22, pink hair, cosplayer, costume designer, lolita fashion enthusiast. Co-runs a cat blog over at ironicallyahipster. sewmybraintogether for all sorts of bipolar mood fun.
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.
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:
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).
Whatever, I’m just rambling. But basically, my plan for attack for Mr Fish is to:
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.
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