Welcome to Aquariverse.
This blog constitutes and chronicles an adventure in becoming a better aquarist… and hopefully a better blogger.
As for the aquarium: My goal is to create a more vibrant, naturalistic and healthy habitat for my pet fish who, when all is written and done, rely on the care, commitment and curiosity of a well-meaning but all too fallible human. Regarding the blog: hopefully it won’t be too water-logged, but bear with me.
As for Aquariverse: I will learn to add photos and not just of my fish (as charming as they are) — but also my tank’s (and blog’s) evolution from a pretty conventional, boring set-up to something as aesthetic as it is ecologically balanced. I suspect those twin goals are connected and mutually sustaining. More on that in a future post.
And, as for the future: Aquariverse will also feature interviews with aquaria experts and enthusiasts, and eventually photos, videos and music clips; all in the service of sharing tips, joy and amusement.
If you’ve read this far, and of course you have or you wouldn’t be reading this sentence, you may be wondering why I included curiosity among those human attributes pet fish rely on.
Curiosity because that’s what prompts me to wonder and act on: “What’s that?” and “What if?”
“What’s that?” is too often followed by a: “Yikes!” and then a quick google around the many helpful fish remedy and aquarium troubleshooting sites populating the web. I will dedicate a post to listing them … after first inviting readers to send links they’ve also found reliably useful and well-informed.
“What if?” is more proactive than reactive … usually inspired by seeing somebody else’s really gorgeous, lush aquascape or unexpected combination of species. “What if I tried that? Will it work in the community I’ve already established? What if I just buy a third tank?”
“What’s that?” and “What if?” by their nature seek a response, hopefully a conversation. With that in mind, please feel free to share your comments, questions and answers for possible inclusion in this shared adventure.
“a posse ad esse,”
With a quick p.s. to credit where credit is due: The avatar photo first appeared in The Guardian Newspaper on New Year’s Day, 2014. It was taken at Copacabana Beach in Brazil by photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba … AFP/Getty Images.
“Bertie Wooster’s” quote on the title page:
“We leave at dawn. Or ten-nish anyway.”
From: Sebastian Faulk’s “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” — an homage to P.G. Wodehouse and a thoroughly delicious read! c. 2013 St. Martin’s Press.