|Yesterday 01:00 PM|
I took some more shots of the Germans for you. DK's version of eye candy!
LOL, you can see where The Germans lie wait, looking out the front door sidelite, their toenails scratching off the surface of DK's baseboard. She has a re-paint job of the house trim due, but doesn't want to do it until AFTER she's finished (refinished) her hardwood floors. She has the first stage done, but the second stage needs 3 days of no traffic and she can't figure out how to swing that!
|Yesterday 05:42 AM|
really looking good DK. hey any new pics of the GSD? its been a while for them as well. here is a shot of my new girl in the house. we have had her right at 10 months now and happy to say she is finally up to weight. she will go first of the week for a weight check but she is over 60 lbs now and no longer can you feel any bones. when we got her you could feel them all, i cried
|05-20-2015 04:41 PM|
Today's candy, mebbe an upgrade from Twix to Snickers. Thing is, you can't make fine French cuisine with only a crockpot, if'n YKWIM. DK doesn't have the camera, the macro lens, the lighting in her tanks, or the skill to make kweez-zeen.
One shot shows (future) bebbees, the other is just better focus. Hey. We'll take what we can get.
One shot of... yellow. Pretty color. Water is murky because DK just cleaned the biofilm off the front glass (thus why she HAS a picture of yellow) and while in there she rototilled the substrate, so it will take a few days to clear.
|05-19-2015 02:21 PM|
|05-19-2015 01:12 PM|
Wow, more than dripping
Such a rare event! More than s...l...o...w... dripping, there is nearly a conversation in the cave!
Why does DK speak in the third person? Hm. Dunno. Mebbe she's khrah-zhee as well as lah-zhee. Or mebbe she doesn't want to own all her failures, so she uses third person, along her treks. Or mebbe she cannot stand first person in an (apparently, if you watch page view numbers) very public place, in this present age of narcissim. Mebbe she finds it distasteful to write all those "I"s. Who knows WHAT goes on up there, with all those voices and conversations (arguments, quite often, if you must know the truth), in DK's mind. It's a bizzy, cluttery, chaos-ey place. Full of steampunk-y fixtures to trip over and konk one's head upon when wandering around in the hazy dimness.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Yesterday, she spent her shrimp time doing a surgical excision and re-implantation of ballast into one of her fixtures, that had gone bad. Patient survived and is doing well, back to functioning.
More of DK's dreadful eye candy. It's more on par with a Twix bar than a fine Belgian hand-formed chocolate. Barely in focus, that sort of thing.
After Shrimpmageddon, she had only a HANDFUL of stock left. This morning, here's a shot of some Black Tigers.
|05-19-2015 01:20 AM|
Lol =') I guess it can be a book knowing how many posts on this thread their are
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|05-19-2015 12:34 AM|
|wicca27||its her alter ego doing the talking hehehe|
|05-18-2015 10:48 PM|
|treyLcham||why do you talk in third person? Just wondering =). Great looking shrimp!!!|
|05-18-2015 03:35 AM|
|wicca27||that is awesome DK. i am just a lover of tiger shrimp and yours make me drool lol. what i ended up doing was getting a small bag of black aquarium sand and just sprinkling a thin layer over the pool filter sand i had. the shrimp mixed it in and i added a bit more till the top was for the most part dark colored. made the shrimp really pop and color up nice but was still light enough to be able to see them and not loose them|
|05-17-2015 12:41 PM|
More of DK's version of eye candy
Camouflage Tiger shrimp, also known as Paracaridina meridionalis.
It took DK 5 years of cultivating a relationship to get her hands on a population of these guys. Then, she struggled with parameters several more years, because NOBODY really knew what they wanted.
They're like yellow neos - they will survive in a very broad range of parameters, but only hit breeding production mode where they breed well AND have high survival/growth rates of young in a rather narrow range. So one can mess around a LONG time with them, without hitting the sweet spot, because they will survive, but do nothing.
DK FINALLY has the beginning of a breeding population of them. That's what this picture represents. It doesn't show that her tank is now crawling with them, but it is. She will try to get a better picture in future days showing that.
Yah, mebbe not such a big deal to the cave, but to her, it is. She doesn't know of any other folks with a breeding population of these guys this side of the ocean.
Anybody know of them being grown by North American hobbyists?
She still thinks she doesn't have them in their sweet spot, because they color up better at times. She wonders if they prefer a dark substrate for color.
|05-16-2015 02:27 AM|
|wicca27||i miss my orange poso's i lost them a year and a half ago when i moved back to oklahoma. man have i had my downs since i have moved lol. oh well one of these years i will get back in when dk starts selling again lol|
|05-15-2015 08:56 PM|
I believe the vegetation picture to be plantain.
My posos are breeding well, my shrimps sadly crashed and burned during a switch up.p
For over head quality pictures, use a specimen cup set just under the water.
|05-15-2015 07:55 PM|
What's going on with your project?
Here's another shot of the Orange Poso, next to more usual sized ones.
|05-15-2015 06:59 PM|
Beautiful shrimp line up, amazing orange poso, and ground plantain?
Healing salve and happy medicine.
My non vote has changed, clear it does fit better with the equipment.
Such jealousy of the shrimps, and the poso when they breed it makes you feel good.
|05-15-2015 05:32 PM|
DK's eye candy may be different than yours
DK supposes she likes shrimp eye candy as well as the next hobbyist: crisp macro shots of colorful shrimp, juiced saturation, lush surroundings, crystal clear water.
That sort of thing.
But her real version of eye candy is rather different.
Because she is NOT focused on eye candy. She is focused on SYSTEMS.
So while some of you will yawn and wander off, silently complaining about redundancy lately in her shots, and lack of spectacular scenery, THIS is her version of eye candy, because of what it represents:
She doesn't know of any other hobbyists who run fully-automated systems. There are a lot of them that have spectacular eye candy shots, but they buy proprietary products, run manual systems, and reap the results of someone else's innovation. That is an entirely different game than what she's playing.
Her tanks are all run off full automation.
She has vastly different species, all running off a single automation system, and all are breeding.
Using ingredients from Wally world, Costco, the local Hardware store, and her one nod to specialty shopping - Aquariumfertilizer dot com - she makes her own magic shrimp juice concentrate.
She has not done a manual water change in years, nor has she changed substrates in her tanks. (She is currently pondering a new project: a sub-substrate vacuum system to de-mulm substrates. She has a central idea but now is pondering the specifics of exactly what parts to use and how to put it together. Stay tuned.) Her goal is to create biomes mimicking those in nature that are sustainable long-term and do not need to be re-set every year or two because some designer substrate coating has worn off and they need another cash infusion (and tank tear-down, re-cycling, and re-maturation) to make it work, again.
So with the above in mind, here is HER eye candy shot.
Using a SINGLE calcium feed stream for ALL her species, and on full automation, this shot shows a pipe-lining of Cardinals growing in her Sulawesi tanks. She's got the heavily pregnant female, a half grown youth, and a pee wee in one shot. She makes, and automates, her own water in these tanks. What is remarkable is that the tap water she starts with could not be more opposite what these shrimp like. She's pretty happy with this progress.
And, another shot of a different animal from this same biome - now heading toward 4 inches in length, her snails are doing great, as well.
HEY PLAMEN -- YOU OUT THERE?? See my third pic. Is this the plant we talked about? I'm finally doing a test feeding as I type!
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