September 28, 2016

Clean and moved plants around in my tanks. I’m very pleased with Hades’ and Van Gough’s tanks.
Hades had blue velvet shrimp and I found one with a bunch of eggs so I but her in a little breeding box.
Van Gough’s shrimp buddies, red rili shrimp, haven’t been spawning and I’m not sure why. I hope they do soon!!!
Angelos only has one Sunkist shrimp left I started off with three and eventually just couldn’t find the others.


I would sell my sibling for this fish

bonding with my fish includes:

  • yellling his name when I enter my room so he swims from his hiding spot to see me
  • upon seeing me he WIGGLES EVERYWHERE 
  • hand feeding time! if he misses one, I point to it and he swims there to eat it
  • staring blankly at each other 
  • laying in my bed and wiggling my fingers at the tank until he spots me and comes closer to investigate
  • when i put my face close to the tank to see how the plants are doing and suddenly all I can see is fish because he’s nosey and likes swim right up to me when I’m near
  • watching him make 5,000 bubble nests 

There is a mermaid race in my manga story, I’ve never fleshed out its design so I was thinking about it recently. I have a betta since last year and I wanted to have this race to be a pretty betta-based race, but the thing about bettas is they have short-ish bodies, and so if I go with the normal approach of turning the legs into a fish body with a tail at the end, and fins on either side of the pelvis, it looks super bizarre to me, as if the mermaid has 2 connected torsos LOL. but if I just straight up draw the lowerbody as just the tail it would look really creepy too, as if they’re amputated. In the end I decided to have these “mermaids” retain their legs, but treat them as fins, just like their arms. That way the position of their fins would match the betta’s most closely, just with their belly fin turned into 2 leg fins, and they wouldn’t look like freaks with 2 torsos!


Get the art files for this drawing, like hi-res-jpg, layered psd file, steps, and full video at  ♦ http://patreon.com/shilin


So my local pet store got a major renovation and added betta sale tanks! Seperated, heated and filtered, sales tanks. Going back soon when they get fish in. So happy to see a pet store (not a fish exclusive store) sell bettas that are healthy and happy and not sitting in cups.

Thought you betta lovers of fishblr would love this too!

“I’m upset because I was called out for improper care for one of my pets!

Great, sorry you feel that way, but don’t use you’re emotional state as a reason to bypass the fact that you’re providing potentially improper care.

If you have a fish in a bowl, chances are you’re providing improper care. If you’re feeding your cat or dog a strictly vegan diet, you are providing improper care. If you are following what the major brand pet store says your pet needs, chances are you’re providing improper pet care. If you’re response any time someone tries to inform you of the general needs of your pet you get defensive and brush off what they say, chances are you’re providing improper care.

Every pet owner has made mistakes. But as people who have living beings whose lives depend on us, we must look past our pride and acknowledge when we are wrong.

I don’t care if it’s a fish, snail, worm, dog, cat, or a parrot. If it’s a living being that depends on you, you owe it to provide that living being with the proper housing and care. If you cannot do so the responsible action is to surrender it to someone who will.

  • Betta owner:this is my fish, he's a partial-dragon red devil traditional halfmoon plakat. He's from a ten-generation line originating from an IBC best-in-show winner, imported directly from Bangkok. I paid three months salary for him.
  • Cichlid owner:this is my fish, he's a rare colour morph of a recently discovered species that doesn't even have a scientific name yet. I had to search twenty stores and six websites to find him. I think his species might already be extinct in the wild.
  • Goldfish owner:this is my fish. He's fat and adorable and good.