It's the Holiday Season again...get ready for the "gifts that keep on giving..."

Well, another Holiday Season nears, and maybe this is the year you'll receive the gift that you always wanted. 

Or, maybe not.

Huh? What do you mean?

Well, for the popular fish geek, the Holiday Season is actually a virtual "minefield" fought with danger!


Maybe, just maybe, someone you know decided to get you a fish for the Holiday. On the surface, this is a really nice gesture- a thoughtful idea for the fish geek in the household. Only problem is, usually the person buying the gift is NOT a fish geek, and typically has no clue about what's involved in stocking and maintaining a fish tank. 

"Your Uncle and I know you love the fishes, and this one reminded us of the ones you see when you swim in the ocean!"

What this means to you is that , despite the fact that your collection consists entirely of rare Apistos, you're now the proud owner of a young Asian Arowanna! Or, your docile Pencilfish species tank now has to host a baby Tiger Datnoid ("The guy at the store said he was super chill...")! Or, the off-brand Chinese-made combination lighted electric siphon hose/algae scrubber device (that's not UL-approved, of course) will now forever be a part of your equipment collection...Or maybe you received a pair of Albino Oscars for a "gift" (yeah, it happened to me once)! You get the picture.

"He's so cute, and he's eating pellets!"

Gift cards look way more attractive now, huh?

"That plant would look so nice in your African Cichlid tank, so we just had to get it for you!"

Much like the fruitcake of holiday legend, there must have been that one fish-related gift you received- a fish, plant, coral, or piece of equipment- that totally came from left field, and, despite the best intentions of the giver, turned into a pretty serious headache for you. 

"I got it on e-Bay for you...It's gonna really help you do that stuff you do with your tank- and it works in European electrical outlets, too!"

Did you end up keeping the "fishy fruitcake", or did you somehow manage to trade it back for some Euro Cardinals and 4 packs of frozen food? And, if you did- how did you manage that feat?

Or, did this gift somehow work out and turn into something that you actually kept and enjoyed?

Let's hear your "gift that keeps on giving" stories!

Happy Holidays!

Stay Merry...and Wet!

Scott Fellman

Tannin Aquatics

Scott Fellman
Scott Fellman


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