The age of aquariums
Justin Wheeler knows what makes a fish tank sink or swim.
See that fish tank in your dentist’s waiting room? Chances are Justin Wheeler has had his hands in it. The owner of aquarium maintenance company Something Fishy tends to dozens of fish tanks all over the city. Although Wheeler was literally up to his elbows when first contacted by The Coast, we eventually got ahold of him during a quiet moment to talk about his chosen livelihood and the underappreciated affection of pet fish. Justin Wheeler: Usually when a new client comes to me, they have these huge ideas they want to do that are quite often out of reach and very impractical. We then look at the realities of having a fish tank, and what we can get away with successfully. actually. People have no idea that you actually have to do a maintenance routine on these things. I think a lot of people who’ve never kept fish before think you set it up, you fill it up, you put fish in it and you walk away. Anybody can set up a tank and ignore it, and fail at it miserably. A fair amount of my steady work is from places who have put a tank in not realizing what it needs for proper care and upkeep. They want to have it, but they don’t want to get their hands wet.