An Open Letter to College Freshman and Anyone Considering Goldfish as Pets

pardonmyfish:

I have always had pets. I grew up in the country, with three very spoiled and loved dogs, two cats, chickens, ducks, goats, fish— we were never without pets. And my freshman year, moving into the dorms, it was very hard to imagine not having pets. So my roommate and I made the choice that a lot of incoming freshman make: we’ll get fish. 

My dorms allowed a tank up to 10G. This is generous considering a lot of schools allow up to a half gallon, which I know now is really unsuitable for all forms of life. 

My roommate and I headed off to the local fish store, which specializes in ponds and freshwater tropical setups. They have an entire building for housing goldfish of all kinds, a huge koi pond, and a giant greenhouse of pond and aquarium plants, in addition to the walls and walls of gorgeous tropical tanks you expect to see in a fish store. We chose a tank that would fit well in the limited space we had— a 5.5 gallon glass rectangle, a classic— and headed out to the goldfish building. The lady there told us that it would be no problem to put feeder goldfish in the tank we were holding, and estimated that three or four could fit in it no problem. And that was all she told us. She netted us three tiny baby common goldfish, and we grabbed a bag of gravel. We asked about a filter and she told us it could wait a while, which was convenient for us because we had planned on buying a filter and ornaments at the Petco closer to the dorms. Nothing about cycling, or ammonia, or the growth rate of common goldfish.

And so we were headed home with our new babies.

imageAnyone who knows anything about goldfish is cringing right now, but aren’t they cute? We decided that we would each name one, and my boyfriend would name the third so that it was fair. The orange one to the left is Bitimen, named by Josh, the spotted one, Waldo, named by my roommate, and the brown one, Tweak, named by me. Unfortunately, these names spelled the fate of the fish. Tweak was so named because he would do these little tweaky dances and dart around a lot, which at the time we thought to be a cute quirk, but turned out to be a death dance as he suffocated in his own waste. Waldo, in a moment of awful irony, died inside the pot ornament we got for them a few days later, and we were unable to find him for a day and a half, leading to a lot of very morbid “where’s Waldo” jokes. 

And Bitimen? image

10 months later, Bitimen is going on 9 inches long, and can eat a tub of fish flakes in two weeks. He lives in a massive tank that constantly needs to be cleaned, despite the HOB filter and sponge filter. Hundreds of dollars have been spent on his food, his tank, his filters, his water conditioner, as I constantly upgrade from what I was “told” was enough to what I’m discovering is still a bare minimum. 

If I had known what a burden proper care for Bitimen would end up being, I never would have bought him. I would have bought and spoiled a betta, who would have loved a 5.5 gallon house (in fact, that’s who lives in the 5.5 these days: Lumos, the spoiled betta). I love Bitimen, and he’s been a very happy part of my life. The sound of him clanking around in his rocks had become so commonplace to me that I would be uncomfortable without it. The happy food dance I get every morning, and about every four hours for the rest of the day, is a thing of joy to me. I love him, and the friends we got him once we upgraded his home. But if someone had warned me about the deaths, stress and expense that he would be to me, I never would have bought him.

Because those deaths are on me, not the saleswoman at the store. I should have researched getting a pet BEFORE I did it, not after. I should have looked into what a goldfish really needs, rather than listening to some poor woman at the store who was probably not much older or more experienced than me. And however little and cheap those lives were, they were lives, and I ended them with my ignorance.

And I really hope that anyone considering a goldfish will take this to heart: they are glorious, lovely, stupid little pond puppies and will be the light of your life, but they are not a dorm pet, and they are not a starter pet, and they are not a pet for a broke college student unwilling to spend hundreds on a $0.20 fish.

(via puffy333)

asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)
any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
50 sci fi and fantasy works every socialist should read
a simple unbiased political resource for young adults in the uk
a whole bunch of cv/resume templates
any lipstick colour you want for cheap
college survival masterpost
food for broke college kids
how to answer common job interview questions
how to become an adult
how to look busy even when you’re not
learn languages
need to escape from a bad home situation?
short introductions to politics and other grown up issues
should i vote ukip?
what are my transferable skills?
what the fuck should i make for dinner?
writing a cover letter
CHEER UP
24/7 cute animal livestreams
7 cups of tea
cute websites
feeling ok?
feeling stressed?
for when u hav feelings
for when ur sad my lil pumpkin
happy things
positivity tag
trekkie care package
FILMS
afi’s top 100
all the disney and pixar u could want
animated faves
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ghibli \ wes anderson \ sofia coppola
good movies to watch whenever
lgbtqia+ movies
lovely big movie masterpost
ooo scary movies
studio ghibli subs n dubs
superheroes!
totally 90’s
what do you mean we’re not 10 any more?
FOOD
a whole bunch of delicious recipes
breakfast on the go
cheap and healthy snacks
ever wanted to try lembas bread?
fuckingrecipes
lavender lemonade
make your own vitamin water
microwave mug snacks
my food and recipe tag
no more ramen
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recipes from your favourite fandoms
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cute games
if ur real bored
coolio psychological games to make u think
easy blanket nest
more cutie games
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realistic drawings and animations of plants
reject someone in elvish
waste time!
write a letter to a disney character
GENDER & SEXUALITY
chest binder tutorial
helpcorgi’s gender + sexuality masterpost
if someone tries to tell you your sexuality isn’t natural
lgbtqia+ movies
movies about gay ladies
music monday
resources for cis allies
roundup of the best ya novels w lgbtqia+ characters
simple cami binder
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7 cups of tea
anxiety masterpost
bipolar disorder masterpost
depression masterpost
disorder specific coping strategies
feeling isolated?
help w mental illness
if you’re not good at reading body language
need help but low on cash?
panic and anxiety info and resources
read web text more easily
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recovery resources
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a fuckload of free books
back to school masterpost
can’t afford microsoft word?
cool sciency things
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getting up in the morning
gigantic study masterpost
learn anything | also on youtube
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remember more of the things you study
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on your period?
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stop procrastinating
stop skipping breakfast
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all the music posts you’ve reblogged
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daft punk
get shit done mix
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my mixes on 8tracks
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when you can’t remember the name of a song
which artist should i listen to next?
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brilliant theme makers and other useful things
list of simple theme makers
make your own theme from scratch
the cutest themes on this website
TV
90’s cartoons
black comedy written by charlie brooker
bob ross’ joy of painting
cute urban fantasy miniseries w positive depiction of a disabled character
danish political intrigue w subtitles
every star trek episode ever
firefly
gangsters in the ’20s - gr8 lady characters
giles & sue
how to watch classic who | now here’s the masterpost!
jack davenport and idris elba fight vampires
paul mcgann fan? you will be after this
series about cool people starting a colony on another planet - if you enjoy babylon 5 and deep space nine you’ll love this
the hour
the x files
twin peaks
MISC
cool text tricks
cool sweary insults
cute masterpost full of nice stuff
how to get shit done
how to pack efficiently
imaginedragins’ everything masterpost
learn how to code
literallyrad’s resource masterpost
the everything post
the ultimate writing resource post

asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)

  • any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
CHEER UP
FILMS
FOOD
FUN STUFF
GENDER & SEXUALITY
MENTAL ILLNESS
SCHOOL
SELF CARE
SOUNDS
THEMES
TV
MISC

(via 9ma)

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
Alison 
Coursera
FutureLearn
open2study
Khan Academy
edX
P2P U
Academic Earth
iversity
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
OpenLearn
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit
Saylor
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
TED
FORA
Big Think  
99u
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
IFLScience
YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
wikiHow
Wonder How To
instructables
eHow
Howcast
MAKE
Do it yourself
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
FullBooks
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
LibriVox
Poem Hunter
Bartleby
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library
WikiBooks
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scitable
PLOS
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
ArXiv
Open Access Library
LEARN:
1. LANGUAGES
Duolingo
BBC Languages
Learn A Language
101languages
Memrise
Livemocha
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
Lingualia
OmniGlot
OpenCulture’s Language links
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Codecademy
Programmr
GA Dash
CodeHS
w3schools
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Codelearn
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Learning Yoga
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Exposure Guide
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Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
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nyvs
Learn About Film
Film School Online
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Enliighten
Ctrl+Paint
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Google Cultural Institute
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DragoArt
WetCanvas
6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
Music Theory
Teoria
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Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now
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Investopedia
The Chess Website
Chesscademy
Chess.com
Spreeder
ReadSpeeder
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

(via 9ma)

How to help out your favorite artists when you don’t have any money

katedrawscomics:

3liza:

I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of those things to help us out! Eyeballs on artwork is what we want, and just that is really helpful. But there are lots of other, free things you can do, if you want to, that will help us.

  • You can reblog our work, with credit! Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, showing people next to you in class or at the library, whatever. The more you reblog our stuff, any kind of stuff, and especially if it has a name and/or link attached, the more followers we get, the happier we are, and the easier we can sell art and pay rent. This is such a vital part of our continued existence and it is difficult to overstate how grateful we are when it happens.

  • You can like, comment, subscribe on Youtube, reply on Twitter, and generally make our little numbers go up. Even if you don’t want a drawing on your blog, hitting “Like” helps. If people are browsing your liked posts (if you have this option available in your sidebar or in a separate page) they will see our work. Additionally, higher note counts translate instantly to “more worthy of being looked at” when parsed by an idle, browsing brain. That’s the price of being a member of a social species, and it stinks because it doesn’t reflect “quality” or “innate value” of art, whatever that is, but a post with 4 digit notes is going to get more positive regard than a post with a 2 digit notecount. And really, it makes sense. If lots of people like a thing, it is likely, if only statistically, that you will too. 

  • You can talk about your favorite artists to your friends. A lot of us idle on skype and irc all day, talking about new album releases and games and twitter beef. It doesn’t occur to a lot of us to talk about how so-and-so just did a cartoon of a fat bird that is making our day slightly better, but that URL pastes just as easily into the chat as any other. Don’t be annoying about it, but like Homeland Security always says, if you see something, say something!

  • You can look at/click the ads on our websites. You can disable AdBlock on our websites, too. I have two little Project Wonderful boxes at the top of my blog. They pay me very little per day, but when I need $20 to stop an overdraft fee or buy a food, Project Wonderful has my back. This has happened about a dozen times, enough to teach me the value of having that last, tiny bit of cash just slowly snowballing in the background.

There is probably other stuff that I’m forgetting, so please feel free to reblog and add them.

also personally I am nuts about getting comments on the site because people talking about the comic is the actual BEST

(via puffy333)

wordsandchocolate:

I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

(via 9ma)

When you’ve designed some sort of creature and someone says “”Um, why does its wings look like arms???”

rene-art:

MOTHER FUCKING HOMOLOGY


image

(via xillians)

Tags: thank anatomy

webofgoodnews:

Politeness counts some places!

Honestly I thought it was a dad joke at first.

webofgoodnews:

Politeness counts some places!

Honestly I thought it was a dad joke at first.

(Source: xaxor.com, via webofgoodnews)

zeekubeast:

wanting to draw things but not having the energy to put effort into drawings

image

(via xillians)

Tags: accurate

How the Logic of "Friendzoning" Would Work If Applied in Other Instances:

  • *Man walks into a store and finds employee*
  • Man: Alright, I've had enough. Why haven't you guys hired me?!
  • Employee: Uh...well sir, when did you put in your application?
  • Man: I never filled out an application.
  • Employee: Well sir, we can't consider you for employment if you've never filled out an application.
  • Man: No, that's bullshit, because I've been coming here for years now, and every single time I tell you all how much I love this store and how much I appreciate your customer service, unlike some of your other customers might I add!
  • Employee: Well, but that doesn't-
  • Man: AND I even told you that I didn't have a job!
  • Employee: But sir, that doesn't indicate to us that you would like a job at our store. And again, if you've never filled out an application, we can't consider you. Besides, we're not hiring.
  • Man: OH! Not hiring, HA! What a laugh. I see your store go through seasonal workers all the time. They come and go like nothing, but you won't consider me as a part-time employee even though I KNOW you've been looking for workers to fill positions? That's insane!
  • Employee: Sir, we've been looking to hire a few people for management positions. Do you have any management experience?
  • Man: Well no, but what does that matter?
  • Employee: ...Well sir, that's what we're looking for. You won't be suitable for the position without management experience.
  • Man: Oh that's such a load of crap. You know, you'll be waiting around a long time for a manager if you don't lower your standards a little. Who cares if someone knows how to manage a store? I LOVE this store and I'm willing to work here, that's all that should matter to you.
  • Employee: That...doesn't make any sense.
  • Man: NO! I'm done. This is over. From now on, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
  • Employee:
  • Man:
  • Employee:
  • Man: Fuck you, slut.

Tags: good