Manhattan Reefs
 

Welcome to Manhattan Reefs, the premier website for coral reef aquarium owners in the New York City area.

You are not currently logged in to our site so you may not be able to access all of the wonderful content and features that we offer. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact support.

User Name
Password
   Home Forums Market Chat Stores Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read About MR


Reply
 
Share LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-27-2019, 07:02 PM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
Andy, I was going for Snazzy, but I will settle for beautiful.
I am hoping Christie Brinkley sees this as I know she frequents fish forums so maybe she will want to come over to chat.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2019, 08:39 AM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
This weekend we have a full boat just to hang out in the lagoon where I collect so i will get more of those tiny fish to throw in my tank. The ones I have grew about 50% in a week so i think they are halibut.

I hope they stay near the surface because if they get big and go behind the rocks I won't be able to get them out and they will probably eat everything in my tank including pictures of my old girlfriends.

They have about 6 or 7 vertical black stripes and are now 1/2" long.
I have too many snails so I won't take any of those but I may pull a plankton net for a mile or so to see if I get anything to dump in.
I love this stuff.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2019, 06:58 PM
Senior Member
SIReefer's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Staten Island
Posts: 1,018
Reefer Ratings: (25 (100%)
Friends: (7)
Send a Private Message
Good job on the fireplace.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2019, 06:24 AM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
Thanks, it's almost finished
Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2019, 12:13 PM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
So I was working on my workshop and I installed a door on a closet. It is very damp here so the thing swelled, sort of like my feet.
I got out my trusty Craftsman belt sander that I think I got when I got out of the army in about 1970 or so. I have used this thing dozens of times for probably hundreds of hours so it was "tired" and it served me wekk.
Anyway, after about 5 seconds, it croaked.

No noise, no sparks, no smells, no flames, nothing.
Usually when an electrical thing doesn't work it's the wire, plug or switch. So I took the thing apart and checked those things. They were all OK meaning it is in the motor.

I figured the windings just shorted out as it is so old so I figured I would just let it die and buy another one. I am sure this one was a couple of hundred dollars in the 70s but I need it so I want to buy a new one.

I go on Amazon and they have a lot of them so I started reading about them and they are very cheap, like the same as a grilled cheese sandwich in a small greasy spoon. You can get them for like $35.00
Unfortunately I couldn't find one built in any country that I could even pronounce much less America. The wire alone on a good tool costs more than that and I want something good, and American.

The only way that could happen is if I just repaired my old American one.
It turns out the wire that was soldered to the carbon brush came loose and needed to be soldered. An easy fix (after you take the entire thing apart of course)

So Now I still have my good old USA Craftsman belt sander which proudly sits on my shelf with the rest of my (Mostly) American tools. I am so happy.
I would rather have a good American tool than something made in China probably by an 8 year old wearing shoes made out of old Toyota tires. I won't take those tools for free.

Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2019, 07:14 AM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
Today we are going boating in this new lagoon I discovered here where the water is very shallow, just about to shallow to get my boat in but if it is not dead low tide, we will get in. Last week there was so many fiddler crabs that the noise was driving me crazy, it was like being in the middle of "Fiddler on the Roof" but they were on the sand because there were no roofs.

The last place I lived we also had fiddler crabs but here there are so many that in about 100 yards of sand/mud shore, you couldn't even see the sand, just crabs. And almost all of them were males. Like 99%. Once in a while you can see a female, but she must have been, (I probably can't say it here), but no one wanted to mate with them. Maybe they had a social disease , psoriasis, foot odor or were Liberals. I really don't know.
(I have plenty of Liberal friends so don't get crazy, but this is about "crabs")

Normally fiddler crabs live in holes and as you approach, they go in them, but here there were so many of them that if they had holes, the earth would collapse. It was totally unbelievable. I am going to bring my camera today but I bet it will be high tide and we won't see any crabs.

It is also hard to walk there as your feet sink in to the muck almost up to my Speedo . The crabs don't have that problem. Well, maybe the fat ones do. (Is it PC to call "fiddler crabs" fat or even mention that some of them are males and some females that look differently and live differently. If that's not PC, report me to the crab ethics socity)

Anyway, the hoards of crabs were trying to move away from us but there were so many of them that they were practically pushing each other out of the way and some were running over their "cousins". They were running through thick patches of mussels and sea grass to get to the other side where the holes were. The ones in the holes were waving with their big claw to attract the very few females who were I assume returning from Pilates class, having foot massages or seaweed wraps to remove cellulite.

Last edited by Paul B; 06-30-2019 at 09:01 AM..
Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2019, 09:41 AM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
Last night this thing tried to carry my wife away. I lent him my hand truck.

Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2019, 06:48 AM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
This morning about 5:15 I took my bike out for a ride. I like to go before the sun rises so I can see all the deer, rabbits, frogs, and Muskrat Sally's. We have loads of them.

Then I came home and made a nice batch of blueberry corn muffins from fresh blueberries that grow up the block and local corn.

It is almost ready, but no one is up. I like to cook for us and my neighbors who are our lifelong friends.


On another subject, I read these forums in the mornings, (after bicycle riding and baking ) and it really Irks me the amount of fish we are losing and the number of fish we allow to get sick. It's like the Holocaust of fish and it bothers me. There is no reason to let our fish get sick.
We are killing them with kindness and quarantining. Fish come to us already immune. AAAAAAhhhhhoooooo. I am fed up to here (my hand is under my chin) with so many fish dying. But what do I know? It just sickens me because I really love fish. Not like I love my wife, Christie Brinkley or linguini and clams, but you know what I mean.
Just keep the fish healthy or throw them back into the sea. Just my opinion of course.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2019, 01:35 PM
Senior Member
Paul B's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Hyde Park
Posts: 5,344
Reefer Ratings: (13 (100%)
Friends: (20)
Send a Private Message
Those tiny fish I collected as tiny fry are growing a little faster than I would like.
As Long as they cling to the surface, I can catch them and remove them if I have to. If they get big and go to the bottom, they may be the only fish I have.

Oh No! They are not at the surface any more which means they are in the rocks growing disproportionately larger than any other thing in the tank and they will multiply into giant, toothed predators more violent and fearsome than Godzilla, forcing me to dis mantle the tank and move from this neighborhood because I will be an outcast, shunned by men and women alike, forced to live as an outcast on the outer fringes of society. Mingling only with the degenerates, murderers, draft dodgers and other dregs of the Earth. Slime mold and fungus would be my only friend, Maybe with a little Cyano, but nothing else. Even Mrs Pelosi won't welcome me. Woe is me, I am totally screwed.

But wait, there is hope. I see them. No, it is hopeless, they are heading for the rocks and I will never catch them.
Nothing left to do but dismantle my tank.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2019, 09:07 PM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Long Island
Posts: 58
Reefer Ratings: (0 (0%)
Friends: (1)
Send a Private Message
Lol. Are they striped killifish though? I think you referenced stripes before. I had them in a ‘local’ LI fish tank and they were actually very aggressive joking aside to other fish in there, but other fish tails to pieces before I removed them
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools
Display Modes


LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: https://www.manhattanreefs.com/forum/tank-threads/42316-tank-reached-38-years-old-2009-a.html
Posted By For Type Date
Forum Krzysia - Index This thread Refback 10-07-2014 07:44 PM
How many years can a tank last? This thread Refback 09-26-2012 11:52 PM
How many years can a tank last? - Saltwaterfish.com Community This thread Refback 04-25-2011 09:08 AM
Paul Baldassano’s 40 year old Reef tankMajano Wand This thread Pingback 04-13-2011 12:35 AM
Manhattan Reefs - Aquarium Fish Longevity This thread Refback 04-12-2011 07:25 PM
How many years can a tank last? - Saltwaterfish.com Message Boards This thread Refback 01-15-2010 02:16 PM
How many years can a tank last? - Saltwaterfish.com Message Boards This thread Refback 03-06-2009 10:54 PM
How many years can a tank last? - Saltwaterfish.com Message Boards This thread Refback 03-06-2009 10:44 PM
Manhattan Reefs This thread Refback 01-31-2009 08:16 PM
nice fish! - CVR Forums! This thread Refback 06-13-2008 01:46 PM
nice fish! - CVR Forums! This thread Refback 06-12-2008 09:00 PM
nice fish! - CVR Forums! This thread Refback 06-12-2008 05:46 PM