The shrimp are cooking along very nicely... it's stunningly boring in the Shrimporium at the moment as all the automation does all the work, and all there is left is to pop a shrimp food into a tank once a day and stare across the slimy glass, counting babies.
One of the things DK did this past winter was to initiate a plant fert program into her automation. It took several months of tinkering, but it's pretty good at the moment, feeding her mosses and keeping the water column balanced to hold off algae out of control.
She's running it rich enough to grow some nice biofilms on the glasses, which she needs for the babies.
She's pretty happy with the fert program as of now.
During the terrible nitrate well spike (actually, should be HIKE, as the nitrate levels are STILL in the water)
of '012, she lost huge swaths of populations in her tanks, and she has quietly been re-building her populations, after selectively bringing in new livestock to re-diversify her genetics. After that, it was a matter of getting all her automations calibrated properly for each thing, and letting the tanks cook.
To cheer herself up during this time of darkness, she started a few experimental breeding tanks. Right now, they are just popping F2s, so DK can't wait to see what those li'l buggers become. She's not sure if she'll hit paydirt by F2, or whether she'll have to run them out one or more generations to get there, so it's a time of anticipation...
And now, back (waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back)
to the Heinzerator
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Let's just take a day to review the parts we scrounged:
- a fancy-dancy lattice tube thingy
- a juice bottle
- the leftovers of a silicone funnel DK used for the aquavac
- some of the wedding ribbon she uses for the Maseratis
- and some goop glue and the cap from a Costco milk jug (not pictured)
Oh, and BTW, one of the "peeps" DK recently visited is the full sister to her feral wolf wannabe, pic below.