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I have this big cactus in my yard but don't know what species it belongs to. /an/ can you help me?
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>>4776295
C. phillipsorum
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>>4776295
Cactus boner
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Ask iNaturalist you fucktard.
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>>4778815
based
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>>4776295
the spikey kind

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why do they never stop. CAW CAW CAW SHUT THE FUCK UP OR I WILL GET MY PELLET GUN
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>AACK! AACK! AACK! AACK!
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>>4779815
Greentext rule of thirds in action
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Reminder: April 27 is International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day
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>you don't like this thing?
>well then you must be the darkest gorilla ape nigger to ever exist because all the white hyperborean aryans like this thing (i said so)
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>>4779103

Wrasse edition

Welcome to /rstg/, the ultimate destination for reef and saltwater enthusiasts. Discuss anything related to your marine paradise here, whether it's your thriving coral colonies, vibrant fish, or aquascaping.

Saltwater Aquarium Setups:

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLBaMLrfToJyxJ1PuJZwhkxvvdFP14eV_t
>https://www.reef2reef.com/ams/taking-the-plunge-starting-your-first-reef-aquarium.533/

Tank Cycling and Maintenance:

>https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/cycling-an-aquarium.306554/

Fundamentals of Acropora care:


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Has anyone here started their first aquarium with saltwater rather than freshwater? Would you recommend doing freshwater first? Lastly, how difficult would moving a fairly mature (1-1.5 year old) saltwater aquarium be?
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>>4780717
My dad did, I believe, but at the time he lived near the ocean so he literally got his water and fish directly.

>>4780467
This is actually what they do when the split (go to the back/underneath of the rockwork to heal), but the way I designed this iteration of rockwork makes it possible to see them all anyway, heh.

>>4779376
>I will just wait to get a bigger tank so that they can grow as much as they want.
They, and coral for that matter, will just grow to however much space, food, minerals, and light you give them. I've seen 120G tanks filled with nothing but rocks, BTA, and a giant harem of clownfish. I would just keep doing whatever you want for the rest of the tank, and if it splits, sell off the split. The size part is pretty tricky. I haven't fed mine in like three years yet they still grow (zooxanthellae of course, and I'm sure they've caught stray food now and then).
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>>4780717
Ooh I should add, I vote going straight to salt. Yes, some knowledge in freshwater will carry over, but it's not like you can't learn those lessons with saltwater. Moving mature tanks is pretty fucking hard though, unless it's a fish-only (with live rock) tank. When you have mature colonies of coral, it's pretty nerve wracking trying to take them out and transfer them to a new tank, ESPECIALLY if the new tank isn't even in the same house.
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>>4753173
I've never kept a dwarf shrimp tank specifically but just watching a bunch of shrimp scraping biofilm off the substrate doesn't sound very interesting desu. As part of a community tank amanos are nice because they get big enough to not be easy snacks for your average community fish.
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>>4780717
You can absolutely start with saltwater. A simple reef with soft corals and hardy LPS will be easier than an entry high tech freshwater tank.
There’s less unexplained fuckups in saltwater because the water you add in is much more controlled than the random well or tap water you use in freshwater.

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Doeritos edition
What is your favorite species of deer?
Have you even seen a deer up close?
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>>4778000
that's obviously a tentacle
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Those caribou
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>>4730811
Here's a cool one I found
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>>4743215
That’s a boy deer dummy

Whats your favorite rock
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>>4777947
that looks delicious
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>>4777947
Monsters Inc. guy rock
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Meff
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>>4777947
This should have been the Arkenstone in the hobbit trilogy
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>unicorn dorito.jpg

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I believe it's possible to accurately guess characteristics/traits of somebody by their favorite animal
For example,
>If their favorite animal is a fox, they're a furry
>If it's a wolf, they were the weird kid in school
>Horse, they want to be dicked down by a horse
>Cat, they're feminine or a woman
>Dog, they're very basic
What do you think? What are some other examples?
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>>4778197
do me:
epaulette shark
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Okapi?
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>>4780899
They aren't really that obscure. Pretty much every zoo has one.
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>>4780475
coomer

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Does /an/ have any experience with pet sitting services or pet hotels? I have to go overseas in the summer for two weeks, and I have to leave my two cats behind. I don't have any friends or family that can look after them. What's the best option here? I'm having panic attacks thinking about having to leave them with someone I don't know.
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>>4780433
My kot would die of stress if I did that lmfao
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>>4780433
Well my cat hates other cats and will attack them so I would rather leave him in the house and have someone come feed and check on him, and change the litter box. Someone that has pet sitting references and seems trustworthy, I'll just give them a key. My cat would get bored and be sad so I could not have a fun trip knowing this. But he will live.

If you don't already have some camera I would get one you can check on. I have one and only plug it in when I'm away for all day or longer. But my cat just gets confused if I use the speaker to talk to him so I don't, I just look and make sure he's ok, usually he's just sleeping.
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>>4780433
Pet sitting makes me nervous because I don’t really trust strangers in my home. I don’t have a pet hotel. I think you’re right to be worried but it doesn’t sound like you have much of a choice.
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>>4780433
your panic attacks is the toxo being alarmed you'll be away from your masters
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Just use a site like Rover. They're vetted (kek) pet sitters with ratings and reviews. They'll send someone over twice a day to feed and interact with your cats. I've used it numerous times. I have a favorite petsitter.

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Parrot thread

Picrel: Ultramarine lorikeet (Vini ultramarina)
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Cute stray dog i have found
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>>4780595
Hope he dies :)
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this is a screenshot from a gore video btw
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rage bait thread
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>>4780595
Hopefully anyone who harms him dies a horrible death by dogs.
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>>4780685
It has that vibe for sure

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Tell us, friends, what are your thoughts on the orange people and their need for respect?
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>>4780417
how come humans are so much smoother? i mean that orangutan looks fairly young yet still wrinkly
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>>4779384
Idk what would be more entertaining. The head shot or watching it fall lifelessly out of the tree
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Clarkson deserves no respect.
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shush, Oisin
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>>4778234
You have to be 18 to be on 4chan

When I was a little kid and would go to Cali to visit my extended family finding and collecting these guys was my favorite part.
We don't really have snails this size in AZ.
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Monkeys
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Wild horses. But they should act like deer and just wander around the woods and come to my back yard sometimes to eat corn, and be very skittish not aggressive.
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>>4780456
I’d like to wake up one morning and be greeted with friendly giraffes and elephants that let me ride them and hang out with them
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>>4780461
I used to live in a country with monkeys. You really don't fucking want them near you. They're worse than raccoons at getting into shit.
>>4780456
I moved to America from Best Yurp and miss seeing red squirrels and genets.
I used to live in Best Ayzhuh and miss these multicoloured rainbow pigeon things and these black birds with weird double beaks.
Neither were common in residential areas but we lived near the nature reserve (which is why I hate monkeys) so we saw all sorts of neat birds

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>Always wanted to scuba dive a coral reef

>Most are bleached now

>Within a few years they'll all be completely dead

Ive always been too much of a poor wagie to afford scuba gear, get certified, and travel. Now that my prospects are picking up, it's too late. Fuck this world, it's not fair..
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>>4779968
Interested, what other tropical places are there with shallow reefs?
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>>4780473
Someone keeping watch on shore isn't really all that helpful. If there's a problem, they probably won't be able to see and react in time.
Dothe training and figure out how it all works and what the risks are. Chances are, you'll find a dive buddy doing it.
That said, theres more dangerous hobbies than solo diving shallow depth. I go out free diving solo all the time and that is kinda sketchy with possible shallow water black out.
>>4780479
There's the second largest barrier reef in front of the east coast of the yucatan peninsula. Mexico and Belize. Theres spots where the reef is like 200m from the beach and directly under the surface. You can just swim out and snorkel.
Cheap plane tickets from the US too.
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>>4780479
Costa Rica has some of the best reefs ever imo, particularly in the Osa Peninsula, has both shallow and deep reefs iirc
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>>4780479
Other than what's been said above, there are tons of shallow reefs where you don't even need scuba gear (snorkeling is fine), like Maldives and the Philippines. It all depends on what your budget is and what your tolerance for travel is. Last time I went to the Philippines, it was 22 hours from my home to the main island, two hours to trudge through traffic from the international airport to the local airport, another two hours from for a charter flight to a small island, then another two hours to get from that island to my (even smaller) destination island by boat (El Nido, Palawan, if you're curious), and that's not including waiting for shit. Maldives was similar travel time but with far, far worse customer service lmao. My water bungalow was better there though. Literally had stairs that went directly into the ocean.

When you get really far away from people, the fish are a lot friendlier. Like in El Nido, there were fish that literally swam up to my ankles as the waves came in and out. Although, if I went far enough away from shore, the floor dropped precipitously, the water got a lot colder real fast, and the fish went from colorful and playful to enormous and ready to fuck my shit up.

As for the color of coral, it's true, you're often not going to see the color like in OP's pic, although there is definitely some color in the good places. However that too is becoming more rare. A lot of the places I went to a decade or more ago that had more colorful stuff are comparatively dull now (in the past few years).
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>>4780473
10 meters doesn't sound like a lot but if you're that deep under the water with a problem, it could be quite bad. Some advanced divers might dive solo and have a totally independent secondary air supply. That's not common though, most people will be with someone else which is the safest thing. If you get into the training and learn some more about it you'll learn about the different risks and how to deal with them. Humans don't really belong down in the ocean and it's important to keep that in mind but. That being said, it is incredible and well worth getting into.

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lion monke

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we all know of louis wain, but this piece really hits me. he really captured the emotions in this cats eyes
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I shall go with the cheapest possible answer.
>According to the recorders from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, when they listened to recording, the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō came back and sung again, not knowing it is not a female.
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I am failing to see why this is posted? is there some social commentary I am missing?

post order chiroptera
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"Walk this way."
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they cute
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>>4693439
bats are crazy


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