Do you like fish tanks? I think you like it. A fish tank brings beauty to a home. Most of the time we all like looking at the fish tank. We unknowingly look at the fish tank because of its colorful, cool, and soothing nature. Jasper is also a big fan of looking at fish tanks. But he is not a man. His specialty is that Jasper is a cat. We can say jasper the catfish. Jasper’s human parents Melissa Krieger designed a special fish tank. This is a specially designed fish tank for Jasper to watch fish. So I decided to contact Melissa Krieger to find out more about this special tank. All the details about this are included in this article as she stated.
#1. Why did you think to make such an aquarium? Can you explain it in your words?
I have had fish tanks all my life and I have always enjoyed watching my fish. Our four cats like to watch the fish as well. Jason Hering, owner of Aquatics and Exotics, services and helps maintain our three large tanks. He came over to do the two-week maintenance. We have been his customer for 15 years. So we are good friends. We were standing there watching our cats, who were watching the fish, and I said, “Wouldn’t it be funny to have one of those pop-up areas, like in a children’s zoo, inside the tank for the cats? Jason said I can do that! He did some drawings and pricing, I said yes, and he built it. He creates some amazing tanks. He could probably make any shape you can think of within reason. He is extremely creative and very professional.Melissa Krieger
#2. What do you have to say about the Jasper?
I have to admit, when the cats didn’t explore the box in the first couple of weeks, I was slightly disappointed. Jasper has always been the most curious and bravest of our cats. He was the first to go on the shelf and lookup. After seeing Jasper checking it out more and more, I decided to put my phone down by the tank and try to record him. I’m glad the phone was handy when he finally went up into the box.Melissa Krieger
#3. How was the behavior of the Jasper before and after making the aquarium?
I fed the fish moments before I took the video. The cats recognize the sounds of feeding time and usually come sit on the chair by the tank to watch the fish eat. I think the action of fish darting around and grabbing food is fun to watch. So Jasper was intrigued. In the viral video, you can see fish food floating around. It kind of looks a little messy to me now that I’ve watched it so many times. I always like to watch the fish after I feed them because there is lots of activity in the tank and all the fish come out. So it’s a good time to check on them. The Angelfish were new and very small, and I was watching them. Jasper startled me when he first popped up. It wasn’t the first time he went up in the box. But it was the first time I had my phone nearby. I grabbed it, took some pictures, and made a few videos.Melissa Krieger
#4. How about the response to the videos?
There have been many positive comments about what a great idea it was to give my cats a special viewing box inside of our fish tank. People complimented the unique design, and many wanted to know where they could buy a tank like that. I enjoyed reading comments from all around the world. It was incredible how many people enjoyed seeing Jasper checking out the fish.Melissa Krieger
#5. If you have any special statements
There were also people concerned about if this was safe for the fish or stressful for the cat. I explained that my cats have been watching these fish for years, actually their whole life. They are all happy and healthy kitties. Some of the fish in my tank are older than Jasper. The fish actually seem to enjoy the interaction. The Parrotfish are very social and will go right down to the cats. Even the newest little Angelfish don’t seem bothered by the cat at all.Melissa Krieger
#6. I hope a human can also access the tank as Jasper does?
Yes, Actually I have photos of Anna Wood, age 22, doing just that. She is actually my neighbor from across the street. I have known her since she was a little girl as she went to school with my oldest son. In fact, I’ve known her mom since we were kids. When the video went viral, I asked her to come over and “pose” in there because so many people commented about or joked about putting their heads in there in the tank. I thought it would be fun to show them it could be done if you were agile enough to get underneath the tank. Not a comfortable position. But Anna said it was pretty cool to see the fish come right up to her and over her head.Melissa Krieger
I would like to thank Melissa Krieger for giving us some precious facts regarding the unique aquarium.
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