disagreeable fish

“Let him be for a while,” said Cohen. “I reckon the fish disagreed with him.”
“Don’t see why,” said Truckle. “I pulled him out before it’d hardly chewed him. And he must’ve dried out nicely in that corridor. You know, the one where the flames shot up out of the floor unexpectedly.”
“I reckon our bard wasn’t expecting flames to shoot out of the floor unexpectedly,” said Cohen.
Truckle shrugged theatrically. “Well, if you’re not going to expect unexpected flames, what’s the point of going anywhere?”

– on the journey through the Caves of Dread | Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero

i can’t believe playrix made two games where the protagonist/avatar liaison is a balding 30s-ish butler in suspenders and he’s genuinely fun and sweet and likable, what the heck

also in Homescapes (i haven’t played Gardenscapes) he’s trying to convince his parents not to sell their ancestral home and his parents are also sweet and genuine and fun??? like there’s no Standard Heterosexual Sniping™ occurring, they’re genuinely still in love and supportive of each other and their son and great now I’m tearing up over a mobile puzzle game

anonymous asked:

i agree. they're super easy to take care of, why do you think parents buy them for kids? and they lack color and basically look the same.

Again, I disagree with you. Freshwater fish are not as easy to take of as you are making it seem. I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about some 8 year old kid that begs for a pet and all his parent’s are willing to get is a goldfish in a bowl - or something along those lines - which ultimately ends up dying in a couple weeks due to ammonia poisoning and other factors. For someone who is an enthusiast/hobbyist, such as myself, would like to keep much more complex setups that can be biotope specific, community, species, breeding tanks/pairs, aquascaping, etc.

If you say that freshwater fish lack color and look the same, you sir, are silly.

Here’s a Ram:

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This is a dwarf gourami

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This is a discus:

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This is a show betta:

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Clown loach:

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Neon Tetra:

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Red Terror:

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Green Terror:

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Might as well show you some complex aquascapes while I’m at it:

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(See the discus?)


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Anyways. This is a legit hobby that is mostly popularized by adults; it is very rare that I come across other people my age - so no it’s not “just for kids”. There are entire clubs, conventions, and forum communities all dedicated to the freshwater-keeping hobby. It’s a lifelong passion for creating a healthy, beautiful ecosystem all the while keeping up with the water chemistry and dealing with decomposing organic matter. Freshwater is little known about, I suppose, by the average person because everyone is so caught up with the ocean and saltwater. To me, it is just as beautiful and complex as saltwater and to others who can appreciate it. Besides, I particularly like Amazonian fish, and I think they’re way less researched than marine life. How cool is that?

Here’s an arowana (ancient species still alive today from the Amazon) for pete sake. Do you think keeping one of these is easy? Because, yes indeed, some hobbyists do in fact keep them.  

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I can see how it can be seen as “boring”. You know what’s boring to me? Economics. So, whatever floats your boat, anon.