plant shapes

literally no one asked

but i wanna talk about fish.

1. What was the first fish you ever owned?

These painted platys:

2. What is your dream tank? 

A huge C-shaped freshwater planted community tank that fills an entire room filled with hundreds of directional schoolers and bottom dwellers.

3. What is your favorite fish?

Tie between pea puffers, banded khuli loaches, and otocinclus. I’m kind of obsessed with scarlet badis right now. I have a soft spot for bichir and other primitive fish, but I have no experience keeping them because I don’t have the money or space. 

4. What was/is your most troublesome tank? 

I haven’t had anything exceptionally troublesome happen to me in this hobby. Breaking down my planted 30 gallon to move it 3 hours north was incredibly stressful tho. 


5. In your opinion, what is the best beginner fish?

Mollies, platys, guppies, endler’s livebearers.

6. What is your favorite fishblr blog?

I mostly use facebook for fish stuff. 

7. Are there any fish that you dislike? 

I’m personally not a fan of platys, mollies, tetras, guppies, or any livebearer in general. I don’t understand the appeal of fancy goldfish. I fucking HATE siamese algae eaters. 

8. Planted tank or reef tank?

PLANTED. 

9. Favorite type of betta?

Don’t have one yet. Haven’t gotten into keeping them, but I would like to eventually. 

10. Favorite type of goldfish? 

Koi, in a pond please.

11. In your opinion, what fish should not be recommended for beginners (but often is)?

Goldfish, otocinclus, clown loaches, any plecostomus, bettas, corydoras. 

12. Favorite species of shark?

All sharks are pure and good but I love wobbegongs so much. 

13. What is the best brand/type of food? 

Hikari’s frozen and freeze dried foods but NOT their flakes, pellets, or wafers. Omega One’s flakes, pellets, and wafers generally have much better ingredients than Hikari. Repashy started making gel foods for fish/shrimp recently and I love them (so do my shrimp.) Blanched veggies!

14. Favorite invertebrate?

NEOCARIDINA DAVIDI 

15. What would you do if you suddenly had an extra 200 gallon (757L) tank?

Assuming it came with all the necessary filtration, lighting, substrate, etc, I would actually turn that into a paludarium. 

16. What would you do if you suddenly had an extra 10 gallon (37L) tank?

Either a quarantine/hospital tank, a cull tank for my cherry shrimp, or a betta tank. 

17. If you could remove any product from the shelves of a petstore (ex. Bettacube, ecosphere, fish bowls, etc.), what would it be and why?

Automatic fish feeders because they break and fish keeping should never be treated like a passive hands-off hobby, literally every single product that is marketed specifically toward bettas, those little tanks that you can grow herbs out of because they claim the plants take the place of a filter, vacation food blocks because they’re absurd, rainbow gravel because um look at it, low quality foods that claim to enhance coloration, probably a million other things. I would burn petsmart and petco to the ground honestly. 

18. Have you ever bred fish?

Once on accident and the adults immediately ate their babies. 

19. Gravel or sand? 

Because i only do planted tanks, i’m going to say neither are ideal. Sand can make a nice accent area in a planted aquarium, but it’s not really a suitable substrate for growing plants. 

20. Favorite non-fish animal? 

Catte

21. Favorite fish fact? 

Bathylychnops exilis has evolved a second pair of eyes that point downward. One possible explanation for this trait is it gives the fish the ability to detect predators that approach from underneath . A virtually identical adaptation has occurred in at least 4 totally unrelated species of fish. This is one of my favorite examples of convergent evolution. I have a cross section of the B. exilis eye structure tattooed on my leg:


22. What common myth about fish do you wish you could dispel? (Ex. Can live in bowls, 7 second memory, low maintenance, boring pet, throwaway pet, etc.) 

Literally 99% of what people say about how to keep bettas. The nonsensical “1 inch per gallon” rule. Having plants means you don’t need a filter. Things that eat algae will solve all your algae problems. Anecdotal evidence=scientifically proven. Malaysian trumpet snails are a pest. Activated carbon in your filters is a necessity. Smaller tanks are easier to care for than larger tanks. Newbies should start with a 200 gallon tank. The more expensive the equipment is, the better it is. 

23. Favorite type of filter? (Sponge, HOB, canister, etc.)

I currently run HOB filters and they’re great (yay aquaclear) but if I had the money I would get a good canister filter. Ideally, I would be running a DIY sump. Every type of filter has its pros and cons. 

24. Do you start a siphon with a pump or with your mouth?

I actually use a pond pump with a length of tubing attached to it to perform water changes which is the best decision I ever made. But if I have to create a siphon for any other reason I use my mouth. 

25. What do you think is the most beautiful fish?

Right now, scarlet badis. Underrated. 

26. What do you think is the most dangerous fish?

Invasive species introduced to a non-native habitat. 

27. Best way to deal with an algae problem?

Consistent and stable water parameters, not overfeeding, and if you’re running a high tech tank with high output lights you have to utilize pressurized co2 and not overdo it on the fertilizers. If you don’t correct the underlying cause, no amount of cleanup crew, “algae eaters”, or chemical algaecides are going to solve your algae problem. 

28. Natural or artificial decorations?

Natural please. 

29. Saltwater, freshwater, or brackish?

Freshwater, imo. 

30. How did you get into the aquarium hobby?

I have always been a plant nerd. I originally got into the aquarium hobby just to keep aquatic plants, and it kind of spiraled out of control from there. 

*places hands on table*

Me: okay I have three fics to write-

Brain: okay cool but consider this- Lance becoming a cat during a mission and he’s been doubting himself a lot recently and he and Shiro got into a really big argument over where Lance would be during the diplomatic mission and Shiro tells him to stay away from the aliens they’re trying to form an alliance with because he’s worried that Lance will say the wrong thing and Lance is upset because he thinks Shiro doesn’t trust that Lance can be serious when needed and storms off and flies away from the Castle in Blue to a flower field and he gets out and paces and complains to Blue about how unfair Shiro is being and how he doesn’t listen to him anymore, not that he ever did in the first place, and he bumps into a giant catnip shaped flowering plant and gets covered in pollen and feels really sick and gets into Blue’s cockpit only to collapse and wake up as a cat and things go to hell from there bc he can’t fly a giant space cat as- well, a cat! And also Shance feels bc Shiro is a cat person.

Me, staring into the distance: well shit now I gotta write that out first- 

Talk fantasy prosthetics to me.

An elf maiden dances on feet of living wood sung into shape, planted in soil and watered when she takes them off. Every year she plants the old ones and sings a new pair. (Incidentally, the pair of peach saplings from three years ago have produced an excellent crop- She makes preserves from them, and despite the inevitable jokes about “toe-jam”, they are appreciated.)

A dwarf king has a metal fist, all tiny gears and fine wires, kept wound by a mischievous mine-spirit bound to the spring as punishment- the more it struggles, the tighter the spring. 

An orc chieftaness is regularly asked for the story of how she earned the name Wyrmthrottler- she boasts of how she strangled the dragon that ate her arm, and had her shaman make a new arm from its bones, with its fangs as the fingers.

A necromancer simply re-attached his old leg bones- Sacrificing a few mice each day keeps it going.

A pirate captain lost her arm to a shark attack: a passing selkie saved her, and gave her tattoos of kraken blood. Now she has an arm made of salt-water, that grows and wanes with the tides, and swings a cutlass as well as the original. (She doesn’t sail as far these days though: she doesn’t want her wife to worry.)

A wandering swordsman was broken at the waist- his ancestral armour allows him to walk again, as long as he keeps it polished, and burns incense to the ancestors regularly.

A high priestess has an eye made from a crystal ball- to predict the future, all she has to do is wink.

A bard was struck deaf by illness- he struck a deal with the god of music. Now he wears hearing-trumpets made from his old pipes, and dedicates his every song to the god of music- the better he plays, the better his hearing. (It is said his music could make statues weep, and he can hear a mouse fart at 60 paces.)

A princess has the arm of a golem, enchanted clay with mystic words carved in- her music tutor despairs of how her harp playing has become even worse, but her calligraphy tutor is ecstatic over her handwriting.

A goblin pickpocket has an arm made of whatever he steals- no-one feels his fingers, and even if they did, they couldn’t find their possessions amongst all the rest.  

A witch has eyes made from shadow and starlight, given to her in a game with a demon. Nobody dares to ask what she wagered- they aren’t even sure she won.

A warg was born deaf and blind- his people learned of his power when the nearest birds started staring at them, and dogs pricked up their ears as he walked past.

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shinee + plant babe aesthetics

Shapeshifter Aesthetic ; requested by anon

Shapeshifters are beings that have the ability to transform into other living things. In some lore they have to kill the thing they are assuming the shape of before hand, and in others it is an ability cast on an object using a spell or magic. The most popular version of shapeshifting is that of a person into an animal, and vice versa.

♥ The Ancient Origin of the Heart-Shaped Valentine ♥

This very rare coin is a silver hemidrachm struck in Cyrene (modern Libya) around 500 to 480 BC. Both sides of the coin show the now extinct* heart-shaped silphium fruit. The silphium plant, a large relative of the fennel plant, was abundant and a lucrative cash crop in ancient Cyrene, which is why it appears as the symbol of the city on its coinage.

Since it allegedly went extinct, silphium is a bit mysterious to us. We do know that it was greatly prized for its medicinal and culinary properties. It was  used as an herbal birth control method, thus forever associating the shape of its fruit with passionate love and thus, matters of the heart. Ancient writings also help tie silphium to sexuality and love. One such reference appears in Pausanias’ Description of Greece in a story of the Dioscuri staying at a house belonging to Phormion, a Spartan: “For it so happened that his maiden daughter was living in it. By the next day this maiden and all her girlish apparel had disappeared, and in the room were found images of the Dioscuri, a table, and silphium upon it.”

Pliny reported in his Natural History that the last known stalk of silphium found in Cyrene was given to the Emperor Nero “as a curiosity,” because it was nearly extinct by then.

*There is some debate about whether or not this plant is really extinct. You can read about that on the Silphium Wikipedia page.

taurus is a soul infused earth smoothie, the goodness of nature, minerals, and sunbeads, the child of the earth rising from the plant kingdom, wings shaped like leaves carved into their back, the inner taurus eye perceives a world of golden light. they are the ecological empress