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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Meet Reggie, my Humidifer.

My office building was built in the 70s and the internal workings are abysmal.  Once the heat goes on, it stays on - no matter that we are having no winter this year.  It's hot and dry.  When I come out of the building at night, I feel like a goldfish that's been oxygen deprived.

I considered buying a humidifier to make my little space bearable and, instead, got Reggie.  I look at it the same way as I view my lawn.  I can't abide waste.  I am covering my lawn with raised beds, and my humidifier is a Betta.

Other than my guppies when I was a kid, I have had no fish experience.  I did have a hermit crab, but the only thing he had in common with fish was his aquarium.  I have spent the past week and a half getting ready for him - tiny Betta tank (check); gravel (check); pump/filter (check); thermometer (check); heater (check); plants (check); fish net (check); water conditioner (check); food (check); fish (check).  It rather took on a life of its own.  I even bought him a little resting leaf, so he can lounge just beneath the surface of the water and take little sips of air.  Cute!  How many humidifiers offer a little Zen with their moisture?

11 comments:

  1. What a cute humidifier! We've been thinking that DD needs one (a humidifier, that is) in her bedroom because she occasionally has sinus trouble at night. Wonder how much moisture a fish tank would be putting in the air? And I'm sure she'd LOVE having a little fish!

    BTW, have you put in the surround sound underwater speakers in his tank yet, or are you waiting for the modern-fish-art aquarium hangings before installing it??

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  2. Aw, Reggie. So glad to meet you. I'm not sure I've ever seen such a lovely humidifier. ;)

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  3. I will be interested to know how this turns out for you - my children have been begging for a pet but I know who will ultimately be responsible for it and I don't happen to want a pet. A fish is their latest (and last ditch) effort. I admit I'm weakening, but everyone I've known who has ever had a goldfish has said they are a bit like African Violets - the harder you try with them, the quicker they die. At least that has always been my experience!

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  4. Ha! Now you have livestock even at work! :)

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  5. If you have a pump and filter, you are a step ahead of most people and probably have a really happy Betta! As an aquarium fanatic, it always upsets me to see how some people treat these guys! Clever humidifier :)

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  6. I had a goldfish once... he lasted about 48 hours before one of the cats ate him. :(

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  7. I love bettas! I kept tropical fish for many, many years and loved it. Excellent choice in humidifiers I'd say.

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  8. And if you're feeling especially dehydrated, you can always splash a little of Reggie's water on your face and neck as you walk by!

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  9. Aw, he's the cutest little humidifier! I had an aquatic African dwarf frog as my pet all throughout college - he had the very uncreative name of "Froggy" and his little snail buddy that helped clean the tank was "slowpoke" :) Looks like you and Reggie will be great pals.
    -Jaime

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  10. Cute little guy! Will he get a friend? :)

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