Monthly Archives: December 2011

Some women want diamonds . . .

I am perfectly happy with worms. I can be entertained for hours or days, even weeks with a plastic tub of worms. I brought home more today. The worms I brought home Dec 12 were doing great, and still are. But I was feeding them very sparingly to the fish since i didn’t want their numbers to deplete before I had a good ‘regenerating’ worm pile.

I had actually just finished cleaning the worm houses I have them in now, when Linda @ Crazy Critters called to tell me that they had more in.

This is a picture of the worms after i I put them in their new home. I kept them separate from the others. They are still in the ball, mostly, but are slowly spreading out and digging into the sand. They seem to like the sand better than gravel, and they like a layer of java moss too. As i write this now, they are spread out and easy to see in the white sand.

Black Worms

Black Worms

I am finding there is a lot of confusion about species online about these worms. It’s the brown worms that have problems with bacteria, but also, the black worms, that they say are ‘safe’ are actually dark brown. For the sake of my sanity i am not calling these black worms, instead of Tubifex, even though some say they are similar. The scientific articles that i tried to find today, no longer exist. But i will keep trying to identify these critters.

And I still believe whole heartedly, that the conditions under which people are keeping these worms, that i read about online, is what leads to the harmful bacteria growth that people blame the tubifex worms for. Before you cry to me about how dangerous the worms are and you think what i say is misleading, know that I have no scientific evidence or even citations to back my opinion up, and that’s all it is, my opinion. If you keep worms in the refrigerator, and don’t feed them for a week, they are going to die, and I’m sure bacteria will grow. Food kept in refrigerator too long grows all kinds of things, and is no longer edible. Poor worms. I believe you have to duplicate as close as possible to the conditions where these worms [and other critters] are found thriving on their own in the wild.

I do water changes for them everyday, just like i do my bettas who live in the 2 gallon uncycled tanks. After rinsing the sludge that comes from the big, filtered 10-50 gal aquariums, I give the worms that too. I don’t give them the water that comes out with it.  I won’t mention what’s in that, as I’m sure you can guess, but hey, they’re worms, they like it. Its as close to i have to what might be at the bottom of a lake.

The first batch are thriving, and I’m sure even with feeding some to the fishes, I still have as many as i started with from the first cup and more.  I am so ready to find some little freshwater pufferfish! All that’s left now is to wait for warmer weather for them to be shipped in.

In the mean time, the fish i have now, mostly bettas, are loving these worms. The young bettas in a 6 gal tank,  ‘hunt’ the bottom of their tank for them several times a day, since they are used to grabbing them while the worms are digging down into the sand.

Two of my oldest betta males haven’t really figured out what to do with them, big tough fighting fish are scared of tiny worms, lol.

 

Beauty Boy Betta – Banana

This boy’s tail gets longer and longer. He likes to rest with his tail flared out over java moss, the heater or anything else in his home. I hope to catch him when he’s fully flared, for he is about as spectacular as a betta can get.

He is the shiest, most sensitive betta boy i have. He will flare and dance when i take the dividers down between the tanks so he can see his neighbor, but he doesn’t do it with the vigor of the others and frequently dives to the bottom of his tank to hide. While his neighbor, [right now its Mocha] looks like he is trying to chew through the glass to get to Banana, Banana is staying near the middle of the tank putting on his display.

yellow platinum male delta tail etc

yellow platinum male delta tail etc

Mocha and Sid’s tails got chewed up the last time i tried to breed them. But when banana was with his girl, she didn’t chew his tail [much].

these pictures of him, i took with my galaxy tab. It takes good pictures of normal sized stuff, but macro isn’t terrific. I’m learning to use Corel Paintshop since my new computer wont run my adobe photoshop software. I put the photos together in a collage and used the ‘object remover’ tool to take the wires and junk out that was behind the fish.  It’s not great, i know. I could have spent hours working some more with Paintshop, and editing the photo, but I would rather be taking care of the fish, or writing Quirt and Brody 😀

Banana 12-23-2011anana_12-23-11

Banana 12-23-2011anana_12-23-11

Apples

A great pony from the past. Apples ran barrels and poles like the wind, better really since the wind can’t turn on a dime and give you back change.
Pony Jumping

Apples

Barrel Racing

Apples

Even though she was only 12.2 hands tall, she could jump 3’4″ constantly. When I outgrew her, I used her as a lesson horse for kids who wanted to learn to jump and/or compete in Gymkhanas.  
Apples

Lionfish and Red Knobby Starfish

These gorgeous lionfish were part of my predator tank. It was a double tank, joined in the middle by large tubes so the fish could swim back and forth. There were clarkii clownfish, damselfish and a delightful porcupine pufferfish who shared the 70 gallon tank with these two. Lionfish and Red Knobby Starfish

Lionfish and Red Knobby Starfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its all about our minds ^.^)

The Noble Eightfold Path
Wisdom
1. Right View
2. Right Intention
Ethical Conduct
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
Mental Development
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.html

“When you become a Buddhist, it seems that the problem of personal shortcomings is difficult to deal with and this perhaps can be discouraging. How then does a person deal with what he knows to be his own imperfections and shortcomings so that he will not be discouraged?” ~Question

“One has to understand the nature of these shortcomings and limitations. Once we realize that our habitual patterns have caused us problems and we have started on a path, we begin to understand the need to transform these patterns.

In Buddhism, we talk of different methods and different techniques that one could use in cutting through neurotic patterns and our shortcomings. Once you are able to apply these methods and teachings, you are able to understand the importance of their application and sense the benefits, one has no doubt about it. Once you have experienced the benefits you can change your patterns for good.”
~H.H. Karmapa
http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/buddhism/bec/becqa.php

Favorite Pet Store – Crazy Critters

Crazy Critters
Rapid City, South Dakota
Phone: 605-342-8644
Is a wonderful new pet store in Rapid City.

Crazy_Critters

Crazy_Critters

Great, custom glasses chain!

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glasses_chain1

Laura, who works at Dakota Rollers also does beautiful bead work. She made this awesomely cool glasses chain. Dakota Rollers, 605-718-7010

Favorite Salon – Dakota Rollers

Dakota Rollers is the best Hair and Nail Salon. I look forward to going as though visiting old friends. They have several great hair and nail techs who are very skilled in whatever you need. They offer, dying, perms cut and barber for hair and acrylic, gel, shellac for nails, tanning, and probably several other things That I don’t know about.

They can be reached at Phone: 605-718-7010 for more information about services and to make appointments.

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A special horse

Hawkeye & the Author competing in obstacle driving

Hawkeye & the Author competing in obstacle driving. Hawkeye is the amazing horse who I base all my thoughts and writing about Brody's horse "Archer" in my stories.

You are directly over the target

Drop Shrimp-Stink bombs now!

shrimp and glofish

Shrimp Bomber over Glofish