I've been beached on the sofa all week with a chest cold,
but today, it's time to get out.
Mom's birthday is coming up; she's been
a tropical fish hobbyist for 50 years, but left her tank behind in Virginia
when she moved.
We've decided to remedy that.
Fish tanks have changed from those rectangular things with hoods that housed
our fire belly toads, slider turtles, and even our newt named Gingrich.
They've become sleek and sophisticated with a more decorative flare.
This is kind of cool, but not quite what I'm going for.
We own this one, which holds 3 gallons and has ambient lighting.
You can choose the color of the lights to match your room,
so naturally, ours glows blue.
$30 made it an easy choice.
If you're looking for low maintenance, how about a bowl with a beta fish
that elevates your finned friend to the level of royalty?
At $60, this is a very pampered $3 fish.
Perfect for our beachy home, but I think we want more of a community setting.
I'm leaning towards this 5 gallon Chi tank. It's self contained with the filtration system,
lights, and a water feature built right in.
At $60, it's about the same as an old fashioned tank
with ala carte components.
This is just cool.
It's a little larger, and has a great profile.
It also comes in silver.
My only qualm is the $120 price tag.
Today, the search begins for real.
Headed for the pet store and every Walmart
in the county.
If not back, avenge death.