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okay be honest how many of y’all are on your period i’m starting to think the fish community has a synchronized cycle

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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans terrestris)- San Francisco, CA

Coast garter snakes are a wide spread subspecies of the Terrestrial Garter Snake that are found throughout coastal Northern California. They inhabit a variety of different habitat types, such as wetlands and ponds, coastal bluffs, grasslands, and chaparral.

I joined a local biologist to survey a private tract of land in the Presidio of San Francisco that was under habitat restoration. The reintroduction of native plants created the perfect habitat for Coast Garters, as well as San Francisco Alligator Lizards.

This certain population of snakes is quite red in coloration.

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Ah, yes. The elusive marine hamsterfish.

I hate this blog with a firey passion

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These cats live in our office, this is where they sleep

Have you considered only one cat sleeps there, and the rest are……



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New knifefish genus and species discovered

A new genus and species of electric knifefish has been discovered in several shallow tributaries of the Rio Negro in Brazil.

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Brazil, describe the new Bluntnose knifefish, Procerusternarchus pixuna, in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

Their paper offers details about the new genus and species’ anatomy, range, relationship to other fish, salient features of its skeleton, coloration, electric organs and patterns of electric organ discharge (EOD). These fish produce electric discharges in distinct pulses that can be detected by some other fish.

(Read more) Practical Fishkeeping   ||   Photo credit: UMass at Amherst

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Filling up with gas makes me SO ANXIOUS everyone is looking at me and then people pull up behind me and wait in line and I rush and trip and fall into the car and leave the fuel door thing open and then someone pulls up next to me at a stoplight and honks and says my thing is open and it’s so embarrassing you guys. One time I even left my wallet on the roof of my car and it fell off and I had to pick it up from the library.

I don’t even think it has to do with guilt about climate change and stuff I drive a hybrid.

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in other news I gave a 13-minute presentation on lakes and ponds and then an 8-minute presentation on rivers and streams OOPS

My classmates hate me

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Introduced armored suckermouth catfishes (plecos to aquarists) are scrubbing Floridian manatees of their algae growing on their skin. What impact this may have on the manatees is unknown; it could be possible the loss of algae renders the manatees less capable of thermoregulating and it’s also possible the manatees needlessly expend energy avoiding the catfish.

Nico, L. et al (2009) Interactions between non-native armored suckermouth catfish (Loricariidae: Pterygoplichthys) and native Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) in artesian springs. Aquatic Invasions 4(3), 511–519.

Nico, L. (2010) Nocturnal and diurnal activity of armored suckermouth catfish (Loricariidae: Pterygoplichthys) associated with wintering
Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Neotropical Ichthyology 8(4) 893–898.

Just another reason to keep all aquarium and pond plants and fish from getting into local water supplies.

If you release aquarium fish I hate your guts I guarantee it.

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I want to be hardcore but my mom won’t let me!

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I think Julio has started associating me with eating I was watching him last night and he came out and looked at me and I had to give him a food because he was just too cute I couldn’t help it awwwwwww watchmeraisefish (for some reason I can’t mention you using your main url thing?)

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my petco had celestial pearl danios and discus in today what the fuck are they doing

also bought 4 nerite snails. still probably not enough for all the tanks I have

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Im sorry the lighting isn’t too good. He/she was not cooperating. Anyway, I searched a lot of pictures and he/she seems to be in a solid mid for color. I see a lot of much brighter rams, and a lot of paler fish. I guess, if you see anything that sends up red flags I’d be grateful! (And, I don’t think the pics are easy enough to tell, but any idea if male/female? I would like to try to pair him/her up with another ram in the future but I can’t really until I know if he/she is male/female)

ALSO, I know he/she appears to have no spot, but he/she has never actually had a spot on this side, it’s only on the other one. The spot is as dark as the eye stripe.

Hmmmm. I’m no expert on rams (Bolivian or otherwise) but it’s very likely that yours is just a juvenile. If you’re really serious about breeding you should just go ahead and buy a few more (but preferably from different stores). A group of six or so gives you a pretty good chance of getting at least one well-matched pair. The lack of spot might just be a juvenile thing? Or something that happened because of domestic breeding maybe? No red flags that I can tell, just keep feeding lots of high-quality food and doing water changes!

Oh, and for sex: This thread has a really good picture diagram of the differences a few posts down, looking at it I want to say yours is a male. HOWEVER. Cichlids tend to be picky on mates (maybe that’s just a South American cichlid thing?) so, again, get a group of young fish and let them do the thing.

I spy a Cory awwwwwww :)

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mikrogeophagusramirezi check the NANFA website (or I’ll grab a link in a second). I think they prefer cool, fast-flowing water and probably won’t accept anything but live or frozen food.