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post #5181 of 5422 (permalink) Old 08-03-2016, 08:40 AM
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If you ever move down south, you're welcome to come fix my garden!

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Hah, will do Sadist! As long as you can provide me tools and/or plants you'd want planted, I'm happy to do the work! Gardening is very fun for me!

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And I took pictures this morning and FINALLY got around to rescaping the 4 gallon...again yp. I've rescaped it...what, four times now? lol. My 3 shrimps are doing well, I need more reds to make this thing pop but they're so expensive! Can't do anything else until I get a job.

Here's the tank after it's been completed. I switched back to black substrate because it looks better with dwarf hairgrass. I only have the DHG and Ambulia in here now. Dosing Excel, Flourish, Iron, and Phosphate at the moment. I also have API Root tabs under there and I couldn't find my open package of Jobes plant sticks so I'm waiting to open my new package to finish off the root tabs in case my open package is still around (or maybe I used them all? I can't remember >.<)

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My biggest of the three and the only female. She's got eggs! Hope they hatch! And maybe I'll get some reds if she bred with any of them before they died (crossing fingers to hope).
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Copper boy isn't entirely happy but he's doing well. Trying to get him back to show quality flare!
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Render! He's still kicking around happily! He's still got weird gill plants and he looks a lot like @Aqua _Aurora's Xeres ^_^ More orangy but similar how they aged.
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He's a pretty messy fish when it comes to showing so he won't be shown but I'm still training him all the same and hopefully fattening him up a little bit back to a healthy weight. Fish will get daily meals around 2pm (that's when judging happens and fish have impeccable internal clocks which means they'll be out and wiggling for food when they come around!)
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By the way, on all my pictures I typically do edit them but the most I usually do is lower the exposure. I use flash on them all and an overhead light preferably or external flash is best used over top them as well. I turn the exposure down and occasionally turn contrast up but that's for a really dull picture. What you see here is almost true to life of what they actually look like.
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I call this one Batman! Look at his face! This was the baby VT I bought along with the other babies I have. I have taken down the 20long and put all the babies in cups now to finish out their growing. We've got six babies and this VT boy.
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He's marbled out quite a bit, for a long time his head was more reddish and half his body was still cello so it kind of look liked the american flag lol. But the last week he's turned turquoise now. He's still a very pretty boy and I'm hoping we can help stretch out that tail to give him a better spread!
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Mr. Feesh didn't know what to make of the camera. He wasn't happy with the extra light over top him but he eventually stopped caring.
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One of the biggest things we look at in our shows is size. Is the fish up to the size that they are supposed to reach in captivity. We don't compare with wild fish as there are sometimes drastic changes in domesticated fish--especially when it comes to color. Betta's are obviously the most drastic.
Mr. Feesh is a good sized fish and his fins are almost equal length which is important.
His butterfly band will likely marble out by the time the show happens and that's fine, that will make his fin colors more even which is the next important thing.
Actually the most important is their deportment; it's how they act. A fish that's hiding behind a filter or laying on the ground is not going to score well. You want a fish that's up and flaring at the other fish and the judge.
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The only baby that stayed colored! S/He's blue with red fins typically and no ventrals.
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This is Bumblebee. The only baby that's still half marbled. The other four are nameless and are all cellophane. But enjoy the pretty lady and that wonderful dorsal of hers!
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Red Dalmatian Platy babies! They're red/orange is coming in!
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And Renegade. He's been chilling the last two days, he might be feeling his age :-/
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Ah, shrimp pics didn't attach. Take 2!

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Awesome pictures! Those platy babies are adorable. I really like the black substrate with the grass, too. It makes the grass color really pop.

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Thank you!
Yeah, I knew it would which is why I went with the black. The gold would look nice and natural but that's not the goal haha.


Annnndddd all my shrimp died >.< This was a full and complete change, I did not acclimate them (one actually snuck in on a plant) and thsu I kind of figured this'd happen. I was down to two Chili Rasboras as well. When I trade in my Angelfish and the Serverum, I'll get more Chili's to restock it from George. One of the males I have is from Rachel from last year! He's a toughy! But what I didn't realize until the other day was that the filter was sucking them up >.< I had taken off the prefilter because I thought I didn't need it because I didn't really have any shrimp left that I cared about. I found one Rasbora stuck in the slits but thought nothing of it. I now realize it was probably like a different one stuck every other day because I lost 6 out of 8 I had and down to 2. One male and one female but again, I didn't acclimate them and my water varies a TON. So I don't expect them to live either and that's my foolish mistake. I knew that but I was also in a hurry. This is the only time it sucks to have my water, I can't really transfer fish tanks to tank because the water is so different in all of them!
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A little late...I don't know who told you that but they're talking from a sad lack of knowledge. The only areas where neutered/spayed dogs can't compete at AKC events is conformation. And that's only because conformation is supposed to evaluate breeding stock and neutered/spayed animals can't be bred.

BTW, dogs are judged based on a written standard developed by each breed's parent club and approved by its members.

Ooh, interesting. The only thing is, the breeder I'm looking at won't let you register with the AKC if you are buying a "Pet Stock" Mini Aussie. I don't understand, because apparently the AKC finally recognized them as a breed, called the "Mini American Shepherd".

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Ooh, interesting. The only thing is, the breeder I'm looking at won't let you register with the AKC if you are buying a "Pet Stock" Mini Aussie. I don't understand, because apparently the AKC finally recognized them as a breed, called the "Mini American Shepherd".

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I never owned a purebred dog, but perhaps the breeder restricts registration to discourage breeding of the puppies, since they're sold as "pet stock?"
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Possibly, but he/she also requires "pet stock" to be spayed/neutered by 8 months.

See the contract here - http://dakotatoyaussies.com/images/p...sscontract.pdf

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So I have six Betta's on their way come tomorrow from Martias Pham on facebook. He's a wonderful US breeder down in Texas! I did the BOGO sale last week for HM's so I have 4 HM's from that and then an HMPK the next day and then the poor guy had some family issues and had to delay shipping but he gave us a free fish of our pick for the delay! He's absolutely wonderful to work with and I highly recommend him and his fish! The free fishy is a marble metallic MG-ish HM boy and he's super cute! I'll have photos of them once I get them on Wednesday and let them settle a bit!

I also found a half-giant MG PK at my PetCo yesterday. I was trying to say no but no one's shown a large Betta at the shows before so I knew I had to get him. I can always sell him afterwards of course. Until I pick a favorite or two, all betta's will be sold except the Black Copper I have coming.

So I'm currently pet sitting for my aunt who has a Black Lab (Alex), 3 cats (Snickers, Midnight, and Coconut - for those who have been around for two years, Coconut was one of the kittens I fostered from the stray), and a fish. It's a baby Betta that was in a 1 gallon >.< She wants it to grow up but doesn't quite understand it all. So I upgraded her to a 2.5 minibow led since PetSmart is having a big sale on their tanks and it was half off! 20 bucks, okay! So I used the same gravel but the biggest thing was it has a filter now. I gave her one of my Hydor 25W heaters too and some of my old silk plants. She's got a Mystery snail already and three lovely Marimo's which have been thriving somehow. The tank is near sunlight so it does get that which is how they were growing. But now it's got the light and I'm setting it up on a timer as well so she doesn't have to worry about it.

The snail is covered in algae too lol


But he's doing well


3rd one is on the other side. This is in the new tank


All the plants were mine but she had the ornament and the 3 moss balls. Much more suitable for a betta at least. Not perfect but better. She no longer hides so much but she is having issues with her fins and clamping, likely due to water quality.
I also painted the back black to help keep the sunlight out so much and causing algae spikes. I did make a cute little swirl to let in very minimal light and keep it interesting.



My new half-giant
Chilling in the 2.5 for the night before I took him home this morning


His dorsal is glorious!


Showing off size. Not a true fair comparison but the copper is closer to the front making him seem bigger than he is.


A partial flare to the side!


The copper likes to build nests lol



Mr. Feesh



Renegade and his marbling progress


Ambulia is melting surprisingly. Not sure if it likes the Excel or if it's just the water itself. Grass seems fine so far (crosses fingers) I hope it stays fine!
I accidentally killed Render too He was in there but I didn't acclimate him. The biggest issue was that I used totally new water on this tank and with my pH being so low and no GH or KH, it fluctuates like crazy and I was hoping that he'd be okay with it. It's my fault and I do feel bad but I'm not stressed or anything, just kind of sucks is all. I knew it too.


My dutura's are growing like crazy! Just over week three now!


And with my diligent watering of mom's garden, I've been able to get the grass to grow twice the amount! I try to water twice daily if possible, once in morning and once in evening. Sometimes it's only once.
Week and a half ago


Today


Portulaca which is a succulent plant! We have lots of these and they bloom like crazy! I'm also harvesting seeds from them in hopes to grow them next season!


Mom's Hibiscus



My Dahlia ^_^



Also a plant we were given for free on the verge of death and I brought it back to life ^_^
Trimming and deadheading are your best friends along with daily watering!


This is Alex! 3 year old Black Lab who is lazy and a wonderful cuddler!




I was also playing around with watercolor pencils today! We have our County Fair coming up in two weeks and for the last eight years or so I've always said I'd enter something but I never did! This year will be the year that I do finally! lol
This was my second one but I like the other one better show I'll show you reverse lol.
I learned a lot through these two. This one is better in technique but the other one is more like my typical style.
Start with the pencil sketches. Leave white spaces so that you can push the colors around once it comes time to add water!


I also made a mistake and made the cow body much too large so I covered it up with a fence post lol, thankfully it was only a few lines and an easy coverup!


Water added! Things I learned:
1. Leave white space to allow colors to be pushed around.
2. Don't layer too much pencil, in most cases "More is less", too much pigment causes block shapes unless you want that.
3. More water on the brush creates a thin wash and get's rid of hard lines.
4. Less water on the brush creates thin lines, good for detail.
5. Do lines first with water and let dry.
6. Do shadows second and let dry to allow the "water" color type shapes to appear versus allowing everything to mix.
7. Do light colors last and always leave white.
8. Mistakes are fairly easy to cover up or "erase" with using lots of water to smooth out the pigment.
9. Each pencil pigment is different. Light Blue barely washes out and feels more like a regular colored pencil. Red and orange on the other hand are heavy and thick pigment. A little line of orange will go a LONG way whereas the blue won't.
(Lighting isn't very good here,it's much more vibrant I promise)


This was my Rhode Island Red rooster that I started with to try out the pencils. I almost didn't fit the image in even though I tried to plan it out lol. But you can see here where I layering too much pencil on in the red sections and didn't allow much room to push the color around to create a wash. But, through that, I believe it still came out well! Both images function within themselves so I'm not worried.


Filling out the color


The beak, the red, and the eye have all been washed with water since the first image. It is smoother than the pencil lines as you can see. It's also more vibrant when you add the water.


Finished product!
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Leopards: Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen, Gallifrey
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper
African Fat Tails: Nox and Lux
Bearded Dragon: Stormfly
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