Well, I'm pretty excited…
My Dad is almost 90, his heart is failing and he can't really get out much. But his mind is sharp as a tack, and he's still always looking for things to learn. He had aquariums as a child, and has enjoyed mine over the years, but hasn't had one of his own as an adult. (my mom ran the ones we had growing up) His last tank was broken during the bombing of Berlin during WWII. This is a photo he took at that time, near the apartment in Berlin that he lived in as a teenage with his parents and siblings.
When Sunken Gardens” came out, he read it, cover to cover, and called me regularly to ask me questions as he read. At the time, he toyed with the idea of setting up a little tank, then decided it might be too much for him. But the book is still sitting on his coffee table.
I took him out to lunch today and asked if he might like to have a new little cylinder tank I recently put together at his house. I told him all he'd need to do is feed the Betta, and that I'd do the maintenance on the tank every week or so. He was delighted with the idea!!!
So my new "planted vase" is leaving, but to a good home... and I will visit it often. And it has a new tenant. I wanted something nice and bright since my stepmom (also 90) has macular degeneration. I think this guy will do! :)