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Proper Betta Fish Care

I’ve had several different Species of Betta fish in the past. Right now I currently have a lovely blue and white half moon named Splat. Now, Bettas are tropical, carnivorous, freshwater fish from the murky rivers of Asia. If you do not know, these popular fish are called “Chinese Fighting Fish” because they will literally fight each other, and other fish in their way, to the death. Under no circumstances, unless you are a professional or breeder, can you house two male Bettas together. Not even of you think it’s ‘fun’ to watch them fight. Sometimes even a male and female can become deadly towards each other if the living arrangements are poor. These fish are to be housed alone or with snails and tetras. 

One thing I see happening is people buying them from the pet stores in those small shelf cups and putting them in small classy bowls or vases to sit on their desk as “decorations”. This is entirely wrong, and cruel, as Bettas are roaming fish and need at the bare minimum a 7 Gallon aquarium in order to live without the complications due to stress of confinement. The large the tank, the better and healthier your fish will be. This goes for any pet fish, but Bettas have significantly more needs than a regular goldfish. You’ll know your Betta is stressed in his tank when he sits at the bottom all day or his fins start to look torn and jagged. Bettas can live as long as 5 years, probably even more if you really take care of them. 

Bettas are extremely sensitive to chlorine and the minerals in tap water, so make sure their water is properly treated with conditioner before you put them in. They are also tropical, and need a constant temperature of around 70 degrees F. Do not use heaters in small tanks. Bettas need places to hide and thoroughly enjoy dense plant matter. They love swimming through the plants. So fill up their tanks with lots of caves, soft plants and ornaments. Stay away from hard plastic plants that can cut them. Bettas are fish that need mind stimulation as they are one of the smartest captive pet fish in existence. They love bright colors and objects to study in their tank. 

They need amusement. My Betta loves these glow in the dark stones I bought for his tank that only light up at night, and he swims in fast circles around them. Maybe he’s chanting to the fish gods, who knows? Did you know you can actually play with Bettas? Heres a gif of one chasing a laser! They can also learn to recognize faces and routines! Mine actually follows my finger along the glass and has learned to come to the surface when I open the lid. He even swims willingly into a cup when I need to take him out of the tank, I don’t even have to scoop him. Bettas are awesome, and can come in 65 different variations. The smaller, duller, stubby finned ones are the females, the males are the brightly colored ones.

Bubbles in an aquarium are fine, but chose a quiet air pump with a gentle bubble flow that wont disturb the water very much. They do not like noise. Betta aquariums also get dirty really fast. Algae grows quickly, and changing the water every week will more than likely stress them out. Water filters are great, but make sure the water flow is not strong, as Bettas do not do well in water with a current. Water current stresses them out and they die. To combat algae growth, I suggest adding a snail to your tank. Apple Snails are the best, the hard shells protect them from the nippy fish. It’s also cute to watch your Betta floof his fins in curiosity over a ‘moving ornament’. Its a friend he’ll never get tired of who also keeps the tank clean.

Please never buy Bettas as pets for children. Pet stores display them on racks in small cups usually for really cheap. They target young kids because of the pretty colors and cute little box tanks you can sit on your shelf. My 4 year old nephew got a Betta and he ended up killing it by dumping an entire container of food into its tank. Its cruel and selfish to buy them as pets for kids. Who will forget about it a month later once the novelty is gone. Unless the child has shown they are capable of understanding how to care for a Betta and the fish will be provided with sufficient housing, only then do I agree. 

Bettas only need a few small pellets of food a day, their stomachs are about the size of their eye. Pellet food is best, preferably certified Betta food and not a multi fish diet as Bettas are carnivorous, unlike most pet fish. They also really love blood worms. You can buy them freeze dried and they will go nuts over it. 

Bettas and other fish are just as much of a pet as a dog or cat and should be given the same amount of attention and love as them. Pet stores usually tell you that they only live for 2-3 years and only need a small bowl. They do this for sales. Bettas in small bowls under 5 gallons are going to live a stressed, bored life and will be lucky to live to 2 years. They aren’t decorations, they are pets with needs. 


Requests are open and needed!

“Hey there, Betsy..” You approached the older triceratops, hand gentle rubbing across her head and down her back, a easy way to check for any damage caused in any little fights without her getting angry about you prodding and poking at her. “How’re you today?” The herbivores had always been your favourites, docile, calm and you could actually interact with them unlike the carnivores which were just as likely to take your arm off as they were to eat a whole goat. 


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What was that scent in the air? The smell so familiar, yet so off at the same time. Unlike other carnivores who would think twice before investigating a new scent, this genuine giant of 30 ft in height was not turned away so easily. In fact this beast was more than capable of taking down others many times his size. So what was this to do to him surly?

Even though with his hulking size, and terrifying appearance. He could stalk so quietly, you could hear a pin drop on the ground before you would one of his steps of silence. The woodlands were a good place to conceal his rather large figure, and even better place to take a target down without much trouble of being heard. The only sign he was in existence at this time, were a series of low chest rumbling growls that carried for quiet the distance away from his person.

My mom literally takes every chance to go against anything i stand for. I’m eating my vegetarian food and she’s sitting by the side like ‘humans were meant to eat meat’ 'humans are carnivores’ anD LIKE IM SO CLOSE TO FKN EXPLODING AND BEING LIKE NO



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anonymous asked:

Hey, let me start by saying i absolutely respect and admire your position, but if everyone went, vegan, wouldn't it be unsustainable? i mean it just wouldnt be possible to produce enough food for so many people, it's just the food chain... like so many animals, we are carnivorous, we survive by killing others, even though that doesnt justify the conditions we submit animals to

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anonymous asked:

Um... No, no you're quite wrong with your information on meat eating. Primates are omnivores, it's why we have the teeth for it. Chimps hunt smaller monkeys, pigs and even small antipope. Hunting drove the spreading of early hominids across the globe

There are many biological characteristics in the human body which are clear evidence that we’re naturally plant eaters, and its through convention that we adapted our diets to an omnivorous one.

• Teeth- Canines: have you seen a proper carnivorous animal’s canine? Yeah, erm our canine teeth are seemingly microscopic next to them. Also, hippos have massive canine teeth yet they’re vegetarians.

• Teeth- Molars: Humans have flattened, slightly curved ‘back teeth’, unlike a lion’s molars which are sharp and blade-shaped perfect for chewing meat.

•Chewing and Jaw motion: our motion resembles that of a sheep, side-to-side and back-to-front, to make sure we chew our food (i'lll explain more on why we do this) unlike carnivores which have minimum side to side motion and generally swallow food hole.

•Saliva: human saliva contains amylase which breaks down starch found mainly and in large amounts in plants, other herbivores have this enzyme too whilst carnivores dont. ,

•Intestines: humans have very long intestines when compared to carnivores, not to mention the appendix we have which carnivores dont. As herbivores we need to make the digestion of food as efficient as possible because plants contain nutrients in small amounts and this is were the extensive chewing comes in, we need to take in all the nutrients and this is achieved as food takes more time to get through our very ling intestines. Carnivores, who eat large amounts of meat get loads of nutrients so they dont need these long intestines.

•instinct: if you were craving food, and there was this cute little puppy next to you would you rip its head off and just gnaw on its bones and eat it? This seems horrible right? To a carnivore its a missed opportunity if you didn’t.

And saying that we are omnivorous simply because we can is just ridiculous, in the same reasoning we can also eat cardboard. Also, our ancestors from around 4 million years ago were almost all vegetarian.
“Omnivore” does not mean 50% plant and 50%meat, chimpanzees are omnivorous and their diet consists of 95-99% plants.

And as far as evolution goes, our anatomy still favours a vegetarian diet. And hey you’re more than welcome to see some researches that have been carries out to show that our diets highly depend on our behaviour, read the research on chimpanzees carried by Andrew Whiten (a cognitive biologist) at the University of St. Andrews in the UK. (Live Science, April 2013).

You dont have to believe me, but rather than thinking of ways that what I’ve said might be wrong i challenge you to reevaluate this misconception that you’ve held. I’m not trying to get you to stop eating meat, i just want to tell you some facts and information.

impercepti0ns  asked:

do you feed your cats vegan food?

Goodness no! I feed them a grain free food high in meat content.

“ Not all carnivores are obligate carnivores. In fact, most aren’t. But cats are. As obligate carnivores, kitties can’t digest plant-based foods efficiently, nor do plant-based foods provide the nutrients felines require.

Obligate means by necessity. Merriam-Webster.com defines obligate as“biologically essential for survival.”1

Obligate + carnivore = cats must eat meat to survive. This is because the protein in animal tissue has a complete amino acid profile. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Plant proteins do NOT contain all the amino acids critical for the health of obligate carnivores, and unlike humans who have the physiological ability to turn plant proteins into the missing pieces needed for a complete amino acid profile, cats don’t have that capacity.

One of the amino acids missing in plants is taurine, which is found in animal muscle meat, in particular the heart and liver. Taurine deficiency causes serious health problems in cats, including cardiovascular disease and blindness. Some cat owners believe they can feed their pet a vegetarian or vegan diet, and add a taurine supplement. In my opinion, this is the equivalent of eating nothing but iceberg lettuce and taking a synthetic multivitamin. That vitamin can’t possibly make up for all the nutrients missing from an iceberg lettuce-only diet.”

In a carnivorous animal, unlike in a human, the main digestive work takes place in the stomach, not in the small intestine. Meat stays in their relatively short intestinal tract for only a brief period of time.

In a human, however, chunks of undigested meat pass from the stomach into the intestinal tract. Our small intestine, which is about 16-20 feet (5-6 meters) long, processes most natural foods within a matter of several hours. But if the food happens to be meat, it may stay in the intestinal tract for as long as 24 to 48 hours. By that time, much of it is putrefied or decayed. The rotting process results in the generation of the meat poisons cadaverine, putrescine and other toxic substances.

Since the remnants of undigested meat can be held in the large intestinal walls of humans for 20-30 years or longer, it is not surprising to find colon cancers to be so highly prevalent among meat eaters, but virtually non-existent among carnivorous animals and vegetarians. Colon cancer, in most cases, is just another name for constant poisoning through putrefying meat.

(This is an excerpt from the book ‘SIMPLE STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH’ by Andreas Moritz & John Hornecker)