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Name: Damsel

Size/Category 55-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
9 - Angelfish
5 - Peppered Cory

Lighting: standard

Filtration: AquaClear 110


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Hello! Wish me luck!
I know many moons have past since our last communication, I've just been so busy, I haven't had too much time for the computer or this site. I just thought I'd let some of the folks here, that I used to communicate with, know that I managed to re-injure my right knee and that I'm going to get it fixed soon.

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! (Added a vote for you too!)

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

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

07/22/2014 07:36.06 AM Report This Comment
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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
How are you and your critters doing? And how is the weather? It finally rained here. Yippee! We are so happy after months and months of dry beautiful sunny weather. One really can get tired of nice days plus we had some forest fires around and the rain got rid of them and the residual smoke.

It's cooler too but still hasn't frosted. Perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold. It's supposed to freeze this week and is overdue but I hope it doesn't. I like eating fresh vegetables from the garden and the frost will kill them.

Could I ask a great favour of you? I entered a photo of Eddie, big percheron horse, in Dover Saddlery's online photo contest. I would love to have your vote and you only need to vote once. The contest ends soon so the sooner you can vote the better. And if you would pass it along to your friends I'd appreciate that so much.

The contest is at No spaces or dashes. He is on page 10 in the Best Black & White category. The title is, "Tall, Dark, and Hansom."

Thank you so much!!!

Here's a vote for you and I hope you are also enjoying some nice autumn weather.

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

10/03/2011 11:43.44 PM Report This Comment
Hows the tank doing? How've you been? Just stopping by for a quick hello and hopes all is well. We miss you!

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

09/18/2011 08:34.32 AM Report This Comment
Hey stranger!
It's been too long since we've been in touch! How are you doing? Life is crazy these days, as it is every summer. Trying to take care of all the maintainence that needs to get done to the house while the days are longer and warmer. Back at work and hating it! I was moved from the place I was working in Norwich (close parking, all on one floor, not too far to walk, tall cubicle walls and quiet). I was moved to a newer building in New London, CT that was formerly owned by a company called Pfizer's. It's a Pharmecutical company that was using it for research. I have to park in a garage and walk for about 6-8 minutes to get to my desk. My guess is that it's close to 1/4 mile. The walls are low and the place is very noisey because of it. But the pay is too good to pass up, especially since we don't have many choices of places to work these days. Hope you are well and not working too hard. I keep looking for your name to pop up when I'm checking my email, cuz I really enjoyed the few time we were able to connect and IM late at night when neither of us could sleep. My feet are better, thanks to the therapist, but my visits have come to an end and I'll just have to hope that my feet behave themselves for a while. I've been able to get out on the bike (use it for transportation to/from work) and once in a while with my wife during the weekends. I'm at work and need to get going back to do what they are paying me for,.

Stay well! Voted too!


Come visit me, Pisciculi.

07/12/2011 09:22.01 AM Report This Comment
Hope you are having a happy weekend!

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

07/02/2011 07:33.59 PM Report This Comment
06/06/2011 05:50.44 AM Report This Comment
! need sme help!
I'd love to see a SOTW award on my blog page, but I'll need some help. So...get you, your friends, family and neighbors and vote for my setup, please?!

Hey there luv! How goes the battle of life in your neck of the woods? I miss our early morning IM's. Life goes on here, barely!!! There is always something interesting to say the least. My wife came home from work one night a couple of weeks or so ago and said she wasn't feeling well. The next thing I know she had a sore throat,(Gave it to me!). Then it was all the sneezing as it went to the head (Yup! me too!). Then is settled into the chest, (You betcha!) Then she ended up with no voice for the past week! It's starting to come back, slowly, and we're hoping it will return completely by the start of the week! Take care!

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

06/04/2011 01:55.29 AM Report This Comment
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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
how goes the newly painted tank, did you get anything in it yet? Making this a quick one but wanted to catch up!

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

06/01/2011 09:59.33 AM Report This Comment
05/16/2011 05:26.47 AM Report This Comment
news flash !!!
wanted to share the news i have a new tank for you to check out at CAPTAIN AHAB have a look around left vote hope to see you soon

Come visit me, barnacle bob & captain ahab.

05/11/2011 06:42.12 PM Report This Comment
05/07/2011 06:22.39 AM Report This Comment
Hi Damsel
Just stopping by to say hello and admire your Angels. I am getting closer to setting up my 45 gal for my Angelfish pair. I only needed to decide on the light and finally chose the Marineland Double Bright LED. I like that they are supposed to last for 5 yrs in place of replacing bulbs and I read both good and bad results regarding planted tanks. The good is that the LED can penetrate deeper and the 45 is tall. I can always supplement with the existing T5NO fixture if needed. Can't wait to get it aqua-scaped and the Angels settled in :)

Our local greenhouse is open and it is sunny today.

Have a good day and enjoy spring:)


Come visit me, Chocolate Delight, Dwarf Rasbora Delight & Angelfish Surprise.

05/05/2011 01:27.47 PM Report This Comment
05/04/2011 04:59.36 AM Report This Comment
How are you doing? It's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to blog properly. I hope you had a nice Easter. We sure enjoyed ours and had lots of guests. Guests are all gone now. Phew! Still got some good food leftover though so that's nice. And we're enjoying a bit of warmer weather too! I can't wait till it's warm enough to put my seedlings out in the garden. They're getting a bit too big for their polystyrene cups but we still have the risk of frost. Had some just 3 nights ago.

The fish are all doing fine and are awake now and shamelessly begging for food whenever someone walks by. Soon enough there should be some little fish appearing though most will be gobbled up.

I love spring. It's my favourite season. I hope you're enjoying it too and not getting any of these nasty storms that have been wrecking our country lately. Is it still really hot there?

Here's a vote for you.

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

05/03/2011 11:47.55 PM Report This Comment
Hey girl, we keep missing each other on yahoo mail
So...How's by you? Things are going about as well as expected...lousy, of course. My feet are still swollen (there is no cure). I was going to a physical therapist twice a week for the past 4-5 weeks, and she was massaging some of the lymph nodes and making the system work like it should; and she actually made the swelling go down to the point that they were looking and feeling pretty good. I only saw her once last week, in the beginning of the week, and my feet are starting to swell up again. I don't know how much more or how often the insurance company will allow & pay for, but it is something that I will definitely benefit from. I have a bum rt knee (tore the cartilage at 17 y. o.), which has caused me problems throughout my adult life. It flared up again and is being a real "pain". I went to see a doc about it a few weeks ago and was told that I am an excellent candidate for a knee replacement. I'm going to hold off until I can't tolerate the pain any more. (I'll probably put it off until later in the fall or winter - longer if possible).
Saturday I went with a friend (by car) to Danbury to tour the U.S. Military Museum there. It was pretty interesting; and there were allot of artifacts on exhibit. On the way home we stopped at the exotic super fin & feather in E. Hartford, and I bought a pair of fish. I wanted to stop at another shop in Manchester (Aquatic Wildlife on Deming St.), but my GPS had us out in the boonies, traveling in circles. We never did find it; but gave up and headed for home. All of the fish, including the new additions, are all doing well.
I had to go to a training class last week (work related) and there was very little parking nearby, so I rode the bike to work every day. I even got caught in a thunderstorm with a torrential downpour on the way home last Thursday. I’ve been able to get some riding in, but nowhere near as much as I have in the past.
Oh well, I’ll end this note here and write again at a later date (when I get a free moment to do so) You take care and I’ll catch you again, soon. (Of course I left you a vote!)

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

05/02/2011 08:24.29 PM Report This Comment
is so beautiful. We went on a super great trip there to a ranch near the crazy mtns last June (I designed a brand and won an awesome trip as the prize, it was GREAT) and well, this high desert isn't really my idea of beauty though it has it's moments. I miss pine trees and green things! Have an amazing bunch of house plants to help compensate hehe. Soon I'll be able to get some outdoor planting done, I'm a fan of petunias so have to get those every year. Not sure what all I'll do this year though. I'm leaning more towards perennials and we'll start xeriscaping around here this summer. Tired of dirt and rocks! Hugs to Barney!

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

04/28/2011 11:13.05 AM Report This Comment
That's cool.
I'm returning your vote! Did you help "barnacle bob" with his algae problem, cause I have the same problem from time to time.

Come visit me, Who's Nemo?.

04/27/2011 08:23.07 PM Report This Comment
Howdy Rebecca!
Been awhile LOL! I try to remember all the bloggers but, as age would have it....hmmmmmmmm? Hoping you're well as well as all your finny friends? Left a vote, take care.


Come visit me, discuslover.

04/27/2011 08:35.42 AM Report This Comment
any ideas ??
i had a otto but he didnt do anything for the algae i thought he would be better suited for the tank do you have any ideas on how to control the algae or what kind of algae eater to get i have some plants and am trying to not use chemcals but not sure where to go after this what do you think left a vote

Come visit me, barnacle bob & captain ahab.

04/27/2011 06:04.16 AM Report This Comment
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04/26/2011 05:16.49 AM Report This Comment
whats new?
not much here, but no real complaints either. weather is attempting some spring like status, but it's still pretty chilly and not very sunny nor rainy. Wish it would do one or the other! All fish are doing well, as is everything/one else here. Thinking I should do some water changes today, but then again, taking a nap sounds good too haha. Hope you have a nice weekend planned.

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

04/22/2011 10:15.44 AM Report This Comment
i have an aquaclear also its a mini on a five gallon just got a pleco because my algae was out of control dont know if hell make in a small tank without wafers hope that it dosent spoil him and stop eating the algae he really pushes the filter to its capacity he shits 24 hrs a day all thought he was cleaning up the tank for a week and now is under control hes working on the plants as a last thing left a vote

Come visit me, barnacle bob & captain ahab.

04/21/2011 09:02.17 AM Report This Comment
04/18/2011 04:42.04 AM Report This Comment
Stopping by with a quick hello and to leave a vote. How are your Angelfish?

Come visit me, Chocolate Delight, Dwarf Rasbora Delight & Angelfish Surprise.

04/14/2011 10:46.39 PM Report This Comment
Hi Damsel
Just stopping by with a vote and a quick Hello. Have a great week.

Come visit me, Tetropolis.

04/14/2011 08:25.16 PM Report This Comment
04/14/2011 04:36.06 AM Report This Comment
Heres a vote back, thanks for your help!

Come visit me, MeLovesCoryCats, CherryShrimpMaster:), Goldfish keeper & Swordtail keeper.

04/13/2011 06:38.06 AM Report This Comment
04/12/2011 04:59.22 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the ego boost! Just swimmin' by with a Vote!

Come visit me, Who's Nemo?.

04/11/2011 08:42.38 PM Report This Comment
Hey there.
I am getting close to being able to get a EcoBio stone with my e-points. can you help me win SOTW on my 'mystery catfish' tank by voting for me often? I will leave you a vote every day if so. :D


Come visit me, MeLovesCoryCats, CherryShrimpMaster:), Goldfish keeper & Swordtail keeper.

04/11/2011 02:19.51 PM Report This Comment
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