mommarowen:

scalestails:

birb ATTACK


Did the baby grey try to eat your phone?

Yes actually, he got very excited when he realized he could get his beak between the phone and case. He was very happy to chew on it. c:

mommarowen:

scalestails:

birb ATTACK

Did the baby grey try to eat your phone?

Yes actually, he got very excited when he realized he could get his beak between the phone and case. He was very happy to chew on it. c:

kai-ni:

kai-ni:

This is what happens if you drop a salmon pellet treat on his nose
does this count as a trick?
(What is this thing?? - Axolotl.org)

Bonus round: the stills for this gif had me rolling:




Just oh my god Zion

kai-ni:

kai-ni:

This is what happens if you drop a salmon pellet treat on his nose

does this count as a trick?

(What is this thing?? - Axolotl.org)

Bonus round: the stills for this gif had me rolling:

Just oh my god Zion

huffingtonpost:

11 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE ZOO

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’ve visited a zoo. Maybe you’ve only gone to one on a school field trip, or maybe it’s one of your favorite places to go, but whatever the case, zoos are popular in this country. 

To learn more about this and read the full list here.

(Source: Getty Images/ Imgur)

I really really wish I could get 100% behind zoos captive breeding programs for endangered species. Unfortunately, many (if not most) are used solely to make money by attracting people and selling to the captive market. And I’m really disappointed in the way most zoos house their animals. :c

I’ve always wanted to have an animal sanctuary that took in any animal at all and focused on captive breeding/release of endangered/threatened wildlife.

Remember those baby scorpions? Well they’re doing great!

Remember those baby scorpions? Well they’re doing great!

birb ATTACK

birb ATTACK

birb

He’s a really excitable sweetie pie. Love him.

birb

He’s a really excitable sweetie pie. Love him.

low-techtank:

Guy on the plantedtank.net has an axolotl in a tank that has gravel, heavily dosing fertilizers and pumping CO2. Also, it’s safe to assume it’s heated as most elaborately planted tanks are. 

It made a brief appearance in a picture, and it’s clearly unhealthy. 

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"I need to step in. This is NOT a safe tank for an axolotl. 

It seems to me that you have gravel in the tank. First big issue. They can ingest it, leading to deadly digestive blockages. Second, fertilizers and CO2 in that amount are NOT safe for them, especially the ferts. Their skin is EXTREMELY permeable. 

Also, I’m assuming it’s heated. Axolotls need temps. LOWER than 70 F, preferably 60-64 F.

PLEASE either re-home this lotl or set up a proper tank for it. Even from that brief appearance in the picture, I can tell it’s unhealthy.”

Hopefully he listens. :c

sweet-bitsy:

That’s a lot of marimo
The marimost

sweet-bitsy:

That’s a lot of marimo

The marimost

Shrimp pellets!

I think the replies you're getting over the animal emotions post are because of the claffodil ask; because of the "don't degrade them with human emotions" / "they're not equal" stuff. :] I think everyone knows you know your stuff, haha.

Yeah, I’m a poopy dumb head and didn’t read the ask very well. I understand where people are coming from now.

Er, about the elephant, yes I agree they don't 'cry', but elephants in distress will secret fluid out of their eyes and ears. It's their way of showing 'emotion'. It's usually confused with crying, obviously.
Anonymous

Source? I’ve only ever seen the fluid leaking from their eyes described by anyone qualified to asses their bodies as the fluid from being in musth. If you have anything saying it is from emotion, I’d love to see it!

Your freckles are so cute!

POTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

TO

Hey scalestails! I just got an interview at my favourite pet store for an aquarium position; are there any tips and tricks you could give me for either the job itself, or the interview? I've never worked in retail before and I'd like to get some great advice together so I can be more confident if I get the job!

I’ve got this question before so I’ll say the same thing I told others, just be genuine and honest. Answer their questions to the best of your ability.

In my experience, they really just want reliable workers over knowledgeable workers. Because anybody can be taught about fish, but reliability is a different story. Just do typical things like smiling, making eye contact, speaking clearly, etc.

Good luck!

Coming home to tragedy

kai-ni:

gar-a-ash:

I’m almost crying right now, so this might be a bit jumbled up, and I apologize.

As some of you know, I went on a five-day trip to Pennsylvania with my boyfriend, to visit relatives. While I was gone, I left my brother in charge of my fish, and really only because Forge needed his water changed every day because of his fin rot. I was really only going to be gone for three days, so I knew the fish could go that long without food, just not without that one tank’s water change. So I showed my brother how to take care of the tanks, left written instructions next to each one, and went on my trip. Water changes were done the day before, there was a brand new bottle of stress coat for Forge’s tank, and everything was set up to make his job easier. Less than ten minutes of work each day.

I came home about an hour ago to a disaster. Sorodin, my sickly, tail-biting betta, was dead and rotting in the tank. Dragon, his tank-mate in the divided ten gallon I hadn’t even finished yet, had to be euthanized. I was too late to save him. Cirrus is so bloated his scales are pineconing around the belly (from over-eating, I hope), though he’s pretty active so hopefully he’ll pull through. Rust was laying on his side and gasping on the bottom of the tank. I only have two shrimp left of the fourteen I had. And Forge’s finrot is back and worse than ever.

Of course I immediately did water changes, 50% on the 29 (the angelfish immediately perked up), 100% on the divided 10 with Rust and Cirrus (two 50% changes, so I could vacuum each side), and a 50% change on Forge’s tank. I told my brother to feed ONLY 3-4 pellets a day. Told him, and left written instructions right next to the tank. A sprinkle of food in the 29. Showed him exactly how much. 

I had so much food in the bottom of those tanks. Cirrus literally had a pile of about 100-200 pellets in one corner, Rust had the same spread out across his tank. There were so many flakes and pellets across the bottom of the 29 I had to uproot all my plants to vacuum it up. I have a school of seven cory cats that couldn’t keep up with all the overfeeding. I had to vacuum my water sprite because there was food in it.

I can’t even look at the tank where Sorodin and Dragon were. I have a mat of mold across the bottom of the tank. My snails are dead and have a fungus coming out of their shells.

I was gone three days. The brand new bottle of stress coat is empty, I’m assuming it’s all been added to Forge’s tank. A 2.5 gallon tank. Thank god it was only a small bottle, but does anyone know if too much can hurt?

I wanted to come home and tell everyone about my trip, and share pictures of the beautiful betta I found down there and brought with me 8 hours back. But I think tonight is going to be spent crying. Fucking christ, I was only gone three days.

I am so sorry, I am like… angry from all the way over here. Just let me give you a big hug. Good lord I would murder him if I were in your place I just CANNOT FATHOM how people can do things THIS WRONG in so little time

Again I am so, so sorry and if you want to talk or rant or anything my askbox is always open and I have a skype too.

I am so horribly sorry for your loss.

And this is why I would literally never let anyone take care of my tanks while I’m away.