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Stealing Eggs

Posted 2011.12.23 22.40 in Aquaria

For two years, I’ve kept corydora catfish along with my apple snails. And for two years, my corydoras keep laying eggs all over the place. But they all keep disappearing within a day or two.

Now, I know the corydoras themselves do eat the eggs, but I’ve also suspected that the apple snails were getting in on the act too. And finally, after two years, I have proof!

This little video shows the snails doing their darndest to eat some eggs, though they don’t appear to be successful. These eggs are fresh, just laid in the morning, so maybe they need another day to ripen?

The video is also a pretty good way to see how the snails mouths / rasps work – they don’t have teeth, but they have a sort of tongue with a tough teeth-like surface. Not unlike a cats tongue, in a way. They use this rasp to break down food and draw it into their mouth.

Random Rotating Medicine Labels

Posted 2010.08.15 10.55 in Life On Drugs

With the cryptospam and this new wellbutrin stuff, I’ve been on mind-altering drugs for almost two years now. That’s a lot of visits to the pharmacy to get prescriptions filled or refilled.

One thing I’ve noticed is that they almost always stick one or two of those little warning labels on the bottle, but they rarely use the same labels.

Some months I should take with food. Other months I’m to avoid operating heavy machinery. Some months I’m advised not to take the drugs with alcohol. This month the warning says that the drugs may cause dizziness.

So this leaves me contemplating what this all really means.

  • Maybe the medicine has every possible side-affect and every possible warning applies, but they can only fit one or two labels on the bottle, so they’re sort of giving them to me in series and one day I’ll have them all.
  • Maybe the medicine is a placebo and they can’t remember what they told me to avoid last month, so they just stick a warning on there and hope for the best.
  • Maybe the manufacturer can’t make the medicine the same way from month to month so every month it’s a different formula and hence has different properties, and different warnings apply.
  • Maybe the medicine is totally safe but the pharmacist wants to use up his supply of warning labels so he can order new ones.
  • Or maybe it’s completely random and they just slap any old warning label on every bottle that they give to their mentally unstable clients just to mess with us and keep us guessing.

Only thing I know for certain is, if there’s no “don’t take with alcohol” label, then it means that the pillz are perfectly safe to take with booze. Even if they weren’t last month.

Bunch o Babies

Posted 2010.06.28 22.59 in Aquaria

I hatched out a new clutch of snail babies on the weekend. Looks like more ivories and goldens. Right now they’re all roaring around a little 1-gallon mini tank I sat on my desk so I could keep an eye on them. They’re cute, zooming around like wee little bumper cars, all in a rush to get somewhere, but they’re all going in different directions. At least, until I put some food in. A bit of algae wafer and it’s all down to business.

That One Please?

Posted 2009.09.17 8.22 in Aquaria, Cats

That One Please?

Pixie has suddenly developed an unhealthy interest in my aquarium. No, it is not there for you to pick live noms from.

Crazy Silly Mind Games

Posted 2009.08.23 9.49 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So one of those things about drugs like cryptospam, is that it’s vitally important not to go around missing doses all willy-nilly. Not only does it mess you up in the short term, but in the long term it can reduce the overall effectiveness of the drug. So of course, lately I’ve been going around missing doses, all willy-nilly. The problem is, cryptospam is supposed to be taken with food. So my routine for some time, has been to take it with lunch. However, the past few weeks or so, my routine has been all disrupted and I’ve been missing lunch quite a bit, or having it very late in the day, like after work.

Actual warning label from pill bottle.

Actual warning label from cryptospam bottle.

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More Snails!

Posted 2009.08.19 8.19 in Aquaria

Yeah I’m addicted. I couldn’t resist. I adopted two more snailies, a pair of wee little golden snails. They’re somewhere between dime-sized and nickle-sized.

Smushed under a vacation feeder

This one was busy moving the plaster puck feeder when Speed Racer decided to bid a big friendly Welcome! by jumping on the puck and trying to smush the poor little gold snail.

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