Monday, June 26, 2006

Another Weekend, Another Dollar (Spent, That Is)

We added to our hopefully-done-growing pet collection this weekend. Chester recently acquired a reasonably-priced fish tank, which we eagerly waited to fill with fish. After surprisingly little deliberation, we decided on a couple of oscars. Before we could add said fish to the tank, obviously it needed to be filled with water. Chester began the arduous process...



...and David was more than happy to help.



We did discover some contaminants that needed to be removed before the fish arrived. No word on how they got in there.



The next logical step was to purchase the fish and their accoutrements, of which I had no idea fish had so many. We selected these two oscars: Loki (the orange one) and Bartleby (the tiger one). I took the task of selecting their names very seriously--Loki and Bartleby are the angels in the movie Dogma.



We also need a plecostomus for cleaning purposes. I named him Philthy Phil Plecostomus after NOFX's song "Philthy Phil Philanthropist". It seemed fitting...I am of the opinion that cleaning up after the oscars is a philanthropic activity.



Jack is quite taken with his new pets and their setup (which, as an afterthought, includes goldfish that will no doubt end up as an oscar snack).

2 comments:

JN said...

Looks like a good project--with plenty of good help and someone to clean up, what could be easier? Now for some good quality time, just you, your cat, your rat, your dog, your man, your brother, and the fish. With a meow-meow here, a woof-woof there . . .

P. Block said...

Must say, the names are well chosen. Loki, the trickster (Norse mythology) and Bartleby the scrivener (Melville, of course. A fishy connection there if there ever was one), the playful and the serious. I wonder if the names will end up fitting the fish as they fit the characters in the film?