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Freshwater Aquarium - A Day In The Life Of Kris The Kissing Gourami

May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 223

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Ever wondered what it was like to be a freshwater fish in a 75-gallon freshwater aquarium? Well here is a one on one interview with Kris, a pink Kissing Gourami.

Jim: "Thank-you for swimming over here for an interview Kris."

Kris: "My pleasure, Jim."

Jim: "First Kris, Why do they call you guys Kissing Gourami."

Kris: " Well Jim, you can see my lips are always puckering like you humans do when you kiss. But it really is not a sign of affection, we do it to show dominance over the other ones in my tank. As you can see, I am the dominate one in this tank."

Jim: "Interesting, how are your other tank mates?"

Kris: " Well Jim, I get along with all my tank mates as long as we leave each other alone. I think you humans classify all of us as semi-aggressive. I do not know why, I am as calm as any fish in this tank, as long as I am left alone! You need to watch out for those seven Tiger Barb though. They travel as a gang and cannot be trusted. Those blue Three Dot Gourami are alright but I do not trust them either, they are always swimming around in the middle of the tank and going to the surface for air. Just like me."

Jim: "Kris I think you may be a little paranoid. How is your food here?"

Kris:"It is the best Jim. I eat algae and those little Ramshorn snails you see running around my tank, they are quite tasty. The person I own comes in every morning and turns the light on and feeds us fish flakes and if he is in a good mood, he may even give us some frozen blood worms. But he is a little stingy with the food. We only get enough to eat in 2 minutes. He said it has something to do with the food decaying and turning into nitrates."

Jim: "Speaking of food decaying and nitrates, how does he keep your home?"

Kris: " Fairly good, weekly he removes 10% of the water and replaces it with clean water and at the same time he vacuums the carpet or as he likes to call it the substrate, what ever. He also checks the water to ensure the pH is between 6.5 and 8.5, the water temperature is always at 77 degrees and he keeps the nitrates at less than 20 ppm. Another thing he did before I arrived he did some sort of nitrogen cycle to keep the ammonia and nitrite at zero ppm which I really like."

Jim: "Do you have a girlfriend Kris?"

Kris: "Well yes, but you cannot tell and I am not going to show her to you. In fact, the only way you knew I was a male is because I told you."

Jim: "Well Kris thanks for the interview it was really informative."

Kris: "You are quite welcome Jim, I see the person I own is coming in to turn the lights off. he always keeps them on for 12 hours, he should get a timer to do it for him, but he is really dumb. I look forward to when he turns them on, feeding time!"

J.W. Chase is an amateur Aquarist who has successfully been keeping aquariums for over 35 years. Over 75% of people who start aquariums fail in the first month for lack of knowledge. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium, go to his web site and download a free eBook on "15 Tips On Building And Maintaining An Aquarium" at http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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