When we first got married, I had a turtle that lived in a plastic container at the side of our kitchen. Later we upgraded to a fish tank with a filter, a rock, sunshine from the windows, and small minnows to eat and the turtle thrived. Eventually we had to move this turtle to my parent’s house because we were unable to take care of it. It lived in the garage for a while until it met its end. My parents think a bird came into the garage where they were keeping the turtle and flew off with it. The other theory was that a neighborhood kids came and took it. Either way, the turtle was gone.
When we had kids they wanted pets and of course, we turned to fish as the answer. We have a small oval fish bowl that each fish called home. Sometimes we had rocks, sometimes a decoration, but mostly we would wake up a few days later and we would have a dead fish.
We tried putting the fish in the same spot as the turtle, but the fish died. We think the spot was too sunny. We tried other places in the kitchen with no luck. We tried adding a filter, but that didn’t seem to work either.
We tried taking the fish with us when we went to grandma’s house thinking the lack of food and care was the problem. That didn’t work especially when we put it on top of the refrigerator and the fish overheated.
Then one day last July, the kids wore me down and we got two fish from Walmart, Goldie and Trystina.
We tried one spot we hadn’t tried yet, on the counter next to the kitchen sink. A few days later one fish died, Goldie. We waited for the next fish to follow. Days later, it was alive. Weeks later, it was alive. After a few months we purchased a new tank complete with filter and L.E.D. lights. Despite the kids playing with the lights and dropping the lid in the tank, it was still alive.
Apparently we have found the spot. Trystina gets fed twice a day or more, depending on who thinks about feeding it. It gets slow release food when we are gone. It gets a new filter at least one a month. The kids all talk to it on a regular basis. It is loved.
The girls wanted to throw Trystina a party but I have managed to persuade them otherwise.
But here’s the fish that lived!