The tank has been going for three years and 2 months now. Unfortunately, we lost our last pleco this month. So, not counting tetras, that’s three deaths so far.
…and yes, I re-did the layout again. Having the plants on the left side of the tank killed all of the water flow across the substrate. Having the plants on the left side also hides some of the electronics and some of the detritus that builds up between weekly water changes.
I hadn’t planned on having so many Amazon Swords again, but one of the plants shot out a runner with five or so daughter plants out of nowhere. I’ll probably pull some out as the start to grow.
Most hatred is fear with a leather jacket and a sneer. Most excuses are laziness in an expensive suit and carrying a briefcase.
I just realized that it has been almost a year since my last tank update. I hope I can make up for that with a larger than usual batch of photos. The tank is still going strong, although I did remove most of the Amazon Swords to give the discus more room to swim.
I hope you enjoy!
Some weird sounds from way back in 2008. I’m cleaning out my hard drive.
Ok, my one and only political post for the year.
Most people are hardworking, decent people who just want to earn a living, take care of their kids and have a few beers on the weekend. The people who put forth the idea of a divided republic have an economic interest in fanning the flames of disharmony. Every election cycle the talking heads, chattering pundits and the angry demagogues from all parts of the political spectrum beat their drums as if we are on the brink of a Civil War. We are not.
The fact that someone has a different opinion than you doesn’t make them ill informed or kool-aid drinkers or anything of the sort. The fact that someone else is voting for a different political candidate than you are doesn’t make them a bad person or a bad American.
We face tough choices about the way we want to address the future. Ignore the fantasies of simple answers to complex problems. Ignore the calls to shut your ears and ignore anyone who dares to speak opinions that don’t march in lockstep with your own. Our disparate viewpoints are a strength that we should embrace. Our capability to empathize and learn from those we disagree with is the tool that will help us to meet the challenges ahead with the determination and inventiveness that has always made this a great nation.
The conspiracy theorists and professional cynics who sully the good name of meaningful skepticism won’t help us. The purveyors of ad hominem attacks cheapen our discourse and make it clear that they don’t have faith in their own grand pronouncements.
Regardless of who wins tomorrow, we are still in a deep hole and we are still going to have to come together to pull ourselves out of it. Not any particular politician or political party, but the American people together. Let’s vigorously argue the merits of the different paths ahead without losing sight of the bonds that bind us together as one out of many.
This is a post in my own self interest. I’m sure there will be another instance in the future where I cam connected to a company’s VPN, but I just can’t resolve an internal, that is intranet, resources. If the name doesn’t work by itself, try appending the appropriate DNS suffix in the advanced IP4 settings for the VPN connection.
This has been a note to my future annoyed self.
I never saw a cloud
Not a a single wrinkle in the sky
and the thing that cost me everything
was just a slice of warm pie
Like a blanket in a convict’s cell
I clung to you for warmth
and paid no heed to warning bells
I shrugged all warnings off
The day, my foe
Against me stood
with sharp words and with knives
circumstances took up arms for me
to shelter me from life.
…and yet, I hear no sirens
only the sweetest of bird song
I clung to death and lingering
one moment short of one moment to long.
The wind, once held
would lash the likes of knots
and bind the hands of want and need
until the love of breathing fades
like conspirators under the wing of shade
more taut than any family bond
On Friday we made our second attempt at home-made discus food. Sarah mixed the following ingredients in a Cuisinart food processor that we bought for the purpose:
- 1/4 pound of medium shrimp (about 8-10)
- A handful of Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef flake for color.
- 7 cloves of garlic
We plan on adding some green leafy vegetables to the mix in the future, but we wanted to start out with a simple ingredient list.
We added the garlic last, which was a mistake. The processor wasn’t able to break it into small enough pieces with the other ingredients already mixed in. Next time, we’ll make sure to process the garlic by itself.
We split the mix in two and added half of a very ripe banana to one part for binding. We’re not sure how well the mix will hold together in the water and wanted to experiment with different binders. We then placed each of the two batches into sandwich bags and froze them overnight.
We didn’t feed the fish on the night when we made the food. The next morning, we broke off a small piece of the batch without banana and dropped it into the tank. The good news is that the mix seemed to stay together. Unfortunately, the fish weren’t willing to actually eat any of it. The red cherry shrimp in our tank seemed to like it, but the discus turned up their snouts. We vacuumed the food out as part of our weekly water change.
I’ve read that it can take up to two weeks to introduce discus to new foods, so we’re trying to be patient. We’re also considering adding a few frozen bloodworms on top of the food to try and trick the fish into tasting it.