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Today 12:21 PM
DKShrimporium
Today's lesson: Know Thyself

Quote:
Originally Posted by pKaz View Post
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!
Hey pKaz,

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?

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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.

But then.

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.

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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.


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01-25-2015 03:57 PM
pKaz 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
DKShrimporium 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)
Blue Tiger
Wild Tiger
Black Tiger
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.


Yellow
Red
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01-24-2015 11:53 PM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nuthatch View Post
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.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! LIFE!!! LIFE in the cave!

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Today, we have confirmation of at least one berried Papaya. Yup. DK knew it wuzza comin'.

Stay tuned.
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
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
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?
Sigh. These heaters replaced some TITANIUM heaters that were so disappointing and died way too early. DK definitely likes a heater with a light indicator showing it's powered up. She does need to buy some new heaters, but is not ready yet. Everything she does down there is in bulk so she has to pick good products. Her critical tanks are on double systems with double thermostatic control, so if a heater welds on or malfunctions, the temp controller will cut power if the tank temp gets too high. But all her systems make for a lot of gobbledy-gook into a tank.

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
Maechael 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
DKShrimporium
Thank goodness for frogs and bubbles

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
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.

Hmmmmmmmm. Most excellent. Most excellent.

Kewl.

(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!!

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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.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

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And, as she types this moment, BOTH black tiger tanks AND the Papayas are dancing. Oh, yeah, the Shrimporium is entering popcorn mode.

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01-23-2015 10:58 AM
Maechael 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.
01-21-2015 02:53 PM
DKShrimporium
Ahem

So, while DK wuz a-waitin' fer a knocked-up Papaya to crawl outta the weeds (which STILL hasn't happened, stubborn girl!!), she cleaned glass on a couple more tanks and took a look.

Now, right now DK's Shrimporium looks a lot like the picture, below. Just sorta... well, unkempt. (SHE NEEDS A SHRIMPTERN THIS YEAR - CONTACT HER IF YOU'S INTERESTED - must not be a craigslist serial killer, not a substance abuse or smoker type, and housebroken - her criteria aren't that selective, honestly!! We feed you, we house you, we entertain you - well if you call work entertainment, heh heh heh, but hey projects are FUN!) So she's gettin' back to action, which encourages her to clean up. But she rather stinks at CLEANING UP so she does the least amount she HAS to, each day. She cleaned 4 inch strips at the bottom of the front glass in two more tanks, so she could take a look at the action.

She found (drumroll)...
  • A buncha berried black tigers.
  • BABIE T-REXs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • A knocked up Cardinal

Yesirree, action is beginin' to a-happen, down there in the Shrimporium.

Stay tuned...

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IN OTHER NEWS:

Well, actually, there is no polychrome news, today. Waiting for some parts to arrive.

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01-19-2015 03:04 PM
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
Whoah DK, glad to see so much activity again.

Love seeing inside the shrimpfarm any chance I get, and I'm glad shrimpmageddon is nearing recovery status, and in nearly all the tanks at that!


Good luck with the restorations. And the fakeaged patina.


Keep us updated on recovery of shrimpies, and Der Germans.
Why, thank you, Maechael.

Yesterday, I had dancing in the Papaya tank. Still waiting for a berried to climb out of the weeds in there, but it appears they are on the move now.

This morning: new molt skin in the Cardinal tank, and I saw five babies at once, previously I had only seen up to three. So I know a sorta recent batch of them (starting from when I started bringing back the Shrimporium from our 2014 Summer Well Shrimpmageddon) has had several grow and survive! Pics below of the molt skin and five Cardinal babies this morning.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

As the Shrimporium slowly arises as a phoenix from the ashes, DK simply MUST report on her latest project - the Riddle Polychrome Chandelier from 1924 or thereabouts.

She loves to scour that auction site, most especially in that magical window just before Christmas when sellers are desperate to make some year end cash but buyers are done auction shopping because now it's too late to get delivery for holiday gifts. Makes for some of the best auction shopping of the year, in DK's humble opinion.

This year, she scored a rough Riddle Polychrome that had all the features she was lookin' fer, a wasted finish, and a cheap-o sorta price. Her triumvirate criteria. So, she struck, and scored.

Back in the '20s, America was reeling from WWI and wanting to escape immigrant and poverty roots, as the first generation and laters grew into American citizenship and lifestyle. They really wanted to make it to that middle-class, less-grueling lifestyle. So, of course, the product manufacturers, in American style, were right there with products to feed the up-coming middle class - products that proclaimed loudly, "you have made it." Polychrome fixtures are a great example product of this phenomenon. They were actually super cheap with awful, cheap finishes but they MIMICKED the historical finer fixtures with fancy, stylistic lines and multiple electric light bulbs showcasing the rather new electricity making its way into American middle class homes. They had a sorta charm due to this that is very enduring today as we get these pieces and put them into our 21st century homes as antiques and as stories of America's past.

But, DK can never leave well enough alone, as you know. She loves the story and styles of polychrome fixtures - many of them have GREAT design lines to them.

However, most of them had fairly ugly finishes done really cheaply and over the years the finishes wore off. Those that didn't, you can see the almost joke-like attempt at spray painting colors onto them in the crudest fashion - not even attempting any sort of adhering to the lines or fine-ness of finish. These pigment sprays were then typically over-sprayed with a gold-tinted lacquer to imitate a bronze piece. But the metal that polychrome fixtures were cast from was NOT quality bronze as the expensive finer fixtures often were, but rather the cheapest pot metal, a cast-able alloy of primarily cheap and easy to cast zinc, mixed with various other metals. So this silver-colored pot metal, also knows as "white" metal, had to be spray coated with gold tinted lacquer to imitate the more expensive bronze.

And worst of all, they gave ABYSMAL light into a space. They mostly used bare bulbs of low intensity, rendering the rooms they "lit" as dark, dank, cave-like spaces with glaring bare bulbs.

So, DK loves the look of them. The finish has its quirks and charms, even though they were trashy finishes. But the light (actually lack thereof) - DK can't live with it. So, she had to modify.

Below, some cheesey original finishes with colors on these polychrome fixtures. The ones that retained their finishes are definitely worth keeping original, for their crude charm.

Also, a restored Riddle similar to DK's. Image credit: https://rejuvenation.s3.amazonaws.co...0024/R0070.jpg


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UP NEXT: DK's plan for HER polychrome, stay tuned. She will try to give actual shrimp news, too, in her posts.


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01-17-2015 11:20 AM
Maechael Whoah DK, glad to see so much activity again.

Love seeing inside the shrimpfarm any chance I get, and I'm glad shrimpmageddon is nearing recovery status, and in nearly all the tanks at that!


Good luck with the restorations. And the fakeaged patina.


Keep us updated on recovery of shrimpies, and Der Germans.
01-15-2015 04:52 PM
DKShrimporium DK's attitude is improving.

First, she found Cardinal babies. 'Bout 6 mm size and multiple of them. This leaves, of all her tanks, only the Papaya crystals not actively breeding. The Papaya crystals were the only crystals to survive Shrimpmageddon, unfortunately.

Second, she recently tweaked her calcium levels and calcium:magnesium ratio and her berrying rates are increasing; she expects the Papayas to respond within the next month.

So, she cleaned some front glasses off, and started to watch. She only cleans front glass when she thinks the action is a-gettin' good -- fundamentally because sheeze lazy and glass cleaning is like that word "maintenance" - unless - it's for a show. And it is. There are more babies in there than she originally thot, although she doesn't rate the tanks at "popcorn" level... yet.

But, as of today, Shrimpmageddon is bouncing back.

Pics, taken today. Of course they hide waaaaaaayyy inside cracks where it's hard to photograph them, plus, DK's a lousy photographer -- not necessarily in that order.


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01-09-2015 02:42 PM
DKShrimporium Well, DK finally has some actual SHRIMP news. Nothing mind shattering. To her it's totally ho hum, but she documents it here.

She must have shrimp dismorphic disorder, because she simply cannot get a rise, even though upon inspection of her Shrimpmageddon, she now has actual babies in Wild tigers, Red Tigers, Blue Tigers, Black Tigers. Yellows, Reds, Oranges, Blue Bees, and paracaridinas. Crystals and Cardinals are flirting with babies but no actual body count across her slimy tank wall glasses seen, today - both "populations" if you can call their sparse numbers this, are hanging on by a thread.

She should be happy about all these different babies, but she just... is... not.

Stay tuned.

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In the meantime, she has her WICKED polychrome project going on. Much fun. Supplies arriving every few days, still, toward that project. She put on her machinist's hat a while back and tapped some screw threads into her bobesches.


Oh, and. Guess who went out after midnight in the pitch black pouring, freezing January rain the other night....


AND GOT SKUNKED.... AGAIN!!! (Picture from several skunkings ago.)

He is soooooo bad.

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12-31-2014 12:45 AM
DKShrimporium Well, as it turns out, the above polychrome fixture actually IS historically accurate, as DK found one in original finish and was SHOCKED! See pic.

Today, she amassed the nail polish and socket bells. She's twitching for a project (her normal state once the trees drop their leaves and she has all winter to do projects) and right now polychrome is her focus, until sepia seeps in, that is.

Of course, in her polychrome project, while she's faking an authentic restoration, she will ALSO be - ahem - making some alterations for alternate purposes, as she ALWAYS seems to do, in her projects. But hey, it's a-gonna increase the functionality greatly! The picture below shows an ORIGINAL FINISH polychrome fixture (with age patina). DK has the same fixture and is a-gonna fake this finish on hers, as she a-likes this particular finish. It's gonna be an OCD challenge, to do this. 'Cause you can't be too OCD and have a good result. Ya have to be sorta impressionistic, and sloppy, for it to finish out properly. It's a-makin' DK twitchier, thinkin' about this.

Yeah. This has nothing do do with shrimp. Yet.

Yet.


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