- My Fish Bowl Makes Me Happy

Abercrombie Fish

This is Abercrombie fish. I saw him in a pet store and immediately thought how cool it would be to have him in a jar in our house because he would MATCH our den. Yes. I really thought that.

I bought a live plant and added some awesome rocks to the bottom.

The absolutely coolest thing ever began to happen in the late summer. The sun came in the window at JUST the right angle and caused the plant to … evidently make a lot of food because it began to give off oxygen bubbles…. a steady stream of them. It only happened for a few hours a morning. It only happened for about five or six weeks. But, those were SUCH exciting mornings. The kids and I would all go and watch…. even the big kids thought it was neat! I loved to watch our fish swim around in that healthy, yummy water being oxygenated by a fresh, live plant with real rocks underneath.

This fish was a gentle reminder of how I am like that plant.  I’m a living being that grows and is healthy when I get into the position that I am right in line with the shining light of the “Son.”

Yep. Abercrombie and his awesome over-sized mason jar styled fish bowl with his healthy green plant and beautiful, natural rocks really made me happy.

What makes YOU happy this marvelous Monday morning?

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13 thoughts on “- My Fish Bowl Makes Me Happy

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  2. How did you keep the water clean, and maintain the beautiful setting in the fish bowl? It is gorgeous!i
    I am planning to use this idea for gifts. Thanks for sharing,!!!


    • Wanda,

      I changed the water every week to ten days. I really think the plant helped to keep the fish healthy. This photo was probably taken just a day or two after cleaning the bowl. I looked into getting another fish recently (it’s been a few years since I’ve had one). The girl at PetSmart said that they do not recommend that you have fish without some sort of filter, but it just wouldn’t work with a bowl like this. In reading up on goldfish, it appears that they need a bigger tank with a filter to live a long, healthy life. So, this might be a beautiful starter tank, but they need to be moved to something larger as they mature.


    • I remember that I had an Anacharis Plant at one point and liked it. Here is a link that might be helpful.

      But, this one may have been a Water Sprite. I can’t vouch for the dependability of the advice of this site but it talks about plants and goldfish. At the bottom are links for plants and the Water Sprite is included. Click here to read more at The Goldfish Tank.


    • Hi Denni.

      I have recently set up a large bowl for my betta but the ivy seems to make the water “fuzzy” looking. What type of plant did you plant and how do you keep your container clean? Do you completely change out the water or do you have 2 containers?

      Your input is appreciated!



      • Hey Lyn,

        Maybe ivy isn’t the right plant to put in the bowl? Is it fully submerged or is only the roots submerged? I do have ivy growing in water around the house, but not with my Betta! depending on the climate and sunlight the ivy can sometimes grow algae in the water. I had some tapegrass growing in it, but I took it out because it was irritating when I was cleaning the bowl,

        As for cleaning, its pretty good to have a bucket or two lying around.
        I do a water change every week, 10-50% depending on how active my betta is. If he’s quite passive then I change close to 50%, If he’s pretty active and making bubbles, then 10%. I just take out however much out of the bowl and replace it with tap water i’ve left out for a few days(or just use a water ager to dechlorinate the water)
        A full water change is done every 3 weeks. I use another container to take out the betta with some of the water. then I tip out the bowl water into the garden, wash the bowl and, either the gravel or ornaments, that way some bacteria is still left in the bowl. then I fill up the bowl, and put him in. (make sure the temperature is all right too)

        Anyway hope that helps a bit :)


  3. I love this. I have been looking to put a fish in my kitchen and I couldn’t figure out what kind of bowl to use. Do you know what size the jar is?


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