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Name: reeffreak

Size/Category 34-Gallon Saltwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Square

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1 - Green Chromis
1 - Maroon Clown
3 - Pajama Cardinal

Lighting: t5

Filtration: built in back of tank

Invertebrates: snails,crabs,ur- chin

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Long time, no speak
Hi There! It's been a while since I've been able to get onto the site and say "Hi!" to anybody. I got the old "We're glad you are a member but..." for Fish Channel, so I thought that I'd better log in and stay for a few minutes.

I was going to ask how things are going for you folks but, I see that your hubby is still out of work. What type of work is he looking for; and what are his skills? I'll keep my ears & eyes open for you "guys" down my way. Hope he doesn't mind traveling ...if I happen to find anything in the area. I know that Electric Boat is looking for Engineers of various types.
How's the son doing these days? How's the car holding up for you? It seems that you don't always have the best of luck with cars. And...How is the Fish tank doing?

My tank is doing better. I think I've finally gotten the algae problems taken care of, thankfully! I went to a place in Mass a few weeks ago called Uncle Ned's Fish Factory. It was a very plain looking place with somewhere around 40-50 tanks, no decorations to speak of and most had fish in them. I found a handful of the dwarf cichlids that I've always wanted to get. Most were 2/$36 so I bought a pair of Apistogramma Cacatoides (Double Orange Cockatoo Cichlids) The male lasted a few days; and the female (thought it was devoured almost immediately), showed up about 4 days after putting her into the tank. She's disappeared again. Don't know if she's still in the tank or not.
Other than that...most of the fish are doing well. I think the tank is at it's limit for fish and whenever I try to introduce another one into the tank...It's not a good thing for the new one!

It was a busy last few months for me. I was going to work for 10-11 hrs and then coming home and vanishing into the basement where I worked cleaning and preparing the bikes for today and tomorrow. I took the front fender and wheel off of each bike and sanded, buffer and polished the lower front forks (they hold the wheel onto the bike and provide shook absorption) until the aluminum looked like it had been chromed. I cleaned the wheel and tire, checked the brake pads and reassembled everything so that it looked better than new. I then proceeded to clean and shine the entire bike until it looked good. Tomorrow there is a bike blessing at one of the local churches and "the first time I've been on the bike since my knee replacement surgery in July of last year. Today we are going to take a short "shakedown ride" to our local bike shop for a couple of small items. I CAN"T WAIT!!!!
I'm definitely glad to see all the snow and cold of winter is a thing of the past and the warmer weather is getting here!

Oh well, enough of my dribble. Sent me so info on the hubby to my email; I'll see if I can do anything to help you out!

Later!

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

05/02/2015 09:48.56 AM Report This Comment
Dropping by with a quick vote. I hope things are improving.

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

04/23/2015 10:36.58 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
I am so sorry husband is still out looking for work. How incredibly scary and frustrating indeed. My sincere wishes etc to you all. I'm hanging in there. Going through all my mom's hoarded things is really not my idea of fun. Meds and vitamins that expired YEARS before she even moved into this last apt boggle my mind...but been fun to find some things that are mine that I was wondering where they went! And lots of very good things to donate to a few charities in serious need around here so bonus there all around. Pets are all doing fine, we're all just trying not to be too sad about The Goose. Loki still looks for her but he's discovering he's now reigning champion on his own and has no idea what to do with his new found role hehe. What a dork he is hehe. I need to get to bed, been a long week. Hugs!

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

04/19/2015 08:50.26 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
Just saying hello. I sure miss my kitty...we all do. She went very peacefully though, which is how we knew it was past her time indeed. She was a true firecracker! Anyway, life is life, been very, very busy. I'll try to catch up on email later this week! Sure hope all is well in your world, hugs to you and yours.

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

04/13/2015 08:20.17 PM Report This Comment
Sorry about the crummy stuff going on. I hope things are better!

Leaving a vote for you.

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

04/10/2015 10:52.25 PM Report This Comment
Happy Easter and a vote.

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

04/03/2015 11:54.12 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
How are you? How's family and fins? Did you ever get car troubles solved? Lots going on here, but life is that way as you well know! Hopefully I'll be getting the shots in my neck soon. More on that later. All pets except The Goose are doing great. Sadly, Goose will be going to Rainbow Bridge on the 11th, she's almost 21 and isn't doing well. On the plus side, boyfriend said we'll rescue another kitty when I'm ready so been checking out the humane society online to see what's there. Of course, going in is the only true way to find out a new furbaby. Maus was totally a surprise as I was there to see a few of the puppies they had, got a 3yr old big baby hehe. We sure love our goofy group. Spring has arrived, but of course it's to be freezing temps for the weekend, after having things warm and all budding and blooming around the house. Figures! I turned 50 on the 30th, what a Monday hehe. Actually, it was a nice day, and we broiled 2" thick new york strip steaks, pigged out and had lots of laughs. My son got me a hilarious card, the front has cartoon angels and says 'on the day that you were born the angels got together" and on the inside it says "and were severely reprimanded" HAHAHA. My kids, they crack me up. Well, hugs and happy thoughts to you and yours!

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

04/01/2015 05:56.30 PM Report This Comment
Swimming by with a super quick vote.

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

03/23/2015 11:03.17 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
My sincere apologies for not getting in touch sooner. Been having trouble using the computer, not cuz of the computer but because of my neck issues. YAY, appt for pain management doc on Tuesday will hopefully shed some light into my chronic and very annoying pain! Also, turns out I have R.A...never thought I'd get rheumatoid arthritis, but will just add it to my growing list of UGH issues hehe. Actually this may also shed some light into some of my pain issues so I'm super happy about it to that degree. Perhaps there's hope for me after all! Pets are all doing great, and dogs and I are getting better at walking each other hehe. Old cat is getting OLD and is just being such a brat about it hehe. Loki enjoys teasing her and I think it helps keep her young at heart hehe. Anyway, how are you? I have much more to babble but need to get dogs out to the dog park for an early morning run so I can do some laps before the hordes of hounds show up. Feel free to send some real winter weather this way, I had to hook up hoses and water yesterday! I miss you and I will be in touch with more on life and the universe hehe. BIG HUGS and wishes for a lovely Sunday to you! Here we had DST, so my day was an hour earlier, I wish we'd get rid of that annoyingly archaic tradition!

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

03/08/2015 08:41.09 AM Report This Comment
It's not supposed to freeze tonight! And it's supposed to be in the 70s soon. I cannot believe it. Just thought I'd make you jealous.

Leaving a vote of sympathy.

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

03/06/2015 11:48.04 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for stopping by. I don't envy your weather! Our winter was like that last year. No winter really this year. Still fairly warm!

Leaving another vote.

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

02/26/2015 11:53.13 PM Report This Comment
Dropping by with a quick vote. I hope you're having a great weekend!

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

02/14/2015 11:44.59 PM Report This Comment
Thank you for the birthday wishes. I was at the coast. It was raining the entire time we were there but we did ride on the beach which was fun!

Raining here at home too and we came back to a flooded valley but we do need the precipitation.

Leaving a vote for you.

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

02/08/2015 08:11.21 PM Report This Comment
Swimming by with a super quick vote. Have a great weekend!

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

01/30/2015 11:47.05 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
Life has been very hectic, crazy and stressful the past 2 months, jeez. How was the concert? My daughter saw them a few years ago and loved the show. We are also fans around here of the Trans Siberia variety! I finally got a pain management doc appt, for March 10...well, at least I have a date, not just a wondering when! Weather is crazy here, heat wave last week, record high...drizzly rain yesterday, clear and chilly today. I'm tired of this, dogs and cats are shedding like crazy! Well, need to get back to being very busy...I'm tired of the stress but at least I'm alive! hehe. Actually, all is pretty good around here, I'm just cranky and trying not to be! My son found me a new video game addiction, the predecessor to Skyrim, Oblivion...Between that and my massive reading addiction, at least my brain is keeping busy even if my body can't right now! HUGS to you and sure hope you're doing well. Update me on everything when you can! HUGS!

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

01/28/2015 11:18.27 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for stopping by. I'm counting down the days till spring too though here it feels like spring again! We've hardly had a winter and things are growing. I'm worried that the trees will think it's spring and start blossoming and then winter will suddenly remember to come and freeze and we'll end up with no fruit again this year and no plants. I guess we'll see. In the meantime, we are taking advantage of this nice weather!

Leaving a vote.

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

01/19/2015 11:38.51 PM Report This Comment
Belated Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
A belated Merry Christmas & the hopes for a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to you & your family!

Sorry to hear that your hubby is without work. Being without a job is never a good thing, especially in today's market (or lack of it)and at our age. Employers don't want to hire older people (even though they have a much better work ethic than the newer generation of potential employees), simply because (in most cases) they can hire two for the price of one. How much longer does he have to work before he can retire and/or collect Social Security, etc? I've, technically, got 7-1/2 yrs before reaching the age when I can collect the full amount of SS, (if it's still available to collect, that is!); as I just turned 60 in late Sept of 2-14. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll remain employed until that time, because it gets tougher to get hired anywhere with the older you become.

My knee is still on the mend & probably will be for many more months, however, I did return to work at the beginning of the year. My employer shuts down during the time between Christmas & New Year's and started the "new year" on Monday, 1/5/15. Going back to work after 5 months off was extremely difficult but, I managed to make it through it without too much pain & discomfort. I got some papers to be filled out by myself & my doctor for his approval for me to participate in physical therapy sessions of one hour per week for 8 weeks (paid for by the company). I'm also going back to the PT location but, I'm taking your advise and asking for a different therapist to work with me.

I was driving 2000 Buick Park Avenue Ultra that was doing the old "nickel & dime" tricks and small things were starting to break, so before it left me on the side of the road it got replaced. My wife & I talked about it and I went looking for a car that was big enough for me to fit inside & get there without too much trouble. She suggested another Buick. I went on the hunt and ended up at the nearby Buick dealership. I tried out the space inside a Lucerne and found it to be quite comfortable and luxurious. So, on Dec 12th we came home with a 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL (with lots of bells, whistles and leather interior; including heated (electric adjustable) leather seats and a leather wrapped heated steering wheel. There is also wood trim on the leather dash & interior door panels. The car's exterior is a light (sea mist) green and the interior is a light gray color. The mileage is fairly low (less than I had on the Park Ave) and the car looks like it was rarely used.

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

01/11/2015 10:12.37 AM Report This Comment
Christmas
Christmas was enjoyable this year, because I/we didn't have to play hosts this year(we just had to show up at my sister's house with an appetite; and bearing gifts). My nephew has a new woman in his life (or should I say he has 4 new women in is life.) He's living with a woman who was previously married and (thinking she couldn't get pregnant) had adopted 2 young girls before becoming pregnant. Then her hubby left her. The girls are 11, 8 & 7 and are some of the sweetest, well behaved (in public) children I've seen in a long time. It's very enjoyable having young kids "in the family" to buy for; and watching them open the gifts is one of the best parts of Christmas. Dinner was (as usual) delicious and consisted of raw oysters & (cold) cooked shrimp for appetizers, and we had surf & turf of Shrimp Scampi over fresh pasta & Steak and everyone had a great time!

All is well in the water world although I'm still doing battle with the algae problem I have. It's not as bad as it was & I'll have to continue working at it to keep it at bay.

Wishing you the best for the coming year!

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

01/11/2015 10:04.06 AM Report This Comment
That's not a great way to start the year! I hope you feel better soon!

Leaving a get well vote.

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

01/03/2015 11:48.42 PM Report This Comment
Happy New Year!

It's cold here now. Winter has finally come.

Leaving a vote and best wishes for the best year yet!

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

01/02/2015 11:54.00 PM Report This Comment
Merry Merry Christmas!
Wishes for a lovely day to you and yours! And hopes for a more stress free time for you as well! HUGS

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

12/25/2014 09:22.25 AM Report This Comment
I'm glad you're enjoying the photos!@

Leaving a super quick vote.

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

12/03/2014 11:59.30 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
Been busy, figure you are too. Am adjusting to this annoying diabetes thing, keeping busy walking dogs, living life and just enjoying most of it. Winning the lottery would ensure loving all of it though HAHA. How are you? How's kitties? My son got a new job at an Amazon warehouse, he really likes it too. Says he's never worked anyplace where employee safety is #1, and says everyone is really good to work for so that's nice. He and I go for MRI's and x-rays on Thursday, then to the neurosurgeon on the 30th. Looking forward to seeing what can be done for all this pain. Tired of pain! Annoying enough being diabetic and, ahem, getting older, much less any additional irritations! hehe. Anyway, hope all is well with you. When is your vacation? or all you already there?

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

09/07/2014 04:30.37 PM Report This Comment
Seems like there's no time for anything but quick votes!

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

09/04/2014 11:45.46 PM Report This Comment
I'm feeling & getting better!
Three weeks after surgery…I have to say that things are getting better. The swelling in my entire leg has gone down and the leg is starting to look much better. There is still some swelling at the knee; and it’s still discolored due to the bruising caused by the trauma. It doesn’t hurt as much as it did, and I’m able to move it more than I could a week or two ago. I have an appointment to see the surgeon this coming Tuesday morning (8/19), so we’ll just have to wait & see what he has to say about it. I’ve been working it by doing the exercises that I was given to do and getting up and walking around the house a bit. I just can’t be up on it for too long or it gets sore and I need to lie down again and ice it. My thigh is tender & sore from all the exercises I’ve been doing. I (kind of) want the next few months to go by so that my knee will be working & feeling that much better but, I’m sure it will come in due time.

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

08/16/2014 07:46.14 AM Report This Comment
Hey
Hiya buddy pal! See I still drop by, lol! Sorry I never got around to sending and Christmas cards this past X-mas. Never had enough time to get my ducks in a row. Hoping you guys had a very merry one and sending belated hugs and Christmas kisses. Miss you and hope to catch up soon. Stay warm and dry, this weather is a pain!!! Say hi to the boys for me.

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01/24/2014 01:24.12 PM Report This Comment
I have a Question for you
I have this 30 gallon tank with 2 silver tinfoil fish and 1 jewel cichlid and 1 red jewel cichlid. well my 2 cichlids were fighting or it look like fighting but I could have mistaking it. because they could have been mating. I really don't know much about cichlids. but I separated the one jewel cichlid and put her in a 10 gallon and now she is stressing and the male cichlid is pist that I took her out of the tank. I'm trying really hard to find someone who knows anything about Jewel and red jewel cichlid breeding behavior and telling the difference between breeding and fighting. Do you know anything about them or know anyone that does?? Please let me know. Sincerely, fishlovertrp

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01/19/2014 12:49.26 PM Report This Comment
howdy
yep i remember you, hehe. i dont know why by that tank has been up for the past 4 weeks as sotw. i have contacted them and no reply. dont know what is going on, but they could at least give me the points each week, lol. how are things with you? not much going on here, but just not doing as much on the puter. hope all is well and you have a great night. take care, Kay

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11/19/2013 06:50.35 PM Report This Comment
Hey there! How are things going? I know it's been a while since you've heard from me, on the site. I read that you spent a few days in Maine, at Old Orchard Beach, and it seemed that you had a decent time of it. Good for you, we all need to take a step back and breath deep once in a while. Sorry to read that the car is causing problems, again! :( I Hope things get better for you.

I know that you are a salty, but I thought I'd attach a wee plea in the thought that you might know where I could find some help. I’m looking for some help with identifying something that has taken over my tank, and what I need to do to eradicate it. This is a teal colored growth that has grown on the leaves of the plants, rocks and other ornamentals. It grows very fast, I think it was about a week or less from the time I noticed it, to having everything in the tank being covered with this stuff. Its low growing, covering everything in a thin sheet of growth, and has a velvet like appearance to it. It seems to be very fragile and breaks apart easily, which seems to be the way it has the ability to spread and grow so fast. A friend told me that he thought it was some type of bacterial growth and that he had it once in his tank. He went on to explain that he could peel it off the ornaments and that it smells real bad. He said that he used Erythromycin it clear it up. I’m looking for concurrence; and I’d really like to know what it is that has invaded my tank. I’m also concerned for the health of the fish; and my wife & I as we are consuming the water from the same source I use in the tank. Attaching some photos to my blog page. Thanks for any help or insight you can give me.

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11/10/2013 07:39.09 AM Report This Comment
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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
Hey
Have a good time in Maine. Need to talk to you before you come to find out what kind of picnic sammiches you like and etc. Can't BBQ on the boat so we'll have a picnic. Chat me on FB early next week.

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08/09/2013 07:21.38 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
Drooped in on your tank, and found it absolutely gorgeous. Left you a vote
Hope you have a wonderfull week.

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08/06/2013 02:39.49 AM Report This Comment
Boo!
We'll have a lovely picnic and boat outing soon. Looking forward to it :)

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07/19/2013 05:39.21 AM Report This Comment
oh yeah
By the way I think the set up the week with the betta is fake, kinda looks like a pic pulled from the internet

Come visit me, 2manyfish, Mollies & My Reef.

04/30/2013 10:47.53 PM Report This Comment
how r things
Been busy but I managed to pick IP a no name 6 fixture t5 ho for my salt tank. Neen making alot of changes hopefully for the best. I come to turms tha a reef wasnt made overnight and have been letting the tank do its own thing. The lighting and my diligence with wtr changes has seem to pay off. Will post a few pic in a few Weeks of the way the tank looks. I thought about the leds but I had to reason with being able to replace a balkasy compared to trying to solder a a circuit of leds. But I will say it came as close as Eentering my billing info.

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04/30/2013 10:44.31 PM Report This Comment
HAPPY SUNDAY
that sounds great glad you raised the money for the Kitty Angels of CT ...next year let me know and i'll try and get there it sounds like fun...
i'm still waiting for the 80's but it's nice that everything is in bloom my favorite is the forsythias their bright yellow flowers are so happy and spring like..
the cats are fine they helped me change sheets hehe...and supervised when i did a water change and changed filters in the fish tank..
leaving a vote, peace, luv...sally

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04/28/2013 03:13.25 PM Report This Comment
Hey Again!
We had a wonderful time in Cali. The weather is about a month or two ahead of ours , so we were experiencing spring type weather…trees had leaves on them, flowers & shrubs were in bloom, and the temps were in the low to mid 60’s. The sites were rat and we saw just about everything we had planned to see & we even saw a few things that we hadn’t planned to see. I took lots of photos, I’ll send you some.

We are enjoying the new bodies (it’s a lot of work!) and the improved mobility, etc. I don’t look that much different, but she looks like she’s about half the size she was. She was wearing size 16-18 pants and now wears a size 8; and she’s gone from a 2x top to a size med. She recently told me she’s dropped about 80 lbs.

I cleaned the tank really well before we left, put the food in a (battery operated) automatic dispenser and the lights are on a timer. My father-in-law came by the house and checked on things a few times and I believe he had to add more food to the dispenser. Things were fine and I didn’t even lose any fins. What is kitty angels of ct? An adoption site for cats??? How is this fish selection at the Petco? I’ve been to a couple shops near you Exotic Fin & Feather Superpets in East Hartford & Aquatic Wildlife in Manchester. I’ve also been to the Petco in Waterford & Lisbon, Petsmart in New London, Puppies to Guppies in Saybrook, Pet Supplies “Plus” & (no longer) Fin & Feather (both) in Groton, Pet Safari in Westerly, RI, and Tropical Isle Aquariums in Framingham, MA, just to name a few!

Don’t fret over your son’s driving, we were all a bit wild in the beginning (new found freedom!) but tend to settle down after a while; he’ll be fine, mom! It appears that you are a very active person, and an animal lover! Will keep in touch!

Be well,
KB

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04/20/2013 08:16.27 AM Report This Comment
HI
it was 42° and overcast it feels like snow which they say we'll get tonight...i hopes they are wrong...i hate snow
after lunch i went to Petsmart to buy the cats some more food...
tonight i cleaned the fish, turtle and betta tanks next is laundry...
leaving a vote, peace, luv...sally

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03/06/2013 09:45.53 PM Report This Comment
Boo!
Winter sucks! I have spoken. Let's move to Bora Bora and our fish can live outside in an ocean pen.

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02/24/2013 10:10.13 AM Report This Comment
Things are great. We hardly had any snow then yesterday it snowed and blowed and today is just cold. Can't wait til spring. The pup is still full of energy, she won't be that big of a dog just long and skinny. I am still getting used to this new format, and they changed it again today. Take care, Dot

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02/20/2013 04:46.12 AM Report This Comment
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