By Diane Ako
What is it with me lately? I can't keep a fish alive for anything!
In the last month, Olivia and I have been through the following bettas or comets:
Kuzushi was my red betta who lived for a couple of years. So I CAN keep a fish alive for a long time.
Sunshine was the gold betta Olivia took home from a birthday party as an amenity. It lived a few months.
After those two died, I bought some replacement fish, and they all kept dying in short order. After Aurora died, I swore off fish for... at least three weeks!
Meanwhile, their bodies get planted in the yard or garden as fertilizer. I do think it benefits the plants. All plants who received a fish have seemed to get very healthy shortly thereafter.
On the latest fish, I asked Claus to carry the tank out while I picked a spot. I surveyed the yard.
"Where do I put him?" asked Claus, tiring of carrying the drum shaped tank around after me.
"I am running out of places," I said. "I put Kuzushi there, Sunshine there, Orchid there, Rainbow there."
While I dithered over the placement, Claus commented, "You do more burials than me lately."
Not a flattering observation from a funeral director!
But in my own defense, I have kept 200 shrimp alive for months now!