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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-25-2014, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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I managed to get a pic of fishy's freckles while I was annoying him to flare at a mirror. The bigger spot was there when I got him, but the little specks on him are new. The patch of blue on his dorsal has also been coloring up, he was a much truer cellophane 3 weeks ago.
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I'm so tired I wanna cry. Finals are next week so it's crunch time. I should have had a LinAlg group meeting today but we agreed to work on our group project individually and compare answers before it's due And I have a calc group meeting tomorrow.

Here's a little snippet of me proving aphelion/perihelion distances from the presentation I did on Monday http://vocaroo.com/i/s1feXevlc7lt
If you listen closely you can hear me mix words up and I question myself as I say it but never correct it. ("the intervals in the period?" when it should be the other way around, pff)

But anyways, the picotope should come this Friday. Can't wait to aquascape it. My boy's home looks way overgrown and messy now, but I won't complain about good plant growth (in fact, I'd prefer that to good plant death ). The new marsilea growth is giving me 2 leaves now, so it's almost fully acclimated to being submerged, but the taller stems that made it to the water line opened into cute 4-leaf clovers that I really enjoy. I don't have a picture of that right now, but I will next time.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this is now Mithra's new home.. It's a bit small but cozy..


What, don't believe me?



I'm not too sure how I feel about the blue light. I thought I wouldn't mind it when I ordered it, but now it's, well, too blue and making the colors look weird. I suppose I'll replace it later.
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I really don't like the light, so I took it off. Such a shame, too! Hopefully my marsilea and water lettuce will be alright with how low light the environment is.
The ludwigia has also developed a nice case of thread algae. It may resolve itself as the aquarium matures, I guess. I dosed with some iron, so that may attribute to its growth. It seems to be opportunistic when it comes to attaching to other plants, but it really, really likes the ludwigia.

I didn't add the buddha from the old set-up into the picotope because it has air bubbles [???]. Disappointing, but I'm not willing to risk it flaking off one day. Sooo, what to add as a focal point without my ornament, hm..

But in other news, I've finished the semester. I'll be taking calc 3, physics, statics, and a general engineering course come Fall.
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I went on a trip to Manhattan earlier this month. My girlfriend came from California and had us stay right between Times Square and Broadway. Cabaret on Broadway was amazing. I wish I could experience it all over again.

Nothing fish-related has been happening lately. My mother did feed Mithra without my instruction to do so the week I wasn't home much. She didn't feed enough to gunk up his tank, but boy was his tummy full. Maybe he was happier when he had the chance to be a pig.

I did clean out the tank last night. Cleaned off the algae build-up and trimmed the plants because they were breaking the water surface. I also moved the four-leaf clover to the back so it could catch more light, but that means it isn't visible behind the stem plants. I had to remove a lucky grass too because there's no more room for its root system when I've got so many plants going on now. Both lucky grasses have grown very well in the past 2 months though!
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My big water lettuce mother plant slowly shrunk. On the positive side, the water lettuce didn't die, even if it isn't as big anymore.

Mithra seems to have abnormal fin growth. I suppose there's nothing I can do about that--I can't tell him to stop growing--so I'll ignore the issue.
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I went to the dentist to have fillings done today. On the way back home, I decided to try to find root tabs. First petstore barely had a fish section, nevermind root tabs. The store I bought Mithra doesn't seem to stock root tabs, which doesn't surprise me because they also do not sell live plants. Lastly PetSmart.. no root tabs, wtf!

So now I will begrudgingly buy root tabs online.

However, I did come home from PetSmart with dwarf hair grass, telanthera cardinalis, and bulbs......and

an itty bitty female betta, and a male halfmoon. The halfmoon's color is so sleek and ah-maaay-zing. The little girl is totally adorbs with her big eyes, I think she's the cutest thing ever.
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Oooh! Is he a copper rosetail? That's awfully generous finnage for a normal HM!

Sorry about how difficult your life's been in the past months :( I know how that feels... have worked through depression myself. Fish are a wonderful distraction, aren't they? And of course beautiful on their own merits.

Mithra is super cool! He's a unique-looking fish, and I love his attitude!

Maybe you'd like to shop for a clip-on desk lamp? And then get a 23W "Daylight" 6500K CFL bulb (sounds really specific, but you should be able to find it, on the Internet if nowhere else) and just pop it in. Your plants will love it.

You can also make DIY root tabs. The simplest guide I've seen is here. I haven't tried it myself, so take it with a grain of salt as one would normally approach internet things.
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Oooh! Is he a copper rosetail? That's awfully generous finnage for a normal HM!

Sorry about how difficult your life's been in the past months :( I know how that feels... have worked through depression myself. Fish are a wonderful distraction, aren't they? And of course beautiful on their own merits.

Mithra is super cool! He's a unique-looking fish, and I love his attitude!

Maybe you'd like to shop for a clip-on desk lamp? And then get a 23W "Daylight" 6500K CFL bulb (sounds really specific, but you should be able to find it, on the Internet if nowhere else) and just pop it in. Your plants will love it.

You can also make DIY root tabs. The simplest guide I've seen is here. I haven't tried it myself, so take it with a grain of salt as one would normally approach internet things.
He could very well be a rosetail! He seems a bit docile and it's hard getting him to display.

I'll consider your suggestions, thank you
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Upsetting news about my school life: I was late paying for Fall classes and lost my spot in Calc3 and Physics. Physics I'm not too sad over, but I'm really bummed about Calc3. There's only 1 Calc3 class with 32 seats--when I tried to register for it after losing my spot, there were 6 others on the waitlist. They only offer Calc3 in the Fall, so it'll be an entire year before I can get into it. I don't know how I'm going to motivate myself to keep reviewing calculus until then so I don't lose my skill. Sigh.

In fishy related news, I switched the sand out of Mithra's tank in favor of Eco-Complete. There's an Aponogeton bulb in each fish's tank and 2 of the 3 have come in very well.

Some videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEc8a0-p60I The little girl has such a friendly personality. She chases me and will jump to eat food off my finger. Adorable sweetheart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3RV87rnP5E I can't get this boy to flare but he does let his fins fan out. I put him in a Fluval View because it has more water volume, but now that he's been in there for 2 weeks, I don't like it. The current pushes him around too much.*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiP7NzJenZw Mithra being the poop he is. He's only nice to me when he's being fed.

*I've decided I don't like any of the fishs' housings. I'm moving in the soon-but-not-immediate future--after that happens, I'd like to reconsider my set-ups. Ideally, I'd like to have racks for both my pet fish and pet snakes.
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