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Fishy Friday: Photography Challenge Day 19

So one of the 30 day challenges that I think were in both of the books that I read last month was a photography challenge. Though I’m going to try to take it out to a full year (if not longer). One of the big tips from one of them, was to have taken more than one picture per day–just in case you come across a day that you either run out of time, or can’t find the inspiration for a photo.

So now I am trying to find inspiration for several photographs a day–this will probably work best on the weekends when it warms up and I’m doing my morning walks & outside more than what I am during the winter months.

One of the algae eaters and the shubunkin

So today’s photograph is of two of the fish in our large aquarium–the shubunkin and one of the algae eaters (I think it’s Cletus as it looks a little small to be Jaws). That is the only way that I can tell the two algae eaters apart (well also when I feed them–Cletus heads into it’s log to munch on the algae pellet), is their size. Jaws is just a little bit longer than Cletus. I think the fifty-five gallon aquarium is just the right size for two good size algae eaters and one decent size shubunkin.

One of the things that I will be investing in when I move is going to be an aquarium so that the cat can have her fish tv again–the algae eater in the smaller aquarium doesn’t swim around as much as these guys.

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Happy World Sea Turtle Day

So today is World Sea Turtle Day. Did you know that six out of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction?

One of the major threats to sea turtles and other ocean dwelling animals is plastic waste. Somehow, someway plastic bags wind up in the oceans, and turtles thinking that they’re jelly fish eat them. They aren’t the only ones that mistake plastic bags for food in the oceans (whales will ingest them as they’re foraging for fish).

Sea Turtle in the wild

I’ve managed to only see green sea turtles in the wild, and that was when I went to the big island of Hawai’i for a week long vacation (almost a decade ago). I have seen them in aquariums, and rehab centers.

Sea Turtle in Rehab center

When we went down to South Padre Island a few years ago for vacation, we visited Sea Turtle Inc. This center rescues, rehabs, and then releases sea turtles back into the wild (if they can). They also make note of all nesting females, rescue the eggs, and then do hatchling releases in hopes that a greater percentage of young sea turtles actually make it into the ocean. Watching a hatchling release is something that is still on my bucket list of things to do–I would say I’d adopt a sea turtle, but I don’t think I could figure out how to build a big enough salt pool for it to live in (especially since I would want to adopt a leatherback sea turtle (and they’re the largest of the sea turtles)).

At New England Aquarium

Of course the second best place to see a sea turtle (after seeing one in the wild) is at an aquarium. While I was out in Boston, the aquarium was one place that I loved to visit (even though it was pricey). They had several sea turtles in the large center tank, and this picture was probably the best one I got from all the times I visited. It was always difficult to find a place to stand, where you weren’t going to be blocking the view for someone else.

So again, lets try to start cutting down on the plastic waste. If you get plastic bags at the store–reuse them or take them back and most stores will recycle them. Find another use for them–use them until they basically fall apart–or better yet cut them up into little pieces before tossing them away. True they may still end up in the oceans–but if they’re just pieces of plastic maybe fewer animals will mistake them for food and ingest them. We aren’t the only species living on the this earth–but we’re the ones destroying it, therefore we have to be the ones to save it as well.

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National Pet Week: The Fishy Edition

Decided that today’s entry for national pet week would be one of the fish, and Jaws won the draw. While fish can’t do a lot of things for people that cats and dogs (and probably to some extent other types of pets [birds, reptiles, rabbits, and others]), they are still usually a part of most families, at least as children are growing up. I’m pretty sure that a lot of us had the little goldfish in the bowl on the counter as a child.

Jaws eating “dinner”

I like having fish (because besides the ease of care), they also provide entertainment for the cats–I know that Pancakes enjoys spending time watching the fish eat, and she also likes trying to say hello to them as well. Also depending on your work schedule, where you live, if you’re allergic to animals–fish can also be a great way to have a pet (but without the pet dander, and with minimal fuss [unless you’re setting up a salt water aquarium or something fancy]). Also, did you know algae eaters can live 10-15 years (that’s basically the same age limit that cats and dogs have as well), so again–at least for algae eaters, they are an investment of both time and money (best for aquariums when you know you aren’t going to be moving every six months (unless you can figure out a way to move the algae eater with you)).

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Doing double duty—Jaws the Algae eater (photography challenge days 20 and 21)

Well I might be having to invest into that new camera soon rather than later (unless I can figure out where I put the charge cord that plugs into the computer). I thought I’d set aside the correct cord (I have two that are of similar lengths but for two different things), but I didn’t pick the correct one–so I either need to remember where I put them (its always that safe spot that you can never remember when you need to); or I need to figure out if I can afford a nicer camera and buy it (though I’m waiting to hear if the cord I saw on amazon will fit my particular camera [it wasn’t listed in the large group]).

So, the double picture for yesterday and today is of Jaws, my algae eater.  Right now he is the only fish in the aquarium because I haven’t spotted any fish at any stores that I like to buy to give him some company.

Jaws the algae eater

Right now Jaws is somewhere between 10 and 13 inches long. How do I know this–I wait until he is cleaning the front of the aquarium and I measure with a tape measure (not the best way–but it does give a somewhat accurate measurement).

Pancakes loves watching all three algae eaters (we have one in each aquarium, where the other two aquariums also have either a goldfish or a koi in it as well), and she taps the aquarium every so often to say “hello”. She also has a liking for the fish food, so if any is dropped, she cleans it up (if algae pellets are dropped, its usually Chewi cleaning those up).

I’m trying to figure out how large of a “fish TV” I’m going to have to get her when we move (either this fall or next spring). I know that there will be an algae eater in it, and then possibly one or two goldfish. I’ve given up on trying to keep a salt water aquarium going (too much water changing, and the fish are extremely expensive).

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