Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s all about being together with your family and remembering the important things in your life. And best of all, it doesn’t get swamped in materialism like so many other holidays (I’m looking at you, Christmas). It doesn’t matter if you’re poor, sick, or if you’re suffering from a speech impediment — anybody can get together with the people they care about and focus on the good things in life.
I’m having a hard time focusing with my favorite day of the year coming up, so we’re going to get into the Thanksgiving spirit by constructing a Thanksgiving-inspired aquarium. No, we’re not going to throw a turkey into a freshwater aquarium, but we are going to look at creatures with vivid aquatic colors that are visually reminiscent of Thanksgiving.
Lionfish = Turkey
This is a lionfish, but it might actually be more accurate to call it a turkeyfish. Their coloration matches turkeys more closely than it matches lions, and the frills are reminiscent of a turkey’s signature plumage. The newly-dubbed turkeyfish will act as the perfect centerpiece for our Thanksgiving aquarium!
Blood Red Fire Shrimp = Cranberry Sauce
It was tough tracking down a creature that shows off the rich red of cranberry sauce, but I think that the blood red fire shrimp does a fairly good job. Top your cranberry sauce with shaved coconut (the best way to eat it, really), and you have a beautiful white-on-red color pattern that matches the shrimp splendidly.
Yellow Tang = Cornbread
No Thanksgiving would be complete without cornbread, and our Thanksgiving-themed aquarium is no different! Vibrant yellow tangs are a nice match to the lovely golden yellow of freshly-baked cornbread.
Sweet Potatoes = Clown Fish
My grandmother makes a killer sweet potato casserole. The trick is to add marshmallows, which caramelize in the oven and give it a delightfully sweet taste. Luckily, there just so happens to be a fish with a white-on-orange color scheme: the clownfish! The species even has black-tipped fins, just in case you leave your casserole in the oven for too long and your marshmallows get extra crispy.
OK, I admit that this was kind of a goofy exercise. Nobody really wants to select a species fish because it looks like corn pudding or brussel sprouts. The main purpose of this article is to point out just how easily you can use your favorite things in life as inspiration for your aquarium. You can (and should!) select a fish because it reminds you of an old friend, or because the fish’s color is the same as your first car. Do you have a favorite garden with purple and pink flowers? By all means, you should use those same colors in your custom aquarium. Think of an aquascape as an empty canvas and fish as your paint — you can decorate your aquarium with any color combination imaginable.