Was reading Toddlerdaddy's post about their gold fish, and so...
Let me tell you our fish story:
How We Got Our Fish
Couple of years back, near Christmas, there was a cable TV promotion at a shopping mall. They had booths with games and activities to entertain the kids while some of their sales guys try to talk to you about signing on with them. One of the games we participated in was to catch live fishes from a baby pool with a hand-held net. So we got to take home 2 fishes in a plastic bag. We put them in a clear plastic jar for a couple of days and then one of them died.
Micah was so upset, that the grandpa went out to buy a mini fish tank with an electric oxygen pump, and 2 more fishes. The next day, both the new fishes died.
So over the weekend Gadget-daddy and I took the 2 boys to a fish pet shop and to my delight I found very cheap fish, 10 for RM1. They were actually meant for feeding bigger fishes. So we ended up with 11 fishes in a mini tank... and as you can guess, over-crowdedness led to more fishes dying. At that time, we already had 2 terrapins (bought them about a couple of months before the fishes arrived). So whenever a fish died, the terrapins had a good meaty meal.
One day a relative gave us their old fish tank. Much bigger and on a stand even.
Finally, our clear plastic container that became a mini tank with 11 fishes has now "evolved" into a big tank (3ft x 2ft x 2.5Ft). Non of the original 11 fishes left, but now we have some other fish, also given by some other relatives, and now the terrapin (one died too) is also happily swimming in there.
Personally, as a kid* we had fishes as pets but no one was keen on cleaning the tank, we eventually gave up on that. With Micah, I would have just let the 2 fishes in the plastic container be the end of our fish story, but the indulging grandparents sure made it a much longer fish tale. :)
* Actually, because of my indulging parents and grandfather, we had the following as pets at different times: