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Display Name: tinderblast
Member Since: 6/3/08

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Somewhat belatedly, youreacigarette, you're right, it is a betta - I didn't realize that because it's such a strange angle and because no healthy, well-cared for betta should ever be that fat! Which kind of makes my point for me. I'm a betta owner, and I have to quite vehemently disagree with the idea that a betta could live in that tank. They can survive in small spaces, but they don't thrive.

I do agree it's nicely made, though, and would make a great vase for someone with a lot of space. Or a container for floating candles?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 80's Valentines, Duplex Aquarium Ikea Hack Dog Bed Slinks for 00.00.09
2/16/09 01:54 PM

It's important to keep in mind that only a very few species of fish are suitable for this kind of compact environment. Don't even think about goldfish!

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | How To: Make An Aquarium Out of An Old Television
2/16/09 01:49 PM

I actually have one of these - no knife and only 512 MB, but it's a couple of years old - and it's my very favorite flash drive, even though I have one which carries 8 GB. I almost never need to carry a lot of data with me, and it's just so much fun.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Swiss Army USB Knife
2/16/09 01:46 PM

Oh my god, that fishtank/birdcage (?!) is completely inappropriate for use beyond a single photo-shoot. No fish should be kept in an empty, mostly-unfilled fish bowl (any fishbowl unless you're an expert - there are a few dwarf fish, and I'm not talking about bettas), especially not a goldfish, which require a minimum of twenty gallons each and heavy-duty filtration. They were domesticated from river carp. Put them in a bowl and they die suffocating in their own waste.

As for the birds, well, I've never kept birds, but that cage looks kind of small, flimsy, and narrow - I doubt you could keep anything other than a very small species in there, if that. But honestly, I bet having a large, heavy bowl over their heads would stress the poor things out.

Just because this is a pretty object doesn't mean it's not cruel. It is okay to make your pet's home pretty, but it is not okay to use your pets as decorations to the detriment of their well-being. Why people can't make this simple distinction is beyond me.

I really hope you guys will think before linking to "high concept" objects (or products, god forbid) like this in the future. Please don't perpetuate the idea that this is acceptable treatment for fish and birds.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | 80's Valentines, Duplex Aquarium Ikea Hack Dog Bed Slinks for 00.00.09
1/20/09 06:46 PM

My grandmother puts little figurines - in fact, she may have that fawn at the top! - in her potted plants. It works great; creates kind of a "forest" effect. But I'm not sure I like them just standing around randomly.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Decorating With Miniature Animal Figurines
12/12/08 03:48 AM

Witchbaby, tripe isn't associated with the skeletal tissue most of us think of as "meat" - it's offal, aka internal organs. More specifically, I think it's strips of the stomach of a cow, sheep, goat, pig, or deer. Usually cow.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What is Gristle?
10/20/08 05:31 PM

Actually, all fishtanks need to be "cultured" with friendly bacteria colonies before you put the fish in. It's called cycling the tank; the bacteria eat the ammonia produced by fish waste and convert it to other chemicals less toxic to the fishes (but which still need to be removed via water changes, eventually).

The more you know, eh?

I'm really interested in indoor composting, but even when I can find units that are within my price range, there's still the problem of what to do with all that soil! I do garden a little, but not that much!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Re(al)view: Naturemill's Composter
7/31/08 01:34 PM

I'm in love with her just for the Anpanman and Baikinman ... whatever-they-ares (furikake jars?) in the furikake bin. I love that cartoon so, so very much!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitchen Organization Tour: A Visit With Bento Expert Biggie of Lunch In a Box
7/24/08 07:58 PM

Awesome - I'm about to go through and weed out my worn out socks, so now I know exactly what to do with them!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | DIY Sock PotholderSaving the World—and Burnt Fingers—One Sock at a Time
7/24/08 11:00 AM

Besides it being about to be against the law, driving on your cell phone is just plain ol' dangerous - yes, even hands free. it's not the handedness that's a problem, it's the splitting of attention. Sorry, I don't have a cite right now.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | To Do Tattoo
6/28/08 12:38 AM

I really love that Shokupanman figurine in the photo! Talk about a nostalgia trip. (That's the white bread-headed superhero guy, for those of you not in the know. He's so awesome.)

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Survey: Do You Have Tchotchkes?
6/28/08 12:31 AM

Corelle, Corelle, Corelle. Honestly, I think they're much more refined-seeming than most thicker dishes meant for a similar purpose (i.e. everyday use) - so thick and clunky! But then, I was raised with them, so that could just be my quirk.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Good Everyday Dishes?
6/17/08 07:39 AM

The terrariums are beautiful, but ugh, that vase is far too small for a betta, even with the plants. 2.5 gallons minimum, guys, with weekly full water changes!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Flickr Find: KoKo Studio's Urban Garden!
6/15/08 11:55 AM

Oh dear, oh dear. I've been lurking on Apartment Therapy, but I had to finally register just to correct a few misconceptions about, well, hospice fish care. I hope you guys will take this in the spirit it's meant, since it sounds like many people are fellow betta owners (well, no wonder - they have such great personalities, and they're perfect for apartments!).

1) Please, please, NEVER flush a fish - or any other small pet - down the toilet, living or dead. Besides what sally said about them getting beaten up in the pipes, which is very true, water treatment plants are not equipped to handle fish pathogens. If your fish is carrying a disease, parasites, or similar yuck (and hey, it just DIED, it's not exactly blooming with health), then any or all of that can be transferred through the water to local native fish which are not going to be adapted to deal with that. If anyone here lives near the Great Lakes, you might be aware of all the problems local fish species are having from exactly this sort of thing! So again, please don't flush.

2) Sadly, taking a fish out of the water is not a humane way to put down a fish (I'm sorry, Sally - if it makes you feel better, I'm sure it was still more comfortable than whatever he was suffering from). That just suffocates them. Neither is putting the fish in the freezer, which is another common method you hear about. Fish are cold-blooded, so unlike people, when they freeze to death, they feel everything.

My preferred method of at home euthanasia is clove oil and vodka. The basic principle is that you put the betta in a cup with some tank water, and mix in a few drops of clove oil. That acts as an anaesthetic and puts them to sleep. Then, you slosh in the vodka. They don't feel a thing. Just google "fish euthanasia clove oil" if you need to know more - I hope you don't. Sadly, my betta girl Tiamat has a terminal kidney condition, and I'm going to have to use it soon...

Anyway, now that I'm registered, I hope to make more cheerful comments soon, but I hope this information is useful to people.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | The Passing of a Pet
6/3/08 08:10 PM