The Aquatic Life of Dave’s Fishes

When I was a kid, I loved watching Jacques Cousteau on National Geographic, I thought he was maybe the coolest guy that ever lived. So much so, that when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up (a question which is still asked of me to this day) I would answer, “I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up”. I actually wanted to be an oceanographer, but I thought saying marine biologist sounded cooler.

Well, like many of my dreams, that occupation was never to show up on my resume, but I still get to watch and feed my fish in my 60 gallon aquarium, which has an Oscar

My Oscar is actually an Orange Oscar

Astronotus Ocellatus

and a 16″ Plecostomus (algae eater) which, aside from the pain in the ass of cleaning it all the time affords me a great deal of pleasure.
Plecostomus (genus Pterygoplichthys)

Plecostomus (genus Pterygoplichthys)

So then I saw one of my favorite all-time movies: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and a little germ of an idea grew in my head until finally I created this mini documentary of my aquarium of terror starring Tony the Oscar, Bob the Plecostamus and the carnivorous, motionless stone octopus (who, through his understated performance, nearly steals the show). In honor of Jacques and Bill Murray, I used my best phony french accent during the narration, I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did making it :)

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#1 Cole on 01.31.10 at 6:25 pm

Oui! Oui!