In March of 2011, My friend Barry and I put my 150 gallon aquarium in the wall of my (then) house. It was the perfect wall to have a built in fish tank. On one side of the wall was my unfinished laundry room with sink and drains, and the other was the den. The tank is 8 feet wide, and 28″ high. (Or deep, the water is 28″ deep). It was amazing.
I’ve always wanted to have an aquarium built into a wall like that. (Excuse the photo, it was still during construction, before the rest of the molding was added). It was really beautiful when it was done.
Today I pulled it out of the wall and loaded it up in my truck, bound for the apartment. I’m more sad about that than I expected, even though in reality that tank was a huge pain in the ass. You couldn’t even feed the fish without a ladder, cleaning it was impossible, and it took up too much space in the laundry room. But it was my thing.
Tomorrow I’ll make a couple more trips and then start getting everything cleaned up and polished so I can set it up in the apartment. One of the reasons I picked this apartment was that there were two “perfect” places for a huge aquarium. Ultimately it’ll go in the dining room, so I can watch it while I write and see it from the living room. I love the work of setting up a new aquarium, of finding just the right layout that is both aesthetically pleasing and makes the fish happy. I love getting the water flowing in all the right ways/places/directions to keep it clean and healthy for it’s inhabitants. And I love to watch a beautiful aquarium.
So, that was my day. It’s a good thing I wrote almost all of the first bit of WZF 6 yesterday, because there wasn’t any writing done today! Maybe in a little bit, although I suspect it’s going to be an early to bed kind of night. Tomorrow WZF 6 launches, I’m SO excited!!!