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Inappropriate Tankmates for Bettas

Hello! Today i’ll be talking about tankmates commonly recommended for bettas that really are inappropriate, for varying reasons. let’s get started! I apologize for the long post, i am on mobile and can’t remember the html for a read more

African Dwarf Frog
This small amphibian seems like a great choice on the surface, but amphibians and fish should not be mixed in home aquariums under any circumstance. They are inefficient swimmers, so it’s easy for a betta to out compete them for food. It’s also quite easy to be given an african clawed frog on accident, a similar species that is very aggressive. Both species tend to try to eat anything that will fit in their mouths, and bettas may be prone to nipping toes. ADF’s prefer cooler temperatures overall than bettas. Additionally, if your betta gets sick and you do not have a quarantine tank, your medicine options are limited. Even something as simple as aquarium salt can be harmful to frogs. Some owners and breeders have reported success with very very low levels of aq salt in frog tanks but that is all anecdotal and i personally would not risk it.

I’ll admit that I was once convinced of the safety of the tetra as a tankmate. My stint with neons ended with half killed by my fish, and the other half dead in a few days because the emergency tank i set up was inadequate for the bio load. Aquarists will tell you that tetras are so fast that a betta will never be able to catch them, and this may be more true for a long finned fish, but a female or a plakat can easily catch and kill a tetra. Neons specifically are prone to bad breeding and often die off for seemingly no reason. Tetras are vibrantly colored and very flashy, a trait bettas detest in tankmates. Bettas will chase and nip tetras, only the very calmest will ignore them. However it is not just the betta that is the issue, tetras themselves tend to be highly aggressive and will antagonize the betta as well.

White Cloud Minnows
A popular choice because they are less flashy than other small schooling fish, these minnows are actual cool water creatures and will not handle the tropical waters of a betta very well. In order to cohouse these fish, one species must be outside of its temperature zone, which will lead to stress, illness, and a reduced lifespan. problems with aggression are still likely to continue, especially with the stress of improper conditions.

Red Cherry Shrimp
As far as this list goes, this species is most likely to get along with a betta. The issue lies with the fact that RCS tend to be expensive, and the bright colors can lead to, you guessed it, aggression from the betta. Lots of bettas will eat these vibrant critters, and that is a problem as bettas can gain health issues from overeating quite easily. These shrimp can sometimes be a safe tankmate provided the betta does not have any interest in eating or killing them.

The guppy is a highly popular live bearer that you can get quite cheap in most pet stores. A typical guppy has vibrant and flowing fins, vaguely reminiscent of a rival male betta. They are also nippy species, and contention between the guppy and the betta is quite common. Feeder guppies may fare better due to their duller color but it is by no means a guarantee.

There are more species that make terrible tankmates for bettas. I will not go into detail as it tends to be common knowledge. Such species include goldfish, tiger barbs, gouramis, cichlids, chinese algae eaters, and other bettas. If you have questions about why those fish are bad tankmates, feel free to send me an ask or a message and I will go into more detail.

Destiel Valentine’s day fic

Title: The world is not beautiful, therefore it is

Rating: T

Word count: 2062

Summary:  Cas tries (and fails) to have the perfect Valentine’s day date with his boyfriend.

Read on AO3 if you prefer.

Written for the Hey Sweetheart challenge by @deancas-sweetheart. I really enjoyed this challenge! Do go and read the other works in this - they’re all amazing!

All my love and squishy hugs to the two best buddies a girl can have - @wanderingcas and @caslikescoffeeandfreckles for alpha and beta reading this respectively :D

“So,” Rachel says abruptly into Cas’s ear on a dreary Monday morning, making him jump, “what is Dean planning for Valentine’s day?”

“Jesus, Rachel!” Cas grumbles, turning away from his screen to glare at his best friend. “Is this really the best time?”

“Probably not, but I don’t have anything to do right now. So spill, what’s he planning?”

“I don’t know. Nothing. I can’t take the day off and Dean’s due back at the hospital that evening so we just agreed we’d celebrate later.”

“Why can’t you take the day off?”

“I have a meeting with Adler in the morning.”

“So take the afternoon off. Come on, Cas. Don’t you want to do something to surprise Dean for a change?”

Cas opens his mouth to dismiss the suggestion, then thinks the better of it. Dean was the romantic in their relationship — he was the one who planned most of the dates, picked out fantastic presents for special occasions, left little notes in Cas’s lunch at least twice a week, sent flowers to Cas’s workplace. Cas, by contrast, did not really shine in the spontaneous fun department.

“I suppose I can take the afternoon off, maybe take him out to lunch…” he murmurs, turning to his computer.


“Where what?” Cas says irritably, mulling over his calendar.

“It’s three days away, Cas, every place will be booked full. Unless you want to take him to Taco Bell.”

“I… Maybe we could go on a picnic? I could arrange for a gourmet meal.”

Rachel stares at him. “That’s actually not a bad idea. You should cook. And make some Valentine’s Day chocolate - ”

“I’m not that confident - ”

“It’s the thought that counts. And how lucky for you, the forecast says it’s going to be sunny and nearly twenty degrees,” Rachel shows him her phone. “Where do you want to go anyway?”

“The KU field station, maybe?” Cas muses. “We can’t go anywhere too far, and Dean loves the place. It has a lovely view of town from the overlook.”

“There you go! Simple, easy to implement and romantic. You can watch the sunset and then maybe get down on one knee and finally give him that ring in your desk.”

Cas gawps at her.

“Rachel! That’s - How did you even get into - ”

“I didn’t,” she clarifies, looking bored. “The whole damn office knows, Cas. You keep fidgeting with it all the time and staring moonily at it - ”

“I do not!”

“Oh?” She arches a brow. “Hey, Alfie, come here a sec will you?”

“Rachel, what are you - ”

“Hey, Rachel, Castiel,” Alfie’s voice is soft and hesitant, and his arms are loaded with files. “I can’t stop, I need to get these photocopied and on Mr. Adler’s desk by two p.m and-”

“This won’t take too long, I just wanted to let you know Cas here is planning to propose on Valentine’s Day.”

“Rachel!” Cas hisses, but no one pays any attention to him.

“Oh?” Alfie’s smile is shy as he turns to Cas. “That’s such a romantic thing to do. Is that why you were practicing your speech the other night?”

Rachel starts snorting inelegantly, breaking off with a squeak when Cas kicks her on the shin.

“Yes, Alfie,” Cas says wearily. “Well I don’t want to keep you from your photocopying any longer.”

“I hope he says yes,” Alfie says before scampering off.

“Don’t you dare say anything,” Cas snarls at Rachel after he’s gone.

Rachel gives him a look of faux innocence before dissolving into giggles.

Cas sighs.

The idea, however, sticks in his mind.

Dean’s certainly dropped enough hints in the past few months that at least indicated he was interested in marriage, so Cas knows his proposal will probably be accepted. The only thing that had held him back all these months was the fear of not making the proposal special enough. He knows Dean doesn’t particularly care, and would probably be overjoyed if Cas got down on his knees at their regular burger place, but Dean deserves more. And the ring had stayed, waiting in his desk.   

Dean is working a late shift when he gets home, so he makes himself a cup of tea and sits with his laptop and book, ready to research picnic ideas.

Four hours and countless Pinterest pages later, he has a somewhat workable plan.

He dispenses with the rose petals, dainty hor d'oeuvres, posh champagne and $400 vintage picnic baskets, choosing hearty and easy recipes that Dean won’t be able to inhale in less than a minute.

Dean’s not due back for at least another six hours, so he decides to go grocery shopping and start on some of the cooking. He’ll need to hide the results at Rachel’s though, because Dean is a bloodhound when it comes to food.

This would be the perfect opportunity to show Dean how much he cares, how special Dean is, how much Cas is anticipating their life together.

Cas smiles. It’s going to be just perfect.


It is not perfect.

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The Companions As Shit My Brother And I Have Said On Facebook

X6: “Okay but it needs to say ‘Eat Me’ in vibrant cheery icing.”

Codsworth: “Well, you can only do it with your pinkies out. Take that as you will.”

Cait: “I’ve decided that if I ever get into roller derby my derby name will be Bluddy Holly.”

Deacon: “If one of your options is ‘tramp stamp’ you should always go with the tramp stamp, imho.”


Hancock: “I rain f-bombs on the world like dollar bills at a gentlemen’s club.”

(Alternatively: “I can be VERY productive with hookers and blow.”)

Valentine: “Today’s my last day. Good thing this isn’t a cop movie or I’d have just signed my death warrant.”

MacCready: “That awkward moment when you realize you’re basically Naruto if, instead of ninjas, he were raised by Bender Bending Rodriguez.”

(Alternatively: “But is it still badass if you do it in a holodeck simulation. Like, *as* badass. I don’t know if the badassery is diminished.”)

Danse: “I’m a follower, not a leader.”

Strong: “Ear necklaces are always in vogue.”

(Alternatively: “… help, I’ve alliterated and I can’t get up.”)

Piper: “Well, at this point I’d like to bring to the jury’s attention, Exhibits A through Ad Infinitum.”

Preston: “What I learned from dragon age: it does not matter how many epic good deeds you do – people will still treat you like you have an obvious learning disability.”

Dogmeat: “He then proceeded to collect every forlorn teddy bear in the Wasteland.”


Some information for those of you who may be considering changing your birds diet to pellets!



-Formulated to be nutritionally complete, pellets provide balanced protein, fat, amino acid, vitamins and minerals.

-Pellets reduce mess and waste. Being 100% Edible, you get what you pay for!

-Pellets contain essential amino acids that assist with the development of optimum feather growth and healthy immune systems.

-Birds eating pellets look vibrant & healthy! (because they are!)

-Pellets are ideal for breeding birds and growing young with fortified calcium & D3


-Seed mixes contain very high amounts of fat and carbohydrates and severely lack key nutrients. 30%+ fat content leads to obesity, fatty cysts and general poor health

-seed mixes contain filler seeds and even edible seeds still require de-hulling. These two wastes can equate to up to 60% of a seed mix, which ends up scattered about the cage, on the floor and ultimately in the bin!

-Seed lacks amino acids, lysine and methionine. Plumage is poorer and birds fall ill more easily without adequate nutrition.

-Seeds lack both calcium & vitamin D3. Cuttlefish do not provide a fraction of the calcium required for the bones, reproduction or development.

-seed requires monitoring, supplementation and modifying- very costly and still almost impossible to balance nutrients!


A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties—big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny—demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind! Jared Chapman was born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas, went to college in Georgia, lived in Austin, and now calls the piney woods of northeast Texas his home. He and his young brood prefer silly underwear to serious, and broccoli to celery.