I usually don’t give the kid any gifts this close to Christmas (which is exactly 7 weeks from today, by the way!) but this year I had to make one exception. Journey’s fish died right before we moved and I promised her I would get her a new one once we were settled. Since her last fish had a condo, it was only right that the newest addition to the family have a cool pad too! That’s why I was so excited when one of my fav gift guide go-to sites UnCommon Goods contacted me about reviewing a product of my choice. I chose the Water Garden fish tank.
The Water Garden is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. The fish feeds the plants and plants clean the water! I should mention that this is Journey’s third fish, but the first to die naturally. I lost the first and the second to the sink drain while cleaning the tank. So yeah, they had me at self-cleaning.
I decided to surprise Journey with the new fish in her room when she came home from a sleepover. She named him Stardust.
When I showed her the Water Garden she couldn’t wait to set it up. It comes with everything you need to set it up just like the picture. There’s even a coupon for a betta fish included—although I didn’t see it until after I had already bought mine.
It was pretty easy to set up and Journey was able to do most of it with a little help from me. Although it did take 2 days to complete because I didn’t realize the seeds have to be soaked 6-12 hours before you plant them.
Once you follow all of the steps, that’s it! All you have to do is feed the fish and wait for your garden to grow. That’s the part I was most nervous about because I do not have a green thumb at all. Like I could kill a fake plant! But in just a few days we started to see sprouts and after almost 2 weeks, it’s just about time to harvest our garden.
The directions say we can plant other types of seeds, so maybe we’ll try something different next time. The tank does require some monthly maintenance but nothing like the weekly tank cleaning that I had to do before. Oh, but one tip—be careful when you add the seeds to the rock bed. A few of them slipped into the tank and we had a sprout growing wild that I had to scoop out! If any seeds do manage to get into the tank, you can just use a net to scoop them out.
I’ll definitely be adding the Water Garden to my Holiday Gift Guide along with a few other awesome gift ideas for kids, moms, and dads from UnCommon Goods!
Item: Water Garden