I luxuriate in its humming, bubbling presence. Its meditative spirit fills the room with a certain calmness. The ritualistic cleanings and arrangings make it a sort of zen garden for me, along with the daily practices of feeding and turning the light on in the mornings and off at bedtime. I would love to have a bigger one or a more exotically shaped one rather than the 30-gallon rectangular, but it'll do.
Currently, however, its zen presence is being messed with. We have an intruder. The intruder is pond scum.
A few weeks ago, the fluorescent bulb in the hood blew out. I sought out a replacement and selected one that was specifically categorized for plants and aquariums, and then there was light.
Followed by pond scum.
I noticed my zen garden aquarium becoming cloudy and greenish. It was hard to see the fish when they went to the back. Cleaning it only makes it a little less cloudy and greenish for a day or so.
Just my luck. I've never been particularly good with plants. Seems like all of the houses we've lived in just didn't have an area that provided the right amount of sun, and my plants have struggled.
And yet here I am, procreating a bumper crop of pond scum.
So I'm calling on the experts: fish keepers and/or pot growers. Should I
(a) leave it and realign my zen values?
(b) go without a light in the hood and just rely on nature?
(c) start up a small pot-growing operation?
(d) a and c?
(e) b and c?
I'm thinking if I choose (c), while it won't cure the problem, I just might not care anymore.