you know i tried to be irritated that this thing was filled with literal shit after I cleaned it less than a week ago…but instead I’m impressed that it’s being used as a legitimate toilet. Even more impressed if it isn’t and it’s somehow floating in.
I can’t even be mad. Only thing is hooboy is it a bitch to clean without poop going everywhere
acceptable: pranking your children every once in a while ( scary maze game, silly string surprise, dollar bill on a fishing line, fake poop etc )
unacceptable: physically and emotionally abusing your children ( breaking their toys, pushing them around, yelling and swearing in their face ) and consistently exploiting your children’s discomfort and pain for profit
If anyone wants to know what working as a cashier in a pet store is like in the past two (2) days I’ve had:
Someone ask me why we don’t sell bread
Someone ask if they can feed their cat dog food
Someone return a dead fish to me
Someone poop on top of our toilet seat
Someone spill yellow food dye in the bathroom
Someone ask me if they actually need to feed their fish
Someone try to give me their bearded dragon
Someone get mad at me that ferrets aren’t sold in California
Someone get mad at me that the litter boxes weren’t close enough to the register
Someone try to use a CVS coupon
Someone’s kid methodically picking shit off shelves and dropping it
i was thinking about how it’s canon that “dalish magic is more practical…” and the fact that EVERY clan has at least one mage, and what kind of stuff a keeper would do, specifically, with their magic beyond ceremonial stuff or combat.
repelling mosquitos and other bitey insects
healing itchy bug bites (oh my god help me)
killing lice and bedbugs
keeping food stores safe from vermin and FUCKING BEARS
localised warming spells to keep everyone comfortable in the winter
localised cooling spells to keep everyone from overheating in the summer
cleansing water of impurities and fish poop
general healing, obviously. big things like wounds but also little things like fevers, coughs, and various viral or bacterial illnesses that could otherwise devastate entire clans.
speeding up the growth of various plants. dalish mostly forage probably but certain things they might grow themselves if they camp out in one area for long enough, or they might plant somewhere with the purpose of returning to it later.
long-distance communication with other clans via scrying or somesuch
being able to track down other nearby clans in an emergency
getting the aravels to pass through heavily wooded areas, obviously.
there must be SOME use for the sails on aravels and i bet it’s magic-related. they’re pulled by halla though, not pushed by wind, so… idk? maybe they’re like a form of… solar/wind energy? it collects it and then it’s used for… some purpose?
Hey, I just saw that you're an otter trainer. That's super awesome and I'm really curious! Would you mind talking about what that's like and some of the stuff you do? Any cool otter facts or stories? What do you train them? Thanks so much! Keep being awesome!
Thanks for the ask, sure thing! I just started my career a few months ago at an aquarium in the US and work with our Asian small-clawed otters along with sea lions, penguins, tropical birds, and other animals. The otters are incredibly smart, incredibly cute, and incredibly destructive. I don’t have a lot of stories since I just started working directly with them, but as far as training goes, we use operant conditioning with all of our critters based on positive reinforcement. Exact kind of training used with marine mammals like dolphins and pinnipeds, along with other zoo animals. We’ll use the word “okay” as a bridge, meaning whenever the otters hear that they associate it with reinforcement like food or toys or play. They’re all still young and are still learning basic behaviors, but we’re working on a lot of medical behaviors such as allowing us to touch them and manipulate their bodies, follow a target into a scale to get a weight, lay down for an x-ray, allow us to draw blood, etc. We’re teaching the otters some cute things too like spinning around in a circle and jumping into our arms. It’s all very mentally stimulating for them. They feed off of our energy and really seem to enjoy interacting with us. We also create lots of different enrichment for them, like things frozen in ice, or firehose weaved together to make a raft.
It’s not all glamorous, though; there’s tons of fish and diarrhea-like poop. They’re very musky and the smell doesn’t come out of my laundry easily. I do a lot of cleaning and washing dishes, scrubbing the habitats and kitchens from floor to ceiling, and talking with guests on a mic during public training sessions.
As far as otter fun facts, let’s see… our otters’ fur is very dense and has air trapped in it that’s excreted in a cloud of bubbles when they swim. Their paws are partially-webbed so they can grasp things with their paws kinda like hands. They can be very, very loud. And they’re apex predators even though they’re cute and tiny. They possess ridiculously powerful jaws and extremely sharp teeth, and this coupled with the fact that they can be naturally aggressive means we have to be very observant for any precursors to aggression when we go free-contact with them on exhibit.
So this is perhaps one of the most unpleasant topics to ever consider covering but I’d like to touch on it, and other things related to breeding.
Working at a pet-store I get a lot of people who (intentionally or not) end up with breeding fish. A bulk of it is live-bearers, with a smattering of cichlids. There are a few serious things to take into consideration before you start allowing for or helping along species that breed prolifically.
1: Do you actually have market in the area that would allow you to find homes/sell these fish?
2: Are you willing to invest in proper food for the offspring to have a good head-start in life?
3: Can you keep up with the growing demands on a tank as offspring flourish leading to an ever growing bioload?
4: Are you capable of going through with culling.
Number 1 deals with simple common sense. If no one is willing to buy or take in your offspring, you should not actively invest in breeding them. It’s one thing if it’s avoidable, but you don’t have to encourage it. I see that a lot with convict cichlids. They are really, some of the most nefarious fish for breeding like roaches. The problem is, not only do very few fish seem to want to eat them, but they are very nasty. When people think nasty fish they might think a flowerhorn, or a big dominant oscar.
I think of convict cichlids. They are little more than striped piranha that make life hell for every fish they share space with. They will group up to harass and shred larger fish, and pester them into illness. They breed like roaches…no one in my area wants them I REPEAT NO ONE IN MY AREA WANTS THEM. I don’t want them. My managers don’t want them. But so many people insist on breeding them, and encourage it. They buy them to breed them. They don’t get it. This is a serious pest fish in the hobby.
Maybe you are one of those people who want to breed something more useful. Like…a small species of pleco. You have outlets to unload? That brings us to number 2.
Your potential baby fish are no different than human children in that they need the best start possible to be the best they can be as they grow. This means good food, not garbage. Feeding enough also is key (many baby fish need several feedings a day). That also plays into 3 as well. A single pleco mom might have 40 eggs, 30 make it. Every couple weeks you have a new batch. In less than 6 months a two fish could have bred 180 extra mouths or more. That’s also 180 fish more that are pooping out waste, and breathing out ammonia as a byproduct of respiration.
Then if that isn’t enough if the babies leave daddy too soon, they are less likely to figure out what food is. They learn from their dad. No one wants to sell fish that won’t eat because they don’t know what to eat.
Finally number 4. Once you have offspring you need to find home for you have to make sure you are only selling what should be going out there. Fish born with extreme deformities can often breed in captivity still. That’s bad news bear for the entire captive population. This is how over the years, certain live bearer species have become less lardy and more prone to issues. Too many pet owners sell (don’t cull) and no one wants to do the dirty deed. So it just gets worse.
So, anyway that’s that. Not trying to scare people away from breeding fish. Just trying to bring up some important considerations.
“The country? The skies? You can have them. I’m busy just protecting what’s right in front of me. I don’t know what’ll happen to me in the future, but if something has fallen at my feet, then the least I can do is pick it up.”
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People have been keeping fish for hundreds of years, but only within the past 50 years or so have they become so common. It is also during this time that many misconceptions have come to the surface. Most of the time these originated because of a lack of knowledge, but as we experimented and technology got better, we got a better understanding of fish. But this initial information (or sometimes intentional misinformation) is still around, and the vast majority of people who keep fish think at least one of these things is true.
Obviously lots of fresh, seasonal fruit and vege. I imagine there would be a huge amount of variety because everyone would grow a bunch of different things and share/swap. You would have people who would find they were particularly good at growing one thing and would try growing every variety of that one thing. My dad used to love growing tomatoes and would have plants of 5-6 different varieties so we used to get tomatoes of every color, size and shape for months because they would all ripen at different times, he would end up giving away huge bags to everyone because he had too many. You would constantly be changing things in your garden so that you were putting in and taking out plants seasonally and would have different things available all year round. But because indoor gardening is also a thing you would still be able to have some summer plants in winter because you’re growing them right in your kitchen. We would eat more veges than fruit because veges are easier to grow in a home garden, requiring less space and time to grow a productive plant, but there would be urban orchards where fruit was available for the community.
Traditional methods of preserving fruit and vege would also be a big thing. Canning, drying, jam-making. In winter you would have loads of yummy sauces and soups made with summer vege that you bottled yourself. But the processes would be made easier by machines designed to take all the hard work and drudgery out of preparing food for preservation (Ugh skinning tomatoes for sauce).
I think food would be very flavorful, you’d use loads of herbs because herbs are about the easiest thing to grow in a pot on your windowsill so they would be hugely available, they’re also really easy to dry for use in times when they’re not growing well.
Refined carbohydrates would not be eaten much, especially wheat. It takes a lot of space to grow a lot of wheat so it’s not something that can really be done in cities. Any grains you did eat would mostly be wholegrain. Potato bread would be popular because you can grow a load of potatoes in a barrel.
Red meat would be a rarity. Something you only ate a few times a year - if you eat meat at all. Sheep and Goat meat would be the most common red meat, beef would not be eaten often at all because large scale beef and/or dairy farming has a terrible environmental impact. For milk products we would mostly have sheep and goat milk - dairy would be a rare delicacy because of the aforementioned environmental impact of cows. People would keep chickens, ducks, geese and quail for eggs and when they were no longer productive layers they would go in the pot. This would mean we would have to use different recipes than we do now because birds that have had a productive laying life are tougher and dryer than birds bred to be eaten so you would mostly use them is soups, curries, stew etc.
Fish would be a huge part of the diet because of an awesome thing called aquaponics. It’s a closed system in which you breed fish, who dirty up the water, so that water is fed into tanks where bacteria break down the fish poop into nitrates that are then fed into a hydroponic farming system to grow plants, the plants absorb all the nutrients from the water and the clean water is fed back into the fish tanks. You can grow heaps of fish and heaps of plants with zero environmental impact.
We would go back to eating a lot like they did just a few generations ago. Everything would be used, nothing wasted. Everything would be seasonal. Processing and additives would be minimal. Allergies would be minimized because the majority of things that people are allergic too would be rarely available so easily avoidable. We would be eating far less animal fat and far more good fats. Things like diabetes, heart-disease and obesity would be drastically reduced. On the whole we would all be much healthier.