Front view of the tank. Very happy with it considering I had 6” less footprint to work with.

Preview of the tank. This side has the most growing to do. But I like the view from this side.

Waiting for the water to clear so I can scape it. Found a cm long baby when I was breaking down the canister filter I’d been using before. Looks like the sun will hit the tank for about an hour each day… need to get curtains.



If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

Flipping your fins actually does get you pretty far.

by Lauren Grush

The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.

The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 million years ago, when the first group of ancient fish moved from water to land, eventually evolving into the amphibians, reptiles, birds and other animals roaming the Earth today. The researchers wanted to see if their land-dwelling fish looked and behaved similarly to the ancient fish, based on what has been learned about them from fossil records.

For their experiment, the research team raised 111 juvenile Polypterus senegalus – African fish also known as the “dinosaur eel” — on land. These fish already look a lot like the ancient fish that evolved millions of years ago, and they’re already capable of “walking” with their fins and breathing air.  According to the Verge, their terrestrial environment had mesh flooring covered in pebbles, as well as 3 millimeters of water, so the fish didn’t dry out completely…

(read more/ watch video: Popular Science)

photo: NATURE

(Reblogged from bongobananas)


Fish Out of Water Learn to Walk

Around 400 million years ago, fish left the water and started to evolve into land-loving creatures. But how did the transition happen? A new and unusual experiment could shed some light on the kinds of changes that enabled fins to become limbs. Researchers took a fish species known to be able to walk on its fins from time to time, and raised it on land. Watch the fish promenade in this Nature Video.

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(Reblogged from bongobananas)


El tipo de maceta para plantas carnívoras más recomendado para estos casos son aquellas que están fabricadas en plástico

(Reblogged from botanicalendeavors)


Salvia x “Amistad”

Sûrement un hybride issu de salvia guaranitica, cette sauge herbacée est apparue récemment (2005) dans un jardin en Argentine. Très florifère et plutôt  rustique (on verra l’année prochaine si elle est toujours là), les fleurs violet profond se détachent bien du feuillage, j’aime aussi beaucoup la couleur des calices.

Salvia guaranitica is involved in this crossing for sure. This beautiful herbaceous sage was discovered in a garden in Argentina (2005). Very floriferous, it’s given to be winter hardy (zone 8), I hope so, I planted it last spring, we’ll see. I did some cuttings as a precaution.

(Reblogged from kihaku-gato)


Stuffed crust and #homemade #pizza

That time we made pizza and it was amazing.

(Reblogged from boyspopcultureandme)