tank 10

do you think that some ppl connected to mr robot have tumblr accounts but they dont say anything about it cause tumblr isnt really set up for verified celeb accounts plus our annoying asses like to drive celebs off of this website for some reason and like maybe they read our shitty ass posts

hey sam esmail move qwerty into a 5/10 gallon tank i literally do not care about ya metaphors about us being trapped like a fish in a bowl im angry after that goldfish stunt u did do not make me send another letter

Seriously though, the number of grown adults who pitch a WHINY HISSY FIT when I tell them that they can’t take an animal home is astounding.

My favorite one from this holiday season was a man with a young girl (about 5 or 6 years old) and a teenage boy.  The man approaches me and, without me even asking what I can help them with, says:

Man: So we had a goldfish in a bowl and my son changed the food and it died!
Son: (clearly offended, yet texting) It wasn’t MY fault!
Me: Actually the reason it more than likely died is because goldfish REALLY shouldn’t be kept in bowls.
Man: Well it’s a big bowl, like this! (mimes about a gallon-sized bowl shape)
Me: Yeah, that’s actually pretty darn tiny.
Man: Well anyway, we want to get another one.
Girl: I want three!
Me: Unfortunately I can’t sell you a fish today– your setup really isn’t going to work for a goldfish.  You’re going to need at least 10 gallons for just ONE and even then you’re going to have to upgrade within a month or so.  Goldfish really aren’t a beginner fish…

As I say that I brace myself knowing what’s coming up.  Almost every time I refuse sale of a fish, I get the same reaction: outrage and demanding to talk to the manager, etc.

Man: Well I HAVE a tank.
Me: …I really don’t feel comfortable selling you the fish since I really feel like you’re not going to give it the proper care it needs for a long and healthy life.
Man: What?! I said I have a tank!  Why won’t you sell me the fish?!
Me: How big is the tank?
Man: 10 gallons!
Me: I still don’t feel comfortable selling you the fish.  I’m going to have to refuse the sale, I’m very sorry.
Man: What do you mean?!
Me: I’m not going to sell you fish today, I’m very sorry.
Man: I demand to talk to your manager!!!
Me: -points to nametag- Sir, I AM the manager.
Man: -takes a full pause, not expecting this-
Man: So you’re not going to sell me a fish, really?  These 15-cent fish that you feed to turtles, you’d sell it for that but not to me??
Me: If you had the setup for it, I would be more than happy to.
Man: I told you I have a tank!
Me: You told me you had your fish in a bowl.  I honestly believe you are just saying this to get the fish at this point, sir, I’m sorry.
Man: What do you I have to do, bring in a picture to prove I have it??
Me: -calling his bluff in a cheerful tone-  Absolutely!  I would love to see pictures of your tank and I would be more than happy to help you stock it after seeing your setup!
Man: (He takes another full pause) I’m going to call the company and COMPLAIN about you!  This is ridiculous, what’s the number to complain??
Me: I’m afraid I don’t know that off the top of my head sir.
Man: You don’t know the company number???
Me: No sir, but I believe it’s on our website.

While this was going on, the teenage boy was in the reptiles aisle texting and the girl was watching the turtles swim around in our tank nearby.  The man then grabs his daughter by the hand and does this in front of other customers:

Man: Let’s go– the lady’s not going to sell us fish.  She’s a MEAN LADY. (he’s staring directly at me as I stand there with no expression on my face)
Girl: Oh we’re not getting fish?  -not even upset-
Man: Yeah because she’s a MEAN LADY. (he says these words at a higher volume and with more emphasis)

He continues to repeat that phrase as he exits down the reptile aisle, making customers uncomfortable and I just shrug and go back to what I was doing before this scene.

An hour later I get a call from corporate.

NC: Hi, this is the national center, we just wanted to ask about the conditions surrounding a complaint we received about you.  A customer has complained that you wouldn’t sell him a fish even after stating he had the correct setup.  We just would like to hear your side of the story.
Me: (I tell him about the fact the guy had a goldfish in a bowl and then changed his story saying he had a tank and that I refused sale because I didn’t feel he was being honest or would care for the animal)
Me: And then he left the store, calling me a “mean lady” several times in a loud voice and said he would call you guys.
NC: Ok Christina, I just wanted to let you know that we agree with you 100% and that you did everything you were supposed to.  We wish you a very happy holiday season and I hope your shift goes well!
Me: Thank you!  You too!

I did a little happy dance and told the other manager on duty, who didn’t believe me when I said the company would have my back on the issue (he thought the company would bend over backwards for the guy and it would bite me in the butt)

BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER

The next day I come in for work at 2PM to find out from my general manager that the guy had called the store (after the nat center told him I was correct, mind you) to complain about me and saying that my behavior was “irresponsible” and that I was “unprofessional” and that I should be reprimanded or fired.

My general manager just said “Well I’m sorry to hear that sir but you see, she has NEVER gotten a complaint as long as she has worked for the company and the national center has already stated that she has done everything according to policy.  Sorry you feel that way, man, but there’s nothing I’m going to do against her in this situation.”

Made my week.

So, yeah, my company defended the life of a 15-cent “feeder” goldfish.

I’m pretty damn happy about that.

It’s official, Justin Trudeau and his government have approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. I will be among many people that will participate in sitting in front of the bulldozers to stop this horrible project. Here’s 10 reasons why:


1. We have a duty as a nation to do whatever we can to make amends with the original peoples of this land, and as this process has run roughshod over the very valid concerns of first nations that live along the proposed route


2. This project is slated to add 162 megatons of carbon pollution to our atmosphere, that’s more than double what the whole province of BC emits. That is simply appalling at a time when we should be drastically reducing our fossil fuel use

3. There has been no real review of the project, in that the review they went through didn’t allow cross-examining kinder morgan’s evidence or any mention of climate change… for an oil pipeline


4. Our flagrant disregard for the climate and indigenous rights take away considerable credibility from Canada on the world stage


5. It’s been over a month since the minor diesel spill in Heiltsuk territory and it’s still not cleaned up, I can only imagine what would happen with raw bitumen that SINKS to the bottom of the ocean where it cannot be retrieved


6. The endangered Southern Resident Orcas might be wiped out just by the sound of the massive tankers, this is because they communicate by sound and the noise of supertankers would make it near impossible to hunt or even live.


7. kinder Morgan wants to DRILL THROUGH A MOUNTAIN, the project as proposed would go right under SFU, and univerCity, where thousands of people live.


8. There is one way off the mountain and if there were a leak the people up there would be stranded for DAYS without any help.


9. The burnaby fire department said it would take at least 4 days to get any fire in the expanded tank farm under control.


10. Millions of dollars are made annually from ecotourism, and it only takes 1 spill to wipe it all out


I could go on because this project is such a bad idea but i’m gonna ask you all to do whatever you can to help. Whether it’s bringing coffee and treats to the land defenders on bby mountain, convincing your conservative uncle this project is a bad idea, donating to groups that are dedicated to stopping this project, or even joining us in direct action EVERY little thing matters and it’s gonna take all of us to stop this pipeline.

i saw someone that someone in sc is selling a 500 gallon aquarium o_o

and the first thing i thought…was “oh boy, if i could afford a tank like that, i could have like 100  pygmy corydoras >w<”

I JUST LOVE THEIR CUTE WITTLE FACES <3

what would y’all do with a 500 gallon tank? :D

Hey, so, I know that this isn’t my normal thing, but since I’ve spent a lot of time in fish stores the last few days, I really want to say something about these fucking things: 

And any other absurdly tiny betta/goldfish bowls they sell at Petco or whatever. 

Look. Hey, I get it. These things are real fuckin cute and cheap. When I was in high school and didn’t know any better, I totally bought like, that exact bowl and plopped a betta into it. If you bought one of these in the past, or own one now, you aren’t a bad fish owner. (I would argue the store that sold it to you…is making bad choices) But you can do some things to make life better for your fishy friend. 

I’ll be frank: These damn cubes are evil. They are less than a gallon of water. No adult fish can be happy in so little space. 

If you want a betta ( they are beautiful fish. I love them!) please give them, at a minimum, 5 gallons and a filter. Ideally a tank heater too, since they are tropical fish. Is it more expensive? Yes. A plain 5-10 gallon tank runs around $15, a cheapo filter is like $6-10, a cheapo heater $10ish. I know that’s more expensive that the cheapo little cubes. They take up more space. It’s more work to set it all up. I understand. 

But your life, and the fish’s life, will be so much easier. A 5 gallon is a thousand times easier to keep clean than one of those little cubes. The fish will have more room to fish and show off, will live longer, and have brighter colors. 

Fish keeping hack that I find extremely helpful: pill container for food rations. I hear so many horror stories about people going away and leaving someone to take care of their fish, only to come home to find them extremely bloated and overfed, or leftover food gunking up the tank. (And it happened to me as well.) So now I do this whenever I leave for more than a couple of days. One side is labeled for the large tank (my 29 gallon community) and the other is the small tank (my 10 gallon betta tank).

What are some fish keeping “hacks” you wish other aquarists knew? Some trick that makes the hobby less stressful?

6

After a ton of requests to make a photo series about this much loved plane, here it is.

Photo series #6

BRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTT, this is the Fairchild Republic O/A-10 Thunderbolt II or as the commonly referred name “Warthog” or just “Hog”.

This twin engine, single seat, jet aircraft is one of the most (if not the most) sucessful CAS aircraft in the world. Although designed to be solely a CAS aircraft, it also fills the ground attack and foward air controller roles (when on foward air control role the A-10 becomes OA-10).

Introduced in March 1977, the A-10 was designed around it’s cannon, the GAU-8 Avenger, a seven barrel Gatling-type 30mm autocannon manufactured by General Electric. It was also built with durability in mind, the cockpit is armored with 540kg (1,200 pounds) of titanium to protect the pilot and the aircraft systems, it was also designed for short takeoffs and landings combined with it’s easy and low cost maintenance the Warthog can be deploy from improvised airfields close to the front lines or from highways adapted to be makeshift runways such as the ones in Germany.

The A-10 has flown in a number of combats such as the Gulf War in Op. Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq, and against ISIS in the Middle East. During these combat it’s durability has been tested, one such event was during Operation Iraqi Freedom when Captain Kim Campbell suffered heavy damage from flak fire resulting in damage to the engine and hydraulic system which required her to fly the Hog manually for an hour but managed to land safely.

One of the biggest battles the Warthog is fighting today is against the budget cuts and it’s replacement to the new fifth generation strike fighter, the F-35. So long it has managed to stay in service and some rumors say that the US Air Force is planning a big upgrade to keep it in service all the way to 2040s and one of these upgrades would include a engine swap removing the two General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans and changing it for new and more powerful engines.

Well, this is it for this photo series, don’t forget to like and reblog. 

If you have any suggestions, contribution or want to send a complete photo series, don’t be shy, send them up and i’ll upload them!