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Ichthus is the "Jesus fish" used by the early church as a way to recognize each other as Christians. One person would draw an arched line. If the other person completed the fish with another arched line, then they knew they were safe to be in fellowship with one another. These are the first letters of the Greek words Iesous (Iota), Christos (Chi),Theou (Theta), Uios (Upsilon), and Sotor (Sigma). The English translation is IXOYE. The five Greek word stand for theEnglish words meaning, "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" or "Jesus Christ God's Son Savior".
Now that you have that little interesting fact there..... check out my "Virgin Mary" situation!
Upon all my research and preventative attempts, my danios left me a little surprise. See, when I had first purchased Little Dipper, a female zebra danio, I watched the adults closely in the mornings. They, as usual, were very aggressive. I've been trying to add to their school (I originally just had the three) by adding fish slowly as most sites and petstores recommend (although I've quickly learned one can't always trust petstores). Seeing as she was so small, I separated her from them in the mornings for feeding time in a spare betta cup from when I had purchased Looking-Glass (my twin-tail male betta), and then when I got back from my next class, closer to noon, I would place her back in the tank. This was probably my first mistake, since when one wants to breed danios, the genders are separated. I did this for about three days until I decided she was tough enough to handle the boys beating up on her and Dutchess (my adult female danio) bullying her. That being said, the betta cup that was her sanctuary in the mornings was set aside. I didn't want to dump the water in case I happened to need it again, so to the shelf it went, tucked behind a picture frame so it wouldn't be an eyesore.
I told myself many times. "You need to go get that fifth danio."
I did my research. And I know I am an amateur but I have no idea how this happened! And neither did the expert I talked to! See, Zebra Danios are spawning fish. The female scatters the eggs and then the male fertilizes them.
Two weeks or so later- maybe more!- I was cleaning the shelf and decided I should dump that water, seeing as I hadn't used it as planned, and low and behold, 21 danio fries (baby fish), already free-swimming about in that tiny cup in filthy water. They were no more than 5mm long! I felt horrible, irresponsible, and bewildered! No male had come into contact with Little Dipper, so I have no idea how to explain how the eggs were fertilized nor did I ever even see eggs inside the cup!
I had already done some research on keeping fries, should I have such a situation happen. I went to Walmart and purchased a 10 gallon glass aquarium (which thankfully came with a free bubble rod). I removed my adult danios and Merrylegs (my African Dwarf Frog) from the 5 gallon tank and placed them in the 10g. Then I emptied my 5 gallon tank, cleaning it with a gravel vacuum, until about 4 inches of water were left, three inches of that water is new water. I used the bubble wand as recommended by the ONLY site I could seem to find that had the answers I needed, and placed it in the five gallon tank, avoiding the use of my filter.
So the water I took out of the five gallon tank went into a massive plastic storage tub that I have turned into my water bucket when I clean my tanks. I live in a dorm with a community bath, so I have to work with what I've got. Three hours of fetching these fries and placing them in the new tank from my small betta container, I had four casualties. However, when I went back to the water in the storage tub the next day (I had to go help a friend study for a test last night, which we had yesterday), I found MORE fries. I fetched them all until I was certain there couldn't possibly be anymore left. In the end, from that tub, I got something like 48. So in total I now have something like 65 zebra danio fries. And there's still about ten of them in the big tub... which I haven't had time to rescue yet! OY!
I'm terribly frustrated with myself for not being more cautious, but obviously I have little choice in the matter at this point! I'm still excited though!
I have no way to get to any form of a pet store until Friday. I plan to buy infusoria tablets, since they were the most recommended form of feeding that I can reasonably afford. In an effort to counter that, I used the recipe for infusoria on this website I found on a forum, but it requires direct sunlight- which I don't have in my dorm room. To compensate for not having the bacteria, I crushed up all three kinds of fish food I have (TetraMin tropical flakes, Freeze-dried bloodworms, and New Life Spectrum Community Fish food) into fine powder, which I stored in miniature jars I had stored flower seeds in, dispersed by holding my finger on the surface and flipping the jar over and back again to get a thin layer of the powder on my fingertip, which I proceed to sprinkle into the water. They seem to be eating it, but I am far from certain.
However yesterday, I got a connection with the treasurer of the NWAAS (Northwest Arkansas Aquarium Society) who is supplying me with LOADS of information and supplies! He's getting me a sponge filter and powdered food specifically for my kind of fish. He also informed me (upon my questioning) that I can sell the fish to local petstores in the area, since Petco and Petsmart refused to buy them. In addition to that, he said he had hundreds of different kinds of tanks and all sorts of fishy goodies that I was welcome to, including a 29 gallon tank! Which would be SO cool! XD I was freaking out, but apparently I was doing really well with what resources I have according to him. Anyway, I now have over 70 fish to take care of.... O_O
Unfortunately.... I am running low on money already! This is nuts! I guess Jesus noticed my wallet was getting thin. So he decided to give me a boatload of fish! haha And I didn't even need a net! XD And on top of that Christmas is only two months away, which means I can make money and get money!
But no costume this year.... :C BUMMER.
On the upside, college life is going pretty great. I've got plenty of commissions, I just don't have plenty of time! lol
I don't know why, but a lot of people don't think I will talk to them for some odd reason! They always act so surprised when I answer back. If you ever want tips for art or if you want to give me tips, please just go for it! I love helping other artists grow with what experience I already have. And I am fully aware I have yet to become a master, even as a professional! Honestly, I don't think masters exist! But that's just me!
You may have noticed that a lot of my art repeats characters that you have never seen before! That is because I am working hard to write a book series. If you're curious and want to learn more, just ask! If you want to talk about your characters too, I'm totally free for it! ;D Just remember, I am slow to reply sometimes!
My artwork mostly reflects my characters from the world I created under the title Wanderlust. I still have a lot of work to do, but you're free to get to know me and my characters. My favorite gift is fanart! lol
ON A SIDE NOTE: I have cubital tunnel syndrom in both hands. So come winter, I probably won't post as often, but idk. You just never know!
Favorite visual artistMichelangelo, Yuki Urushibara, Tomoko-sama, all my buds on DA, Kozumi Shinozawa, Atsuko Ogawa and Henry MooreFavorite moviesLord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Super 8, Rango, Robin Hood (R. Crow), Prince of Persia, and VeggieTalesFavorite TV showsAngry Beavers, Avatar the Last Airbender, Naruto, Sengoku Basara, Nabari no Ou, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Pucca, and Mushi-shiFavorite bands / musical artistsAudiomachine, Michael W. Smith, T. M. Revolution (Japanese), The Cranberries (Irish) The Pillows (Jap), Mucc (Jap), Yoshida Brothers (Jap), Sofa (Jap), L'Arc-en-ciel (Jap), Muse (British), Artic Monkeys (Brit), Nightwish (Finland), Badly Drawn Boy....moreFavorite booksRanger's Apprentice, Lord of the Rings, Moribito, Chronicles of Narnia, The Art of War, Brotherband Chronicles, ON A Darkling Plain, the Vein of Gold, Annotated Mona Lisa, Black Beauty, the Indian Paint, and..... yeahFavorite writersC.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, Avi, Nahoko Uehashi, Glenn Balch, Jan Freeman, Scott Appleton, Akira Himekawa, Kathleen Duey, Michael Williams, and Hidenori Kumai. Favorite gamesZelda Skyward Sword, Metaknightmare Ultra, Zelda Majorah's Mask, Wind Waker, Shinobi, Sengoku Basara, Banjo Kazooie, Ganbare Goemon, Pokemon, Kirby, Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros., Assassin's Creed, Skyrim......and the list just goes on and on! Favorite gaming platformNintendo Wii, 3DS, GBsp, and Xbox 360Tools of the TradeWatercolor, Sakura Micron Ink Pens, a o.5/o.3 mechanical pencil, Copics, Prismacolor Markers, ink, and random things that I think "OH! That'd be perfect!" Like... like feathers! lolOther InterestsIreland, Japan, history, Irish Tin Whistle, Weapons (not modern warfare), hiking/wandering, antique-ing, sushi, tea, horses, fish, maps, old books, langauges.... um.... costumes