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Top picture was taken, what, a little over a week ago when I put plants in? Bottom picture is today.LOOK AT THAT CABOMBA GROWTH WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK. Like the guppy grass is doing okay, and that other thing on the left that I can’t really identify is doing okay as well, but the cabomba basically doubled in size, and I’m scratching my head.
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Top picture was taken, what, a little over a week ago when I put plants in? Bottom picture is today.LOOK AT THAT CABOMBA GROWTH WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK. Like the guppy grass is doing okay, and that other thing on the left that I can’t really identify is doing okay as well, but the cabomba basically doubled in size, and I’m scratching my head.
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Top picture was taken, what, a little over a week ago when I put plants in? Bottom picture is today.

LOOK AT THAT CABOMBA GROWTH WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK. Like the guppy grass is doing okay, and that other thing on the left that I can’t really identify is doing okay as well, but the cabomba basically doubled in size, and I’m scratching my head.

betta-care-blog:

Some worker at Petsmart tried to tell someone buying a Betta that the don’t NEED A HEATER, so when he left i told the customer that it’s a nesecity.

I had to do this guys job for him again. He really doen’t know what he’s doing.

Well I mean, you don’t *need* a heater

Not if you live in the tropics and never run your air conditioner so your ambient room temperature is high enough to keep the water above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, minimum.

Otherwise… yeah they need a daggone heater


Plants for the Fishies

pardonmyfish:

I’ve got some money, so I was thinking about ordering a bunch of plants off aqua bid (in addition to the awesome salvinia that low-techtank is sending me) and I was looking at

  • a banana plant
  • water sprite
  • Sagittaria subulata
  • hornwort
  • anacharis
  • duckweed
  • dwarf baby tears
  • (I really want frogbit but the person who offers all the others doesn’t sell frogbit and I don’t want to pay shipping from more than one person)

The idea behind the anacharis, hornwort and duckweed are to put most of them in the goldie tank, where some of them will become food and others will become shelter that hopefully wont get so visibly torn up and awful in a few days like swords and things do. The idea behind the rest is to make Lumos’s 5.5 a jungle and then when things get too large, I’ll be about ready to fill the 10 probably and I won’t have to buy so many plants. See any problems with my plan? I definitely have a low tech tank and anything beyond root tabs probably isn’t happening any time soon. I could maybe fertilize but I would rather not. Are any of the plants I listed too high maintenance for my tank, that you guys know of?

By hornwort, you mean cabomba, right?

I can tell you (from experience with cabomba in my goldfish tank) they’ll almost certainly strip the leaves right off of it and tear it up. Probably the anacharis as well. I haven’t had much success  with stem plants in general in the goldfish tank - they don’t seem to have the durability to hold themselves up to the sea cows that goldfish are, plus the stuff gets torn up before it has a chance to root.

The duckweed will probably get eaten pretty darn fast as well, though some may make it through.

If you want to get plants that are, for sure, going to survive goldies, I’ve had a ton of success with anubias & crypts. Along with one amazon sword that was big when I purchased it so its been able to hold up (but it looks pretty tattered)

A pet is not a good gift

smallpetrespect:

kai-ni:

A pet is not a good gift

A pet is not a good gift

A pet is not a good gift

I’ve seen this so many times over the past year; someone is given a live animal as a birthday/other holiday gift and then they end up being unable to care for it. The animal ends up horribly neglected…

A wonderful addition

Very agreed. I’ve only once *ever* bought a pet as a gift, it was for my brother, and it was a bird I know he’d been looking for and wanting (diamond dove,) I knew he knew how to take care of them, I got him the setups and stuff to care for it, and on top of it, I CALLED HIM TO MAKE SURE IT WAS OKAY BEFORE I BOUGHT.

Caveat: My brother is/was a bio major and a major bird kind of guy and I knew, and he knew, 100% what he’d been getting in to.

This is pretty much the only situation where getting a live pet is okay.

goldfishgal:

scalestails:

bitter-notbetter:

the-venting-robot:

Here fish community, go nuts.

ARE YOU SERIOUS ANIMALS DO NOT EXIST TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN LIFE LESSONS AFTER THEY DIE BECAUSE YOU DIDNT TAKE CARE OF THEM PROPERLY

We didn’t get a dog or cat because we were afraid it would die like our goldfish hahahahaha.

We got a goldfish as a prize and did exactly 0 research into the care of a living animal that we willfully took into our home to care for then went “all out” and got pebbles and other cheap decorations her bowl was DECKED OUT because it’s SO FUNNY TO THINK THAT SOMEONE SHOULD SPEND ANY MONEY OR EFFORT ON THEIR ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT RIGHT????? HAHAHAHHAA WE DIDN’T ACTUALLY DO THAT THOUGH BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE STUPID WE JUST BOUGHT SOME ROCKS AND SHIT

My kids FED her and stuff so we took care of her oh yeah such good pet owners.

The fish brought my kids HAPPINESS HAHA

SHE DIED IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES AHAHAH ITS SO FUNNY WHEN AN ANIMAL DIES RIGHT GUYS??!? HHAHAHAHAHAH HAA ahAHHA AHA

OH ALSO ITS SO FUNNY WE WERE EATING DEAD FISH AT THE TIME HA HA HAHHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

WE GOOGLED IT AND WE JUST CANT FIGURE OUT WHY SHE DIED LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

THEN WE LIED TO OUR KIDS IN SOME TWISTED ATTEMPT TO GET THEM TO DEAL WITH DEATH AS IF IT WASN”T OUR F U C K I N G FAULT THAT SHE DIED

WE NEGLECTED AN ANIMAL TO DEATH HAHAHA IT S SO FUCKING FUNNY

I choose to have pets for love and companionship instead of procreating, you sarcastic stereotype of an insufferable WASP. Jesus, she not only insulted fish, but dogs & cats as well.

AHAHAHAHA MY FISH DYING IS SO FUNNY AHAHAH ISN’T IT GUYS AHAHAHA God this is horrifying.

princesskarkat:

i got this guppy last night and hes been lethargic and has this little white patch on him. could this be ich?

Ich is tiny little white specks, they look like grains of salt (though proportionally on a guppy they’re going to look a touch bigger than most diagnostic pictures online.) It really doesn’t look like ich to me. It could be a sore, some other fungus, or natural coloration… its hard to say from the picture ><

pettyartist:

Can anyone ID these fish??

They came in my bag of feeder common goldfish that I’m pretty sure are pond-raised.

They look a LOT like juvie cichlids and I now have them separated in the plant tank and they are thriving at 78-ish degree water.

Yeah I’m going to go with sunfish here too, though thinking they’re cichlids makes sense - They look pretty similar.

How the heck do sunfish end up in a goldfish bag though?

AMAZONAS Videos: Bettas in the Wild - What They Tell Us About Tank Size

vertigo-bird:

Comparing wild with completely closed environments needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

When people seem to talk about tank size we forget about the ‘toxins’ side of things and think about the ‘emotional cruelty’ when really, it’s all about water quality and stability. 
Size recommendations should be based on:
- the fish’s ability to turn around and swim at will (whether it will struggle to swim because it’s too small, or because it is handicapped against larger bodies of water)
- how it takes for the build up of waste/ammonia/nitrite/nitrate
- how willing the fish keeper is to do water changes regularly
- stability of temperature as well.

Most people who keep their betta in small containers are often people who don’t have heaters in a cold climate, who do not do water changes as much as they should. And most good heaters and filters don’t fit these tiny containers, so it’s very difficult to keep a stable environment.

Breeders in tropical regions like Thailand can get away with it, because they have the native climate regulating the perfect temperature for betta and do water changes constantly. Most of these fish never live with the breeder permanently and end up getting shipped off, so no one really knows how this would effect a fish if it lived it’s entire life that way or how long it would live that way. 

In the wild itself, the fish may keep to a small area or the water may be shallow- but the whole body of water itself is usually very larger than you can physically see and densely planted over, that keeps the water cleaner as plants and bacteria take care of waste, and the large body of water dilutes the waste as well. Another thing about the wild is that, wild fish and animals have higher mortality- it’s survival of the toughest.

Keeping an animal, especially as a pet isn’t about “what’s the minimum it can take?” but rather, how can I give the animal better comfort and survival rate than in the wild?

I was going to say pretty much exactly that. There is a load of difference between a naturally filtered and refreshed water system and a tiny bowl, or heck, even those breeders little jars and a bowl a hobbyist might keep in an air conditioned home. Like, my house is in the mid seventies right now, my fish tanks would be lower than that if unheated (my goldfish tank *is* easily lower, but goldfish don’t mind it.) Betta cannot handle temps that low. That makes a huge difference. And frankly, those tiny containers can’t be heated properly.

(Source: fishmandiary)

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