Welcome to Mermaid's Cove!
This silly little tank was a gift for my daughter's 5th birthday.
She's been keeping a 1 gallon fry tank with some tiny guppy babies in her room for a few months now, and has been great at 'helping' with feeding and water changes. Her birthday came just at the time when her guppies would need to be moved into a real tank in a new home. . . which upset her, even though she had been expecting it. I decided that since she had been so helpful about taking care of her little pets, she deserved a new tank, with a beautiful Betta SO pretty, she'd forget all about her guppy babies!
I tried hard to find some sort of balance between a tank that would appeal to a 5-year old girl who loves mermaids and purple, and the needs of the fish who would live there. . . I hope I did okay! The tank is 3 gallons, and aside from all the purple plastic, has a decent amount of live Anacharis and Fanwort plants. I created a little cave for the betta back behind the mermaid, where he can retreat to rest, but she can still peek in at him if she wants to. The tank has been running in secret for a while now, but yesterday was her birthday - and the grand reveal, so I thought I'd share it with you, too!
She LOVES it - and it's Betta inhabitant, who has been named Princess ShimmerBlue! I pointed out the fact that the Betta was a BOY fish, and so ought to be called PRINCE, but she replied with "Mommy, I will PRETEND he is a girl, and SHE is a PRINCESS FISH with shimmering hair"
So far the royal Princess Shimmer seems happy with his new digs, despite the garish colors (which happen to match him almost exactly). He doesn't spend much time in hiding, and has been spied blowing bubble nests - to the delight of my bubble-loving baby girl!
Some weird Betta camouflage going on here. . .
And just for fun. . . a shot of her tiny 1g fry tank just before it got shut down. . .
She picked out every bit of this tiny tank, and loved it fiercely. I kind of miss it!