Unstable variegated Tonina fluvatilis, my failed attempt at making a new cultivar.

So this plant here is a marbled/non-patterned sectorial chimera of a white mutation and normal Tonina fluviatilis that is not stable.

A chimera is any organism that has two or more sets of genomes in it. In this case, normal green Tonina fluvuatilis as one and a white mutation as the other. Marbled/Non-patterned-sectorial is a word to describe how each of the genomes are spread with in the shoot tip (Shoot Apical Meristem) which makes the whole plant, it means you have a random mix of each. Not stable here means that eventually the green tissue divides faster than the white so the ratio of green to white goes towards green as the plant grows, eventually being all green and of course never reverting back.

No matter how many sideshoots I tried or in what conditions I grew it, I could not get it to show a stable pattern. So it’s a plant that wasn’t meant to be.

A word on the how-to: By sheer luck I found a streak of lighter colored tissue in a stem of Tonina.

I recognized that streak as a chlorophyll mutation and in an effort to get a sideshoot with more of that mutation I forced that stem to sprout from a node where the lateral bud intersects with the white streak. Eventually, the shoot above emerged as a sideshoot of a sideshoot.

While that it is of course sad it failed, I did gain a nugget of knowledge: The marbled cultivar “Tonina fluviatilis ‘Marble Queen’” is most likely not a chimera, because it is stable, unlike my chimera here.


I might need a favour from y’all

So, I work at a petsmart. I hate it, but it was a job that deals with animals that I could reliably transit to.

The problem I have is that the store I work at is so severly understaffed. We are supposed to always have at least 6 people in the store, and we usually have 3. One pet care (me), one cashier, and a manager.

Animals aren’t getting taken care off, all of our fish tanks are disgustingly covered in algae, and habitats aren’t getting cleaned. Because one person is expected to deep clean the back rooms (there are two, one for sick animals and one for animals that just came in), deep clean the animals on the sales floor (hamsters, birds, and reptiles) and make sure that the fish tanks (all 150+) are all cleaned and ready to go by the time to store opens. Problem is, each of those tasks take at least an hour. And we have to get it done in 2 hours. By ourselves.

It’s so so stressful, and makes me want to quit my job because of how much I have to get done in so little time.

There’s about 137 of you. I am asking that if you have a petsmart close to you that is understaffed, write an email to corprate. Corprate listens to customers, not employees. Put in a complaint saying that you will go to another store if the severe lack of understaffing isn’t fixed. But please make sure you add understaffing into your complaint, otherwise corporate will just have existing employees and animals suffer more by having us focus even more so on customer service (at my store we pretty much have to stalk customers, asking about pets, why they’re here, what items they’re getting, what they plan on doing for the weekend with their pets, its ridiculous).

I still plan on leaving petsmart and going into a better paying, and more care directed at animals. Because I’m tired of being scolded for not taking care of animals but also not focusing only on customers.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk.


Starting up my first planted tank in my 5.5. I think its going to look great once it grows out. Btw, any one know what this is (the grass looking one in the back)? She isn’t doing to great and I don’t know how to take care of her.

It was all green and grass like when I got it, but after Persephone passed, it just started dying really quickly.


I’m not saying call my work and complain about how shitty my store manager is…buuuttttt….

Basically we are not allowed to deny the sale of any animal, no matter the circumstances, because they are just a product and we can’t be na*is about our products because too many people are uncomfortable that we won’t sell animals to them. So I have to sell 8 goldfish for a .5 gallon bowl or else I will be fired. Its only breaking corprate policies and abusing animals.

You're not mean, people just can't h…

You're not mean, people just can't handle the truth sometimes. You're providing a service, in a sense of the term, by lending your experience to help solve other people's problems. And I know it's a service I've used, and I appreciate it.

Basically. She was taking improper care of her betta, I told her she was neglecting it, and I also told her how to properly take care of him. She got upset that I was being mean about it. Now if I just said “Wow you’re a shitty pet owner you deserve to have your fish die” that’s a whole ass different story.

I’m sooo heated about this. It doesn’t say anywhere on my blog “ask me a question and I’ll sugar coat my words and tell you its a fluke accident so you don’t feel bad” . I’m such a blunt person, both online and in person. You’ll know if I’m being mean.

Little rant over, thank you for the support. I appreciate it.

so i wound up with a malnourished betta from a…

so i wound up with a malnourished betta from a friend, and its really not doing too hot and im getting it on a feeding cycle but what's gonna be the best food to help him get back on track?

High quality flakes or pellets, and frozen/live food. I recomend omega one betta pellets or Fluval bug bites are a good option. You can also feed mysis shrimp or bloodworms. Just try to stay away from freeze dried, as it can cause bloating. Try to soak pellets/whatever you feed before offering as it will help reduce the risk of bloating.

That’s all the ideas I have for you. Definitely send asks or messege other betta blogs and see what they say. I hope your little betta gets better soon.

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