transfer filter

anonymous asked:

can you show us your aquarium? :0 do your birds like looking at the fish?

Sure!

We recently redid the whole thing,  the fish were inherited when my girlfriends father passed away.  They were in an octagonal tank with neon rocks, bright plastic plants and orange sealant so we got them a new tank and entirely new decor (aside from the skull, that’s the only thing from the original tank).  There were only four tetras or so, not enough to form a proper school so we got some more tetra friends to help them feel safer/ less stressed. The old tank didn’t have an established cycle initially so we had the task of starting up a cycle in that tank then just transferring the filter media in to this one (the cycle didn’t crash in the process thank the lord!). It’s been a bit of a task but we’re getting the rhythm a bit and getting better at it every day.  

The girls love them, Mia will fly over and sit on the desk, get all nice a poofy, tuck her foot in and just sit there watching the tetras zip about. 

 Zeeby likes to try to nest under the tank (which we do our best to stop her from doing) and eat the tetras, her and the betta like to have face offs, she’ll sit there with her beak open trying to act all high and mighty, betta just floats above her flaring until they get bored and split.  So far it doesn’t seem to be stressing either of them out or causing heightened aggressive behaviour so we’re just keeping an eye on those two.

I don’t know a whole ton about fish, just the basics to keep them the healthiest I can so if anyone’s got some good resources or tips I’d love to hear them! we want to do the best we can for these fish but we are still learning!

Week 33: Shadows

iPhone6 f2/2 ISO 32 1/100s 8:37am
Cropped and ‘transfer’ filter added in iPhoto.

I was waiting for my son to get up so I could drive him to work Tuesday when I noticed the shadow on my bedroom floor. It was very windy outside so the tree shadow kept shifting and creating interesting patterns within the shadow!
I found it hard to find the right angle to make the photo interesting without having the chest of drawers be in the centre! Or without cutting off too much of the shadow. I had hoped to get something more interesting over the weekend but I’ve run out of time so this will have to do!
There’ll be a couple of outtakes. And some fun we had with drink bottle shadows!
Cheers Retrokarrots

Simple scene but great composition as usual @retrokarrots! The shadows create leading lines that draw your eye into the image nicely. Great shot! - RK
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This is Charlotte. She is 8 years old, 30cm long, and healthy as fuck.

6 hours ago, however, she was not. I was summoned to her pond. She was floating on her side, barely ‘breathing’.
“She’s dead” I said, feeling furious. “I think it was ammonia poisoning. I told you not to scrub away that algae, it contained the mirco bacteria. She needs to get out straight away”

On closer inspection, Charlotte was still alive, but only just. The other fish in the pond were a swimming at the surface, gasping. That was when I noticed the oil slick on the surface.
And that was when I was told that the toddlers who’s garden houses the fish pond had been playing with ‘could dough’ ( made from baby oil and flour) that day. And clearly a lot of it had ended up in a the pond.

I thought I was going to lose Charlotte and all the other, much younger fish that afternoon. I took them out of the pond into tubs, and dribbled fresh, de-chlorinated water in at 20 minute intervals. Within the hour, the other fish were swimming freely in their tubs, and ready to be transferred into a temporary filtered (and cycled of course!!) tank. Charlotte was visibly brighter and seemed to be recovering fast. There was no room for her in any tanks around the nursery as she is so large, so she is now freely swimming, eating, and doing well in my biggest tank at home. Tomorrow I will set her up a new pond, away from tiny fingers as this tank barely fits her!! I’m beyond happy that this rescue mission went to plan and I didn’t lose a single fish, despite never having treated goldfish for oil spills before and not being able to find any info or help online at the time.