Sheepshead fish(Archosargus probatocephalus) jaw. A fully-grown adult sheepshead will have well-defined incisors sitting at the front of the jaw, and molars set in three rows in the upper jaw and two rows in the lower jaw. It has strong, heavy grinders set in the rear of the jaw too, which are particularly important for crushing the shells of its prey. As with humans, this unique combination of teeth helps the sheepshead process a wide-ranging, omnivorous diet consisting of a variety of vertebrates, invertebrates and some plant material.
Photo credit: Benji Harris
I caught a few of these feisty guys in Tampa bay, off of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. They are really good at cutting your fishing line. Also, they were super tasty! :)
Water changes, cleaning filters, fixing clogged impellers, cleaning house, buying and filling moving boxes, casting, drawing,..and maybe some Destiny.
Colony vs. Team Sendai Girls [King of Trios 2012]
Trios is coming! Almost time to see my boys take home the gold :D
(this also means furious merch prep week begins soon >_<)
Hey! My design for @sexychuckiet popped up on NXT: Take Over, tonight!
Super weird/cool seeing that logo over it o_o’
You can grab this and all of the other shirts myself and fellow talented artists have made, Here!
..with a chaser? My red and white short tail ryukin is a little fiesty chaser but ONLY during feeding time. Otherwise the two get along fine.He spends more time chasing him away from the food than actually eating it.
Im going to try to teach them to eat from my hand. Which will probably take awhile because they are so damn afraid of it. Litlle Truffle, the bullied, has a place to hide in the plants but he can be stubborn..and rightfully so. He should be able to eat too!
I dont want to keep Little Frightmare by himself but he is causing needless stress. What to do?
So I designed a goldfish for Squishable, and they accepted the design and have gotten it all the way through prototypes to the preorder stage. However, it needs 100 preorders in order to make it to production! So if you folks are interested in having a silly stuffed goldfish to keep you company and cuddle, please consider preordering and helping my design get made!
(I will admit that I’m a little miffed about the changes they made to my design- the idea was originally a Panda Moor goldfish, a black and white fancy type which has a double tail, and on top of giving it a really weird mouth they changed the color and altered the tail to the single tail and now it’s a… bug eyed comet? Or something? Oh well- it’s cute all the same.)
I was really looking forward to seeing this wonderfully cute design become a stuffed animal, but as the artist stated, they messed around with the key fancy goldfish elements. I was so mad! I think if I buy one I might try to remove the weird ‘O’ mouth. The color break on the top of the head suggests the right kind of mouth shape. I want this damn thing on my couch to cuddle. I wish the designers didn’t do this with most of the designs they get.
Either way, support the fantastic designer. You know you want a fat goldfish sitting on your couch! :)
My Petco has the best staff in their fish department. The manager is a very experienced fish keeper and is always really helpful. I went there tonight to find Maracyn 2 and couldn’t find anything even close. Their stock is pitiful BUT he was nice enough to give me some of the departments private stock of Maracyn! He poured some into a bag and told me it was on them :) I was so relieved. He totally understood my oranda, lesion/contusion issue too.
What a relief! Now to dose the tank!
I just spent the last two hours reshuffling tanks and fish to fix the problem with conflicting personalities in the community tank.
The big tank is now the two telescopes and the oranda. The two short tail ryukins are in a 40g now. I had my friends fish that I was looking after in that tank but I bought a 20g tank and filter for them so that I could free up the 40. Its just a small loach and a pleco.
I used filter media from the 55 for the new filter. Hopefully doing that and using some of the cycled water will help ease the tank into being relatively stable. I shuffled some plants around to all the tanks too. The ryukins have their favorite plants to nibble on and the telescopes have their big, leafy anubais that they like to ‘hide’ in.
So I interviewed with a new lab on friday. I think it went well but I won’t know the verdict until monday, maybe. Once I do I can finally start moving forward with our move. Problem is..every weekend for the next month and a half is booked up. Looking for apartments is going to be tough when the location is 3hrs away..
On top of all of that, my new fish have caused some problems in my community tank. I only kept single goldfish before..so dealing with the balance of personalities is totally new to me as a fish keeper. One of my short tails is a chaser. Whenever they get fed he chases the others, the other short tail specifically. I have divided up their meals to be more frequent so that they hopefully have less of a ravenous response to meal time.
My big oranda is so much more sensitive than I thought. When I bought him they said that he had a lot of torn fins after arriving from japan. He healed up well but I think that shows how sensitive he is. He didn’t handle his trip to me very well either. Now he is not taking his new company well. He is a bit clumsy and he frequently bumps into the tank walls and floor (I only have round stones and plants as decorations, thank god). Recently he had a red ‘bruise’ on his cheek wen. On wednesday it turned into a pimple looking abscess and opened up. I treated the water with Melafix thinking topical treatment made sense..but it seems I need to buy maracyn instead, from what I’ve read. (so many conflicting opinions) AND he has a small hole on the other side of his wen that is growing! (hole in head??) I wish I could separate them, have a ryukin tank for the higher energy types..and a telescope/oranda tank, for my mellow fish. BUT I don’t have another free tank and Im about to move. I would love to wait to purchase another 55g AFTER I move. Not sure what to do but my big blue boy isnt getting better and I think he is too stressed out with his new roomies.
What to do..
As an additional note, all the other fish are perfectly healthy. Not a single sign of stress or injury. Also my tank levels are good. I do 25% water changes every day or 50% every other. My nitrates are stubborn and need to be kept on top of. Other wise ph, ammonia, nitrites are all good.
Snapped a quick video last night before a cleaning/ water change.