Do you have a friend who just can’t keep her fish alive, no matter how hard she tries? A friend who probably has a WANTED poster tacked up at the back of the aquatic area of every pet store in Connecticut? A friend who wants to have fish but keeps mysteriously losing the ones she buys? If you have a friend like this, have I got the perfect solution! The everlasting, impossible to kill, no tank-cleaning required tropical aquarium.
A while back I had seen this post on Purl Bee about making magnetic, felt fish and it caught my eye. I bookmarked it and went back a few times to look at it, then one day while trying to decide what to make a certain friend (cough!Paula) for her birthday, it hit me! Fish that won’t die!
Now, don’t get me wrong. Some people have bad luck with houseplants, others have bad luck with fish. This friend is one of these people. No matter what she does for them, her fish keep croaking and I didn’t want her to get discouraged about losing so many fish so I thought I’d just give her a few that would never go belly up.
Each fish is made with layers of felt sewn together with a magnet sandwiched inside. My handy-dandy husband cut out a piece of steel in the shape of a tank and I spray-painted it a nice shade of tropical blue. I added some plants and a few rocks and, ta-da! An everlasting aquarium! Never again feel the pain of flushing a dead fish or feel shame when entering the fish store. My friend (cough!Paula) can move the fish around and rearrange the tank and – even better – never worry about leaving these fish alone when she goes on vacation. Pretty neat, huh?
Happy Birthday, Paula. I hope you don’t mind that I told the Internet that you’re a fish-killer. Oops, did I say that?