|Yesterday 03:24 PM|
OK, so she took a better look into the Mermaid tank, and things are cooking along in there quite nicely with stair-step multi-youth. This means the breeding and capture rates are decent in the new water. The population is steadily growing in there.
They are tolerating well the "extra stuff" coming into their water column with the calcium stream. The bonus is that the "extra stuff" contains stuff that encourages algae and biofilm growth better in their tank, hopefully giving them better nutrition.
DK's order of high-end lamp parts is tracking to arrive, today. She will be re-habbing the antique bridge arm lamps with good U.L. listed new guts. More on that later, after she catches up with her other projects.
DK is, as her Brit friend says, "shattered" the past coupla days, after stripping and refinishing 4/5 of her hardwood floors in her house. They have taken a beating over the years and under German claws and grit. This is a Darwinian environs, around here, household finishes included.
Before and after pics. She is going to tweak the color a bit toward grey/green and add some micronized polymeric aggregate (say that ten times really fast!) to the final layer of floor coating, so she's been dating Google once again, picking her date's brain for info.
|05-04-2015 12:35 AM|
|wicca27||im not sure what shrimp i want to keep now. honestly i like easy. mixing water was a pain lol. probably wont do tb for a while any way.|
|05-03-2015 03:18 PM|
That looks like an awesome base for a chandelier, or at least a very cool hanging lamp.
DK, for your mermaids, do you have a control tank?
as in a tank to compare, breeding, growth, color to while fidgeting with the main tank.
Redundancy seems to be an evermore important lesson I learn in the cave of Shrimpy knowledge.
Also, I might be ordering shrimp in the near future for an awesome tank I just setup last week, once it has matured a bit more.
Wicca, sorry to hear you lost the last, I also apologize for late condolences.
Will you continue to try with a new batch?
|05-02-2015 11:42 AM|
DK's been off in other realms, lately. Shrimp have been boring her to death, and on autopilot.
She can report that the macromatic is working flawlessly and now DK can much better dial in the tanks. She thinks she's now closing in on the Mermaid tank settings, using the alternate calcium stream.
The Mermaids are breeding and have stair-stepped young in there, but DK has this nagging feeling her capture rate could be better. It's hard to tell with them because the babies hang out in the gravel, so she can't see how many per batch there are. But, her rates are definitely improving, and her population is slowly growing in there, which is VERY good news, as they dang near got wiped out last summer in Shrimpmaggedon.
Everyone else, minus crystals, are cooking along, but DK has this nagging feeling nobody's quite in their sweet spot, so DK's moving the tanks just a tad.
In the meantime, she's been tearing out her basement walls and trying to hire a structural engineer...'nuff said. Headache city.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Today, she's off to pick up a couple auction items. About to launch another big project that will be very fun. Here's a preview:
|04-16-2015 03:37 AM|
|wicca27||DK its a sad day at my house ... i lost my last tb yesterday. im chalking it up to age. as i have had them a full year now and i know they were a few months old when i got them. not sure how i want to go from here though.|
|04-11-2015 02:43 PM|
Nice score! DK you'd love my goodwill, they sell the occasional RO/DI unit, and tons of pool supply hoses and clamp work.
I saw the pathway open and as a fool wandered, but new paths can be exciting, some due to how treacherous they are.
Water system alpha is currently in the design stage with a friend from new work, alpha is going to be portable and with any luck, suitcase or smaller sized.
|04-11-2015 12:52 PM|
DK wasn't offended.
She probably should never have led us down that path.
But she just got so carried away, with the adrenaline surge, and the assonance. She is a word nerd.
Sometimes, posting here reminds her of "The Mark of Gideon," and she's ever mindful of the view out the window.
Google is your friend.
IN OTHER NEWS:
DK just scored a set of drums for twenty bucks, compliments the local Goodwill store.
For the rocker with that amazing hair, in her domicile.
|04-11-2015 05:09 AM|
Sorry if I offended anyone with my attempt at humor, DK included.
No harm intended.
|04-10-2015 12:02 PM|
She merely meant that this knob sure gives the illusion of being in control, and that that feeling is generally counter to the human experience.
And it can be purchased twenty something bucks. Not bad, really.
|04-10-2015 04:01 AM|
|Maechael||DK is it blasphemous to wish for possesion of one's own automated water factory with a mint condition "God knob"? If so, Blasphemer 1, reporting.|
|04-08-2015 01:29 PM|
DK is frantic...FRANTIC!
She is running around, desperately looking for a hard hat... a bicycle or motorcycle helmet... heck... a steel box.
Because, the new Macromatic install has resulted in a fine-ness of granularity, a level of heretofore unobtainable precision of control...
...that is making her feel God-like, and her brain is swelling in response.
She can now dial a 5 tds unit change in her globals, with the twist of a knob. This means reliable dial-a-molt. She can dial in breeding seasons, at will, with fine control.
Before, it was about a 100 unit jump.
OK, so she's a drama queen, this morning.
Let's just say:
It was worth the wait.
Yep, embarrassing as it is, that project has stayed exactly as it was the moment you left, until now! Yeah, what has it been, 2 -- 3 years of quiescence? Can't remember. Now, she ponders whether she wants a bullhorn, autodialer, or what, as the end result. Or maybe a global solenoid shut-off response. More pondering.
And here, we have the source of her frantic-ness. The now-existence of
|04-08-2015 04:08 AM|
Shrimpterm zero here, took me over a day to get caught back up with this thread.
Does this mean that DK will now get the flood alarm that she has always dreamed about?
As I was reading your plan to use the Macromatic and the RIB together the design seemed overcomplicated but I saw where you were going, glad to see there was a simpler approach.
Also the finished polychrome looks great.
|04-05-2015 04:05 PM|
DK would it benefit you to keep a record of any and all defective parts you order?
I guess that would minimize reordering of poor quality parts, or at least let you know to buy more than one of any trouble parts.
Good luck, my projects are currently all on hold, except breeding projects.
The Zen of planted tank breeding is becoming very relaxing to me.
|04-04-2015 02:33 PM|
The missing link
With only three tools, she and her friend Google have schemed her way into these nutso projects.
One of the reasons she runs this thread is to illustrate that you only need three tools, a computer or smart phone, and hookup to the 'net, and you can go places.
It doesn't matter what you did, or didn't, do in 9th grade. What matters is today. Anyone can do it.
DK's has had just about every possible screw-up and failure. (She doesn't publish most of them because some of them are pretty darned embarrassing like not realizing her PCM is already doing the job of the RIB.) She learns from them. Sometimes, she has success after a failure or a string of failures. She figures if she hasn't had success yet, that she just hasn't pushed through the failures enough, yet.
On the other hand, if she had not had the PCM functional deficiency, and made the mistake of buying the RIB when she really didn't need it, she would not have had the internal discussion about exactly what the RIB does, and exactly what the PCM does. It was this internal discussion that gave her the eureka moment that changed her plans for the RIB relay.
Below, she beta tested her new idea. Um. Yeah. Try to screen out the miscellaneous stuff in the picture. Just focus on the RIB, plugged in, and it's sensing contacts. The other stuff in the picture is just stuff that happens to be in the background.
First picture, you see the RIB is hooked up to power, but the input pulse contacts haven't' seen a "dry-contact, no-voltage" pulse to activate the RIB (They are just hanging in the air - these wires are completely isolated from the power wires and they see no electricity even though the relay itself is now powered with 120 volts. Even when they close a circuit, that circuit is NOT ENERGIZED, that is why DK does not have them capped off in this picture, there is no danger. These wires are NEVER running electricity in this type of relay.).
The realization that a "dry-contact, no-voltage" pulse is merely a non-energized closed circuit - after much drooling head pounding trying to learn NEW electronics terminology - gave DK the missing link she's been wanting.
Second picture, she applies the contact leads to a wet towel (and relishes the supreme irony that in this solution she's waited to discover for two years her "dry contact" is WET!!! - BWAHAHAHA!!!) and take a look at the RIB's LED.
Now, mebbe all y'alls are smarter than she is and coulda figgerd this out sooner. But it took her a couple of years of stewing for the eureka moment on this.
But now, she's good to go!
Shrimptern Zero, are you reading??
And with this, she leaves the cave to drip, a few days.
|04-03-2015 02:02 PM|
Nine hurdles down, one remains
DK got the Macromatic installed. To do so, she had to do another relay-ectomy elsewhere and fool with the circuit layout, but she prevailed.
She did NOT install the RIB relay.
She decided she has other plans for it.
She realized that the existing Stenner Pump Control Module is already capable of taking in a dry contact input and putting out a 120 volt output, which is what she needed the RIB relay for. And since the PCM is a not-very-well functioning timer, she can just use it at a short setting, doesn't matter which, to pulse the Macromatic.
So, it's all working:
Until, we hit the wall.
Um. The Macromatic they sent DK is defective. No matter the switch or knob settings, it runs the SAME time interval.
Back it goes.
DK is feeling cursed.
New one ordered, different vendor.
She will prevail.
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