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Fish House, M.D.

I was going to post this last night, but then my darned USB card reader had to go and die after less than three months use. I made sure to give it a big poopy review on Amazon just to get even. This morning I was complaining about it to Mr. Pikko and how I wasn’t able to get my pictures off my camera because my computer won’t read the card directly until he finally asked me why I don’t just use my USB cable.


Yeah, I totally forgot about that thing.


Meet the newest members of our family. Mr. Pikko had bought a betta and put him into the little kiddie pool outside, but he had no name yet. He wanted to buy females yesterday, so we went to the pet store and bought a tank. The kids picked some fish and I picked the decorations.

On the way home I told Baby Girl to start thinking of names for her fish and after trying to name her fish the first and last name of some girl at her school (uh, weird), then Mommy and Daddy (“Mommy, Daddy won’t eat his fish flakes!!”), I suggested she name her fish House and Wilson. She loved the idea and so we started playing around with the names. She happily cried, “Now we have doctor fish!!”


Her two fish ended up becoming Dr. Chase and Dr. Wilson. The most hilarious part is that she thinks the blue metallic stripe on them are lights, so when they were going to bed, she asked why her fish had turned their lights off. Hahaha!!

The four female bettas became Cameron, Cuddy, Amber, and Thirteen.


This is Buddy’s fish, Dr. Foreman. I prefer the real one on tv. This one just freaks me out. He’s called a plekastimus or something. I’m going to just call it a hickey fish, cause he just sucks on the side of the tank. The original male betta turned into Dr. House, since he lives outside by himself. I didn’t take his picture, cause you never know, fish might have canes and want to hit you with them.

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  • Samantha

    Ha! Those sucker fish are funny. And they live like.. forever. They help clean the tank a little since they eat the stuff that forms on it. We had one in the tank we had a while back, and it got pretty big. (Not huge, though, just bigger than it was.) Then one day it died, poor fishy. I remember I gave it some distinguished name, but I don’t remember the name off hand.

    Though it wasn’t as distinguished as the name I gave to one of my first hermit crabs. Fertilizer was it’s name, and at the time (being in elementary school), I thought the name was very upscale. Now it’s just dirty! 😀

  • hapabento

    cute little tank. Plecostimus get very large. They are strict vegetarians and will quickly starve if there is not enough algae to munch on. You can fortify by feeding some parboiled lettuce.

  • m.f.

    Um, aren’t bettas also called fighting fish and aren’t they generally suggested to be housed alone?

  • Mary

    actually, common plecos are omnivores and need to be fed like the other fish. They grow to be over 2 feet long no matter the tank size and produce a lot of waste. I would advise taking back all the females, the pleco, and I’m not sure about the viability of keeping the male betta in a pond. The females will probably eventually kill each other and the neon tetras if the waste production from them and especially the pleco doesn’t kill them first. In an uncycled tank, it’ll be even worse. Check out this link: Your fish will probably be getting sick soon, and this will explain some questions… Sorry if this sounds rude, but I’m trying to quickly cover the beginner-mistake bases here. Fishkeeping is deceptively complicated. Good luck. 🙂

  • Welcome to the fishies!

  • I can’t tell very well from the picture, is that a female betta or a molly, and how many do you have, just the one? The males tend to be very territorial and will fight other males, I don’t think they will bother the other fish. Mary is right about the pleco, they are great for cleaning up some of the debris off the bottom of the tank but they will get pretty dang big, and it doesn’t matter how little your tank is. Those small, plexi tanks have a built in filtration system so there should be enough water aeration for the pleco and the neons. Bettas are surface breathers so they will be fine even in a bowl.

    The main thing is to keep it clean, the smaller the tank, the more important it is to do partial water changes regularly. I can’t tell you how many fish tanks we had when I was a kid, salt water, fresh water, plus I worked at a pet shop for awhile. I’m staring right now at a 72 gal. tank we don’t know what to do with! Might be fun to set it up with oodles of little neons darting about. I just don’t want a bunch of big fish again though. Big fish = big poopies.

  • I bought an $8.00 reader from RadioShack a few years ago and it works great!

  • I think they sell some algae discs for your pleco cause your tank looks really clean. The discs sink to the bottom so he can eat it.

  • I don’t know much about fish – but they look cool and I love the names.

  • It is kind of healing stress!!

  • Ah, I miss all my fishtanks, especially my big 30 gallon in my old place. So peaceful.

  • If its the regular plecosomus then yeah, it’ll get 2 ft. in length. Assaggio at Ala Moana has a fish pond in front of it, you can see some of the 2+ feet guys in there. Once they get bigger than your fish, they’ll try and eat the fish by sucking on their sides. Fun stuff… :p A bushy nose pleco stays about 3″ in length as well as other varieties, just have to look them up.

    Female bettas aren’t as territorial as males and are able to coexist together, don’t fret. I’m guessing from the pic that you have an Eclipse 12 or bigger system. The rule is 1 gallon per fish inch, you should be fine as long as you do weekly water changes. The male betta will be fine in the pond though he’s more susceptible to outside elements. i.e. Bird might go fishing.

    Sorry for the long post, but I thought some of the previous posters might’ve freaked you out.

  • I do appreciate all the advice, I didn’t expect so many comments, lol! So far the fish have been fine. Mr. Pikko used to raise bettas, so he knows what to do to get them to get along. He tried to mate two of em, but that didn’t go so well. He moved the pleco outside to eat up the algae out there and will move him back indoors tonight if he’s still alive!