I cannot tell you how much I adore the underwater environment. One of my memorable accomplishments was acquiring a really old fish tank from the 8th grade Physical Science home room when my teacher agreed to sell it to me for $10. I had to first clean it out (let me tell you, years of neglect told in the strata of algae, fungus, and ultimately mildew layered into the gravel at the bottom of this rusty, square metal box) and haul it away. I reminded myself that it was “character building,” and for once, I have my father to thank for this, it actually was.
Now many years later, I’m still looking for ways to incorporate our fine finned friends into daily room-scapes, and I’ve come across this idea. I call the Fish Abodes. They are small homes for one beta fish:
Some folks get these little aquascapes – some don’t. I’ll admit they are a hard sell at outdoor markets, where the gusts of wind blow all of our stuff around and I cannot really set up and market my items the way I’d really like for them to be seen. These sales are temporary – from four to seven hours long – and so we mock up one ‘fish abode’ complete with the fish, gravel, and sometimes greenery. More often than not, if we sell any of the fish abodes, they are usually the models with the live fish. And usually I feel it necessary to throw the fish into the deal, since there is usually a child involved who is attracted to the fish. Seeing myself at this age, with this insane love of fish… there’s no way I can refuse. Here’s another one:
The neat thing about these is that you can hang them in a window, doorway, or any open space in your house – including a corner of your office. For those who are working with feng shui, this can be a nice addition of color and life into a ‘dead’ space.
More later, Chris