Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe another year has come and gone and it’s already 2014? Does anyone have any new year’s resolutions? I don’t usually do them, but I decided to set a goal for myself in the new year of making more art. A huge part of drawing is being a keen observer, and I feel like I haven’t just sat down and practiced observing and drawing what I observe very much lately. Back when I was in college I did this almost every day since I was an art major, and I miss it. So I’m going out to buy a new sketchbook and hopefully fill it with lots of sketches of goldfish! Drawing is a skill and if you don’t use it, you lose it… so it’s important to keep in practice. I also find drawing to have a calming effect, which I sure could use right now with how hectic and busy life has been! In addition to drawing, I’d also like to explore clay sculpting and, of course, photography. I hope to buy more lenses for my camera and experiment with different photography techniques. So you can look forward to more art from me in the future!
So how about you, do you have any resolutions? Please share in the comments below!
Setting a New Year’s Resolution is easy when you’re a goldfish.
Now I don’t want to make it sound like all pet stores give bad information about fishkeeping, because some are very good at what they do. However, it’s been my experience that most pet stores give pretty bad advice when it comes to proper aquarium fish care, so I’m going to be doing a mini-series talking about some things pet stores don’t tell you about fishkeeping.
In my experience, many pet stores don’t properly educate people about the importance of regular water changes. For a normally stocked goldfish tank, you’ll want to change at least 50% of the water once a week. In part 1 of this series, we learned about cycling your aquarium, and that the end product of this cycle is nitrate. When nitrates build up to about 20 ppm, they pose a threat to your fish, which is one reason why regular large water changes are so important. However; in addition to nitrate, there are dissolved organic compounds which also build up in the aquarium over time. The more dissolved organic compounds there are in the aquarium water, the more harmful opportunistic bacteria can proliferate. The more of these bacteria that are present, the more likely it is that your fish will get sick. Thus, water changes are the single most important thing you can do to keep your fish healthy and thriving!
My ghost bristols got their wish… a white Christmas! Here they are swimming in their new winter wonderland aquarium complete with icy Christmas trees, frost, and snowflakes galore! Click “read more” to see all the photos.
These two are my favorites of all the butterflies I have. They are Minai (a female red/white) and Clyde (a male panda), both from Dandy Orandas. I hope I can get these two to spawn because I think they’d make beautiful babies. Aren’t they gorgeous? I like that their body shapes are full and rounded, their tails are spread out nicely in a butterfly shape but also look nice in side-view, and their eyes are proportional and not too large for their bodies. These are all things I look for in a quality butterfly telescope. This is one of the photos in my 2014 calendar too!