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Escaping Vietnam

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Active within 1631 Days

Name: Coonster

Size/Category 37-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
6 - Convict Cichlid
1 - Jack Dempsey
1 - Red-Tailed Shark

Lighting: Florescent light

Filtration: TopFin Power Filter 30 & TopFin Power Filter 20

Invertebrates: 1 Fresh Water Lobster

Other Accessories: Combination of real plants & plastic - decorative arts -sea shells - marbles - plastic caves - coconut hut

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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
Hi Buddy! Not sure how often you get on here anymore. I am off work for 6 days over Christmas. So I had some time and wanted to get on here to wish some old friends Merry Christmas. How is your daughter doing? I was going to say baby, but I bet she is growing up so quick. I still have an angel tank set up. But have changed the other tanks over now to cichlids. I sure do enjoy them. The kids are coming Sunday for our Christmas celebration. I am looking forward to it. I hope all is well for you and your family. Have a wonderful holiday!!

Come visit me, Rhonda.

12/21/2012 02:10.11 PM Report This Comment
How's the baby? How's family and fish in general? Are you off for the summer or do you teach year round? All is well here, things are quiet and it's a wonderful change of pace!

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

06/28/2011 09:42.01 AM Report This Comment
dear old friend, how are you? I'm sorry for not getting back to you. A lot has happened since I last wrote you. Early in March we had a robbery at home. Two gunmen accosted my father in the garden outside and brought him into the house where my mom, granny, wife and daughter were. I was out back and did not know what was happening until I saw a tall figure point a gun at my mom. I called the police and the security company and was torn between going into the house or waiting for help. I started banging on the door while screaming for help. The robbers were worried they may get caught, so they raided my mom's cupboards and the house for valuables. My granny and daughter were really shaken up. on their way out they locked my parents in a bathroom and my daughter, granny and wife were told to sit put. They got into my dad's car and got away. SI I've been through a bit of a depressive phase where security has now come to dominate my thoughts. South Africa is probably the most violent country in the world, so putting things into perspective, I'm happy no one was hurt or killed. Your daughter is looking so cute! How old is she now? My daughter is 4, the way they grow. ANyway I hope to be more regular on fishchannel. take care and be well. Cheers! Stokes.

Come visit me, Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup & Stoke's Discus Setup.

06/25/2011 05:09.31 AM Report This Comment
! need some 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?!

It's been too long! How are things going? I'll bet your daughter as growing up real fast! Any new pictures of her for us to see? Still have the Jack Dempsey? What an awesome looking fish!

Take care! I've left you a vote, too!

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

06/04/2011 01:45.22 AM Report This Comment
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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
how's the family?
how are things with you and yours? All is quiet around here, school is out and now just working on getting kids enrolled for fall. Fish are fine, fur pets too and not much else to tell. Hoping the same in your world.

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

05/16/2011 08:16.31 AM Report This Comment
Hey man...
Just stopped by for a visit, to say "hey!" and to vote for you and your tanks. You mention in a post on my page that you have a species tank of African Cichlids. I found a new to me fish shop that is not so local, it's about 1 1/2 hrs away, actually. I had to go to Boston a while back and stopped in to check the place out. They have a great display tank collection. One is set up with African cichlids, and is (my guess) between 100-150 gallons in size. They have an awesome tank that is around 120 gal. It is about 3 ft wide by 3 ft tall and about 18" deep. The tank is covered with live plants (low growing "ground cover" and a few that are in the 8-15 " tall range. some have a nice burgundy color to them, making a nice contract to the greens of the others);and a large piece of driftwood. The inhabitants are: a very vibrant pair of German blue rams (Mircogeophagus ramirezi), a school of around 30 neon or cardinal tetras and a dozen red snakeskin discus and a blue diamond discus. Nice shop with lots of FW and SW fish. and an amazing amount of equipment (everything one would or could need) just a bit pricey.

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

03/26/2011 11:44.15 AM Report This Comment
Hello my friend!
We are enjoying a major snowstorm! It's so wonderful! Of course, I don't have to go out into it so that's why I can enjoy it so much hehe. Hugs to your family and hope you have a pleasant weekend!

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

02/25/2011 09:47.19 AM Report This Comment
Howdy...Passing By your Blog!
I was just wondering if you've been to Vietnam ( because of the pic I guess )? I'm sure you're too young to have been in the War but, possibly the son of a Vet?
Anyway....It caught my eye. Wishing you and yours the best. I AM a Vietnam Vet! Take care. Left a vote too!

Come visit me, discuslover.

02/15/2011 08:17.40 AM Report This Comment
snow dazed
I figured you were literally buried in snow, glad to see all is well and hopefully you've seen the last of the deep snow. We are having extreme high winds here today, hopefully it's blowing in some wet weather, and not just most of California haha. I hate the wind, and we get severe ones here, ugh. How's little miss? Well, how's the family in general? Yes, I really enjoyed the book! We all did! Hugs to you all and a Happy Valentine's day too!

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

02/14/2011 08:11.23 AM Report This Comment
Good Morning!
Glad to hear from you, again! Wonderful to hear that your daughter is doing well, growing fast and starting to carry on a must be thrilled! Great news about the tank doing so well also. I wish I could say the same. Shortly after I wrote to you, I lost the keyhole cichlid. And...last week for some verystrange reason, I lsot 4 emperor tetras over the span of 4 days (one each day), and I can't find a serpa tetra, (it just disappeared). I bought more fish to compensate for my loses and I now have a pair (m/f) of Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Orange Flash' (cockatoo cichlids), a couple of small Cleithracara maronii(keyhole cichlids), another couple each of black skirt tetras and black neon tetras.
I am still out of work and trying to find a doctor that can help me...and I'm beginning to think that it is a dead end street. Guess I'm just gonna have to "suck it up", "Grin & Bear it" and go back to work, regardless. I just bought some extra wide shoes and sneekers to wear so when my feet swell up, there will be room in the shoes and they won't feel so tight on my feet.

Curiosity question for you...You have a title of Escaping Vietnam on your tank picture of the Jack Dempsey. Are you a Nam vet?

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

02/14/2011 02:29.02 AM Report This Comment
I am a fan of the coke when I drink soda. no generic will do though RC cola is a tie for the best for me haha. Our precipitation day was short lived, just enough to make a little mess and now it's back to very cold, dry and sunny. Guess we aren't having a winter this year. You never know in this high desert what will happen, always a mystery. thanks again for the book, we've all really enjoyed it and are putting the word out to others where to get it. Hugs to your family and hopes you aren't having too much trouble with your winter weather, I've read the news from there and am keeping good thoughts and blessings for you all.

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

02/03/2011 07:45.40 AM Report This Comment
Thank you so very much!
The book is a HUGE hit around here, what a wonderful story, and so compassionately told! Thank you again! All is well in fishy and home world. We are getting some nice cold wind and a good chance of some long overdue precip, hopefully tomorrow will be nice and snowy, or preferably rainy. Wishing you a very pleasant weekend.

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

01/29/2011 05:05.11 PM Report This Comment
Good Morning!
It's been a while since I've stopped by to see the tank and say "HI!". I've been keeping busy working on my tank and I've just stopped in to let you know that I’ve added new pictures to my profile. I’ve rearranged the tank, once again, after adding a new resident, another Blue acara (Seen in the 1st column, 5th row). The pictures are at the bottom of the page, under the comments block. All of the fins are doing well since I moved things around; I actually think that some of them like this setup better. The Keyhole (who was constantly in hiding) is spending time out in the open , hanging out on top of the slate roofed “cave”. Of course when I try to get a shot, it decides it’s time to move. (It must be a female!) :-)
Like your Jack Dempsey, and your daughter is adorable! Probably growing faster than a water plant, I bet!
Time to add some updated pics of her, too!

I’ve also left you a vote. Enjoy your Sunday! TTYL

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

01/23/2011 04:25.31 AM Report This Comment
A very Happy New Year to you and the family too! Gee, I wish I had known you were coming to Boston because I live an hour away. It would have been fun to meet face to face. Did you get caught in any of the bad weather? Did Misty and Fiona go with you? How long did you stay? Okay, I'm done playing 20 questions, haha. I'm getting very sick of winter already and can't wait for spring. Nothing much new, no new fish. Take care my friend, talk later.

Come visit me, Lizzy Limpet.

01/18/2011 04:39.27 PM Report This Comment
So excited!
I am really looking forward to your book! Thank you so very much for accommodating me! I'm hoping some 'bad' weather will come with it cuz this 'nice' weather is killing me! Not healthy for plants to think it's spring and then get frozen again! I really like our apple tree, they're very tasty and the kids were not too thrilled I could only get one pie out of it last year. Of course, they helped nibble away some too, or I could have gotten 2 hehe. Hugs to your family and a wish for a pleasant week!

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

01/18/2011 07:17.31 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the vote!!!
Here's one back for you.

Come visit me, RickFern & RickFern 2.

01/17/2011 08:33.03 PM Report This Comment
we are 'enjoying' some spring like weather here, it's to be sunny and in the near 60's all week. I'm mixed on that, I can get some needed projects finished and paint dried quickly but I am really more of a 'bad' weather fan, especially this time of year! Jeesh! Hugs to your family and hope you are enjoying a peaceful weekend!

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

01/16/2011 11:49.54 AM Report This Comment
Cool Baby
Love your setup; left a vote. I've posted a profile of my Red Wag Platy fry born on last Election Day (11/2/10) at http://www.fishchannel. com/blog/ViewBio.aspx?apid=197571 (RickFern 2)
Please visit; and, if you like what you see, vote early and vote often.

Come visit me, RickFern & RickFern 2.

01/05/2011 04:20.18 PM Report This Comment
Hello busy friend
just stopping by to peek at baby pics and to say Hello! That's about it for around here, it's nicely boring and we're enjoying it fully.

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

01/05/2011 10:16.56 AM Report This Comment
Merry Christmas and a very best new 2011
Thanks for the wishes and I will be buying your book for sure. Hope it goes very well for you-something tells me it will. take care.

Come visit me, Cops and Convicts.

12/27/2010 06:51.42 AM Report This Comment
Merry Christmas
Hey Coonster! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Fiona is beautiful and I bet you're having a great time with her! A very Merry Christmas to you too! Just got back from my mother's. Had a very nice time with here and my brother and sister in law. How have things been for my old fish pal? My tank is holding it's own but no where near as nice as it was. Lost alot of coral due to overheating in the summer. I really need a chiller but have not enough room or money for one. I figure until I can afford one it's best not to replace the coral. I feel so bad when it dies. All the best to you and your family. Take care and have a safe, healthy and fun New Year! I'll talk to you soon.

Come visit me, Lizzy Limpet.

12/25/2010 05:14.39 PM Report This Comment
Hi Coonster
12/20/2010 04:53.01 AM Report This Comment
Hi Coonster
12/18/2010 06:30.14 AM Report This Comment
for the congrats...hope you have a great week-end...leaving a vote, peace & luv

Come visit me, finnie friends.....

12/17/2010 10:09.51 PM Report This Comment
Looking forward to hearing from you. We have snow today! It's coming down nicely too, over 2" so far, woohoo. Gotta run, been goofing off too long and chores await...heavy sigh, they never end.

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

12/17/2010 10:53.25 AM Report This Comment
Hi Coonster & family!
I can see by the comments on the site that Fiona is a fairly new addition to the family; and she is adorable! What a cutie! She looks like she's quite the bundle of joy. Congratulations & Happy Holidays! BTW aI like the Jack Dempsey also. A vote for the baby girl!

Come visit me, Pisciculi.

12/17/2010 03:35.12 AM Report This Comment
What a great looking tank you have. Leaving you a vote. Adorable baby too!!!!

Come visit me, Kuhli.

12/16/2010 06:55.58 PM Report This Comment
splish splash
Nice she helps with fins, hehe. My brother gave my mom a panic as we used to live in Alaska and had a piranha (Pete, hehe) and one day mom and I were cleaning tanks, we were emptying a bucket, came back in the room and there was my little brother (maybe 2yrs old) trying to catch old Pete, who was cowering in the corner and not having any of it luckily! When my dad was re-stationed (I'm an Army Brat) we gave him to a good friend and guess he lived a very long happy life up there and was quite popular too! I am wanting a copy of your book, being not only a major bibliophile but also having 'known' you, and we'd like to get an autographed copy if possible, as we have an extensive library and well, are into that sort of thing. My email is so let me know if we can work that out, otherwise I'll just get the hardback in the next few weeks.

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

12/16/2010 11:32.54 AM Report This Comment
Como estas?
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! Yes, my husband and I will celebrate 25 years on April 21st, It's been an awesome adventure and I look forward to the next 25 years!Stay healthy and warm!

Come visit me, Damsel.

12/16/2010 08:07.38 AM Report This Comment
my Rottie
is my shadow, she supervises everything I do. She enjoys when my game character rides the horse (I'm a huge Zelda fan) and will sit with me while I waste time playing. She also makes sure I keep the fish well fed. And at 118+lbs, thinks she's my lap dog too. She's quite the character indeed, and we all sure love her. Kids are doing great, life is pretty good and that's about it for my world. How goes baby life? She help with fish tanks too yet?

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

12/10/2010 10:20.52 AM Report This Comment
12/10/2010 05:17.16 AM Report This Comment
Hello Coonster
found you on oceanviews blog, beautiful tank and baby, here is a vote for you.

Come visit me, Damsel.

12/09/2010 12:53.26 PM Report This Comment
Hello, Season's greetings! Voted for your tank!

Come visit me, I love my fishys! & Driftwood Tank.

12/09/2010 11:45.07 AM Report This Comment
And a happy season's greetings to your family as well. All is pleasant around here and we're quite grateful for it. Wishing the same for you and yours!

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

12/09/2010 10:24.28 AM Report This Comment
Hi Coonster
12/02/2010 08:38.20 AM Report This Comment
Just sending forth a hello to you and your beautiful family! And to check your fins too of course.

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

11/21/2010 02:44.55 PM Report This Comment
11/18/2010 06:27.14 AM Report This Comment
tank looks great,
awesome pic. Baby is adorable! And your wife is a redhead, wow, I have envy, always wanted that lighter red but now I am grey. It works, bf is grey too, we blame the kids hehe. Been super busy, all of it fun. I'm in a welding for art class and a ceramic class, so there are projects all over the house. Today I must find the hearth again as it's getting colder and soon will need to put the fireplace to use. I need a garage just for me, this sharing a 2 car one isn't working so well hehe. Glad to hear things are well, so far so good here too. All kids are busy, daughter is in college, son is working, stepson is about to be 18 and soon all 3 will be in college. Now to get them all working, then life will be quite good for all concerned, they can pay me for a change haha. Hugs to that lovely family and hope you have a really pleasant week.

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

10/25/2010 07:31.11 AM Report This Comment
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