Keeping a pet is a lot of hard work. Maybe that’s why our parents gave us a hard time when we pulled the “Can I please have it? Oh please? I promise I will take care of it! No I know I lost my watch mum but I will take care of him! Please!” Oh so familiar.
My family had a pet dog long before I was born. My dad used to love him very much. But then one day it was over, he was gone after meeting a tragic death. The rest is quite self – explanatory. My dad could never bring up to raise a puppy again and my childhood was petless. 😦
Oh, how I envied the kids at school with pets.
And I grew up. Grew up enough to muster courage to demand a kitten for the New Year in my Junior Year of High school. The Demand was met and it was the best damn fluffiest thing to happen to me.
You see, you should never underestimate a kids’ need for a pet. It’s more than an animal that sheds and constantly pester for food for them. They are a form of companionship, confidentiality, and in my case an outlet for love and hugging. They teach the kids to love, take care and share that yummy what-not you really don’t wanna share.
Pet’s are good influence. 100% statistics show that they’ll never keep your kids out of the house after the curfew or turn them into a chain smoker.
This Pop up fish tank Idea started with a little friend of mine. Let’s call him Ian. You see Ian, like me is currently going through the “Dad please, common I’ll take care of them” phase. But instead of kittens, he wants fishies. 🙂 His knowledge of types of fish and taking care of them is amazing. He never turns down a chance to visit the aquarium, in which he spends sometimes a full on five minutes staring at a still fish, which he claims to me is, rare and amazing.
I was a sucker for his attempts at trying to pronounce the scientific names of all the fish in amazement. So I put some thought into it and started arranging Ian a little surprise. I’m sorry Ian’s dad, but Ian’s getting his ‘Fishies’ this year.
What you need:
– A little bit of sand
Hey look, a cutting mat.
– Gravel or colored pebbles
– Plastic aquarium plants
– White gravel (just more option really)
– A plastic container
– Polythene/ Plastic bags
– Candle and matchsticks
Package the contents into little polythene bags like in the picture above. To seal the bag just bend the polythene over a metal ruler and run it by the candle flame. Pack it in the plastic container like so.
almost done Ian ~smiley face~
Now that you got your materials tucked in. There’s only two more things missing. Fishies! and packaging. I chose a converse should box of mine to fit all of them in.
What’s that on top you may ask? It’s a little mock instruction manual I did as a finishing touch.
As for the fish, you can ask the aquarium shop to fill the bag they put the fish in with oxygen, which they usually do. And put the little guy in. Close your box and deliver! And there you go!
Ian? Ian loved his present. I got one of the tightest hugs ever with a sloppy kiss. And also a nod of approval and a “Meh, I can live with that” look from the fathership. You see, sometime you just got to initiate it, and things just fall in to place in their own time.
I’m so sorry but I do not have an actual photo of the fish tank. I’ve searched and searched and I have no idea where it is. Sigh, why am I so good at hiding stuff? The picture above is very close to the final product. Except imagine water glistening for golden sunlight and vivid orange guppies swimming around. yeah?
Notes on materials:
I scooped up the sand on an evening stroll on the beach. They are soft and great but make sure to wash them throughly to remove the all that salt and dirt.
The container I chose was a 16 Piece Ferrero Rocher container. It was cute and for me the perfect size. And it fit perfectly inside the converse shoe box.
The colored and white gravel is readily available in your nearby aquarium shop. They are dirt cheap. Buy them when you go to the aquarium shop to choose your fish. I recommend a small fish for this operation because we are making a makeshift fish tank. I chose guppies because they are small and beautiful and also they need less space and are air-breathers. But all that could change according to the climate and water available in the area you live in. So, please consult the expert at the aquarium shop, and choose the best fishy with him.
Here’s some alligator fish, that scared the daylights out of me at the aquarium shop, to cover up for the ‘end result’ photo