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Today 06:20 AM
wicca27 thats awesome thanks DK that made my day. i cant wait to have shrimp again i miss seeing the babies
Yesterday 03:23 PM
DKShrimporium
From Snickers to... Ferrero Rocher

These are for you, C. Just taken in the last 24 hours.

They are SO SMALL you have to know to look for them to even see them.

First composite picture, I have used the same picture in 3 magnifications to try to show just how tiny these new babies are (these guys are BRAND NEW and probably from the female shown a few posts ago, and are a different batch from the 3 mm picture shown last post). These guys are 2 mm length. They are all over the front of that tank. The upper right inset tries to show my finger actual size, so you can see the baby actual size.

The eye candy part of this is that the females won't drop their young up front in that tank until the population is large enough that they feel either crowded toward the front, or comfortable with enough "friends" around that they venture more front-ward.

The three arrow picture is on the left front of the tank, while the ruler picture is on the right front of the tank.

Mermaid babies of this size pick a "territory" and stick within a few cm of it for the first week or two. They do not move around the tank until they get 5-6 mm size.

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NEXT UP:

With the macromatic in and the Mermaids successfully switched over to the global calcium stream, DK now focuses on adjusting her carbonates for the Neos. She has had technical hurdles to getting her water blend correct for them and the other day realized she now has the minidos injector not in use and she can switch out the dosmatic injector for the minidos and get her injection ratio up in this way.


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Yesterday 05:42 AM
wicca27 thanks for the gsd pics good looking dogs they are. yes mine is happy and pretty well behaved now that she has settled in.

its so good to see babies. and mermaid babies are even better. your getting pretty good with pics DK keep it up lol

Bump: thanks for the gsd pics good looking dogs they are. yes mine is happy and pretty well behaved now that she has settled in.

its so good to see babies. and mermaid babies are even better. your getting pretty good with pics DK keep it up lol
05-22-2015 11:43 AM
DKShrimporium
So, when Gremlins get into the system, time to think.

DK's Wet Wedding has had Gremlins, lately.

The system is set to turn on at about 23 PSI, when tank pressure dips to that level. Then, it runs a film wash cycle for about 2 minutes, blasting clean her RO mother membranes. Then some valves close, ending the wash blast, and the real RO work begins for a couple hours. At the end of the couple hours, the tank is refilled with RO water and reaches its other control pressure of about 40 PSI, which signals the system to stop.

Most of these phases have a distinct sound, usually a sort of click, associated with the change of phase.

The system has been in hiccup mode, clicking and clicking until the phase change happens. The phase changes were happening at wrong pressures and were taking a LOT of clicks to finish the phase.

So DK was thinking her pressure switch, the thing that is the brains of the thing, was going bad on its calibrations, sorta wonky.

But then she forced herself to think of the system as a whole, and how it all works together, and she came up with a theory.

The system is contingent upon a free flow of water into the pressure pump. If the flow were not able to keep up with the need for volume, to maintain the pressure output from the pump, then the pressures would be all over the place, despite the pump's trying to boost pressure.

If the pressures are all over the place, the pressure switch iz a gonna go bonkers, as will every transition relying on input FROM the pressure switch.

SO, DK got to lookin' at that pre-filter run, and saw it was looking rather clogged in the 5 micron pre-filter, although the 1 micron pre-filter still looked good to go.

She decided it was time to change them.


Pictures:


  1. The view of the pre-filters. You can see the left 5 micron one is asking to be changed, but the right 1 micron one looks pretty good.
  2. 5 micron filter, much dirtier than she even thought
  3. 1 micron filter, probably clogged!!
  4. The super-duper special lube DK uses on all her stuff
  5. One of the MANY tricks she has learned, in all her failures. Remove the O-ring, clean it, and lube beneath it in the groove.
  6. Then, re-seat the O-ring and lube it on top, as well. This prevents the need for excessive force to re-open the filter in the future, and prevents the tearing of the O-ring if it gets stuck and shear force upon re-opening the filter housing tears the O-ring. This solves that problem, if you use the right lube.
  7. System back assembled, slowly filled, air bled out, re-pressurized fully and leak checked. Now, DK uses labels on the filter housings. First, the position of the lable tells her how much to tighten the housing, where to stop. Next, the labels remind her not to switch the filters order by mistake (DK makes a lotta mistakes). And finally, the labels tell her when the filters were last changed.
  8. And then, she scheduled the next due change into her electronic calendar, so this doesn't happen, again!
  9. Visual inspection is not good enough! Filters will now be on a fixed schedule so they don't get this clogged.

Wet Wedding was screaming at her with all the clicks, and she wuzzn't listening very well!

Yes, once she did change the pre-filters, the system is back to purring like a kitten, with sharp transition phases.

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And a Friday eye candy shot, DK's version of eye candy. This is a shot of a 3 mm Mermaid baby. What is eye candy to DK is the fact that this baby is up on the moss in the front of the tank. This only happens when the population is rising in that tank, and the shrimp see other shrimp and get more bold up and front in position of the tank. WHERE you see shrimp in that tank is an excellent indicator of the population, DK had learned.

So she started looking around much more patiently, and sure enough, there are a buncha tiny bah-bees in there poking up from the substrate in the front half of the tank.

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05-21-2015 01:00 PM
DKShrimporium
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Originally Posted by wicca27 View Post
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
She looks SO happy and content, C! Great job!

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!

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05-21-2015 05:42 AM
wicca27 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
DKShrimporium
Quote:
Originally Posted by AoxomoxoA View Post
Likely to keep the inhabitants of Gideon off her trail. In addition to the aforementioned reasons of course...
SHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

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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.


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05-19-2015 02:21 PM
AoxomoxoA
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Originally Posted by treyLcham View Post
why do you talk in third person?
Likely to keep the inhabitants of Gideon off her trail. In addition to the aforementioned reasons of course...
05-19-2015 01:12 PM
DKShrimporium
Wow, more than dripping

Such a rare event! More than s...l...o...w... dripping, there is nearly a conversation in the cave!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Coming along.


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05-19-2015 01:20 AM
treyLcham 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
DKShrimporium
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.


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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
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