Thursday, September 28, 2006


We have an aquarium in Odyssey now. It is very small, only three gallons, and made of acrylic. It sits on my bedside table inside a 9"x13" baking pan, with a piece of nonskid backing underneath.

The tank has successfully navigated a variety of roads from Pennsylvania to Texas, slopping into the baking pan only about 2 ounces of water a day. I secure the hood with a bungy cord and wrap a towel around the outside just in case. The filter pump operates as we are under way. As far as I can see, the tank hasn't slipped out of position at all.

I think the biggest challenge will be to maintain a fairly consistent water temperature; small tanks are particularly hard to keep consistent. The ambient temperature in the bedroom can vary 30 or 40 degrees, and the water temp changes at least 10 degrees F. It may take some trial and error to find which fish species are less sensitive to that sort of fluctuation. They certainly don't seem to mind the rocking and swaying of the bus; given the strong current from the filtration system, they probably don't even notice.

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