Say Hello to Our Little Friends


One of the things I neglected to mention a couple of weeks ago is the fact that Beloved shares a birthday with The Young One.  And since Beloved was out of town on business, I wanted to post about The Young One’s early entry into the world and Beloved is stoutly maintaining he turned 38 (for the ninth consecutive year) I, well, neglected to mention it.

While I may have neglected to mention it, I was well aware that it was his birthday and wanted to surprise him with his gift when he got home at the end of the week.  However, since the man is notoriously hard to buy for, I was at a bit of a loss.  He’d asked for a new electric razor, but honestly – who wants to buy their husband an electric razor for his birthday?

That clearly has “Father’s Day” written all over it.  So until June he can just shave with a cheap, plastic disposable razor.

Because I’m just thoughtful that way.

And because I’m the wonderful wife that I am – YES, I AM – I’ve been listening to him talk about how he’d love a huge, salt water fish tank for the last ten years…and actually paying attention.  So, while he was out of town the week of his birthday and I was buying futons and cell phones for the kids, I went out and priced large, salt water aquariums.  I then had to weigh his desire for a salt water aquarium with his desire to kill his wonderful wife for spending that kind of money on fish you can’t even eat.  ‘Cause honestly?

Salt water aquariums are ridiculously expensive.

So, wanting to really surprise him and being the Queen of Compromise that I am, I bought a 30-gallon fresh water tank and tricked it out to look like a salt water tank.  That takes talent, folks.  (Humor me, okay?  It takes talent.  And a lot of fake coral.)

What I didn’t know at the time was that you can’t just buy a tank, fill it up with fake coral and plastic plants and throw fish in it.  Oh, no – you have to treat the water, let it run through a carbon filter and test it to death for a week before you just throw the damn fish in it – on a carefully planned schedule.  So on the day Beloved was due back in town (well, he was actually due in on 2 a.m. the following morning), The Young One and I found ourselves in the living room struggling to assemble a stand and fish tank, including 30 gallons of water, 2 pieces of neon-painted coral, 4 plastic plants, one filter, one heater, one thermometer, one fluorescent light and one wish that I’d just bought a damn Norelco razor.

Just no fish.

The fact that our house is still standing is a testament to our determination, because neither I nor The Young One are what you would call “mechanically inclined.”  But we got it done, turned on the light (which made it look way cool, even fishless) and set a large balloon arrangement next to it.  Then went to bed, because setting it up took all damn evening.

Needless to say, Beloved was very surprised and spent all week itching to get fish for it (we went to the pet store twice just to look at them).  Finally we bought six fish this Saturday – three long-finned danios (one of which has already been returned because he apparently had the first signs of something called “ich”), one hatchet fish and two beautiful gourami – one looks just like the fish pictured above.  Except for the one we’ve had to return, they all seem to be doing really well and adjusting to their new environment.

Then Sunday while I was making brunch, Beloved called me into the living room to take a look at this:

Scooter and Fishies

Say “Hello” to our little friends.

Just too darn cute.

15 thoughts on “Say Hello to Our Little Friends”

  1. You ARE the best wife…that was a lot of effort, you really must love that guy!

    But fish? ridiculously high maintenance critters, the fun is only beginning for you. But you’ve made Beloved (and apparently Scooter) both very happy so well worth it 🙂

    I absolutely adore the guy! Beloved has lots of experience with fish tanks, so he knows what he’s doing and the whole thing appeals to his anal, obsessive nature. LOL He IS happy with it, so that makes ME happy!

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  2. Me thinks Scooter believes new gift is for him.

    We used to have a salt water tank years ago. MHS was really into it. I feigned lack of interest as I didn’t want another chore. One day at a fish store, I found a fish about which I couldn’t conceal my delight. It was 1/2 hot pink and 1/2 bright yellow. The colors were brilliant and separated by a perfect straight line. I couldn’t believe something so perfect could be found in a fish.

    While I was at work one day, MHS took the girls to buy the fish as a surprise for me. When I came home they all grabbed me and pulled me to the fish tank. To everyone’s surprise there was the yellow half sticking out of the Lion fish’s mouth with no signs of hot pink.

    It’s the thought that counts, right?

    Enjoy your new toy, Beloved. Just stay away from the Lion fish.

    Okay, I ROFLed the entire time I was reading this. I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it.

    And point taken. NO Lion fish.

  3. What a wonderful birthday surprise! The effort alone and all the thought is just fabulous. I love these kinds of gifts.

    Maybe I need a fish tank to entertain my little guy and his two canine companions. Although, I suspect my dogs would decide to knock it over and Aaron would decide to go fishing.

    Yes, if I had bigger dogs and smaller children, I might have thought twice about this. But it works…for now.

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  4. What a great present, and I can imagine the excitement at getting to choose the fish for it. Fish tanks are so relaxing to watch, they just chill me out. Those legs on the table don’t look very sturdy though…hopefully strong enough to hold gallons of water! (Not quite sure how many litres a gallon is.. I should probably google it and see but I know it’s a lot). Anyways, fishtanks always remind me of A Fish Called Wanda. Have you seen it? And what names have you got for your fish?

    I have indeed seen A Fish Called Wanda – it’s one of my favorite films (it doesn’t hurt that I have the serious hots for both John Cleese and Michael Palin). Haven’t named the fish yet; we may not – Beloved says it’s silly to name anything that won’t come when you call it, and he may have a point there.

    And the stand is wrought iron and specially designed for that size and type of tank, so we should be all right. I hope we’ll be all right…

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  5. *giggling at your photo…. heh heh… Don’tcha just love dogs… so much more fun than fish. My hubby wants a big @ss salt water tank too… told him, you can have dogs, or you can have fish. *sigh… sometimes I wish he’d chosen the fish. lol

    The Blue Ridge Gal

    I DO love my dog. A WHOLE bunch and every time he does something cute he gets all sorts of love, so he’s like cute all the time now. LOL

    Hold your judgment on the fish; I’ll let you know if they’re worth the trouble. LOL

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  6. It was even cuter when he was up on his hind legs checking the fish out. I think he’s decided they are ok as long as they aren’t competing for lap time with mom!

    I do have a name for the whole tank: “Money Pit”! But Jan did a MARVELOUS job of setting it up – it was relaxing to watch without the fish, but even better now. They are peaceful. I still would LOVE a salt water tank, but am glad she didn’t get it because they are even higher maintenance and a bigger money pit!

    Thanks dear!

    Money Pit indeed – we’ve already dropped $115 on the damn thing, including fish. But we got stuff to treat the “ich” if it was, indeed, brought into the tank with the fish. Oh, and a virgin bucket(??) – we can’t forget that.

    You’re welcome, hon.

  7. Awww….you’re so sweet and thoughtful to your man and what a great gift. I’m wondering if Scooter is sizing them up for something other than his viewing pleasure. Ha!

    My dad raises Koi and they are just beautiful to watch.

    LOL – after that first time, he seems to be quite disdainful of them – we tried to get him to come over and look at them with us when we got home this afternoon, and all he did is bring us a toy so we would play with him (yes, it worked – fish aren’t what you’d call “interactive.” LOL).

    I love Koi – they ARE beautiful!

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  8. What a great gift for your beloved. I am sure he really appreciates your thoughtfulness and the surprise of it all. What a cute picture! Happy belated birthday to your beloved!

    Well, actually…I was rather in a frenzy to find something thoughtful and wonderful that he would love after the gifts he gave ME for MY birthday. It was really embarrassing, all the stuff he got me!

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  9. BTW, as long as I’m still 38, you are 37 so STOP narcing on me! I’m 38!

    Hey, everybody – BELOVED IS 47 YEARS OLD! 😛

  10. Dear and MS…


    But, hon – I LOVE you old and grey! Wouldn’t have you any other way. And you know it.

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