It was way back in 2008. My visit to the Sydney aquarium was the final straw. I was mulling over the idea of an aquarium at home. And my folks were up in arms against me. Had no supporter. I was working then and could hardly have time for family leave alone socialising. So no question of an additional chore.
But, that visit to that Sydney aquarium was a lifetime experience for me. I loved loved it so much that I decided there, I'd soon have a mini at home.
I confided in my daughter who was in grade 7th. Told her, we'll give a surprise gift to papa. My hubby's birthday was approaching. She liked the idea. I had no time. On her next visit to the music class, she told her granny that she'd come a little late that day and went to the nearby aquarium shop and did all the enquires. Before going she was fully prepared. Googled so much on this topic that she could rattle too many questions to the shopkeeper there :) Got to know when I finally went in to order an aquarium.
So, finally on the D day, he came home and assembled this aquarium. It was a lovely surprise to all at home. Now, everyone likes it. I take care of it 100%. And unlike the presumption that having an aquarium is lot of work. It is NOT. Its hardly 15 mins a week or say a fortnight even. And a two to three hour job once in 3-4 months. Feeding fish is few seconds everyday and its a pleasure
In the night, I just switch off all lights and keep the aquarium light on and sit watching it. I tell you, it relieves all stress and calms the mind.
I just love having this at home... Planning to add new fish tomorrow :)