by the time i realised it and turned back, the shop was closed.
tried to find an aquarium nearby to buy a new net but there were none to be found. sigh. came home and told mother about it. a few hours later, she remarked that she thinks there was one in the storeroom. lo and behold... there was! a really old one, on the brink of tearing... but still would work nonetheless! and i then remember we used to have an aquarium of large angelfish when i was very very little!
will test the 25-year-old net tomorrow in the morning. goodnight, livejournal!