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Cis, 'she' pronouns

 

If you can explain to me scientifically what gluten is and why it’s bad for you and the advantages of cutting it out of your diet, I will make you two dozen gluten free cupcakes for the rest of my life. 
I’m genuinely curious and when I asked facebook they got very offended.

This is excluding people who have gluten intolerances. I understand very much why you cut gluten out of your diet if your body cannot process it.

It’s my 10gal I’m cycling, so it’s empty, but right now it looks like I have the world’s most pampered marimo ball.
(My brother and his friends actually said they were going to the pet store to get new friends. They all came home with little glass tanks that were maybe half-gallon each. I almost freaked out before realizing that their friends were little moss balls. If you want a pet you can keep in one of the little tanks they sell at petsmart, I guess it’s a good one. I moved one of the marimo out of its little tank and into my heated, filtered 10 gal, the spoiled little planty thingy.)

It’s my 10gal I’m cycling, so it’s empty, but right now it looks like I have the world’s most pampered marimo ball.

(My brother and his friends actually said they were going to the pet store to get new friends. They all came home with little glass tanks that were maybe half-gallon each. I almost freaked out before realizing that their friends were little moss balls. If you want a pet you can keep in one of the little tanks they sell at petsmart, I guess it’s a good one. I moved one of the marimo out of its little tank and into my heated, filtered 10 gal, the spoiled little planty thingy.)

Today’s Fish Stories: My Mom May Have Seen The Light

The story thus far: Fish in too small tank. I take care of it. Family gets upset.

As I was testing the water in Mr Fish (common pleco in a 10 gal, filtered with a 100gph filter, 25-40% daily PWC because of that) and Bucky (betta in a 4 gal plastic bin, currently unfiltered but getting daily 70% PWCs)’s tanks this morning, my mom commented that fish were a whole lot of work (with the tone that I was spending too much time on them), and asked what I was going to do when I went back to school. I said that I was taking Bucky as he’s my fish and that my plan is to make the habitat of Mr Fish such a place that he wasn’t going to need the level of work that I’ve been putting in. 

There are two ways to care for this fish, I explained. The way that requires a lot of hard work but doesn’t cost money (haha. The amount of money I’ve already sank into that tank while I’m unemployed is impressive), and the way that costs one-time expenses but means that the daily care load will be cut down significantly.

It was like this light turned on in his head.

"What does he need to do that?"

Internal me is now skipping with happiness. Maybe she’s realized what I’ve been trying to say all along (in all fairness, some of her failing to understand is probably my fault for not figuring out how to speak her language).

So the list I’m sort of compiling’s based on that. I’m still not a fish person and I’ve only been hardcore researching this for a few days, but here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • Bigger tank. No amount of filtration in the world is going to do any good for a fish that poops like him in a tank that size. I talked to her about fin rot in betta fish due to high ammonia levels and said that can happen to gills too (part of me thinks that’s possibly a fact I made up, but hey, it got some intense sympathy for the fish). Said that a 20gal’s twice his current tank size and would still fit on the table and she said that’s not worth spending money on a tank that’s still too small and that she’s search online for a bigger one.
  • Better filter. To match the bigger tank. His current filter’s doing some magically good job at keeping his ammonia low (.25 ppm. It’s not zero but he’s a 6” heavily pooping fish in a 10gal so I’m not sure there’s any way to keep it at zero) and his nitrites at zero (and his nitrates at 40 ppm or lower which I know isn’t great), but there’s no way this filter’s going to keep up with a bigger tank. I’m considering getting a sponge filter which will require not a lot of maintenance (how big of a tank can a sponge filter handle?) and then keep his current HOB filter or get a bigger one too, because my mom doesn’t feel like she’s taking care of a tank unless she gets to spend money and change a filter pad every month, and if she really wants to spend the money on that then I’ll let her do it (and hopefully that’ll stop her from wanting to do things like wash off the sponge filter. This is such a fucking mind game that I really don’t want to play).
  • Switch out the gravel substrate for sand. Sand’s way easier to keep clean, yes? Poop doesn’t sink into the sand?

The majority of what this means she’d have to do is feed him and like a 50% water change once a week (and test his water and make sure everything’s running and it takes a lot of work to keep an aquarium and she’s not going to do all of it and I’m really worried about this and my brother’s not going to do fuck all and it’s his fucking fish).

Her comments:

  • "If we get him a bigger tank he’s just going to grow to fit that one and we’ll have the same problem." This was such a stupid argument that it took me a long time to figure out an answer. My answer was pretty much, “No we won’t, and if we don’t make anything better because it’s not the best solution then we’re never going to make anything even a little bit better,” but I’m sure I articulated it less well.
  • "If he’s not going to be okay until he’s in a 100gal then why should we spend money on a 50gal that’s not perfect?" BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SETTLE FOR BETTER INSTEAD OF PERFECT.
  • "A bigger tank won’t fit in your brother’s room." So put it somewhere else.
  • "If we put it somewhere else then it’ll be a boring aquarium. We can’t put it in the living room if no one’s going to watch it." Okay, excuse me for thinking about fish like living things and not decorations. Personally, I think Mr Fish is interesting. I like watching him eat zucchini. But there’s got to be some “interesting” fish I can add that won’t increase the workload of the aquarium significantly? I was messing around with AqAdvisor and it said I could add 6-8 zebra danios, and google seems to confirm that they’re compatible? They stay up near the top and Mr Fish sticks close to the bottom, so that might be worth looking into. Everyone seem to be describing danios  with words ranging from “active” to “never boring” to “psychotic” so those’d keep the tank ‘interesting’. But again, the idea of solving the problem of the fish not being treated properly by buying more fish seems like a very stupid one.

Whatever, I’m just rambling. But basically, my plan for attack for Mr Fish is to:

  1. Make it easier to take care of him.
  2. Convince my mom that he’s a living thing that needs care too.
  3. Show my mom that it’s much easier to take care of a fish who is living in a proper environment than it is to do what I’ve been doing with the daily water changes.
  4. Try to make the aquarium attractive, and in a more obvious place than in the back of my brother’s room, so that my mom has more interaction with it and motivation to keep it healthy, since she clearly isn’t going to make my brother take care of his own pet (he’s 19, BTW, and has a job, and spent $99.95 buying anime yesterday. He can afford to go splitsies with my mom on a bigger tank. I cannot afford to do so).
  5. Teach my mom how to do a PWC and how it’s really not that hard and doesn’t take very long.
  6. Go back to school and pray.

Today’s thankfully not as frustrating as other days have been.

Bucky’s doing well. I love how betta fish always look grumpy. He’s decided he loves his flower pot, and he’s a lot more active now that I’ve put the heater in his tank. I stole a $1 flashlight from Target (this is how broke I am. I stole something that cost $1) and I’m going to make that his aquarium light until I can get him a real tank. Decided that the siphon wasn’t scary this morning during his water change and I was really worried about sucking him up. He’s so interesting to watch. I really wish he was in something with clear sides so I could see him better. a 10gal’s only $15 at petsmart, but see previous comment about stealing the $1 flashlight and a 10gal’s a lot harder to hide in your purse (and I have a personal rule about never stealing more than $10 in one go).

They also have a $12 2.5gal tank and I was looking at that and how the hell can someone justify keeping a betta in a .5 gal cube by saying a tank takes too much space. A 2.5’s TINY. I could find so many places in my overcluttered room for a 2.5. I’d get it but again, no money, and the money I have needs to go getting his filter.

But I was so sad when I saw that PetSmart had gotten rid of all of the $1 fish. But also happy for Bucky. It was weird feelings all at once. I think the people in the stores around here don’t like me because I get coffee and then walk around without buying things. And then I’ll drop a chunk of money all at once. But whatever.

Livestreaming Hook if anyone wants to watch

Dear past me

Buy the fucking aquarium siphon

you will not regret it

it doesn’t eat gravel

YOU DON”T HAVE TO SUCK ON IT TO MAKE IT START

NO MORE FISH POOP WATER IN YOUR MOUTH

IT IS WORTH $12 JUST GET IT AND STOP USING THAT 1/2” piece of tubing.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

YOU DON”T HAVE TO GET FISH POOP WATER IN YOUR MOUTH JUST STOP AND GET A REAL SIPHON

writing should feel easy

like a monkey driving a speedboat