarium, I have been talking about setting up an aquarium since shortly after we moved. My plan was to set one up in my office first, and then set one up at home later. Becky got tired of me talking about it and never doing anything about it, though, and got me a 20 gallon extra high tank for our anniversary. She set it up in the island paradise bathroom that she was decorating for me. I would still like to setup that office aquarium, too. Maybe for Christmas or my birthday…
(Sorry that some of the pictures are dark. The flash produces too much glare off the glass surfaces in the room, and I was anxious to get the post up, so I didn’t want to wait for a sunny day to bring in adequate light through the window. The overhead lights are incandescant, which would give the room an orange glow. So, that just leaves us with the florescent bulb in the fish tank – not really adequate for general photography.)
Short of having an ocean view out the window, I must say that this is one of the finest views from the loo that a person could hope to have.
And, in case we forget what we’re after, we have this handy treasure map to guide us right into Nassau.
One of my favorite details in the room is the parrot. The towel bar is absurdly close to the surface below, making it useless for towels. So, we might as well use it for something.
Finally, I failed to mention in my previous post that in addition to the tropical island themes, we also have some Jimmy Buffett references sprinkled throughout. I knew I left that salt shaker somewhere…
Above the right end of the salt shaker, you see one of the new residents of the tank. At the moment, the only residents are four zebra danios. They are quite twitchy and difficult to photograph, as you can see here. I won’t add anything else until the tank has cycled in 4-8 weeks. (“Cycling the tank” means allowing the beneficial bacteria time to setup shop in the biological filter, converting the ammonia created by fish metabolism into nitrite which is then converted into less harmful nitrate. There is a good site on setting up an aquarium and cycling it here.) After the tank has cycled, I’ll probably add a couple more zebras, a few tetras, and maybe one or two other things. We’ll see!