community cycles

what breaks my heart is that cas feels he doesn’t belong with sam and dean so he purposefully excludes and isolates himself, but dean interprets this as cas not wanting to be with him, which leads to dean excluding cas because he’s so afraid of being rejected he won’t even bother giving cas the chance to :(

Cycle Your Tank!

For real though, this is the biggest thing that can make or break the hobby for anyone.

It doesn’t matter if you want a betta, a goldfish, a few shrimp or even a tank full of nothing but plants. Get a proper filter and cycle your god damn tank. Fishless most preferably…

How and why to do this:

It doesn’t matter what you keep, all living things produce waste. In a lot of cases Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate are in your tap water already. It doesn’t hurt us, but it will kill your fish… and in the case of a fully panted tank… I hope you love algae…cause you’re going to get it. Planted tanks another time though. You don’t want your fish to die, cycle.

So how do you do this? 

Step one: Set up your tank. It needs to be at minimum a 2.5 gallon but I always recommend bigger. If you’re new and planning to keep anything but shrimp or a betta I insist you go bigger anyways because they will thrive. Have this tank filtered with an appropriate filter. I highly recommend a filter that doesn’t use a cartridge, it cycles much easier and you won’t really ever need to replace your media and it keeps the cycle. Best filters for 20 gallons and under are usually sponge filters. But get a filter with removable media or a sponge.

Step 2: Get a liquid test kit. I say liquid because it’s more accurate (light damages the strips and readings), cheaper in the long run, lasts longer, and just overall easier. The test kit needs to check PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. Once you have this go ahead and test your tap water, write that down. 

If your PH is lower than 6 or really close to you’re going to have to find someway to get it above stably (DO NOT USE PH UP OR DOWN FOR THIS) I have very hard alkaline water so I normally have to bring it down. Crushed coral in the filter can help bring it up though!

If you have ammonia in your water be glad that you’re doing this and not throwing your fish in… cause if you do congrats you just burned their gills. My water has 1ppm ammonia in it already so I don’t have to add as much while cycling.

Nitrite is the same as ammonia in terms of yay that’s one less step! 

Nitrate, it can be frustrating to have. Learn how much you have though and adjust accordingly. You may need a remover, or some plants until the right bacteria form.

Step 3: Declorinate whenever adding new water(I like prime but use what you want). And get things running. Now the fun process of waiting begins. You need 3 things to happen:

Ammonia to form. This is produced by anything living including plants. You want a source though and for it to be between 2-4ppm. Sources can be fish food, a raw piece of shrimp, or carpenters liquid or powder pure ammonia/ammonium. I like using the pure ammonia because it’s less of a mess and easier to control. Remember this is to simulate a fish though and I pray you didn’t put one in yet. Either way dose it up (test your water to know what you’re at) and write it down. You want to keep track of things, temp, ph, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate…

Now you wait, check daily, or every second day. Wait until it hits 0 and dose it again. Basically what’s happening is bacteria is forming in your filter to convert the ammonia (which is deadly) to Nitrite (which is also deadly). Start checking your Nitrites after the first big ammonia drop. You’ll see one of two things, a huge spike possibly off the charts in Nitrite, or never see them but have nitrates in your water that weren’t there before. This can be the longest or shortest point in the cycle.

Wait for your nitrites to drop. If they get too high to read cut back on dosing ammonia or do a large pwc to help bring them down so you can read them. Once Nitrites hit 0 dose again. If within 24 hours or less there are no ammonia readings or nitrite and some nitrates, congrats you are cycled. Do a large partial water change and add a few fish! I recommend no more than 10% of your stock a week.


Things that can speed up this process (Normally can take 2 weeks - 3 months depending on a number of factors)

-Seed your tank. This is the best, if you have a friend with a healthy tank ask to borrow some decorations, gravel, or a chunk of filter media. Note bacteria is not in the water, don’t take that but transfer what you do take in it.

-Turn your temperature way up! Bacteria multiplies better in hot water, so turn the heater up.

-Add oxygen. Bacteria is alive and needs to breath.

-Plants they help buffer the water and if from a cycled tank can bring some bacteria with them.

-Bacteria in a bottle. Now be very careful with this… most don’t work and are a waste of your money and actually harm your cycle. Ones that have proven to be effective though. Dr. Tims one and only, safe start, bio-sphere, stability seachem. All others are the wrong type of bacteria and will die in your tank and starve the right type of bacteria.

I know this probably wasn’t super comprehensive, but if you have questions ask. I’m happy to help!

Looking for blogs to follow

I haven’t been around that much in a while, and now that I’m back I want to follow more booklr blogs. Reblog or like this, if you post about:

- The Throne of Glass series

- ACOTAR/ ACOMAF 

- Harry Potter 

- The Shadowhunter Chronicles  

- The Raven Cycle 

- The Darkest Minds trilogy

- The Vampire Academy series 

- The Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus series

- Honestly, I just like so many books/ book series.  Just reblog or like if you post about books. 

  • Gansey: So, Blue is the woman I've been seeing recently.
  • Blue: ...Why are they looking at me like I'm a zoo animal?
  • Noah: Well, Gansey acts as sort of the dad of the group, so emotionally, this is kind of like being told that you're our new mom.
  • Blue: But you know it's nothing like that, right?
  • Noah: Absolutely. Do you cook macaroni?
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Black Army Men Collectibles….. Arielle Wilkins

The original army men were actually produced in metal prior to when lead toy production was stopped in 1942. For many Americans, playing with army men was almost a rite of passage. 

With so much misrepresentation of the black community and the vicious cycle the justice system has created for the impoverished, our Army Men stand strong and proud. They carry no guns and are a tribute to a community that has come from so little to create opportunities that have led to so much.

While many men and women carry guns into battle, these figurines use their bond and their voice. Today we are in a new kind of battle and there has never been a more delicate time to take the right approach. Our supporters appreciate collectibles and understand diversity.

BLACK TUMBLR Please support this Sista on her venture. 

Here is her Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1038284621/black-army-men-collectables

July

Associations
God: Heracles, Jupiter/Zeus 
Color: Red, Orange
Flower: Water Lily
Birthstone: Ruby
Zodiac: Cancer/Leo

Lunar Cycle
2nd: Full Moon
5th: Waning gibbous
8th: Last quarter
16th: New moon
20th: Waxing Cresent
24th: First quarter
28th: Waxing gibbous
31st: Second Full Moon (Blue Moon)

Important Dates
July 2nd - First full moon of July
July 5th - Poplifugia
July 8th - Start of Holly Celtic tree month
July 23rd - Neptunalia
July 31st - Lughnasadh Eve (NH) / Imbolc Eve (SH); Blue Moon

20th century western gay history has gone in roughly 40 year cycles?

thriving community and changing attitudes in central europe in the 1920s and 30s? completely wiped out by the nazis

we rebuild and change attitudes agains, develop a thriving culture? almost completely wiped out by the ongoing AIDS crisis 

and now pence :/ 

Birth Work As Care Work

“Sophia Perez, for example, demonstrates how systemic forms of oppression as well as health and economic disparities felt in the outside world are also present in the labor & delivery ward. This is particularly evident through “managing” or pathologizing black and brown bodies in the birthing process. Rather than being purely biological, individual birth outcomes emerge out of a myriad of racial, sociopolitical, and economic forces that are structurally produced and reproduced over time.

These forces collide, often violently, in determining the sexual and reproductive trajectory of entire communities. Breaking cycles of oppression means directly engaging these systems in order to reimagine a language of birth that creates room for all birthgivers to have supportive reproductive care.

In so doing, activist birth work interrogates institutionalized oppressions and critiques profit driven health care models while reinvigorating a conversation about body-autonomy and sexual reproductive freedoms throughout society.“

-"Birth Work As Care Work” by Alana Apfel

You’d be forgiven for assuming that the woman who’s single-handedly spearheading a female cycling revolution in London must have grown up living and breathing bikes. But for 25-year-old Jess Hayes, the brains and energy behind east London’s cycling girl gang, Velociposse, that’s certainly not the case. Her gang—born from an online shout out to other women who wanted to race—has become somewhat notorious in the cycling community. They provide a click-and-you’re-in support network that gets female riders of any age or level in gear.

Something you definitely shouldn’t expect from Velociposse is bunch of earnest athletes leaping about in dodgy lycra and preaching about electrolytes. The majority of members hold down full-time jobs and jump on their bikes for fun whenever they get the chance. The vibe is more party than protein shake – and there’s not an off-track ego in sight.