Archive for October, 2005

Angelfishcam is on trial

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Angelfishcam webcam controller PC is back and fixed, but I just need to align the webcams correctly, and this is proving difficult at present, to stop the webcam falling into the fish tanks!

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Midnight oil!

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I’ve been burning the midnight oil well I do have an extra hour!, integrating the Angelfishcams into the main blog pages, the old Angelfishcam links are still there, but angelfishcams are now refreshed automatically on the left sidebar every thrity seconds. If you click an angelfishcam image, it will spawn (excuse the pun) a pop-up window displaying a larger angelfishcam image, which again is refreshed every 30 seconds.

I’m hoping to have the angelfishcams back on tomorrow evening, after I’ve finally rebuilt the webcam PC in the fish house.

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New Fish Update

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

I moved the Twig Catfish Sturisoma Aureum and Dwarf Hoplo Catfish Hoplosternum pectorale from their quarantine tanks into seperate breeding tanks, these are the new tanks I’ve just added to the fish house. I’ve also added some bogwood to the Sturisoma Aureum tank for them to graze on. Both these tanks are filtered with internal filters, Hagen Bio-Life 55 and Dennerle C400 internal filters, the Sturisoma Aureum like most Locarids are very messy catfish, and Sponge Filters cannot cope with the large amounts of waste these catfish produce.

Eggs have been eated that the Silver Angels laid.

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PC Thermometer Trial

Friday, October 28th, 2005

This was a project I started many months ago, but like many projects, I started it and didn’t completely finish it, due to time, and juggling life the universe and everything. You’ll notice on the side-bar on the right, a real-time update of temperature from the fish house, measuring internal fish house temperature and external (outdoor) temperature. I still need to calibrate the temperature probes correctly.

The webcam computer breaking has given me the chance to re-install the operating system, and correctly configure it with the excellent PC application created by Spiny aka Alan Norman at The application pctemp.exe runs on a standard PC using a midi or game (joystick) port. It’s an excellent application, and also logs to a *.csv file for import into a spreadsheet, also graphs the output to screen, and can upload the data to a webserver. It easily allows me to view the temperature of my fish house, and later fish tanks anywhere in the world via the internet. I didn’t have a game port on my micro-pc I use in the fish house, so I’m using a USB game port controller, isn’t just about everything available now in a USB connection. Full details of how to configure and connect, create your own temperature probes is on Spiny Norman’s website.

Many Thanks again to Spiny for his efforts in developing this application.

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Silver Pair of Angelfish spawn

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Another young pair of silver angelfish have spawned.

The eggs that the Platinum angelfish laid have disappeared, a slight over-sight and I forgot to remove the Ancistrus catfish , I think the Ancistrus catfish, may have had a meal in the night!

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Platinum Angelfish First Spawning

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

As predicted yesterday evening, I’ve just visited the fish house, later than usual, as I went to the local cinema to watch Wallace & Gromit – Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and the Platinum Angelfish are currently spawning as I type this entry. A quick check on the fish house, and a sharp exit, I didn’t want to frighten them whilst they were spawning.

I only collected this pair four days ago, and put them in a quarantine tank, so I’m very surprised at how quickly they’ve settled in.

The Wallace & Gromit – Curse of the Were-Rabbit movie is excellent, lots of fun, for the children and adults, make sure you watch all the credits!

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Platinum Angelfish clean breeding cone

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

I’ve noticed the new pair of platinum angelfish, cleaning the breeding cone this evening. It is possible they could lay soon.

Condensation detected in the air manifold seems to have disappeared.

I’ve also moved four Endler/Guppy hybrids, into my new tanks, to speed-up cycling them.

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Webcam computer hard drive failure

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

I’ve recently moved the computer that controls the webcams to make room for two new aquariums in the fish house. One of my colleagues complained about the lack of webcams from the fish house, so this evening I’ve relocated the computer to a new location in the fish house, only to find the hard drive has now failed in the computer!

I’ll have to find a new hard drive, and rebuild the operating system before Angelfishcam is back.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005

I’ve removed the inlet pipe from the fish house connected to the air-inlet of the Hailea air compressor this evening, because I found 2ml of water caused by condensation in the pipe.

The Hailea air compressor is located in the un-heated part of the garage, failing temperature in this side of the garage is causing the hot moist air from the fish house to condense in the air-inlet pipe. I’ve also noticed condensation in the pipe connected to the air manifold from the air compressor, hopefully as temperature equalizes this dissipate. I may have to re-think, and re-locate the air compressor back inside the fish house, if condensation becomes a problem.

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More fish tanks!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

I’ve found space in the fish house to add another two 50 litre fish tanks, 24″x15″x12″ this space was where the computer controlling the webcams was occupying. Sorry, I need the space, and it just so happened, that I had two fish tanks, that needed collecting from my family in South Wales!

I’ve spent a few hours this evening, filling with existing aquarium water from my other tanks, moving “cycled and mature” air operated sponge filters from my 6″x2″x2″ tank into these new tanks, I hope to cycle these quickly. so I can use them later next month.

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