Tank turned 48 this year

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  1. Paul B

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    So I went away for 2 days and last night after I came home I found my male Mandarin dead. This is very unusual because I never find a dead fish and my fish don't get sick. I "think" I saw him eating a few days ago but I didn't notice anything weird with him as he was full bodied and smiled a lot.
    I did notice that he hasn't paid any attention to the really good looking female mandarin in a few months.
    I also have not used my Mandarin feeder since I moved here 8 months ago because I just have not had time to set up my brine shrimp hatchery. But he was not thin at all so I don't think I needed it and there are bluestripe pipefish and a scooter bleeny that are also fat and fine after a few years.

    I am not sure how long Mandarins live and I don't remember when I got this one so it could have been ten years or more ago. He outlived two females, one died from being egg bound and I think the other one jumped out. Maybe he broke her heart. I do have a lousy memory and have not kept a log book in decades. He was dead to long to do a necropsy but I am sure it would not show anything.

    Normally when other fish die of old age, they stop eating for a few days and hide a lot. He was not eaten by bristle worms but Mandarins have a thick slime that keeps other fish from eating them and maybe bristle worms don't find them tasty. I have bristle worms that could finish off a halibut in a few hours.
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    Sorry to hear about the mandarin. I'm not sure how long they can live, but 10 plus years sounds like a good run for a fish that size.
     
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    I have been feeding an awful lot since I moved and now my nitrates creeped up to about 20, which is fine. Before I moved here I built a Sulphur denitrator just for an experiment but I never used it. It is a cool looking thing and I think, if I get time I will fire it up as an experiment.
    I love to experiment. I live near the sea and can easily change as much water as I like especially now when the sea is full of ice bergs. :rolleyes:

    I built this thing out of some sort of reactor, calcium I think. I couldn't install it sooner because my tank had no measurable nitrates. Now I have been feeding this stuff (I forget what it is) but it is red and mushy. I use it for my pipefish and anthius that don't eat larger food. The corals also seem to eat it. But it makes a mess and just this week I started rinsing off the "juices" from the stuff.

    I think it is the cause of my fast nitrate spike. The nitrates are good because now, I can try to lower them with this thing. Or, of course, it may crash my tank and I will have to dump out all my dead fish and use the tank for duck billed platypuses. :eek:

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    I like the idea of a sulfur denitrator. It's fairly small compared to a refugium. That is also one of the things in SW that I have never tried. I'm interested to see how it works out.

    I haven't tested my nitrates for awhile, but I suspect they are very high. The tank is looking better, but it still looks like an algae farm. I may need to look into something similar.
     
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    If I ever hook it up, I will report of the progress, or tank crash. :confused:

    A little while ago I took out my bicycle. I am supposed to ride the thing to exercise the knee, and the rest of me. I used to swim 3 times a week then after a few silly, but manly surgeries I had to give up swimming. Now I can do it again, but it is 20 degrees and my boat is in a snow drift.
    So I rode the bike for about a mile or so and it was much easier than I thought. Then I noticed it was mostly down hill. Coming back was another story and I was straining to get back. My ears were also getting frostbite. So I was peddling and peddling, working harder and harder and I thought I was going to get a heart attack. If my lips were bigger I would have put them over my nose and given myself CPR.
    Since my knee operation I haven't exercised to much and I need to get back into shape so I can resume my job as a Male model.
    If my bicycle would have fit in an ambulance I would have called 911.
    But I made it back. Sat down and had a nice glass of Grand Marnier and a piece of dark chocolate just for medicinal purposes of course. :D
     
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    Last night I noticed one of my long growing corals bleached and croaked. Another one has a bleached part so I had to look for a test kit. I found an alk kit but I think it is old because it’s in a wooden box .

    I used it anyway and the all is so low that that it is only good for goldfish. I quickly searched through my tank and couldn’t find any goldfish.. OMG. I ran to my favorite LFS. And their goldfish were getting last rites so I figured I had to go with my saltwater stuff. I needed to drastically raise the alk.

    I had some 2 part stuff and quick Lu mixed it up. I dumped a bunch in and watched the white cloud spread around the tank.

    A half an hour later I dumped more in. (I really like to watch that white cloud).

    I tested the alk. OMG. It only raised it half a point so I dumped in more. Then more. I got the alk up to where I can keep kissing Gouramies. I then had to leave to watch my Grand Kids so I am not sure if my tank will make it to 49 years old.

    Today I will get home and see what I have. If anything.
    Apparently the Long Island Sound water is very low in alk so if the tank is still running I should test it next time I change it.

    That, or look for Goldfish :D
     
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    This reminds me of a story. Everything reminds me of a story and 10 years ago I may have posted this on here. When I was about 14 or so I lived in Queens New York. At that time it was mostly empty lots and I used to walk through them to go to school. (Now Queens is more crowded than midtown Manhattan) There was even a horse stable next to my school. Now to find a horse, you have to drive 80 miles out on Long Island to where I live now or look at the ingredients on a dog food can. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, in those days I had a load of friends and none of us was Sissy Snowflakes and we spent all of our time outside. In one of those lots there was a defunct greenhouse that must have went out of business many years before and all the windows were broken. Of course we helped break the windows.

    Next to that thing we decided to build an underground fort. That's what kids did then as there was only 7 channels on TV, all in black and white and TVs had tubes so the picture wasn't very good and there was nothing on for kids.

    So we got shovels. Shovels are something your Grand Father can tell you about. They had a wooden handle and a metal blade. There was no USB port, they had no batteries, and they didn't do anything on there own. You actually had to pick it up to use it. (they are heavy so you may have to get an old person to help you)

    You put the metal part in the dirt (dirt is stuff outside your front door. You may see some if you have to travel to your mail box to get your new I Phone 15. It's the brown stuff that trees are stuck in. )

    You put your foot on the metal part of the shovel and push down, then you pick up the dirt. If you do this long enough you make a hole and you may even get some muscles, (Those are bumps on your arms, girls used to like boys with muscles and didn't much like Girly men)

    After a couple of weeks we had our hole dug big enough to put on the roof. That was made from logs, which come from trees. Then we put on plywood (made from flat trees :rolleyes:) Then you cover that with dirt.
    When it was done we went inside. This was very cool.
    In the fort we
    made these rubber band guns in there that shot pieces of Linoleum (Google it)
    Then it rained. So we had a swimming hole, a very muddy swimming hole. Eventually we got tired of that and we grew up a little and got cars, girlfriends and forgot about that underground fort. When we didn't have girlfriends we spent virtually all of our time looking for girls. That's what men did then. When we found a girl that we wanted to go out with, we had to speak to her with our mouth and actually look at her, face to face. I know this is a hard concept to understand but our thumbs were big and muscular so even if we had a phone we wouldn't go on "So many Fish", "E Harmony", "Match . Com" or "Who wants to Date a Nerdy looking guy . com" like so many people have to do today.
    If you told a girl she looked nice, she didn't get mad and think you were a Perv. She blushed and said Thank You. And didn't think you were a sexist. WE didn't even have the term sexist.
    When you took the girl out, you opened the door for her and you paid for the meal. The entire meal, tip and all. If you were not a Girly Man you knew how to talk to the girl and compliment her and not talk about yourself and show her your muscles or your I Phone. :cool:

    Back to the fort. Eventually
    trees grew on top of it and it looked like the rest of the lot. I was working at a Gulf Gas station across the street from there and they were going to build a shopping center there with an A&P. We had no Supermarkets then (or Supermodels that I can remember). All we had was a deli so our Moms were thrilled.

    Anyway, one day I was watching the bulldozer. (real Men love to watch bulldozers because they are big heavy machines that make a lot of noise and break things)
    The bulldozer was leveling the land and knocking all the trees down.
    As the driver backed up, I noticed that the blade of the thing went straight up in the air and the machine disappeared.
    It was then that I remembered the underground fort. :eek:

    I ran over there to see if the driver was OK as he was climbing out of the hole. Not in a real good mood and bulldozer drivers were Real Men with Tattoos and all. He was fine but he had to come to the gas station I was working in to make a phone call. Cell phones were not invented and if they were, they would have been made out of wood like our TVs were.

    They had to bring in a big crane to get that bulldozer out. That was real cool to watch. :D
     
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    Last night, or actually this morning at 3:00am I hear: "YOU HAVE A REMINDER, THE COMPUTER GEEK IS COMING OVER TO FIX THE COMPUTER"
    It was the Alexa on the other side of my house. When I set the reminder I neglected to tell it PM and not AM and usually the thing asks me but I was probably sipping a glass of Grand Marnier and didn't pay attention to it and said something like : "Whatever".

    10 Seconds later the Alexa in our bedroom says the same thing. (This is a condo and not real big but my 2 Alexa's seem to be in different time zones because they tell me the same thing 10 seconds apart.)

    I quickly get out of bed so as not to wake my wife and I put my mouth right near it's "ear" and whisper. "Alexa, Shut Up"
    The thing lights up and says: "SORRY, I DIDN'T GET THAT. YOU CAN ASK ME THINGS LIKE, HOW DO YOU SHUT THE DOOR, OR WHATS UP OR ASK THE TIME IN COOS BAY OREGON OR, WHAT WAS GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER" WAS THAT HELPFUL?"

    I looked around and my wife just stirred a little. I again whispered to Alexa, "Alexa, thank you, go to sleep, stop talking.
    Alexa again lit up and said:

    I DIDN'T GET THAT, I CAN PLAY AMBIENT SOUNDS TO PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR LOUD SOUNDS TO WAKE YOU UP. I CAN PLAY ROY ORBISON MUSIC OR TELL YOU FACTS ABOUT NANCY PELOSI. DID THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? "

    Alexa, No and thank you.
    "SORRY, I COULDN'T HELP YOU, BUT THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK:

    So I finally got it to shut up.

    Then I hear the other Alexa in the dining room but it is far away so I run there to see what it wants. It is still reminding me of the computer Geek.
    I close the bedroom door and hope we can't hear it. But these doors were probably from Home Depot and made out of three or four layers of Scott toilet tissue. The good three ply ones but it didn't matter, I can still hear her.

    Then I hear: BEEP. Aparently if Alexa thinks you didn't hear her, she just Beeps all night about every 2 minutes. BEEP,,,,,,,,,BEEP,,,,,,BEEP ETC.
    Try to sleep with that. So I go to the thing and say :Alexa, Thank you, now be quiet. She says "THANK ME FOR WHAT? YOU HAVE NO MORE REMINDERS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR YOUR REMINDERS.

    Nooooooooooo. Alexa, just go to sleep.

    "WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO PLAY AMBIENT SOUNDS BLAH, BLAH,BLAH "

    I unplugged her and go back to bed

    "BEEP,,,,,BEEP,,,,,,BEEP"
    Every 2 minutes "BEEP,,,BEEP,,,,BEEP.
    I put the pillow over my head. I thought maybe I just dreamt that I unplugged her so I go to check. Yep, the plug is on the floor so I head back to my bed.

    "BEEP"

    Oh no. Now what do I do? It's 3:05 am and I don't want to get up. I figure maybe I am getting abducted by Aliens or worse "Liberals".
    I go back into the kitchen and again check Alexa. She is dead. Then I look around and on the stove, the timer is saying, "Dinner is done" and beeping.

    My wife shutoff the oven yesterday but apparently the times was still on.
    So now I am not sure if I am awake typing this, or in an Alien Space Ship in a galaxy far far away. :eek:



     
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    THIS is a classic example of why, after spending my entire carer in information systems, I don't own and will be unlikely to ever own anything like Alexa and disable her "friend" Cortana, if using Microsoft's Windows.

    Left to themselves such systems can be very invasive of your personal space and time. Perhaps one of the projects you can to is to make an off switch for such devices so that they will keep silent when you don't want to interact with them? The other possible solution would be to give the Alexa device to someone you don't like and let it annoy them.

    Don't get me wrong, I really like a lot of the new tech, but I want to deal with it on my terms.

    All that being said, I still find getting a message like "YOU HAVE A REMINDER, THE COMPUTER GEEK IS COMING OVER TO FIX THE COMPUTER" to be the most terrifying. I feel the same way toward them and you do to various home repair people. No way I'm letting "computer repair" person, that know far less about the system then I do, anywhere near any of my computer stuff.
     
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    Dave, I do have Cortina on both machines but never activated them and don't know how to use them. I actually like Alexa. I let all "girls" into my house even if they like to listen to my most intimate conversations like "I think I will get a new female Queen Anthius" or "my Female mandarin looks a little lonely". :rolleyes:
    If the FBI wants to monitor me they can send an agent, (preferably a retired Supermodel agent) to ride in the back seat of my car every where I go. But she is not allowed to tell me how to drive, she is splitting the gas and once in a while cleaning the glass on the tank. :cool:

    I use Alexa to remind me of things I am supposed to do like Dr. appointments which at my age are a weekly happening and if the thing doesn't remind me 5 minutes before I have to go, I won't be there. :D

    That's as much technology as I use besides my electric toothbrush. :beguiled:
    I never do anything on my phone except play vintage Linda Ronstadt or Janis Joplin music, but once in a while I will call a LFS to ask if they have any pinecone fish. :clink:

    As for the computer Geek. I know the kid. He makes little money and he wants to be a teacher for very under privileged kids. He uses his own money to pay for supplies for these kids and I wanted to help out without actually saying that to him. My computer is out of date so I bought a new one. He is coming to install it and transfer the information between machines, which I can do myself. (I have a new knee and can't really crawl under the desk anyway)
    I asked him how much he charges and he said I don't know. I told him I will give you a hundred dollars. He said that's too much. I said how about $75.00. He said, $60 will be enough.
    I feel good and I hope it helps him. :D

    I think it will make me feel better and I can help him out without him knowing it.
     
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    Working on my new Steam Punk floor lamp. The base is a turn of the century Auto Clave that dentists used to sterilize equipment. It needs a lot more work but it is getting there.
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    Alexa is even worse in our house as she has to be multi-lingual. I'm English but She Who Casts No Shadow is German, and she also speaks Greek. Our Son speaks gibberish. At times Alexa can get really confused !
     
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    I have 2 Alexa's and a cleaning girl named Alexa. They all argue with each other. :chatter:
     
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    To be honest, we don't use the 'Alexa' wake word as She Who Casts No Shadow refuses to 'talk to a bloody woman' ! We have changed it to 'Echo'.
     
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