I decided to attempt a piece of tropical paradise for my scale child. It looks nice, but will it function? (Oh, please dear God let this work 😭)
Thought I’d finally try my luck in maintaining a bioactive partially planted terrarium. I got a pothos, snake plant, and that other one in the back with large fancy colored leaves mixed in with her favorite fake ones til they grow and I become more confident to add more plants in.
Substrate is ABG mix from Josh’s Frogs topped with Eco earth and some New Zealand AAA grade sphagnum moss. Totally recommend topping off the ABG mix cuz it’s got huge charcoal chunks and pebbles that can do some damage if ingested. There’s also the Hydroball drainage layer underneath and a mesh to separate it from the soil. ¼ to about half of those hydroballs are soaked in water. Before I did that the humidity would keep dropping to like 30% in a couple hours, but now it doesn’t drop lower than 40% and actually holds a bit longer without keeping the tank so wet all the time so I guess that worked.
There are springtails and dwarf white isopods (hopefully) working on growing in numbers and becoming more efficient. I was an idiot and didn’t split the culture, so I just separated a bunch of excess Eco earth from the terrarium (I put too much in a week ago without ABG mix and it quickly became very compacted and waterlogged) and I spray it every night and kind of just hope they’ll grow in numbers there LOL.
I have two 23W CFLs in there at like 6500K and 1600 lumens or something. no UVB, just for plant growth. Apparently they don’t need that and my pal doesnt benefit much from it anyway. We’ll see, I guess.
I made sure she had plenty of places for her to hide while the lights are on, but she really prefers the comfort of her fake ass plants so I may never remove em just cuz of that. She likes to poop ON TOP of the coco hut when they’re off, though. She’s super active at night, so I’m assuming she likes it.
I did a shit ton of research, but feel free to shoot me any advice cuz I really don’t want this thing to fail and is for the benefit of this spoiled ass lizard. It was also expensive to set up and I’m expecting its lifespan to be about a decade before I gotta upgrade it again lol.
I’ll probably post an update in a few months in case anyone out there cares about how a complete noob would actually do with such a pro-looking setup lmao.
“You better not be planning to murder and dump me in the middle of nowhere,Swift. Think of the millions of teenage girls’ hearts that you will be breaking.”
“If I wanted to get rid of you,there are easier ways to do so. I don’t even have to get my own hands dirty. Anyway, not the point. We’re here now.”
Harry took off the blindfold. The first thing that he noticed was the endless blue. It reminded him the color of her eyes, so intense that it was hard to look away. “Wow.”
“I know right?” She sighed. One of her hand slipped quietly into his. “I stumbled across this place by accident and it was just love at first sight. My own little piece of paradise.”
“I can see why you like it here.” And he really did. Already he felt peaceful and calm from the hypnotizing sounds of waves crashing onto the rocky shores and the smell of the salty sea air. He smiled and pulled her closer. “Thanks for sharing this with me.”
Taylor wiggled out of his embrace,looking slightly nervous. “There’s another reason for why we came.”
He looked at her expectantly and she blushed some more. “So…umm,going back to the point I was making about love at first sight and how that applies to you as well-wait,let me start over-so I was here alone the other day, thinking and then I realize that you and this secret spot are like one and the same-ugh,no! This is not making any sense-”
“-Like the ocean, you are my rock,damn! That’s not it-”
“-I remember there was something about roses. Or was it mosses? Should be mosses because they are growing everywhere here and they are green and your eyes are green-”
“Tay!" He grabbed her shoulders. "Stop trying to propose to me.”
Her eyes widened to comical proportion. “How did you-”
“Because you’re predictable.” He dodged the playful punch she threw at him. “Also, I saw the ring.”
“You’re not supposed to peek!”
“Sorry, I got curious. Great choice,by the way.”
“Guess there’s no point in hiding it anymore.” She took out the simple silver band. The saying “Better still,be my winding wheel.” was engraved on the inner surface. “Give me your hand.”
The ring slid onto his finger easily. Taylor commented in a nonchalant tone. “Looks good on you.”
“Uh huh.” He stared at it for a while. It needed some getting used to. “Does this mean I’m Mr Swift now?”
“Well, not until the wedding you aren’t.” She hooked her arms around his neck and her face was brimming with happiness. “I can’t believe that we’re engaged!”
“Me too.” He leaned in for a kiss but she laughed and shoved him away. “Hold on, lover boy. I need to take a picture first. Mom wants it to make a scrapbook or something.”
She angled the phone with practised ease. “Ready?”
“Mmm hmm.” He was going to wait until later to kiss her but then patience was never his strong suit. His lips just barely touched the tip of her hair when the sound of the shutter went off. “Harry!”
“Can’t help it. My fiance is the most gorgeous babe ever.”
“Really?” She positioned herself until their noses were almost touching and their breaths mingled into one. The photo was all but forgotten.“What a coincidence. Mine too.”
“That can’t be true though, we can’t both be engaged to Taylor Swift.”
“Oh god," she groaned. ” That was cheesy. I think we established the fact that the two of us suck at being romantic so maybe we should just stop talking and make out already.“
No way he was going to argue about that. Compromising is an important part to a successful marriage after all.
As the fifth of seven generations of my family at Low Head,
this place has a hold on my heart and memories like no other place in the
world. I have spent days and hours over many years both as a child, an adult
and as a mother, literally crawling along East Beach licking rocks! There are
agates to be found among the pebbles and stones that by wetting them the
colours really come out and help them be identified as agates and not petrified
wood, quartz or just plain old rocks.
Summers spent sailing, surfing, swimming, walking, fishing
and picnicking here while under the watchful eye of the iconic Low Head
lighthouse, have made me who I am today.
The three self-images I have chosen for this assignment 2
reflect my love for this place and all things beach, salt, sand and outdoors.
Low Head can often be extremely windy as it was on the day
these photos were taken. The sky was threatening thunderstorms and there were
only brief glimpses of sunlight but armed with my smartphone (SONY Experia Z5),
remote and tripod I dragged a mirror to the beach and got snapping.