shrimp keeping

Hey Fishblr!

Reblog if you keep:
-bettas (fancy or wild. All bettas are beautiful)
-tetras (if you keep bloodfins message me. I’ve been doing a research project on them for my degree)
-any kind of catfish
-platys
-shrimp
-puffers
-danios
-goldfish
-mollies
I’ll follow you
OR
If you:
-are a new fish keeper
-experienced fish keeper
-or just really like fish
I’ll follow you.

PLEASE message me if you keep bloodfins though. I would like to share my research and experience with anyone who shares an interest in the underrated fish.

Betta Care Masterpost:

Let’s get something straight here, right off the bat: 

Most of what you have been taught about Betta Fish is probably wrong, if you aren’t an enthusiast at least. 

1. Space: 

THIS IS A MASSIVE NO-NO FOLKS! 

Repeat After Me: 

A Single Betta Needs a Minimum of 5 Gallons

Companies often sell small ‘stylish’ habitats ‘specifically designed’ for Bettas. This is a lie. These are WAY too small. You’re going to end up with a sad, stressed Betta fish. This also means you CANNOT keep them in the cup they came in. A suitable Betta habitat will look something like this: 

Take note of how much space is provided to the Betta. 

2. Bettas are NOT Herbivores, and you need to feed them- you can’t just leave your Betta in a vase with flowers and expect them to survive. 

This is one of the cruelest things you could do to a Betta. Not only does this violate Rule 1, but it’s also essentially starving them to death, and making them swim in their own waste. This stresses them out and shortens their life. 

On another note: DO NOT feed your Betta ‘Tropical Fish Flakes’. This does not contain the nutrients they need. 

Instead, feed them either the ‘Betta food pellets’ 

Or if you really want to treat them, you can buy them small bloodworms. Kind of like this, but it isn’t necessary.

By the way Bettas can get fat, and they need to be fed a pinch of pellets everyday, you can’t just feed them once a week, even if they can survive two weeks without food. (meaning you can go on vacation without worrying about them, but it’s sort of a dick move) 

3. Community tanks with Bettas are damn near impossible, so please don’t even try. 

THIS IS A BIG ASS NO NO FOLKS!

Even If it’s a pair of females this will not work. Females can be just as aggressive as males. Also, you cannot introduce other fish/other aquatic animals to their environment, you need to introduce the Betta to theirs, and even then, Betta fish are compatible with a small list of other animals. However it seems to be the easiest to introduce them to a community tank containing Ghost Shrimp and Acorn Snails. 

Keep in mind this must be a ten gallon tank. 

5. Tank Cleaning

Although it’s true that Bettas are hardy and don’t produce much waste, it’s still important to clean their tanks quite often. 

This is absolutely unacceptable. This puts so much stress on the poor Bettas you might as well kill them now. 

Bettas need about 10% of their water changed every week to keep them healthy, happy, and stressless. You should all know what a clean tank looks like by now. 



Bettas are NOT toys, please do not pit them against each other or keep them in uncomfortable, small spaces. 

“We’re going to keep traveling the world together, keep playing guitar and making dumb songs together about shrimp cocktails and women, keep skating, keep rooming on trips, keep making each other piss ourselves laughing, keep pretending like we are surfers even though you actually are, keep exchanging music and stories that we’ll take to the grave together. I love you me dark brother.”
-Austyn Gillette

. Obsessive Impulsive . 6

Full Summary: “‘I’ve been trying to find you alone for weeks, but you’ve been avoiding me.’  He clicked his tongue, as if scolding her.  'I tried approaching, but you always had someone with you to give me nasty words and looks.  They turned you against me, Miss Levy.’"

Pairings: Gajeel x Levy

Warnings: I strode for a darker fic again.  This is not for sensitive readers.  Violence, stalking, etc.  

Author’s Note: This is a very, very twisted gift for Bubbles, who has not been allowed to so much as read a single chapter.  This will update every other day.


As they paced the length of the street, Levy chatted lightly with Lucy. The blonde looked amused with her companion as they talked, glancing over at him every few seconds. He had his arms folded behind his head, his sharp onyx eyes thoughtfully watching them. Levy smiled at the way he’d look at Lucy every now and then, like he thought she didn’t notice.

“Thanks for walking me,” Levy murmured as they went along. “Today freaked me out a little.”

“No problem,” Lucy reassured warmly. “We don’t mind, do we, Natsu?”

Natsu shook his head, pink hair falling around his forehead and cheeks. “Nah. I don’t mind.” He glanced at the blue-haired solid-script mage. “How’s learning Draconian going?”

“Very well,” Levy said happily. She recited a phrase to Natsu, who looked surprisingly delighted and responded.

“Okay, okay, no more,” Lucy laughed. “I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

Natsu grinned at her and playfully began to tell her something that Lucy didn’t understand. Levy smiled gently as she caught a few words, recognizing that he was complimenting her. Lucy furrowed her brow, not understanding.

Amused, Levy cleared her throat and gestured to Fairy Hills, which wasn’t too far away. “I’ll go now, if you guys want to head back. Thanks for walking me.”

“No problem, Levy,” Lucy said, giving her a quick hug. “Let me know if you need anything. I’ll send Natsu to deal with the problem.”

She laughed.

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anonymous asked:

I don't have any shrimp but I really really want to make a shrimp tank, because I think my betta would just call them lunch. I'm just not sure how to set it up, or what kind of shrimp I would want. Do you have any advice?

For some serious shrimp-keeping, I like Christina Ha and FlipAquatics (LupDiesel) on youtube :p

L.R.Bretz also keeps shrimp and runs a website as well!

@shrimp-blr and @shrimpapalooza​ are blogs that I like to peruse for quality shrimp-related content :)

TheShrimpTank and TheShrimpSpot are also popular resources + forums! :p

this post is long and kinda rambly, so under a cut it goes

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Good cold water plants for your Axolotl tank

I see often and have even been asked before when I say I have live plants in my Axolotl tank. You can have a planted tank, and actually I recommend it! Plants have so many benefits, nitrate reduction, water oxygenation, they look nice and natural, you axolotl will love them, there is no way they can physically harm them unless they take a bite and chances are they can’t eat it…. Aside from having to care for the plants too I have few negatives.

I’ll just tell you about plants I’ve personally used and have experience with working in a lower light, low tech, cold water tank.

Java/flame/Christmas moss:

It looks beautiful! At least I think it does. It thrives even in cold dark water. You can make mats out of it for your axie to lay on, or even a whole carpet could probably grow if you give it time. Tie it to decorations, or drift wood, or even a rock. It will bring some much needed green and once it really starts growing! No ferts or co2 needed. Also a good hide if you keep shrimp with your axolotl as a clean up crew.

Cons: It grows slow and in low light may not be as vibrant, if close to a light it can get green hair algae.

Anubis: 

One of the hardiest plants I have ever kept and keep it in all my tanks. It comes in several leaf sizes, shapes and colors of green. It is not something you plant in the substrate and takes it nutrients from the water column. So no fancy substrate needed, sand is perfect. Grows slowly in a low tech tank but will thrive and slowly spread. All you do it tie it to some driftwood or lightly wedge it behind a hide and its roots will secure it in time.

Cons: It likes to collect brown algae so if you don’t have shrimp you will need to whipe the leaves with water changes. It grows best with light fertilizers but I understand the risk with axolotls, dose lightly or use a small mineral supplement. This grows poorly in RO water.

Java Fern:

I’ll say it I don’t like this plant and it doesn’t like me. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good plant though. It thrives on low or ambient light, grows like a weed once it starts and is always producing new plants to add. You tie it to a rock or driftwood and it won’t be kicked up. Honestly I think I just got bad plants, like they aren’t dead and are doing great but refuse to grow or spread. The more leaves the better chance it has. I say give it a good shot, it can make a great background plant.

Cons: Until it takes off it can be a little bare to look at.

Hornwort:

You love it or you hate it.I personaly like it in situations. It will soak up Nitrate like a sponge and raise your oxygen so much. Don’t try to plant it, just let it float or shove it around some airline tubbing. It takes a bit to start thriving but nice when it does.

Cons: Needles, if it decides it wants to die on you or if you handle it roughly it will shed its needles everywhere! You will be cleaning it up for weeks. Sometimes it doesn’t like to float either…so keep that in mind.

Duckweed/frogbit/water lettuce: 

I love these, they spread quickly, even with a high light it will provide shade for your Axolotl and fish. It loves Nitrate as well. The roots that hang down can make an attractive canopy. 

Cons: Illegal in some places due to their envasivness when thrown away in water ways. They can be a bit messy especially duckweed. Your axolotl may try to eat the duckweed. It can get tangled in some types of filters and isn’t recommended for HOB filters unless redirected towards the glass. 

Marimo:

What can I say a great plant that thrives anywhere and is kinda cute, your pets will love it and no care is needed aside from giving it a clean up swish every once and a while. I have no negatives, even in a bare tank you can have a few. 1 per 10 gallons or 1 per 5 is wonderful.

Other okay plants are: 

Red ludwigia, moneywort, or water sprite. The disadvantages are they are usually planted and can be dug up by your axie and like higher quality substrate and lighting. They do well in cold water and will add a nice accent. Just be ready for them to go flying on you or be torn up.

And algae believe it or not. If you get some on your pvc pipe or something, leave it, it is a plant and benefits the same way. It adds some nice natural look to what is normally a fake decoration too.

So far ive lost 6 out of 12 shrimp :<
And no its not the sellers or my fault, shipping just rough on shrimp. Seems like they tried to molt in the shipping bag, and got stuck . (one did molt in the bag, but uh…shrimp without a shell looks like a cocktail shrimp, and the other shrimp agree that cocktail shrimp are delicious. So that guy didnt make it)

The survivors are gorgeous though, so hoping they do well and maybe i’ll get some babies out of them. They are still juveniles so it’ll be a while before I see any berried girls.

And I still have my lone ‘blue dream’ shrimp. Who….every time he molts changes colors a bit. He is now green with a blue head and PINK spots. Hes so weird and I love him. im not really worrying about keeping pureline shrimp, so if more pop up that look like him I will be thrilled. I love my rainbow boy

Whenever I start falling away from the fish keeping hobby I just watch a bunch of tank rescapes and it makes me want to build a better habitat for Demar.

Am… am I the only one that said anything about shrimp care…

Uh, so anyway, if you want a fun food for your betta to chase, brand new ghost shrimp from the store are good but give them a good look over first. DO NOT feed your betta shrimp from wal mart. I have seen many stories of wal mart ghost shrimp having horse hair worms.

Other fun foods: remember sea monkeys? Fresh water sea monkeys are called fairy shrimp, and you can keep them in that old fish bowl you never threw out. They usually stay under a centimeter or so, and you can feed them before that. Unlike brine shrimp/sea monkeys, fairy shrimp are freshwater invertebrae, so you don’t have to go rinsing a bunch of brine water off of them before putting one in your betta’s tank. You can buy the kits online, but if you keep a culture of them, make sure you research them, too!

Want to play with your bored betta, but not a fan of watching nature run its course? I’ve never kept a betta that didn’t go nuts for a laser pointer. Yep, the same kind your cat chases. They think it’s a tasty treat and they’ll chase it all around the tank.

Have fun!

THIS IS IVAN THE TERRIBLE, REMINDING EVERYONE THAT GOLDFISH DO NOT HAVE STOMACHS, AND SO THEY HAVE TO EAT A LITTLE BIT, THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
IF THEY ARE GIVEN A TON OF FOOD ALL AT ONCE, AFTER NOT EATING ALL DAY, THEY GORGE THEMSELVES UNTIL THEIR DIGESTIVE ORGANS RUPTURE. OVERFEEDING IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR GOLDFISH DEATH.


SHE ALSO REMINDS YOU THAT DIETING SHOULD NOT BE A PUNISHMENT, AND EATING JUNK FOOD IS NOT SOMETHING SHAMEFUL.
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS, AND TRY AND FEED THAT NEED REGULARLY.
STARVING YOURSELF FROM CRAVINGS AND SHAMEFULLY BINGING AFTERWARD DOES NOT MAKE YOUR INNER GOLDFISH HAPPY.


My favorite “junk food” is pizza rolls, potato chips with French onion dip, and warm root beer.
What is yours?