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Chesh 06-19-2012 05:18 PM

Dream tank (for a 5-year old girl)!
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!

Olympia 06-19-2012 05:28 PM

Wow, I'm glad he's doing well! I can't even see that annoying heater! ;)

I swear, you are the only person alive that can make purple gravel and childish decor look stylish and sophisticated. O__O I don't even know how you did this. But I do see your style coming out in this tank! :lol:
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Chesh 06-19-2012 05:34 PM

Olympia! You flatter me!!! Thanks for such sweet words, I'm really glad to hear you like it - she does, too! And THANK YOU for all of your help with picking and care of this amazing fish. He's a beauty! *hugs*

Romad 06-20-2012 06:59 AM

That looks like the perfect um.... Princess tank to me :) Great job :thumbsup:

jonathanobrien 06-20-2012 07:08 AM

Fair play to u for going to so much effort for ur daughter, she is a lucky kid...tank looks really nice and after i showed the pictures to my daughter she now wants the same

Chesh 06-20-2012 07:13 AM

Heehee, thanks guys! I can't help but get a big grin every time I go in and see it in her room! It's just the SILLIEST little tank ever! And that fish in there flaring all big and proud of himself *giggle* He has no idea . . . :D

Jon - you should make her one! My little one takes such good care to feed her fish and get the lights on and off at the right time. She loves helping me read water tests, and assisting with water changes. I was actually surprised by how well she cared for her fish! Let's raise the next generation of good aquarists from an early age!

Olympia 06-20-2012 07:26 AM

It's weird, betta seem completely impervious to bright unnatural decor, bright lights, whatever you throw at them. I guess you can consider it a sign of domestication. Wild type betta would not last in that, that's for sure. But him? He will thrive like no tomorrow.

And yes, they do have that "I'm the awesomest thing ever" personality in general. It's nice that he's like that. My newest guy is very shy and timid (he's scared of food) and he just hides in his plant all day.

Chesh 06-20-2012 07:44 AM

Heehee, well. . . he does match his tank, maybe the bright colors make him feel safe, lol! I know he would stand out so much more, and probably be more comfortable in a setup that was more natural and darker, but I'm really happy that he seems to have no problems being a princess fish, lol! He's still new, so we're keeping an eye on him. If he seems unhappy, we'll have to de-princess the tank a little bit, but hopefully he continues to thrive. I am also very glad that he has a bold and showy personality - it's perfect to hold my little girl's heart. Your new little shy guy. . . makes me sad! I hope he gets a bit bolder as he settles in. Poor thing!

Olympia 06-20-2012 08:12 AM

Oh, have you seen some of the tanks on the bettafish site? Yours is extremely natural compared to some of the neon stuff on there.
Yea, gotta get more cover in my newbie's tank, maybe he'll feel better then.
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Chesh 06-20-2012 09:55 AM

lol, no. . . I haven't really spent too much time over there. But now I'm going to have to go and have a look. If this tank can be considered "extremely natural," I can't imagine what some of the others could look like!!! I want to see your shy guy - and all of your other fishy friends. You don't have any aquariums posted :(

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