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Today 05:03 AM
Maechael Wheat grass, barley......... Shrimp tanks! So very many tanks, awesome looking tanks.

I think the illness stay away because you're in a beautiful room surrounded by that stuff. Pretty cool on the health aspect though.



DK unsure when, but pics will be coming eventually.

Bump: Also DK, did that trick with the polychrome project work?

Glad to see you are moving forward with health concerns and a project or two.
Today 04:44 AM
plamski Hi Donna.
Corresponding the flu and other low immune system sickness and because you know me a little bit, I'll give you some hints just to kill you free time in research?

Look for Wheatgrass juice, Barley juice and sunflower shoots.
Iím growing them for our family/next to the shrimps racks / 2 years already. We forgot what is flu or cold. They give so much pure energy I can sleep only 4h per day and still work more than my coworkers and fill great.

I'm talking about 4 trays on the back wall next to the door.
Today 01:42 AM
DKShrimporium
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Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
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.
This calls for pictures, you know.


Quite to the contrary, DK went to the MD today and expanded her cache of phamaceuticals because overnight the flu expanded into a sinus infection on a Friday, and last time that happened it expanded to pneumonia by Monday. In the bizarro world of modern pharmacetical accounting, somehow the price on them was over $100, until a certain plastic member card was proffered, at which time the price mysteriously dropped to $4. It wasn't that another party paid all except the $4, it was that the price structure changed.

I need more of those types of plastic cards, methinks.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

FINALLY, more polychrome parts have arrived. DK managed to score an unbelievable set of five of these turn-of-the-century (?) glass globes for a stunning ten bucks on THAT auction site, but shipping was delayed because just when she bought them the poor seller dude was hospitalized. DK's been on pins and needles, wondering if she'd actually GET them, or if said dude might expire, leaving her antique globeless. Dude prolly had what she's got, only even worse, and needing HOSPITAL grade pharmaceuticals. I hope he had a plastic member card.

DK saw the SAME globe, a single one, on that same site for $50.


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Yesterday 09:31 PM
Maechael 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.
Yesterday 06:39 PM
DKShrimporium
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Originally Posted by plamski View Post
Great!!!!
Very happy to see those tanks full with babies.
Hi Plamen!

Here are a few more baby shots I just took for you.


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Yesterday 05:12 PM
plamski Great!!!!
Very happy to see those tanks full with babies.
Yesterday 03:19 PM
DKShrimporium 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)

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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!
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01-29-2015 01:03 AM
DKShrimporium
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Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
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.
I gotta say, things ARE happenin' down there, right now, in a big way.

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.

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IN OTHER NEWS:

First pictures, camo babies.


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01-27-2015 09:30 PM
Maechael 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
DKShrimporium
Today's lesson: Know Thyself

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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
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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!
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