The Other Pets

We fish want you to know that Henry, Mudge and Ralph are great and all, but they aren’t the only pets who live at the Oak Park Public Library! We are African Cichlids from Lakes Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika in Africa.

We live in a 400-gallon fresh water tank, and currently there are around 40 of us. Also in the tank with us are two algae eaters (Plecostomus) and a catfish that stays on the bottom.

Staff members feed us once a day and a nice guy comes once every two weeks to clean our home. It’s hard to duplicate what nature does naturally--our tank cleaner he changes the water and checks it for the proper PH and nitrate levels.

Finally: we are ALL named Jennifer, hee!

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