March 27th: Fish shopping. Bought aquarium and two guppies (named Snowy Mountain and Goldilocks), pretty rocks, glow-in-the-dark plants, and a shark figurine.
March 31: Found guppyfish Snowy Mountain belonging to youngest daughter dead, sucked up against the filter. Sad tears, *flush* "all drains lead to the ocean"--forgot about PetCo's 15 day guarantee!! Back to the store, we purchase a more durable set of goldfish, a gold fantail and a black goggle-eye. Tank is now home to three fish; Goldilocks, Snowy Mountain the 2nd, and Goldy. (My children are very original.)
This morning: Snowy Mountain II, again belonging to youngest daughter, sucked up against filter. Crap! Luckily, children are at school. Remember 15 day policy, grab fish and water sample and head over to Petco. Blah blah bacteria here buy some of this blah, I exchange SM2 for Snowy Mountain the Third, and head home to deceive, ahem, I mean place the fish in its new home. Gosh, SM3 sure did grow a bit overnight...must be that yummy fish food.