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Not Just Brilliant …

… but effin MacGyver brilliant.

And because I haven’t done a stoopid pet post in awhile, I submit the following.

Aquaria are, in general, durdy.  Turtles are very durdy.  And the time had come, wherein, I had to do a major cleanup after Mr. Turtle.

Now, I’d seen aquaria in a pet store that had plastic foliage as substrate and that made me want to line my tanks that way, but I couldn’t find the material with which to do that – on the cheap.  Then in the Dollarama last week I found 10″ X 10″ mats of that very thing.  One problem: how to keep the fake plastic plants from floating to the top?

Without a good answer to that question, and with more important things to do, I put off any attempt to clean the turtle tank and employ the mats (whose intended usage is god knows what).  Last night, bored and otherwise avoiding real work, I put my head to the problem. (And ‘sides, the time to put off turtle maintenance was at an end, for a recent algae bloom was so bad my turtle friend couldn’t be seen!) 

Looking through my strange assortment of hardware, there it was, my solution: 10 suction cup wall hooks – also from the dollar store – which had turned out not to work worth a shite really, and had just sat in a drawer for ages and ages.  They turned out to fit nicely into the bottom of the mats which I joined together with zip ties.

Turtle tank freshly cleaned, lined with plastic clover, gear cleaned, new filter and aeration stone in place.

As I said, turtles are durdy.  Not just durdy, but effin stinky, slimy, mucky, chock fulla salmonella durdy.  Now, I hope, oxygen will get through the substrate to kill the pond smell and that I’ll be able to siphon out more of the sediment when I change out the water.

(BTW, when I siphoned out the tank last night, for the first time ever, I got a mouth fulla aquarium water.  Blech!  Raced to the bathroom and swilled a buncha Listerine.)


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Cat vs. Tail: The Best Thing about Owning Cats

The next best thing to that is cat vs. dog.

And the next best thing to that is cat vs. cat.  Although today maybe I don’t really feel that way: it’s a veritable law of physics that the cats engage in a genuine drawn out fur-flying donnybrook right after I vacuum.

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The Shortest Road to Your Happy Place

Random samples from Cute Overload.

Rule of Cuteness #3: an Inquisitive Look
oh, AND putting your paws up. Why don’t you just shoot us?

(But if you need the EpiPen version of cute, go to YouTube and search Slow Loris.)

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The Expo was Fun … and It’ll be back in May!

I got almost all the gear I needed at the Expo and saved a few bux I think (no tax!): ceramic heat lamp for the poor iguana who’s had to suffer with an inadequate infrared bulb for a couple of weeks; 13 watt CFL UVB 2.0 for the new turtle and 26 watt UVB 5.0 for when the iguana’s needs replacing.

Fortunately, I guess, no vendors were prepared to take credit.  (But that forced me to run out to get cash which was a pain.)

Still, credit was not going to allow me to buy the pet I really thought I was going take out of there.  I really thought I was going to get a hedgehog thinking they were going to be far less expensive than I’d found them in local shops; the one at the Expo (of indeterminant age) was $150!  So, no new exotic mammal in the house.  And I had a place all ready for him.  😦 

I ran into the former student and his buddy who’d told me earlier in the week that they were going.  Try as buddy the arachnophile might, he could not convince me to buy a tarantula.  (He bought 4 more for his collection. *shudder*).

There were a lot of neat animals, lots of lizards, amphibians, fish, rodents and birds.  The folks who sold me the gear were selling food; among their offerings were very large mealworms that were almost azure!

And there were some beautiful baby snakes.  For the life of me I can’t remember the two species I was really keen on (one was all black, one was pale yellow with fine black markings).  But, they were +$150 and I couldn’t do it.

Still, of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed.  For a mere $40 I got me the prettiest little Normal Corn Snake, creamy orange with terracotta spots lined in black.  He’s about a foot long and the diameter of a pencil.  Easy money to drop since I didn’t need to acquire anymore gear to keep him.  His name is Abbie.

Abbie Normal Corn Snake.

Get it?


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