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My aquarist rant

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by wesleydnunder, Jul 31, 2015.

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    Mrs. Golightl Her last name was Golightly. That name inspires funny thoughts.
     
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    As I sat there appreciating my new best friend, my little sister walked into my room, dragging her latest doll behind her by one leg. "It's just a stupid fish," she declared after a few moments, "and besides, I heard Mommy tell Daddy that you killed the other one cuz you didn't put the klormamater in the water". With that she turned and flounced out.

    LOLOLOL, your little sister reminds me of Angelica from The Rug Rats cartoon.
     
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    I'd become an expert at syphoning and usually managed not to swallow too much water.
    Ewwww LOLOLOL
     
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    What a great read. Thank you!
     
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    On the hi/lo tech thing. My friends dad worked for microsoft, had a SW setup back in the 80's. It was state of the art, pretty sure it was DOS based. I mean, it had the motorized t5Ho bank of 8 lights perpendicular to the front of the tank that staged and moved parallel across the tank to simulate the sun. Sensors that monitored all kinds of levels and adjusted things to make it perfect. And he controlled it all from his computer in another room. Talking to him the other day, he said he still had it in storage and would love to give it to me. For a planted FW at least I could use the CO2, O2, PH, and temp sensors. Not sure what else it will do but it would be cool to set up.
     
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    Man, it's taken me, like, four days to finish reading this thread... but worth it! Learned lots.

    Also, I've made up a spread sheet to see if the water change calculator predicts accurately the course of my nitrate tests' readings for the next month. They (the readings for nitrates) got mad-crazy high, and I'm using a mix of daily (though I'll miss some days) 10% and weekly 20% water changes to graaaaaadually lower TDS & not upset my critters. It'll be fun for me to track results. :D

    Thanks for all the great info & story!

    Emily
     
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    I'd acactually be interested to see a post on this. Interested to know how it drops as you go, starting parameters and tank specs and stuff.
     
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    Really? Cool, then I'll make it happen! Stay tuned for a post on the Great Nitrate Saga. I mean, not right away, but soon-ish, like.

    Emily
     
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    Just finished reading through the whole thread and it is awesome. Would love to see more.

    Maybe I'll add some more myself once I get back in front of a computer instead of being on a mobile device.
     
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    This post really needs to be pinned. Your story was amazing! I laughed; I cried. No exaggeration. And to top it off: I learned things! I just rebooted our 20 gallon after it failed before we moved and it was subsequently set in a relative's house for a year for them to take care of while we transitioned. And by failed, I mean that I did all the wrong things and there was moss and yellow water and snails, snails, and snails, oh my! It was a mess. And fish kept dying over and over. Yet somehow, miraculously, the remaining inhabitants still lived for a whole year with the relatives who did absolutely nothing but feed them every day in that same ruined water. Survivors, these guys! Finally we get our tank back and it took some money and serious work but everyone is happy and in shiny new digs :) . I'm telling you this because I believe reading this thread has saved me from making the same mistakes I made before. I had "ah ha!" moments over and over again and I am super grateful for that :). I have plans to set up a 125, 55, and a 10 (for QT), and it would have all been a failed mess if it weren't for reading this.
     
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