|Today 09:31 PM|
Oh wow even more babies in the shrimporium!
So in the realm of pet keeping, I think I just setup a shrimpcube in my living room last night. Also, whoo hoo being unemployed leads to things getting done around the house.
Is the DK feeling better yet?
Hoping pharmaceutical haze has worn off, and fluish symptoms are disappating for you.
And I really hope the shrimps keep working the mojo and making the babies.
|Today 06:39 PM|
Here are a few more baby shots I just took for you.
|Today 05:12 PM|
Very happy to see those tanks full with babies.
|Today 03:19 PM|
So... the commercial daylight bulbs are tracking to arrive tomorrow. DK couldn't remember how long the existing bulbs had been in the fixtures so she went hunting through her picture files for when the various phases of expansion happened.
She ran across this picture of Water Factory 1.0. It's almost laughable, now. (circa 2009)
And today's version. (circa 2012)
IN RELATED NEWS:
The REASON DK's replacing the bulbs is to grow more slime on her glass for the influx of microbabies.
This morning, down there, she spied a Blue Tiger mama poppin' babies. Here she is squeezing the eggs to hatch, a new baby, and some of the current crops on the glass.
Wish ya coulda been there!
|Yesterday 01:03 AM|
So much so that DK dropped some denaro on a crate of new commercial strength daylight bulbs. DK lurves commercial strength things.... heh heh heh...
She needs more slime growth on her glass for all the microbabies showing up, now! And she needs to turbo charge the moss growth in the tanks, to catch up from the losses during Shrimpmageddon - wet wedding was totally down a long time due to well issues, so the plants suffered equally, not getting their CO2 or ferts for a long time. She's trying to balance everything coming back, now: water infusions, filter function, power feedings, leaf loading, plant growth. All these things have to be in balance to get to production mode in a tank.
IN OTHER NEWS:
First pictures, camo babies.
|01-27-2015 09:30 PM|
Wow DK just wow. Your shrimp appear to be bouncing back like a superball after shrimpageddon. Lots of berried mamas, and hopefully next generation shrimpies and shrimpettes.
Nice trick hiding stuff in plain sight for yourself later on by the way.
Also, I think everyone is hopeful for your next shrimptern, because it means more photos, and more time inside the shrimporium, and a little more light in this cave of a wonderful thread.
|01-27-2015 12:21 PM|
Today's lesson: Know Thyself
Good to hear from ya. Y'should come up sometime; we can finish what we started last time! Ha! I still haven't finished it! Thus the frog! I'm pretty sure that was you that was helping me with that marine stainless cable, wasn't it?
IN OTHER NEWS:
So, yeah. Behind the scenes, DK is starting to prepare for Shrimptern IV (she's a wishful thinker, she is), realizing that the aftermath of Shrimpmageddon has left a BIG MESS down there in the Shrimporium that she needs to deal with somewhat before having folks down there. I mean, it's embarassing.
She's been forcing herself to do a little each day, in between gasping for air due to the flu settling deep into her lungs and sinuses.
Yesterday, she was straightening up, trying to do ANYTHING to straighten up down there. I mean, it's a war zone right now.
She looks up, high, on one of the shrimp racks, and sees something she sees every day, but now in a different light, today, and an alarm (figurative, that is) goes off. There is a stuffed 5 lb. bag of baking soda up high on that shelf, with the ziploc top wide open. She's cheapo, so she buys baking soda in huge bags from Costco.
Now, every other day this is part of the furniture, part of the scenery, it does not elicit any thought. But lack of oxygen to her lungs, and therefore her brain, must have her brain functioning BETTER, it seems.
So, she says to herself, "What the heck is that doing there? Why would I put a bag of baking soda THERE? I know I wouldn't. And I know, even if I did, that sucker would be zipped shut. Must go investigate."
She getser a step ladder and pulls down the lumpy open bag.
OH LA LA!
She has been looking for MONTHS for her MiniDos injector. It began to malfunction and she COULD NOT manage to get into the part of the machinery that was malfunctioning. She remembers, in a fit of rage and using some choice vocabulary words, tossing the disgusting thing into the trash in contempt.
She THOUGHT she remembered fishing it out of the trash, being a hoarder, and not really being able to get rid of anything THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL SOMEDAY. So for months, she's been second guessing herself if she ACTUALLY threw the thing away, or not, because shortly after she did, she ran across a youtube that showed her how to get into the part of the machinery that was malfunctioning. She CLEARLY remembers cursing to Murphy the day she saw that video, now that she THOUGHT she threw this injector away. Many MORE choice vocabulary words followed.
But in the months after, niggling doubts ate her. SHE KNOWS HERSELF. She is too cheap to throw away a piece of equipment costing hundreds of denaros, until she is SURE she cannot fix it. Heck, she kept a couple permeate pumps a year, convinced she'd eventually figure out a way to get into them, until she realized they were heat welded shut on manufacture. THEN she finally tossed them.
BTW, she DID throw away the eviscerated heater, the other day. She briefly held it, thinking about taking it apart for parts such as the cord and thermostat, but then the oxygen to her brain returned momentarily.
So there is was. The missing MiniDos injector.
It all came flooding back. She tossed it into the bag one day, thinking she was going to fill the bag with DI water and store it until she figured out how to crack the code. (Storing in DI water so the seals don't dry rot as it was largely taken apart at the time). But she got busy that day and didn't put the DI water in (due to a long debate on the process whether she should make a dilute bleach solution or not to store it in so biofilms wouldn't colonize the parts). You can see how complicated things get inside her head, when she tries to do a simple thing, yes?
OK, now. She has been fuming about the lost injector, because she realized it was the solution to a few issues she was having. Stay tuned on this prime-time-soap, for more chapters.
Here's another Camo Tiger that crawled out of the weeds yesterday. Check out the load she's carrying! There are a few berried in that tank right now and they are rapid cycling, too. DK's tweaks have apparently hit the sweet spot with them.
|01-25-2015 03:57 PM|
There is always life in the cave DK. I don't usually post but I do read all the posts in this thread, that's why I subscribed a long time ago.
Also thanks for the shrimpy pictures they look fantastic, keep up the good work!
|01-25-2015 02:59 PM|
DK's knocked-up club. Pics taken 10 minutes ago, in the tanks that had a knocked-up lady, up near the glass, in a tank with clean glass, that lousy DK was able to get an in-focus and not moving picture. Lotsa conditions, to get a picture, there.
Papaya (my camera loses the blush color for some reason)
Camouflage Tiger (paracaridina meridionalis)
Most of the neos are saddling up right now, pre-berried. They lag because DK's having more issues pushing their calcium levels where they should be, due to hardware limitations. She could work around this by changing some fundamental parameters in Wet Wedding, but she hates to change fundamentals unless absolutely necessary because to do so means lots of follow-up testing and re-calibrations. So she waits and sees if she can get there, but more slowly than the caridinas.
|01-24-2015 11:53 PM|
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! LIFE!!! LIFE in the cave!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Today, we have confirmation of at least one berried Papaya. Yup. DK knew it wuzza comin'.
|01-24-2015 10:26 PM|
|Nuthatch||I don't have any shrimp, although I might like to some day, but I really enjoy reading your updates. You have a unique style of writing.|
|01-24-2015 08:20 PM|
She has NO IDEA who reads this thread. It's really creepy, most of the time because it's like walking in a dark, echo-ey cave, alone, when she posts. Nobody says much of anything except her, in this thread! DK just soldiers on, though, because she uses this thread to keep records. She forgets what and when she tried stuff, or how she did it, and she just digs it up here!
DK's goal has never been to be a seller. Her goal is to develop systems, and hobbyists. she just sells stuff when she needs to finance something or when the Shrimporium's overpopulated, etc. She will probably get there by summer with some species, even after Shrimpmageddon, but shrimp have taught her WELL not to speculate too far or to loudly, into the future.
This morning, the red tigers were dancing. Yellows are molting like mad in there.
DK just LOVES it when she can get crystals and yellows berrying up at the same time, because that's a technical feat on an automated sytem!
|01-24-2015 10:10 AM|
I think DK needs to invest in some steel shell heaters with a serious glass case.
or a clear view style heater so you can see it's whoozits and whatknobs and make sure visibly it's working for you not against you.
Also, dancing shrimps and all aside, DK your followers have gone astray I feel it is my duty as a fanatic to keep this thread fresh in peoples minds and near the top of the new posts page for all to see.
The fun stuff alone is worth it, but there's also tragedy, and wisdom, and Sriracha stuff and doggies.
Also do you foresee the DK empire making a recovery to seller status by the summer time?
|01-23-2015 01:44 PM|
Thank goodness for frogs and bubbles
(Rubs hands together vigorously with wicked grin on face, flicks eyes back and forth, and begins to formulate a Shrimptern Project List... heh heh heh...)
For the resta all y'alls who really wanna be a Shrimptern but are chicken or intimidated, here's the deal. You must not be a craigslist killer or sociopath. You must not be a substance abuser or smoker. You must be housebroken. You must get to DK's place and back home on yer own, but she's happy to pick up from an airport or such if needed. You can get here any mode you want, but try not to hitchhike with serial killers. You don't really have to know anything, honest. You will have fun. Every Shrimptern we've had has had fun and wanted to come BACK for more. DK's not scary in real life, well unless you mis-place her Bubba Mug before she's ingested half of its 34 ounces of coffee, in the morning. She will vet you a little bit, to make SURE you are not a craigslist killer or sociopath, but the process is not bad. You can vet her or talk to previous Shrimpterns, she will give you their contact info. As a Shrimptern you remain somewhat anonymous because DK's old school and doesn't believe in just publishing everything into cyberspace for privacy and security reasons. Yeah, she grew up in the days BEFORE facebook. Dinosaur, I know.
What I mean by that is your identity, as far as this thread, remains your user ID rather than your real identity, and we don't put pictures up here that are too specific, either. You can TAKE pictures, but specific ones don't make it onto cyberspace, please. Remember, dinosaur era.
Oh, yeah, you must be able to tolerate tripping over two German Shepherds and having one of then snoot you in - ahem - inconvenient places - he is SO BAD!!
If you play electric guitar, it's a plus. If you have video games or awesome recipes to bring, it's a plus. We've had a vegetarian Shrimptern, so we roll with the dietary needs, but always eat too much all week. We especially had chocolate overload during Shrimptern II's reign.
Poor Shrimptern III WANTED chocolate overload, but cruelly got an empty box BY MISTAKE!! IT WAS A MISTAKE!!
So today, we have a tale of two failures. OK, so DK saved the day, sorta, but, still, two failures.
First, she's on this campaign to y'know, get the Shrimporium back. But, she's lah-zhee, so she can only do so much in a day. So the other day, she FINALLY decided to clean the front glass of the yellows tank, and do a bit of filter maintenance, etc. In the course of that she removed four water feed lines from their tank and (uh... I dunno... how does this happen...) mysteriously only put THREE of them back. She's a-losin' it.
So, later in the day, when Wet Wedding kicked in, the fourth line was spewing water feed all over the Shrimporium floor during the cycle. Fortunately, she had a trusty Leak Frog stationed in the vicinity that went off shortly and alerted her. Even so, many towels later and a few choice vocabulary words, all was well. Thank you, Prince Charming in your Green Outfit!
Second, while she was actually paying some attention to that neglected tank, she noticed some curious slime upon one of the heaters. Now, again, she's lah-zhee, so she wondered, and went about her business. Next day, she sees it again, but this time it's a-bubblin'. Now, she knows this is NOT normal for slime to put out rather large bubbles. She looks closer.
It's not slime. The heater has ruptured and its heater entrails, electrified, and heating, are oozing through the rupture, into her tank water!
She pulls the plug and removes the heater, see pics.
She needs some new heaters. Yeah.
And, as she types this moment, BOTH black tiger tanks AND the Papayas are dancing. Oh, yeah, the Shrimporium is entering popcorn mode.
|01-23-2015 10:58 AM|
DK, since my life is currently in turmoil, I'd love to get a message from you to discuss the requirements of a shrimptern, knowledge needed, abilities helpful and this room and board especially with you and the shrimp ad entertainment.
Also, yay babies, babies everywhere in the shrimporium!
Wish I had half the success and twice the time.
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