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Something is Fishy about Staying at Home Here… (2 pics and a video)…

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A man who doesn’t merely sugar-coat stuff and (lie like a snake), Governor Andrew Cuomo recently stated, “Do not underestimate this virus. It has beaten us at every turn, and it has surprised us at every turn. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t underestimate it. I believe the facts will change as we go forward. The more we learn about the virus, the more the facts change, and the worse it gets.”

With this Covid-19 situation going on, some people are going absolutely bonkers with regard to staying at home. Some people are vehemently protesting the staying at home orders. All this while most people see professional medical experts’ recommendations to stay home as being very insightful, intelligent, fact and data-based, and beneficial; many people don’t mind staying at home. We live in a very rural area, so we can go to nature areas without contacting people. At our home, we don’t have to go out to be close to nature; nature is part of the essence and foundation of our living space. (We have — and have had — dogs, birds, tropical fish, shrimp, and praying mantises; not that animals can ever truly be “owned”.)

I’ve kept tropical fish for around 59 years so far. Right now i maintain around 700 gallons of aquariums. Aquariums are a very relaxing, educational, and beautiful way of keeping nature within your own home. (Many apartments, where pets are not allowed, allow aquariums.) Think about getting one for yourself. Many can be maintained without a heater. Most tropical fish, despite what the stores tell you, do very well in aquariums kept at room temperature. Petco periodically has “$1 per gallon” sales, wherein you can get a 20 Gallon Long aquarium for $20 or a 40 Gallon Breeder aquarium for $40. Air pumps from Walmart cost around $10 and can run 2 or 3 aquariums at only 4 watts. Walmart sells natural gravel. Many home-bred fish, like Endlers Guppies or hardy Corydoras Catfish (or very colorful Shrimp), can be purchased on eBay.

Most all of my aquariums have live plants. There are all kinds of very beautiful live plants that you can get and they can be very enjoyable to raise and reproduce. Some of my aquariums have shrimp instead of fish, or shrimp combined with small fish.

The following well-done, short video is by Lucas Bretz, where he talks about the “Staying at Home” thing and aquariums. I disagree with him on a number of things regarding the way aquariums should be maintained but there are a number of good ways to keep aquariums that all work well. I met Lucas at an Aquarium Auction/Swap in Champaign, Illinois, and i gave him some young Daisy Neon Blue Ricefish that i bred. Daisy’s are extinct in the wild — due to pollution — and only aquarium enthusiasts like myself and others are keeping them alive. Cory (of Aquarium Co-op) is another great source for videos and aquarium plants and supplies. Prime Time Aquatics is also a great video source. LRB Aquatics sells home-bred fish, shrimp, and plants online.

Below are two different shots of my 8 feet long Angelfish aquarium.

Angelfish and Italian Val Plants … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2020
Large Aquarium with Angelfish, Emerald Corydoras Catfish, and Ivory Mystery Snails … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2020
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Insights or Non- (Part 10)

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We won’t ever have a clean planet — free from dying and mass extinction — if fracking is more important for creating jobs and oil than green energy is for world health.

True meditation lies beyond mere practice, beyond calculated methodology toward an end, beyond sequential, conditioned reactions. 

John Lennon hit the nail on the head when he said, “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

When the idealism of politicians takes precedence over truly caring for all of the people, then chaos and confusion ensue.

The living, dynamic, moving sacred can neither be retrieved like a stagnant memory nor lead to by a dead, organized path.

The epiphany of profound insight may occur when the mind is naturally quiet without effort.

 

 

One of our pet Pearl-scaled Philippine Blue Angelfish … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

 

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Peace…

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Peace is everyone’s responsibility.  We must all go beyond violence and care for one another.  One is different from, but not separate from, whom one perceives.

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I’m 63 years old and I’ve kept tropical fish ever since I was in the 5th grade.  I even had an aquarium in my college dorms when I went to college.  For a long time now, I’ve been keeping, raising, and breeding, various forms of miniature catfish called Corydoras (“Cory” catfish).  In terms of peace, all of the species of the genus Corydoras are totally peaceful and non-belligerent; I have never, in all the years that I’ve had them, ever observed them acting aggressively or being hostile to one another, or toward other fish.   I was taking photographs of my miniature Corydoras Reticulated Julii Catfish when I noticed them laying eggs.  In the bottom photograph, the female is with a male (doing their thing); look closely at her bottom ventral fins; she is holding two eggs in those fins (as the fins are held together in a prayer-like fashion).  Later (after they are fertilized) she will (carry them around for quite some time) and then secure them to plant leaves or upon the aquarium glass.  (These catfish are definitely good for going green while keeping aquarium fish.  They do not require aquarium heaters, and two separate aquariums can be maintained with a 4 watt air pump.)  Corydoras are, like I mentioned, extremely peaceful… (plus they are beautiful and are always comical in their actions).

 

Trio of Corydoras trilineatus. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Trio of Corydoras trilineatus. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Corydoras trilineatus mating with eggs below clasped in female's bottom fins.  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Corydoras trilineatus mating with eggs below clasped in female’s bottom fins. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Hypnotically fixated on a tiny point…

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Love all beings and creatures in life… not just your little self and family, race, and nation.

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[A pair of Black Phantom Tetras.  The male is in the foreground… the female in the background.  The tiny adipose fin — at the top of the fish between the tail fin and the much larger dorsal fin — is clear in the males and red in the females.  The males also have larger and more flamboyant dorsal fins.  Most freshwater tropical fish of the Tetra group have the little adipose fins… but few have such distinctive indicators to distinguish the males from the females.]

Black Phantoms in our midst... Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Black Phantoms in our midst… Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Away

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In a big way, everyone in the whole world is facing in one direction.  

Can you turn around?

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[These are Tetras in one of our aquariums… all facing in one direction.  The ones with the red dot on their sides are called Bleeding Heart Tetras.  The others are Black Tetras.  The plants are a type that grow on rocks or logs and do not need soil; they are called Anubias coffeefolia.]

One direction.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

One direction. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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The monotony of inner mental filters…

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.     Only a brain trained to exclusively look through the monotony of inner mental filters (composed of images/representative symbols) perceives things in a dull or tedious routine. 

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.  [The following are photos of one of our Emerald Catfish (that we’ve had for many years); they can live to be 18 years or older in captivity.  They move their eyes in a peculiar way… as if they are winking at you!  They sometimes rise to the surface to gulp down air; their intestines are riddled with many capillaries that absorb oxygen.  They are aptly named!  They are very comical in the way they behave!]

Emerald Catfish (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Emerald Catfish (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Emerald Catfish (2)... by Thomas Peace 2013
Emerald Catfish (2)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Conclusions…

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.     Going beyond seeing through conclusions and prejudices is one of the most difficult things in life.  

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.   A few photos of pet cichlids at our house.  They are Pink Convicts.  These are all adults that grew up from babies that were hatched from eggs within my classroom when I was a teacher (before i retired).  They live a long time (for fish).  The males are larger and get a nuchal hump as they get older… which is a means of advertising their higher status in the pecking order.  (They are quite intelligent, for fish, often begging for food when they see you.)

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. We are so open-minded at our house that we even allow pink convicts to live with us!       😉

Pink Convict Cichlids (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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