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The Fish Bowl / Skydiving
« on: August 18, 2007, 11:47:23 PM »
Did my 1st jump this evening... and immediately went up for a 2nd. Anyone that hasn't done it, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take your pansy out for a jump. Just thought I'd share my enjoyment/encourage others.

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Fish / New Fish (Tusk and Mappa Puffer)
« on: July 26, 2007, 06:48:50 PM »
I just picked up a couple new fish at Aquatic Imports today. The Harlequin Tusk has been on hold for me for about a week and I decided he could come home today. I'd say he's around 3" long, cute little fella.

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The Fish Bowl / Fun Night For Me!
« on: July 10, 2007, 11:14:07 AM »
This is VERY mildly fish-related, but still probably entertaining at least.
I got home last night from a weekend trip to Hilton Head (to work on my new tank and stand nonetheless). At about 4AM I heard a REALLY loud crash in my apartment; enough to wake me up. Not hearing anything else, I kind of ignored it and chalked it up to a loud neighbor or something. Then I heard it again and I worried that perhaps my tank was breaking (odd that that's where my mind went huh?).
About 30secs after that 2nd bang, a guy and his dog barge into my bedroom. The dog jumps on my bed and the guy is standing over me (in the dark) holding something over his head. I start asking what's going on, what I can do, etc and he starts yelling that I can roll my head a bit so he can get a better angle to crush the broad side of my skull with his "switch". Needless to say, I was a little scared at this point. I kept trying to calm the guy down, etc. Eventually, for reasons I don't remember or didn't understand, he walked out into my living room. I jumped out of bed and followed him, not knowing what was about to happen and to try to get him out.
In my living room he starts yelling about stuff I'd stolen from him, he wanted it back, etc etc. Then he sees my tank and says "You aren't allowed to have a fish tank in here" and starts marching towards it holding up his "switch" (in the light I now see that it is his dog's leash, but the metal clip at the end could still break the tank). I tell him that it's my apartment and that I can have whatever I want and that he needed to get the hell out. That comment was like a lightbulb went off in his head and all of a sudden he started doing that nervous laugh people do and said "Oh yeah, this is your apartment, you CAN have whatever you want." He turned around and walked out the door and started looking around and up the staircase like he was gonna go somewhere else. I yelled at him for a while, trying to get a name, something out of him. Eventually I gave up and went inside to call the cops.
The cops came, looked around my complex for him and couldn't find him. Eventually, about an hour later, they left. At the end of it a lady cop that I guess had been waiting downstairs the whole time came up with her partner and did say the tank was pretty (the moonlights were on)..... the ladies always love the tank.
I can only imagine the 100g of water that would have been on the floor, my broken TV, etc if I hadn't come back from HHI last night. My thoughts, from some of the stuff he said, was that he was an ex-husband or something and was in the wrong building or on the wrong floor. He was obviously very high or drunk. Scary experience up until the point that he left my bedroom and was in the living room. At that point I saw he was just a fat, white trash jackass that I could take down, but in the dark when you see a silhouette holding something up and saying that they want to crack your skull in you mind really isn't on the mundane things.

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Other Events / Showing Planet Earth
« on: May 14, 2007, 02:53:45 AM »
I got the HD-DVDs a week or so ago and have decided to show them to my med school class cause a bunch of them wanted to see it. Gonna watch it in our auditorium on a projector (unfortunately, no HD projectors though) if anybody wants to join in. Here's my preliminary times, but I've still got to make sure that I can reserve the room. I doubt I'll have any problems with getting the room though since classes are out.

Storm Eye Auditorium (7-9:30)
Tuesday (5/15): From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water
Thursday (5/17): Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds
Tuesday (5/22): Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas
Thursday (5/23): Seasonal Forests, Deep Ocean

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The Fish Bowl / Big Weekend
« on: April 18, 2007, 10:14:30 PM »
Wow, big weekend for me. Both stores are having sales, AMD is releasing info on its new processors and GPUs which should go on sale soon after. It's like all my hobbies have conspired against my wallet and decided it's time for the knockout punch.

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Invertebrates / Carpet Anemone?
« on: April 17, 2007, 12:54:53 AM »
I'm contemplating turning my 20L and clamp on halide into a species specific tank with a carpet anemone and one of my 2 clowns (probably the maroon since the black occy likes the reef and the maroon will eventually outgrow the little Biocube). Anyone ever kept a carpet and had good success with it? Any tips, advice, etc?

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The Fish Bowl / Planet Earth Series (Discovery Channel)
« on: April 15, 2007, 09:12:12 PM »
I have no idea if any of you guys have been catching this series (11 episodes) on Discovery, but it's really good. Imagine a moving National Geo photograph, the image/scene quality is that nice. It's by the same team that did the Blue Planet series a little while back.
Just thought I'd point this out to you guys cause it seems like it would be right up your alley.

Also, the DVD set comes out at the end of this month. I preordered it on HD-DVD ( http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Earth-Complete-BBC-DVD/dp/B000MRAAJW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-7423720-1045551?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1176685816&sr=8-2 ) to make sure I get to see my pretty pictures in as pretty a form as you can. It's also available in Blu-Ray (for those of you with the other expensive player type :) ) or regular DVD (although part of the beauty of the series is being able to see such fine detail). If you have Netflix it appears they will be carrying it too. Just giving you guys all the options because I really think you should see this.

Oddly enough, the versions for sale have the original David Attenborough commentary whilst what is being shown on Discovery here is narrated by Sigourney Weaver. I always think Attenborough (the epitome of the British documentary voice) seems more fitting because he's literally the stereotype.

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Equipment / Filter Pads
« on: April 15, 2007, 09:00:49 PM »
I have some blocks of filter foam in my sump. After my water flows through the fuge portion it falls on these foam pads. I keep thinking that I should change them out or clean them or something, but there seems to be a ton of life in them. I see these long tentacled filter feeding things, lots of pods, etc in them. I look at them more as synthetic live rock at this point than anything else. Should I be rinsing them out and stuff?

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The Fish Bowl / Check Your Credit Card Statements
« on: April 06, 2007, 06:20:25 PM »
My dad just found this company called Passport to Fun on his credit card statement. They've been billing him $15 a month for the past 6 months or so. It's apparently a scam where they send you junkmail that says in fine print that they will bill you $15 a month if you don't respond. It's apparently quite a large, pervasive and very illegal credit card scam going on. Just though I would give people a heads up. There's a ton of info on the internet about it if you're curious.

Google Link: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=passport+to+fun+14.95

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Fish / Dwarf Lion and Betta Hunting Together
« on: March 29, 2007, 07:30:51 PM »
So apparently my dwarf lion and marine betta have decided that competition doesn't work as well as cooperation. They now hunt as a pack together when I put in live food. They watch the same fish/shrimp then one attacks. If he gets it, good, if not then the it swims right to the other one who snags it up. Seems they take turns being the 1st one in too. Kinda cool to watch.

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The Fish Bowl / I Love the Smell of Acro in the Morning
« on: March 21, 2007, 07:12:02 PM »
Or maybe I don't. I walked into my apartment this afternoon and I immediately thought I smelled something funny. It took me a minute, but then I realized what the smell was.... acro. Odd that my apartment would smell like acro though isn't it? Until I looked in the tank.

I had a millepora colony that had been suffering STN since I got it. Mild and I felt eventually it might come under control since it was only moving slowly and I would occasionally trim it. I guess this afternoon it decided to have a meltdown and progressed to full blown RTN. Guess what the smell was! :) I still find it shocking that one melting colony in my tank could odor up my entire apartment, but oh well. Everything else looks fine, thank god, so just a weird experience.

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Fish / Marine Betta
« on: March 19, 2007, 04:45:52 PM »
Picked this guy up last week and he has finally decided to come out an explore. I'm actually happy it only took this long because they have a tendency to be very shy and nocturnal fish. Last night he was exploring the tank after the lights went out, but the room lights were still on. He was really skittish and any time I got close would go back into hiding (albeit fairly slowly). This afternoon he's been out all day and has let me get close to the tank and watch him. He's beautiful and I'm glad he has decided to be adventurous.

There is one downside: He's in my acrylic predator tank. That means I can't get any decent photos of him because the acrylic in that tank is awful. It's not really, clear, has tons of small scratches and the water has lots of mini-bubbles in it. Some day, when I can afford it, this tank will be replaced, but for the time being it works ok. I apologize for the picture clarity.

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Nano Tanks / BioCube 8
« on: March 16, 2007, 06:40:51 PM »
After all the photos I took the other day, I realized that I haven't taken any of the nano in a long, long while. For those of you that remember, this is that Biocube 8 that I won at the Aug. meeting at Tideline. It's been through some significant changes since then :)
I decided that I have a big reef tank, so I would try something a bit different with this one and went with an almost planted tank and a few softies. The macro is a bit of a pain in such a small tank because it tends to overgrow it fairly quick. Nonetheless, when it's trimmed and working, it has a cool effect.

**I tried to get some pics of the predator tank (and my new marine betta in particular), but the acrylic is so covered in gunk or scratched that a decent shot is impossible.

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Since I had the camera out, I thought I'd take some other shots of the tank. These were my 4 favs.

**I always keep the full resolution, uncropped originals of my photos if you ever want a copy to toy with yourself or use in any way (for instance that hermit crab who found his brain just became my desktop).

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Photography / New Midas Blenny
« on: March 10, 2007, 01:26:01 PM »
He was rediscovered in a tank yesterday, so now I got to bring him home! I love the spot he's chosen as his new "home". It's just some neat real estate with a great view, plus he looks cool there. This morning he's already out and swimming about some and eating, so all is good with him. I took some shots of him in his perch last night and this morning and thought I'd share. When I feed later I'll try and get one of him swimming because that's where they look cool.

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