So, a giant bug flew by my head in the apartment that startled me. Considering I work around bees every day, my first thought was that it was big enough and had the movement of a honeybee.
Instantly, my cat, Luna, tore after it and found it on the windowsill. Since I wasn’t 100% sure what the bug was, I immediately rose and walked over saying, “Wait, let me see what it is before you eat it, at least.”
It was indeed a honeybee.
My roommate and I caught it and released it off our balcony.
This was the same cat that found the shrimp when it jumped out of the tank. She is so keen but never really does anything with what she finds.
this is why I don’t have anything new to show lately I’ve been working on an order of hundreds of these.
Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.
STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?
Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.
I swear people don’t even think this stuff out.
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive.
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?
I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!
Beekeepers can also watch for hive problems and diseases, and keep the hive healthy and happy in many ways. Beekeepers love their bees.
What you really want to protest is Kraft honey and other mass-produced honey, because like any factory farm, they don’t put as much care and work into maintaining their hives and keeping them alive over the winter.
Support local beekeepers!
“I’m going to kill your cat.”
“Your dog is disgusting.”
“Eew why the hell would you want a rabbit.”
“I’m not coming over to your house until you get rid of your fish.”
If none of these statements are socially or morally acceptable then why the hell would it be okay for you to say them to a reptile or insect owner.
My grandma said if I ever get a snake that she won’t come over :( guess I just have to not tell her if I do get a snake
Ugly Fish in all his glory.
I’ve been treating his water with Melafix and I think his fins might be growing back in finally! Also he’s now a sort of metallic silver instead of pee-colour. I dunno if that’s good or not but hey slightly less hideous.
For any fish experts who want to help me rehabilitate him: Is it a good sign when he makes bubble nests? He’s made one every time I change the water. I assume this is a positive thing but I don’t really know. And will a slight current from the water filter bother him? Set the intake as low as it can go and taped a plastic screen over the outlet, but there’s still a small surface current. And lastly is it possible to make a betta fish fat because I’ve been feeding him as much as he’ll eat twice a day, and he eats a goddamn lot. Like it’s pretty impressive.
He’s taken to glaring at me with his fins flared out if I don’t give him his flakes/bloodworms on time, though, so if I am overfeeding him at least he seems to be enjoying it.
For a dumb fish this guy has a lot of personality! Hopefully he lives a long time.
Hi, there. :) Bubble nests are not a sign of good health. It’s purely instinctive. Even bettas near death may bubble nest while completely healthy bettas may never bubble nest. (I had a boy suffering from TB and all sorts of terrible secondary infections and he still bubble nested until the very end.)
If the current is bothering your boy, you can reduce it by placing an aquarium sponge in the outflow (don’t use a kitchen sponge). You can also place a plant or other high decoration beneath the outflow to reduce the strength.
There is debate about whether or not Melafix and Bettafix are good for bettas. Most actually recommend against their use. If he’s doing much better, it’s safer to just stick with keep your water warm and clean.
Also, what are you feeding your boy? If it’s pellets, you should only be feeding him 4-5 pellets twice a day (some do less). Feeding your fish as much as it can eat can lead to bloating. The real danger, however, is how much waste you’ll be putting into the water. It’s best to avoid overfeeding so you don’t create harmful water conditions that can put your guy’s healing progress (and health in general) back.
Hope this helps!
A non-legendary Normal-type Pokemon hanging out with a legendary Pokemon by request.
My mom is an impulsive and ignorant bitch, so she came home with a betta. She had the thought in her head for a long time now, and I kept telling her we don’t have the money or the know-how to take care of a betta. We had them before, when we were kids, but all we did was change the water and feed them every day; there’s more to caring for a pet than that— doesn’t matter what kind of pet.
Rawrly’s so upset about Sebastian— that’s what she called him— because he knows he’ll only suffer and die. He’s been crying since she got home. And Pierce is pissed because I’ve tried telling mom what a mistake this was and what she needs to do now, only to have her be a total child about it. She stands there and mocks anyone who tries to educate her, yells about how she can do what she wants… She might as well be five years old.
I’m trying to find info on what proper housing and care really is, but I keep ending up on sites that make me question their reliability or have instructions that are too difficult to follow or understand for me.
I remember there was someone on my dash who knew a lot about these fish, but I can’t remember who they are, exactly |D Can anyone who’s kept these fish or has friends who know about them reply to this, or send me an ask? I’d like to get this poor guy as comfortable as I can as soon as possible.
There’s a whole community of us here that are willing to help and have lots of experience and knowledge. :) I typically give these two articles out to newbies looking to do right by their pet:
I hope this helps! Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any. Also, it may be hard to convince your mother to take pet care seriously. Some people just won’t. I wish you all the best!
First update of my nano tank with plants
Opinions time on Elive’s Betta Center display. Spurred on by kai-ni's own experiences, which you can find here. My own opinions differ enough that it would feel strange adding onto what kai-ni has posted, but please take the time to read their post.
The Good Points
This isn’t an entirely bad system for bettas for a number of reasons. One, it is more attractive. Let’s get that out in the open. As someone who designs websites and the other visual sides of software, I understand just how important it is for things to look good. It’s stylish, flashy, and modern. It isn’t sad fish in a tiny cup. This makes it more appealing for customers and thus encourages people to take a closer look and impulse buy (Which, in my opinion, is as equally as much of a problem, but to a company, it is an important factor.).
Two, they have fogged sides. While completely black or opaque sides to the cups would be better, at least they are attempting to make bettas not be able to see each other. The square shape of the cups allows companies that know what they’re doing to slide paper or other opaque material between them.
Three, for temporary storage, I will say again that the cups are NOT bad. Cups are just not inherently bad for short term storage, as long as they are cleaned properly. There are other reasons why it’s a little worse than conventional cups though…
The Bad Points
And, whoo, this is where it gets gorey.
In case anyone was wondering, I was the one who told our mod Shippeh that those were drip filters. My LFS has a display like this and one of the employees (who had admitted not to know much about it) said they thought the bubbles was from some type of drip filter.
After doing some research into it the other night, I realize now just how mistaken I was.
Those are, in fact bubbles. To quote the product description, “The air driven system keeps fish active, healthy and vibrant.” And this, excuse my language, pisses me off like no other.
I’m almost completely sure that this company understands how stressed bettas are by water movement and made the conscious choice to do so in an effort to not have “sad fish in cups”. By stressing the fish out even more than if they were just in normal cups when combined with the lights and other bettas. It’s to make them squirm and swim like maniacs in panic, possibly flaring due to the stress. That’s just… messed up. They are purposefully causing an animal distress just to make them seem “healthier” and encourage impulse buys.
It also makes the betta in a cup look fantastic. Which I hate. I want people to look at bettas in cups and go, “You know, this guy deserves more for a permanent home.” Instead, they’re more likely to trick it out with LED lights.
Furthermore, as was pointed out before, it seems like employees are tricked into the same false sense of security as customers, thinking that this is healthier. Thus it seems that water changes from these areas seem to be… lacking.
This Product is Worse Than Conventional Cups
Just. Ugh. Taking into account the health and welfare of the animal should be a priority (something Elive isn’t real INTO, judging by their other “betta” products, like a .5 gallon tank with a bubbler!) when it comes to sales.
I agree that this product has potentional to do something good. Maybe if it heated all the racks and provided a running filter. It would be costly for individual cups, so maybe all connected in a sort “bunk” or “barracks” system, like—