After years of denying our children any kinds of pets that either shed, poop on the floor, chew things up or make noises - we seem to have ended up with fish by default. A lot of fish.
And along with gobs of fish comes an inordinate number of aquariums as well. Here's our current inventory...
Here's the one that started it all. This is Brandon's "small fish" 20 gal tank which sits on the edge of his desk in our home office. That big black blob on the front of the glass is a mutant snail.
After deciding he wanted larger fish, he scored this beautiful 55 gal show tank on Craig's List for mere peanuts. It sits in our dining room.
Then Rosie decided she wanted a tank for her room, so she bought a nice 20 gal tank to hold all her 2 goldfish.
Later, Brandon thought it would be cool to have a tank full of Crystal Red shrimp, so he set up this 10 gal tank in his bedroom.
Here's a couple of them up close.
A few years back we installed a small garden pond in our backyard that became stocked with goldfish (not by design). It's actually a very tragic tale that started out with good enough intentions but ended up going horribly wrong.
Then this spring, 2 new goldfish ended up in the same
death trap pond and have been enjoying their comfy home all summer. But last night the temperature dipped below 30 degrees for the first time and Charli and I just couldn't bear the guilt of murdering another innocent family. And so I give you the newest addition to our parade of aquariums - this 20 gal "wintering tank" that conveniently resides on our kitchen counter.
I know it's not as large and bountiful as their regular home, but these guys should be thankful. Becoming a fish-sicle is NOT a good alternative.