Some of you may or may not know that I am a member of the Chick-Fil-A® Moms group, a collection of influential women who help shape the company's many family friendly initiatives, and kid's meal prizes, through insight and feedback. I don't, personally, have a story of growing up with the chain. In fact, I only discovered the brand a few years back when my hometown opened a shiny new location devoted to inspiring the locals to 'Eat-Moar-Chickn,' in a family oriented atmosphere. I don't eat 'fast casual' a lot- in fact, I've cut it dramatically in recent years. Having health minded grilled chicken selections at my local Chick-Fil-A is always a real treat- and the lady at the drive-through says 'Absolutely!' to just about anything I ask.
So, when the Chick-Fil-A Moms group challenged me to try their Spicy Southwest Salad, and up-cycle the container into something awesome, I grabbed my fork and rose to the challenge. I really wasn't expecting this full size (meal) salad to bring the heat quite like it did. My taste-buds were seriously awakened with the slices of spicy grilled chicken, roasted corn, black beans, chili lime pepitas, and creamy salsa dressing. Together these elements make for one flavorful, spicy, chicken salad.
I really had no idea exactly how I'd tackle the project at first, but I wanted it to be something extremely simple to build, as the concept of caring for, and creating an appropriate environment for, fish is a bit of work in itself. My Upcycles (Kinda Hydroponic) Cat Grass Fish Tank can function with Guppies, but I highly suggest anyone who is not intermediately skilled in fish care start with a single beta fish, which is much less maintenance. Keep in mind a Beta fish needs to always be housed solo, and requires the water's surface to breath, as they are surface breathers- Guppies prefer to live in schools, making this tank suitable for 3 max, and 2 suggested. alternatively, if you have a larger (main) tank and want to use this as a raising/acclimation tank, you can do so too.
Here are the materials I used:
1 Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad Container, Cleaned + Washed
An Old Beverage Dispenser (1.5-2 Gallon Capacity)
2 lbs Aquarium Gravel
1/8" Cotton Rope (Wax To Dip Tips, Optional)
PH Meter/Water Conditioner For Tank Startup
2 C Organic Potting Soil (No Fertilizers)
1/2 C Cat (Wheatgrass) Seeds
Square Foot of Fine Mesh/Screen
***If housing a Beta do NOT use a bubbler or current system to oxygenate the water as it can by rough on their fins, and hard to swim against. For any other freshwater (Guppy-like) fish, consult your local pet store owner for necessary food and conditioning aids. Your tank WILL require aeration and a filtration system- I recommend the Small World Pump + Filter Kit (sold on Amazon.)
***Never put fish directly into tap water, the chlorine levels can be toxic- treat water appropriately or follow the correct procedures for cycling. Allow your fish to 'acclimate' by floating inside their travel (sale) bag for an hour before adding them, to ensure the water temperatures have evened.
D.I.Y Up-Cylced Catnip Marinator + Toy
1 Small Chick-Fil-A Superfood Side OR Kid's Nugget Tray
2' of Paracord
Cat Toy Of Choice
What Daughter Says: I love to imagine a new life for forgotten things- everything can have a purpose if you look at it in a new way!
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