twat.

me.

me.

i must have spent about twenty minutes trying to undo this plug. the solar-panel-ish looking thing on the bottom right is a heat mat for the scorpion tank. the friday afternoon work avoidance saga started when i came back from the pet shop with some new substrate (basically bedding) changing from woodchips to a more humid-friendly cocofibre.

as i was moving things around i put a crack in the glass tank and pissed off, wanting something to do, i went to a whole new pet shop (southcoast exotics, which should by all rights be a licenced massage parlour trading name). i saw a few plastic tanks, which are all recommended by the forum but i wanted glass, they didn’t have the one i wanted, so i paid more than i should have on a white oak vivarium. it comes with a couple of spaces at the back of the tank to put in bulbs and i wanted to thread through a wire to neatly insert the heatmat.

so i unscrewed the two screws from the plug and tried to pull the cap off – no joy. over the next twenty minutes i basically got really worked up unable to understand why this fucking thing wouldn’t come off. after failing to jimmy it open with two screwdrivers i told it to fuck off and cut the wire with scissors. when i came back with a replacement plug attached to a disused lamp i noticed that had three screws to undo. as understanding fell upon me (the green sticker hiding the third screw) i had to force a laugh , looking at the destruction and quick-to-anger mess all around me.

slightly diy-proud when i had reattached the replacement plug, remembered what i was doing in the first place, unscrewed it again and fitted to the vivarium. feeling better i moved the scorpion (still unnamed, there are too many ‘pinchy’s) and sat and watched him settle.

its slick.

its slick. but needs pimpin.

it came with a bulb, so unsure of whether to insert i posted a question (including pic) on the scorpion forum and this is the response i got from Kuma:

don’t mean to put a dampener on things, but as you’ll be keeping forest species in there i’m concerned that a damp and humid environment will swell and eventually rot a wooden vivarium (made more for reptiles) you’ll find that most scorpions and inverts are kept in a glass or plastic tank, also allows for you to put deeper substrate in. i say get a lizard or snake and put in there and get a £13 plastic kritter keeper for you emp.  our if you decide to keep them in there you’ve got ample space for a emp colony :)”

admittedly my mood worsened at this news. i closed my eyes, raised my head slightly and thought once again to myself, “you twaaaaat“.

i struggled today not to go back, buy another tank and another scorpion (i’ve got my eyes on a desert one now).

the only positive thing is that the scorpion seems happy, i read up on white oak and apparently its less likely to rot than others (but not a permanent solution).

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