My first word was "fish", and my earliest memory is of the fish tank my parents had while I was a baby. I think this image inside my head, and vague memories of my mother cleaning the tank, are the main reason why I was initially interested in the hobby.

Starting with a 10 U.S. gallon tank and easy fish like Zebra Danios, and some Cory Catfish, I quickly upgraded to a 55 gallon tank and at one time having seven tanks in a relatively small apartment. Eventually, after buying a house, I 'consolidated' things and now have two 125 U.S. gallon freshwater tanks.

I've had some interesting experiences with my fish, such as moving them 1000 miles across the country and of course going through that lesson everyone needs to learn; not to trust the fish store.

I've ordered fish online, but now primarily use a store called Animal Island in Midlothian, Illinois. This store accepts fish returns for partial store credit, so I have used this to keep many different types of fish, gaining experience in a short time about a huge number of species.

My favorite fish so far: Vulture Catfish (2014):


Fish I’ve Kept: Vulture Catfish

This page lists *my* experiences with Vulture Catfish. While some of the … Continue reading

A Year In Aquarium Photographs

I have kept many different fish over the last year, and this … Continue reading

Getting rid of Brown Algae (diatoms) in an aquarium

More common in newly started tanks, Brown algae is quite a nuisance … Continue reading

Curing Freshwater Ich with Marine Salt

Note: This is my experience. I am not responsible for your losses … Continue reading

Fish I’ve Kept: Violet Goby

This page lists my experiences with Violet Goby (also known as Dragon … Continue reading

Fish I’ve kept: Giant Danios

This page lists my experiences with Giant Danios. While some of the … Continue reading

Never trust the fish store

If there is one thing you can be certain of when keeping … Continue reading

Fish I’ve kept: Tiger Barbs

This page lists my experiences with Tiger Barbs. While some of the … Continue reading

Moving House With Fish

So it has been about four months since my wife and I … Continue reading


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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.