I think, therefore I harm
Went out to get a cactus. Went home with an aquarium.
While this may sound quite impulsive, note that the project cost less than $20.
I really went out in the hope to buy a cactus. I know a few stores which were susceptible to have some, but I wasn’t lucky. All of these stores only have exterior plants and flowers, and cacti aren’t outside plants in this part of the world. I had decided to get a cactus or two for the new apartment, and Spiders’ yesterday’s post inspired me to get these today. Plus, the hot sunny day that we had today kind of makes one think of cacti. Spiders has green fingers, I don’t, thus I really need something that doesn’t require much maintenance. I’m good with cacti, I’ve got a few before.
Then, while visiting Dollarama (a Canadian chain of dollar stores), I saw something nice. I was really there for stuff that might be good for the future aquarium I am planning to build and set up, which I can only begin working on in a month, after I’ve moved. There is no point starting an aquarium just before moving, when I am still unsure of how I will move the existing one. But I need to plan ahead, because I want to build that aquarium in a short time, ideally within a few days, as I need it ready and cycled a month later. When you have aquariums in head, everything in a dollar store is inspiring. Like many other enthusiasts who like building their stuff or save bucks, many odd items may be suitable to design many aquarium accessories.
Then I saw that insect cage. Really a small plastic container with a cover which clips on the top and let the air vent in. It really looked like a miniature aquarium even after I read the label to see what it was really sold for. The size is 15x8x10 cm (6x3x4 inches), thus the volume is 1.2 liter (0.3 gallon). The next logical move was to visit a store to buy some plants and fish.
Plants aren’t a problem, because you can always trim them when they grow too large for the aquarium. Whatever the plant you pick and the size of your tank, plants will always eventually outgrow the space, so they need to be trimmed. For fish, I had to pick something that was really small and would remain so. I spotted these small fish which where labeled as feeders. Obviously, that isn’t their real name, but you can’t expect much knowledge from the staff in such a petshop. They are about 2 cm (three quarters of an inch) in length and I don’t expect them to grow much larger than that. I got six of them.
Here is the total cost of the project. Prices are in Canadian currency, about the same as US dollars. One CND is about 0.75 Euro.
Before anyone comes in with negative comments, know that I am not a newbie. I am not an expert neither, but I have had a saltwater aquarium for a year now, and was planning to start a freshwater aquarium as soon as I am moved, in a month from now. These fish won’t stay in there for very long. If anything, I saved them from being eaten by larger fish — their actual purpose.