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Old 08-11-2019, 09:27 AM
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Yes exactly, except for the mountain, bushes, stairs, deer, ocean and elephants
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:06 PM
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My Hippo tang still looks perfect and loves his dinner of clams. He doesn't realize he is supposed to eat seaweed and be a vegan. I really hate the look of those seaweed clips too.

Hey guys a tip. When you take a picture of your tank, remove the silly algae clip from the front glass.

I am very surprised my Janss pipefish is still living. I never thought he would last this long as they are supposed to be delicate.
I know I keep saying it but quarantine is making your fish sick and keeping them from being robust, healthy, bulletproof fish. Fish need dirt, bacteria, parasites, mud, and most of all no Rap music or pictures of your Mother n Law in site of the tank.

Earthworms are great, leave the mud in. If your fish ever get sick from anything, or they don't die of old age, it is your fault. Don't drive past the LFS and shake your fist at the owner. He didn't make your fish sick.
Feed them worms and clams once or twice a week, three times would be better and every day would have your fish live much longer than you.
Don't worry about bacteria unless you are worrying that there isn't enough or any live bacteria in their food.
I got nothing else. Have a great night,
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:13 PM
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I just got back from my favorite LFS. We had Doctors appointments in the old neighborhood and that is where the store it so I go.

(My blood Pressure is 170 over 70 so they may put me on the cover of "Perfect Blood Pressure" Magazine)
I twisted my good leg in the Dr's office stairway and now I walk like I did just after my knee surgery. Of course my wife got mad at me for that. Women do that. They get mad at you for hurting yourself. It must be in their genetics.

I went there with a pocket full of cash hoping to see something I wanted like a nice new shiny coral, but they got nothing. The couple of anemic looking bubble corals I would have taken were over a hundred bucks and they didn't look worth it. I wanted something for all my efforts and the 60 miles I drove so I got a little arrow crab and a small Rainsford gobi to keep my other one happy.
They had 4 arrow crabs, 3 of them were dead so they were cheap.

The problem with arrow crabs in my tank is that I have huge bristle worms and when the crabs shed, the worms attack them.

I am getting a lot of cyano which is interesting and I will just have to wait until the cycle of it is over. It is thick and almost black like asphalt. Flamingo's eat that stuff which is why they are pink. (I thought that was from the shrimp they ate but according to National Geographic, it is shrimp, Who knew?)

My tank isn't deep enough for a flamingo to walk around in and they tend to poop all around the rim of the tank. I also don't think they are reef safe as their toes make holes in the anemones and they may have parasites or athletes foot so they would have to be quarantined for 72 days. By then, the cyano will be gone.

The cyano is probably coming from something in the NSW I collect. Maybe asphalt.

Everything else is going great, even the local hermit crabs that I collected here. I don't usually collect them because they don't live long in a reef, but these seem to love the place and may be around forever.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:23 PM
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Collecting NSW in a storm.

I want the Ozone infused water in my tank.



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Old 08-14-2019, 02:03 PM
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So I got the boat back to the Marina this morning and they took it out of the water.





The first thing I noticed is that they didn't put any bolts in the two "Zinc's" on the power tilt pistons. This would not cause any problem like the one I am having but the zinc's are supposed to be bolted in or they don't do anything and they are expensive. To make a complicated story short, they are made of zinc (like Duh) and they are supposed to rot before parts of your boat rot. But if they are just hanging there, they are not doing anything so the Jiboni's would have had to take my boat out of the water to put the bolts in anyway.



The "mechanic" told me "sometimes they rot out".. I was born at night but not last night and I am not an accountant. I was an A rated GM Mechanic and I know stainless steel doesn't rot out in 2 months.



I said, that can't happen. Then he said, "sometimes they come loose". Yeah right, 4 stainless steel bolts coming not just loose, but completely falling off in 2 months.



I mean if you screw up and make a mistake at least make up something plausible or tell the truth that you messed up. I was a mechanic and I could have done that. Or I would at least make up something believable about Aliens or Bigfoot.







We didn't find anything obviously wrong with the shift cable but I had him change this shift arm anyway. I figured I came all this way, took the boat out of the water, removed the drives so I may as well waste some money.







I made it home without incident so I am not sure if it is fixed or not.
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Doing a little maintenance with a diatom filter. Sucking out some Cyano and general tidying up. Using a reverse UG filter requires that I do this occasionally so nothing clogs. This is the beginning. In a minute or two, you can't see anything in the tank but the copperband loves it and looks forward to this.



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I have to thank you. Every time I get the itch to buy a boat, your posts remind me why I never will!!
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:17 PM
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LOL.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:39 AM
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I can't buy an interesting fish no matter how much money I throw at them. They got tangs and angelfish and I find them very boring. Nothing unusual. Corals, forgetaboutit. They got tiny frags and at my age, I don't do tiny anything. I probably couldn't see them or my hermit crabs would carry them away.

To add any corals I would have to cut away a lot of blue green sponge that covers most of my tank. But it cuts easy with a razor blade.

We are supposed to take some trips, but again, at my age, I already went to everyplace I want to go. Except the Galapagos. I haven't been there but my wife hates lizzards.

I also didn't go to Easter Island but my birthday is on Christmas so that is a different holiday and I don't know if I can mix holidays like that.

If I decided to go hang gliding or bungee jumping my insurance company would disown me because I already broke or tore everything that is breakable .

I still dive (very occasionally) but from spending so much time underwater, the fish find me boring as they all saw me already.

WE are having people over (again) for the weekend and I know there is a big pool party. Then we will go on my boat to waste some gas and hopefully not get stuck and have to come back on one engine. But that sometimes happens in boating. Boating is fun. Young people today IMO don't know how to have fun.

I tell that to my Daughter all the time. She is 40 and at her age we always had a big crowd and would get everyone together and either go to a river upstate to Kayak down the rapids and camp or go to a lake with our small canoe's or sailboats and sink each other. There would be maybe 20 of us.
We once went to the "Ice Caves" in the snow. They are only open in the summer and they have ice then. We brought ropes and lowered ourselves down into the caves with flashlights. Very cool.

My Daughter and her friends text each other as to what they will do and they do nothing but text each other. They text about how much fun it is to text.

Then they meet each other at someone's house, and sit there so they can text other people to ask them to join in on a group text.
Our Grand Daughter texted us yesterday to tell us she was looking at the window. And she lives in Manhattan so all she can see is the roofs of taxi cabs. I know her generation is going in the same direction as our Daughter. A generation that does nothing.

There's a whole world out there and a lot of it is free. In those days we couldn't rub two nickels together to make a dime but we always did things.
This was at a lake many years ago before they invented time.
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Couldn’t agree more Paul. I spent my younger days fishing, camping, “borrowing” wood to build tree forts, lighting things on fire, etc, etc, all costing next to nothing. Memories and experiences that most kids these days will know nothing of. One of the most memorable moments of my life was packing into a van with my cousins and uncle and driving out west. Slept mostly in tents and the smells were ripe but nothing else in life has compared. I don’t have as many or as crazy of experiences as you but it’s sad to see what the next generations are doing for “fun.”
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