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Archive for November, 2005

Snow is falling…

Monday, November 28th, 2005

I arrived home from work this evening and the snow had settled!

It must be winter!

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New Toy - not very exciting

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Last week, I reported on my new toy for partial water changes, well here’s a picture.

Syphon

Okay, it’s a syphon connected to a small length of housepipe with a Hozelock connector connected to it. This is a Reef One Syphon, the manufacturers of the biOrb and biUbe, others are available. But it makes my job a lot easier, than carrying buckets of water out of the fish house on a cold night. (and now I’ve got a knackered back!). I had thought of purchasing an automatic water changer The Python No-Spill Clean And Fill, but I don’t top up my aquariums direct from mains water, and the water pressure is low, and water is wasted when using the syphon, so for me, this seemed like a waste of cash. I was going to install some 40mm waste pipe and plumb it to the outside of the garage (drain), but a length of housepipe does the same job - cheaply.

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My Back Hurts…

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

After moving 2×25kg bags of rock salt, I think I’ve knackered my back!

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Electrical Gremlins…

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

Electrical issues have been keeping me from the fish house this weekend, the 6ft twin fluorescent tube needed removing from the ceiling in the garage in the dark, after condensation blew it up, the 500 watt external floodlight blew up after filling up with water, and the 150 watt external PIR/floodlight also got damp, and kept switching on and off every few seconds! I’ve still not managed to obtain a replacement 6ft twin fluorescent tube.

and my Leica Digilux camera has stopped working! So that’ll have to go back to Leica, Germany for repair.

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Fish House Temperature Issues

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

The fish house indoor temperature fell below 20 degrees C today, to 18 degrees C mainly due to the cold gale force winds hammering the garage door which faces the direction of the wind. I had only spotted this by checking the operation of my blog this evening. (I need to start on text message alerts from the fish house!). I may need to obtain a sheet of polythene to secure to the front of the garage or wrap the garage in a giant blanket!

I had reconnected a 300 watt tubular heater in the fish house, after trialing the 1kW fan heater, and the tubular heater, was not able to raise the fish house temperature. The consequence of this is a number of fish tanks connected to my thermostat started to alarm this evening.

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Blog Outage Again!

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Sorry for the Blog Outage Again!

Those nice people that host this site, moved it to another server again and broke it! I didn’t notice yesterday, because I went out yesterday evening for my Birthday!

One night off, isn’t bad!

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Tropical Fish Update

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Female Platinum Angelfish
Recovering well, after a week of MelaFix, I’ve completed a 50% partial water change this evening with my new toy, more on that another day, on the tank, and added two Bristlenose catfish Ancistrus to eat the algae that the MelaFix has encouraged to grow in the last week.

Sturisoma Aureum
All the fry have hatched in the second batch, and are hanging around the tank, they are not free swimming yet, More have hatched in this latest batch. The first batch are ferocious eaters, and are eating well, on spinach. More have hatched in this latest batch. There is some doubt at present as too whether these are Sturisoma Aureum, need to take some better photographs to have them correctly identified.

Royal Pleco, Royal Parnague, Panaque sp. nigrolineatus L190
I forgot to mention a few weeks ago I purchased two small L190s from Tropica in Knaresborough (and if you’ve never been there your missing out!), when I purchased them, they were in individual tanks, the reason I was attracted to them, is they have different colourations to the existing L190 I have and have usually seen, these are a grey/blue slate colour. They were going to go into different quarantine tanks, but…due to fish moves, they went into the same quarantine tank. For the first 24 hours, they were fine, but then they started fighting like cats and dogs, and almost tore each other apart, so they were isolated, and have been doing very well since, on algae wafers and Sera Crisps, and Bogwood.

PFK has an article this month on L190s, and it’s featured on the front cover, so if you don’t know what one looks like, it’s on the December 2005 Issue, (scroll down the page - it’s on the right!)

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#&%@!?*$ Condensation!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

No ceiling lights in the fish house this evening because condensation has dripped onto the electrics in flourescent lights and shorted them out. So that’s this weekends job.

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Yipee! Internet is back!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

24 Hours without any internet, it was like cutting my right arm off.

I had a text message from a friend who uses the same Internet Service Provider, that I’d like to share with you.

“like me u had 2 spend a nite watching tv with the missus!!”

Thanks David, it made me laugh out loud, on the Park & Ride bus this evening.

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Internet Outage!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

It seems that Eclipse Internet has an Outage!

A Big One! No Eclipse Internet users can connect to the Internet….

I’ve have no 2Mb broadband connection, nor do any of the folk I’ve recommended, best go and hide……

….and 38,666 bps dial-up is no substiute for a 2Meg Broadband Connection.

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