By now our fine-finned friends are settling in nicely in their 180
gallon tank at Cook Park. The fish at Aspen are happy to have new
friends nearby as well! Have you stopped by to say, in fish talk
with lips moving up and down, "Hello?" I'm sure they would like
Did you know that our fish are fed automatically once every day?
No one needs to sprinkle those smelly little flakes in our tank! We
have an Aquarium Maintenance professional - Tom Honeycut - who
handles the feeding, cleaning and care of our fish. He also makes
sure that the fish have the right temperature of water in the tank,
which is 77 or 78 degrees. I learned from talking to Tom that it is
very dangerous to have too hot of water as it can cause serious harm
to the fish by lowering the oxygen level in the water.
Let's take a closer look at some of the fish in our aquarium now.
See the one with a dark dot towards the back of the fish's tail?
That one is called the Rosy Barb. Next to it with the long
horizontal stripe is the Rasbora Tetra.
Above we see the Tiger Barb with its stripes going up and down.
At the Aspen location, there are Black and White Tetras, the
African Cichlids, and the Giant Danio. In fact, Aspen is the only
place in the library to find fish all the way from Africa! You
can recognize the African Cichlid by its bright orange color.
The rest of the fish come from Amazon rivers and water bodies
Tom also reassured me that fish CAN outgrow the tank, so keep
your eyes open for fish that are growing, growing, growing!