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Name: Chocolate Delight

Size/Category 50-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
8 - Emerald Eye Rasbora (Rasbora dorsiocellata macrophthalma)
5 - Marbled Hatchetfish
1 - Angelfish
4 - Otocinclus vestitus
7 - Corydoras pygmaeus
5 - Pristella Tetras (Pristella maxillaris)
1 - Licorice gourami
1 - Bolivian Ram (Microgeophagus altispinosa)
1 - Swamp Licorice Gourami
4 - Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)
9 - Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)

Lighting: (1)Coralife Aqualight Dual Bulb T5 Aquarium Light Fixture, 2X21 Watt, 36 inch
AND (1)Marineland Double Bright LED 36 inch fixture. Set on Timers 12 hours daily with 4 hour siesta mid-day to assist with natural C02 regeneration.

Filtration: Rena XP2 canister filter with spray bar output

Invertebrates: 2 Amano Shrimp, Multiple Cherry Shrimp and Anentome helena (Assassin Snail)eggs

Other Accessories: 50 gal (36x19x19) Moderately Planted using eco complete for the planted aquarium substrate and CaribSea Instant Peace River smooth gravel/sand. Lots of low to moderate light live plants utilizing Flourish and Flourish Excel (organic carbon in place of C02) Hydor External heater fitted to output tube on filter.

This tank was started May 2009 using cultured filter media from another tank.:) I use natural looking fabric on back of tank.

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Hi Kathy! It's been a long time since our last communication and I hope that this note finds everyone doing well and in good health.

Unfortunately, I'm not in the best of health as I took a fall in March and re-injured my right knee, again, (I tore the cartilage in it back in '71 playing HS football); this time it was serious enough that I started to seek out a surgeon & a hospital so I could get my knee fixed. I managed to do that so, here I go, again! This time I'm headed for New York City this Thursday morning (July 24) for a few days stay at HSS (Hospital For Special Surgery) as I'm about to get a Total Knee replacement on my right knee. Wish me Luck!

This is supposed to be one of the best hospitals in the country for this type of surgery. The hospital is known for joint repair & replacement (mostly joints of the extremities). Many of the doctors are team physicians for Professional & Olympic teams including the NY Giants & NY Nets to name a few. Their logo is "Where the World comes to get back in the game!"

I'm supposed to be in the hospital for a few days then I'll be out of work for 4-8 weeks. (So I should be able to spend a little more time on the site during my time at home.) I'm told that it will take about a year for total recovery but, I should start to feel better by the time I'm ready to go back to work.

As for the aquarium...things are doing OK. I have one fish that has been a bully toward another one (same species) and it's managed to nibble away at the tail and dorsal fins of the poor fish it's been beating on; and now, the (one being picked on) hides all the time. I've also lost a few others of different varieties. It seems I've hit the max number of fish; every time I put a new one into the tank either it or another fish in the tank dies. AHHH, the balance of nature!

I need to replace my light fixture, too! About a week days ago the tank light failed to operate properly, after I took it apart I found that there was no way to repair it so, I need to buy a replacement hood. My search of the lfs produced nothing I was looking for, so I turned to the internet & one of my favs (Pet Mountain) and hit a home run with a single bulb unit for $57.99. Luck was with me because they're having a 50% sale and this is one of the items on sale! I'll need to order a few other things to make the total large enough ($75) for free shipping. That shouldn't be too hard, lol!

Well, I hope you have a great summer; and I'll post an update when I get home from the hospital.
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Come visit me, Pisciculi.

07/22/2014 07:25.49 AM Report This Comment
How are you? Just was thinking of your awesome tanks so here I am to say hello and how are you hehe.

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06/19/2014 12:59.52 PM Report This Comment
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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
Nice looking aquarium. Just left you a vote.

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08/20/2013 06:35.33 PM Report This Comment
Hi Kathy!
I know, I know...It's seems like forever since I was last on here. The holidays were good despite the fact that it hasn't been that long since my dad passed away. Mom and the rest of us took it very well, actually. We went to my sister's house this year for Christmas eve dinner and the family get together. The meal was great (as usual) and the company was enjoyable (to say the least). We are planning a trip to the west coast in the spring (our "big ticket item") for our present to each other. New Year's Eve was quiet (as usual) for a pair of old folks that don't get out very often. We sat up and watched a few movies, then saw the ball drop in times square, (gave each other a kiss),saw the few fireworks that were televised...then went to bed. Very uneventful! I managed to keep the tradition, again, and went out for a bike ride for bout 45 min to an hour.
The company I work for shuts down between Christmas & New Year's day so I was out for about a week or so, which was needed and enjoyable! I was out on Dec 22nd and returned to work on Jan 2nd. My wife had been in a reduced work mode after being laid off by a couple of the dentists that she was working for and just recently was able to acquire another position for a few days a week. She's a dental hygienist & also has a degree in botany, both of which are offering very little in the way of available positions in our local area. So is good! The fish tank is doing well and I've been able to keep all of the residents in it for some time now without any losses, (score one for me!) Well, I guess that is all I have for now. Enjoy your day! Hope your holidays were good and that Santa was good to you! How is the weather and the snow accumulation up there, ? It appeared that you are having an especially bad winter with lots of snow and cold, according to what I've seen on the TV, anyway. Keep warm and safe!

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01/12/2013 07:03.32 AM Report This Comment
Sad Day (11/10/12)
I received a phone call from my brother around 1:45 on Saturday morning, telling me that our father had passed away.

He had been fighting COPD for about 10 years & had been on oxygen for the last 6 yrs.
For more information go to the link for his Obituary & guest book page in the local newspaper (You’ll need to copy & paste the address): earch.aspx?daterange=30&lastname=Burrows&countryid- =1&stateid=9&affiliateid=1420


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11/21/2012 07:15.55 PM Report This Comment
09/16/2012 02:13.46 PM Report This Comment
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05/25/2012 03:51.10 PM Report This Comment
she was one of the 100 that actually got in, so we're proud of her:)

We'd love to hear from you guys again.

Lots & Lots of Love,
The Cape Cod Crew & Mom.

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05/19/2012 11:54.14 PM Report This Comment
Vote 907:)
Remember us? Its Jazz & Felix, Freedom & The Betta Gang. Its been quite a while since the last time we were on here. Maybe back in December was the last time we blogged. Its almost the end of school for mom, so she thought she'd get back on here for us. We sure missed it. We have been updated though with all the emails being sent to mommas phone. But nothing is like the blogging:)

We've been awfully busy bees.. sorta. hehe. Many events had happened while we were away. Im not sure if we had mentioned it but in November a friend of moms had died. She was a neighbor of hers. We miss her dearly. The winter was very bitter, but we barley got snow! Jazz didnt like the snow. Felix thought it was the greatest thing in the world. It took us hours to coax him back inside! He enjoyed catching the snow in his mouth too! Moms cousin came home from Korea for Christmas. His flight was delayed, but he got here on Christmas Day:) We recently got news that he is gonna be a father soon which is very exciting for us. Tobeys 2nd Rainbow Bridge Day was the 22nd of December. Thank you for all of those sweet messages we got, we appreciate you guys remembered <3 Moms birthday was back in February, again, thank you all for stopping by & saying happy birthday! It means a lot to mom. She was in Fort Lauderdale, FL for her birthday, so we didnt see her! :(

Jazz & Felix have all new(ish) pictures up! They're new to you guys, since they were tooken when we while we were away. Mom says we will all get new & better pictures coming soon. Also, Felix has a video of him getting the paper that should be up in the video section soon:) His 3rd birthday/1st Gotcha Day is June 27th, we cant believe its almost been a year with him already! Hes changed so much since we had adopted him. Hes such a handsome fella <3

Freedom seems to have started a bond with mom (finally). His birthday was in April, the 19th. He turned 4 years old (it was also his 1st Gotcha Day too!). Freedom is back sleeping in his outside hutch since the weather has been nice & warm. Mom still has his indoor cage up, just incase it rains or is to chilly for him! Freedom is like moms little puppy. He will jump up next to her on the couch (if Jazz & Felix dont nip at him first) & he will even follow her around. He is still skittish whens held, but hes getting better.

As for the Bettas, mom still needs to update their page on FC. Tomorrow mom plans to clean the bowls, so she will take all pictures of them when the water is clean. Our beautiful green betta, Huxley died on March 30th. He jumped out of his bowl which shocked mom, since his bowl was the only one with a cover. She left a little space open so she could drop his food down in the water. He was one smart fish to figure that out. We miss him dearly.

As for mom, shes been okay. She is dealing with her brain disorder. Shes cooping as best she can. Good news is she got into a techanical school. She went today for testing. Out of 300 applicants

Come visit me, The Betta Gang.

05/19/2012 11:53.50 PM Report This Comment
Just leaving a note of Hello and a vote. I love this planted tank.

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05/19/2012 09:14.14 PM Report This Comment
We miss you!
Hoping all is well with you and yours and that your spring has sprung, or at least made an appearance! I wonder, when spring sprungs, is that like a Slinky that gets out of whack? Whew, I need to get some sleep, goofy thoughts like that might be counterproductive to actual thought hehe.

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05/09/2012 09:09.44 PM Report This Comment
Just a note to say Hi! And I left a vote. =)

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05/03/2012 04:33.53 PM Report This Comment
Well my friend, it's been a long time coming and I have to say I finally did it! The tank and stand have made the transition from the basement to the bedroom and has taken it's place where the 40 used to be. It took a friend & I most of the day to make the move. I had to get the old stand & tank out of the way, then clean the walls & floor behind where the tank was sitting for the better part of 28 yrs, then paint the wall & trim before the new one was put in place. The fish have survived the move & are doing well in the "new digs". I haven't had the opportunity to take any pictures of the completed project but, I will soon and they too will get posted here. Now I have to go fishin' for some new tank mates!

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04/28/2012 02:36.33 AM Report This Comment

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04/24/2012 02:55.26 PM Report This Comment
How are you? How's your mom? My mom is now back to work on light duty, and several of her patients are more than thrilled, so she's really happy. All is well around here, just been very busy. Is it spring there yet, cuz we're getting more snow now in this dusty desert than we did all winter! Crazy weather!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

04/13/2012 10:01.27 AM Report This Comment

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04/05/2012 08:48.02 AM Report This Comment
Hi!Leaving a vote,have a splashingly good day.

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03/05/2012 09:48.12 AM Report This Comment
SWIMMING BY TO JUST SAY HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
SEE 'YA!!!!!

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03/03/2012 06:21.16 AM Report This Comment
Monday Hello!
Hi! Curious about your thoughts on something..I'm contemplating putting a Ram in my community tank...see that you have a bolivian ram in your tank and am curious how it gets along with the other fish? Especially the angel and gourami? Chatted with tropicluver about his bolivian ram & he said he was adviced against getting a German blue. Lav4u!

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02/13/2012 12:21.15 PM Report This Comment
Happy Almost Valentine's Day
Stopped by to visit, your tanks look great! I immensely enjoyed looking at the pictures again. And, I left another vote while marveling at all your awards.

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02/10/2012 05:51.16 AM Report This Comment
Does your angelfish ever bother your tetras?

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02/08/2012 03:12.22 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for visiting me! You have a stunning setup, it looks like something out of Takashi Amano's book. Awesome. Couldn't help noticing the wildlife pictures, are you out in the wilderness? I live in a village about 35km from Johannesburg, South Africa. We have many reserves around here. much agriculture going on here. We have only small game here, all the big dangerous animals have been moved to the reserves and conservancies. Monkeys, baboons, jackals, small antelope, aardvarks, mongooses, meerkats, snakes and wild cats like the African wildcat, caracal and leopard still live in areas frighteningly close to human habitations. You would love it. Anyway, its been nice chatting. Voted for you. Cheers! Stokes

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01/31/2012 04:58.58 AM Report This Comment
Just thought I would stop over and leave you a vote. My tank is slowly getting better. I have about 3 coral frags in there, but it takes a long time to get going. How's your fins? Hope you have a good rest of the week!

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01/17/2012 04:25.38 AM Report This Comment
Howdy Kathy!
I hope all's well and your Mom is doing good? The tank is just stunning now. Things are well here but, "COLD"! I'm sure you're getting it too? Well, being farther North than me? We're expecting a large rainstorm on Wednesday and, I hope it rains for more than one day? If it snows, I won't be able to get to work? The weather pattern suggest Snow???? I hope not, rain is fine but no snow PLEASE!!! The fish are fine too. I haven't taken any new pics especially of the Kitten. She was just fixed last Thursday and, is back outside ( though she LOVED being in the house )and hunting again. She's gorgeous now. I may have to wait until it warms up a bit before I take pics. Anyway, Take care.


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01/16/2012 10:07.48 AM Report This Comment
Happy New Year!
A little bit belated I kind of took out my internet it turns out it doesn't like saltwater! The cable modem they exchanged but the router was mine and it was not coming back so I had to replace it! I had my smart phone but it was annoying with such a small screen and woud always send me in the areas I didn't want to go! I went to the emergency room last night I kept having these sudden headaches but it seems like after each one my Left side woukd get more feeling back so I didn't pay too much attention to but then my right hand had gone tingly so I went to the emergency room! I guess all is fine but I guess the corpal tunnel is even worse! Still I don't want the surgery afriad they will make things worse! I like being able to work and if my right hand goes out that is it for my working! but all in all I'm alright should no more when I see the my doctors at least I sure hope so! I have been enjoying all the good weather it has been incredibly warm lately but it did get a litte bit colder but still going to be in the 40's during the day! Sorry it has been so cold for you lately but I guess you are used to it! Just a couple of months left so far it has been a very warm winter even if things get colder I'll take this winter for sure!

Come visit me, John's Turtles & Brian's Salt Tank.

01/08/2012 08:37.40 AM Report This Comment
Happy New Year!
Hope things are going swimmingly well! I so enjoy looking at your pictures. Have a great year.

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01/04/2012 05:44.53 AM Report This Comment
Thanks so much for your condolences for Acorn. I can't believe how much I miss her!

Leaving a vote for you.

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01/03/2012 11:47.52 PM Report This Comment
Happy new year to you left a vote

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01/01/2012 01:37.25 PM Report This Comment
Too tired or lazy or both to blog properly tonight but I thought I'd drop by and say I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Here's a vote for you.

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12/27/2011 11:47.49 PM Report This Comment
Merry Christmas!
I had to work today for what I don't know our parts warehouse was closed so we don't get any parts! There was nothing to do! I was glad to get down there to see my family but my Father is the one I feel bad for he is now 76 and living by himself in the haunted house! My mother passed away in 2000 and it is hard for him even though he would not admit it! I had a bad experience in that house during the day it sounded like something was dropping a box of dishes so i prayed about it and it happened agian so I kept up the prayers and then it started agian until it was banging every second until I stopped praying and immediatly it stopped you could hear a pin drop so I immediatly ran out the door because whatever it was now has dropped the box and I didn't want to find out what it was! It never bothered my father but he told me that he did have an experience he was taking a nap on the couch and he woke up something grabbed his arm but he said he wasn't afriad of it at least not that he would admit at least! Is your family in Alaska or nearby Canada? Well I am tired did not get much time to get anything done I had to take the wife shopping and now I am getting ready for bed now after walking a dog! I hope you have a great New Years Day!

Come visit me, John's Turtles & Brian's Salt Tank.

12/26/2011 08:36.42 PM Report This Comment
Merry Christmas
this tank is looking amazing, wow. Merry to you all, sure hope you had a nice weekend. I'm about worn out from ours now that I'm sitting and relaxing, whew. It was all fantastic though. Kids had a ball, and now my voice is raggedy from so much laughter. And my tummy muscles aren't too happy either. didn't overeat though, I usually don't, cuz I'm the one doing all the cooking and cleaning. Tomorrow I'll enjoy some leftovers in peace though. I hope!

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12/25/2011 07:54.30 PM Report This Comment
merry christmas
nice looking tank heres a vote

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12/25/2011 01:32.50 PM Report This Comment
Merry Christmas!
It's been ahwile since I last talked to you enjoying all your warm weather I take it! I did get some doctor appointments closer to home I told my family doctor that the local doctors can tell me nothing just as easily as the big city doctors can which he did agree on! They might actually have some answers for me anyway! I went for an MRI of my left shoulder for a possible rotator cup injury they have known about it when I had my stroke but it was in a low priority now that my stroke is under control they are looking into getting something done about it! So far my fish are doing good right now! How are the angel's doing did you get the Juvies out and in a new home? I have some things to get done before I can head down to see my Family for christmas! I haven't been down in over 6 months so it is going to be special when I get down there! My one Sister I haven't seen since I had the stroke! I wish you and your Family and All Your Pets a Very Merry Christmas!

Come visit me, John's Turtles & Brian's Salt Tank.

12/24/2011 05:05.50 AM Report This Comment
How are you doing? It's about time I wrote you a longer blog than, "Hi, here's a vote!" Is it cold there? It's been really cold here. Much colder than usual for this early in winter. It finally warmed up enough to snow but the snow didn't stick. I don't really want it to but I would mind a bit so I can hook my sleigh up to Pippin and go sleigh riding in the snow!

Thanks for taking the time to find Acorn on the SAC. Isn't she a cutie? I hadn't seen her for a few days and she surprised me this morning with her cute demanding face. I gave her an acorn and a peanut and she promptly buried them. I guess she's not starving then, is she? We put food out for her every night and she gets it in the morning without fail.

Too bad about your angels. Sounds like it requires a lot of work to raise those. Our goldfish do the same thing. Only the dark babies have a chance because they can camouflage themselves in the weeds.

Well, that's all from me. I got a busy weekend ahead. Here's a vote for you.

P.S. Did you watch Tail of Horror yet?

Come visit me, Pond Creature (Rest in peace, Melian).

12/16/2011 11:59.27 PM Report This Comment
Just lovely!

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12/14/2011 06:03.12 PM Report This Comment
ok, not that your power went out, but that you have actual weather. We are still just very very cold and clear. Had to hand water my outdoor plants yesterday, 3 gals at a time, so it took about an hour. I'm nice and sore today but at least I slept really good last night! Been super busy getting things ready for holidaze craze, my dad and stepmom will be coming for dinner and they've never seen the house. Yea, and they live all of about 12 mins away...My family is, um, well, family. I know how you feel about fish bullies, I don't tolerate them well either. Had to get rid of the mollies as they tortured my bumble bees, literally to death! Had no idea! Eventually I'll set up a tank just for bumblebee gobies again, they are so funny to watch. Speaking of funny, the dragon goby is getting more personality, he puts on quite a show for company when we all gather at the table. I got an early gift from bf, he got me the set of Air Swimmers flying shark and clownfish remote ridiculousness. We've been having a ball with the clownfish but haven't done the shark yet cuz they are HUGE. My Rottie is hilarious, she growls at it then hides behind me, hehe. I'm wondering if I can post a video of it on FC, I mean, it does have a fish in it, so to speak hehe. Well, guess that's it for now, I'm stalling as I really don't want to clean the kitchen, but have to do water changes and a tank remodel today so need to just do it! I weary of dishes, a live in maid would be one of the first things on my list of must haves for my next life of being preferably very very rich hehe. Hope your power stays on, and feel free to send that weather this way, I'm not that far down from you!

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12/13/2011 09:14.52 AM Report This Comment
I Hope your having a good day! So far everything is going along really good! I did get my maintainence done on my tank this weekend and the fish sure are happier! Leaving you a vote!

Come visit me, John's Turtles & Brian's Salt Tank.

12/13/2011 04:43.24 AM Report This Comment
when it rains, it pours! Of course, I don't think coffee was what they had in mind when that phrase originated hehe. My eye is a lot better, skin is tender but not even discolored. I wish I had something more visible to invoke sympathy around here but we are like hyenas, attacking the wounded HAHAHA. I just traded a bunch of points for a renewal on AFI and the box of salt so now I'm back down to around 5k points. Doesn't really take long to rack them up though and I have redeemed an amazing 600k of points over the years! Wow! Well, gotta make this short cuz I'm way behind and have a rollercoaster park to clear (priorities, you know I have them hehe) but since I"m still in my jammies, I'm already in the 'taking the day off' mode so other than a quick bit of chores just so I won't feel like I totally slacked off I don't have much planned as far as housework goes. I weary of dishes...

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12/08/2011 11:23.51 AM Report This Comment
Hello agian!
Sure a shame that the juvies ate the fry and eggs and you have enough plants in the tank but they don't stand a chance when there 2 hungry sibblings not wanting to share there tank!
The weather is going to change agian tonight but it will stay rain from what I seen for the long term forcast which is so reliable!!LOL! Right now it feels like springtime in the 60's!
I am remoldeling the kitchen and the one problem is that it is an old house and some strange design I have to work with in this house and one thing it never had was a dishwasher so I was planning on moving it closer to the sink but it is working where it is now so now I am rearranging the upper cabints to move the under cabinet microwave to the stove!

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12/05/2011 07:00.18 PM Report This Comment
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