It seems like there is a big, popular understanding about where you’ll find wild “Siamese fighting fish” aka “betta fish” in Thailand.
Apparently, the common North American (and European?) idea is that you’ll find beta fish in places like this:
I can understand this misconception, especially if you’ve never experienced what our monsoon seasons are like, nor have ever seen a rice field before… among many other things. The fact is, you’ll never see betta fish in such tiny bodies of water. I have seen tadpoles in small puddles like these… and, in shallow gutters/”khlongs”, I have even found little guppies and fresh water crabs. But try as I might (and I have really tried), I have not once found a single betta fish in these kinds of environments.
Betta fish naturally occur in these kinds of environments:
Yes, the water can be shallow (knee-deep), but the territory is often wide, vast, and dense with soft, vertical growing foliage. The water is not stagnant like in a puddle, nor is it barren with wide open space. In this environment, a wild betta fish has many hiding opportunities.
I can only assume that betta fish do not naturally occur in small puddles (be it in the jungle or otherwise), or within Khlongs/gutters–because it is not an optimal environment for them and they cannot survive it. Please note that I do not, nor have ever raised betta fish. I have only looked to admire them in the wild and these are my observations.
As someone who raises a variety of wild/’exotic’ animals, I have found it critical to the animals health and behavior–to recreate their natural environment as closely as possible, while omitting natural dangers from the set-up. Doing so will allow your animal to exhibit its full range of natural behaviors, and exist optimally. For you, this means being able to watch your animal preform behaviors and show off colors you might never have had the chance to see, otherwise. I my opinion, this is much more rewarding than spending time, energy, and emotions into trying to defend a tiny, barren, and stagnant fishbowl set up.
Animal care should not be stagnant. It should always be evolving and improving.
This applies to breeders, hobbyists, “casual” owners, everyone. It also applies to anyone who keeps animals for profit. If animals are raised to be eaten, they should still have the most up-to date care available.
If you find something that works, great! Use it, recommend it, whatever. But keep doing research. Keep learning and trying to improve. There are very few things that were done 50 years ago, even 20 years ago that have not changed or been improved upon since then.
If a breeder, store, rescue, etc. tells you that they’ve been doing something a certain way for more than a decade, start questioning.
‘Deep as Hell Kettles’ 15.5x19.5 inches Mixed media on watercolor paper
The Hell Kettles, three small circular ponds about seventeen feet deep near Darlington, have long been regarded with superstitious awe. Holinshead’s Chronicle reports:
There are certaine pittes or rather three little pools a myle from Darlington, and a quarter of a myle distant from the These [Tees] bankes, which ye people call the Kettles of hell, or the devil’s Ketteles, as if he should seethe souls of sinful men and women in them: they adde also that the spirites have oft been hearde to cry and yell about them…
It’s added that “the water is nowe and then warme,” and seventeenth century chronicler William Camden had heard the same - ‘“The common people tearme them Hel-Kettles, because the water in them by the Antiperistasis or reverberation of the cold aire striking thereupon, waxeth hot.”
But had Holinstead or Camden tested the water? Or had they simply heard the pits described in much the same terms as were used in 1634 by the Military Company, who dispatched “a captain, a lieutenant, and an ancient” on a survey and ultimately reported: ”The three admired deep pitts, called Hell Kettles, we left boiling by Darlington”? This might refer to heat or motion, as the kettles contain vigorous springs, and the water was certainly not hot in the nineteenth century, nor indeed at the turn of the seventeenth.
Camden had said that the pits were “of wonderful depth” and this was put to the test by “a very ingenious Gentleman” on behalf of Camden’s translator:
Sir, According to the promise which I made you, I went to sound the depth of Hell-Kettles near Darlington. The name of the bottomless pits made me provide myself with a line above a hundred fathoms long … but much smaller preparations would have served: for the deepest of them took but fifteen fathoms, or thirty yards of our line. I cannot imagine upon what grounds the people of the Country have supposed them to be bottomless…
That more than one person must have known that the Kettles were not very deep did nothing to dampen the belief that they were bottomless, and in the nineteenth century they were proverbial - “As Deep as Hell Kettles.” Regarding their origin, Camden was probably nearer the mark when he reported the belief of the wiser sort that they had come by the sinking down of the ground swallowed up in some earth-quake. This might have been the one described in a Chronicle from 1328:
1179. About Christmas, a wonderful and unheard of event fell out at Oxenhale [part of Darlington township], that …the ground rose up on high with such vehemence, that it was equal to the highest tops of mountains, and towered above the lofty pinnacles of the churches; and at that height remained from the ninth hour of the day to sunset. But at sunset it fell with so horrible a crash that it terrified all who saw that heap, and heard the noise of its fall, whence many died from that fear; for the earth swallowed it up, and caused in the same place a very deep pit.
Whether or not they were created thus in 1179, a tradition of an earthquake seems to lie behind a tale told here in the nineteenth century. According to some versions, the farmer who centuries ago owned the land was about to cart his hay on St Barnabas’s Day, and when reproved for this act of impiety replied:
“Barnaby yea, Barnaby nay, A cart-load of hay, whether God will or nay!”
Instantly he, his carts and horses were swallowed up in the pools, where they can still be seen on a fine day with clear water, floating midway, many fathoms deep.
Urartian Bronze Belt with Winged & Double-Headed Hybrid Creatures, 8th-6th Century BC
This bronze belt bears the strange images of winged sphinx-like and siren-like creatures with the heads of humans, horses, lions and other creatures. Some have the tail of a fish or bird while others have a ram’s head on the tail.
I can’t fucking contain my excitement for this movie, I need to get my thoughts out so;
- Diana and Bruce interacting
- The recruitment of Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg
- Seeing them all in costume and awkwardly being like “hello yes i came via invitation with a bat on it, and you?” at the welcome to the group of supers party
- Naming their group Justice League (imagine that brainstorming session)
- Learning about each other and building trust
- Imagine how they all react when/if Diana reveals she is over 100 years old
- The world building, the references and the easter eggs because it’s gonna be the most
- Unlocking tragic backstories when the friendship is leveled up high enough
- MERA AND LOIS
- The Amazons fighting Steppenwolf
- Jim Gordon and more Gotham
- Superman returning
- Superman meeting the team and reuniting with Lois and his mom
- Him discovering that Lois has the ring on
- Hal Jordan maybe?
- Alfred sassing and drinking because he is done™
- Zack Snyders cinematography and colour palette, motifs, symbols, allusions to paintings and art etc because like the world building it’s the most
- The action sequences oh my lord
- The score
- Bruce being his extra self and riding the horse to the fishing village where Aquaman is instead of just driving a car because it’s not like there’s no roads in Iceland Bruce
- Barry playing around with the Speedforce and discovering his powers
- (Hopefully) more references to the Batfamily
- Aquaman shamelessly riding the Batmobile and wrecking shit when fighting Parademons
- All the groupshots and the team acting like a team and cooperating to kick ass
- Getting answer to this quote: “They said the age of heroes would never come again” Who are “they”? what age of heroes? which heroes? are they referencing Diana in WW1? does it reference what might happen in Wonder Woman 2? why would the age of heroes never come again? seriously the world building in this universe is insane
- Bruce learning to trust people again and restoring his faith in humanity through the group
- A taste of Atlantis and Aquaman’s realm
- The plot and story itself duh
- All the sass™, especially Bruce
- The advertisement for whatever shampoo Diana and Arthur uses
- All of the beautiful edits and gifs that comes after the movie’s release on this site made by fans
- Superman giving Bruce a “really bitch. you try to kill me but assemble a team with these guys”
- Diana and Bruce having each other’s backs and becoming bffs
- Seeing these characters whom I love with actors whom I love
I’ve got another piece at Gallery 1988! This is for their Bojack Horseman show September 8-30. This is an official group show for the tv series, so limited prints will only be available at the gallery during the show. Stop by if you’re in the LA/Hollywood area! Props if you can identify the episode this is based on ;)
Many spells, especially those that request healing or protection for animals, or those to locate lost animals, suggest consecrating the animal to a spirit. Although there are also may others, the following have earned a reputation as renowned animal-protectors. Incorporate them to your spells as needed.
Spirits that Protect Cats: Artemis, Bastet, Freya, Hecate, Lilith
Spirits that Protect Big Cats (Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Etc.): Dionysus, Durga, Hathor, Kybele, Sekhmet
Spirits that Protect Dogs: Artemis, Hecate, Ogun, Saint Roch
Spirits that Protect Fish: Atargatis, La Baleine, La Sirene, Yemaya
Spirits that Protect Pigs: Demeter, Seth
Spirits that Protect Animals in General: Aphrodite, Artemis, Baba Yaga, Faunus, Hathor, Lilith, Saint Anthony (Saint Anthony is the spiritual detective: request his assistance when anything or anyone is missing)
(from The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes)