07-19-2010, 06:02 PM
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yeah, its a good thing not to be living with someone whos trying to kill the creature you keep. lol hope you've had an oppurtunity to set up a control too..? mabey i'm readin too much into this... sorry good luck tho!
Originally Posted by Robanada
I'm actually close to receiving my BS in chemistry, and work in an organic research lab, hehe (wonderful to have people with my ethics working on drug design, eh? Sarcasm...I'm talking about animal testing here >.<). Awsome may i ask where, i happen to be like minded. (i am very into chemistry, tho i must say it has been 3 years since school, so i'm a bit out of practice.
Mineral Oil, however, is ONLY C-H chains, almost identical to the Si-H idea of the seal that we have. So it would readily dissolve a compound that consisted of Si, C, and H. In fact, we use mineral oil for long term storage of some of our compounds, because some compounds are very soluble in it. (like dissolves like, just as you said, i wonder, is there a way for you to place a plastic sheet between the wall (divider) and the oil? (like how those tupperwares in the grocery store pack lunch meats. they're in a bag, but also within the tupperware, this way the tupperware remains a 2nd barrier, an in-case type of barrier, while the inner bag does most of the containing.
Are the white clouds pretty hardy, then? I was considering Danios or Guppies because they're supposed to be "starter" fish because of their hardiness- that was my understanding, anyway.
I've never had white clouds, but i do have feeder goldifsh and guppies and platys.
i would get platys, especially if your interested in studying the breeding and life stages (while the guppies breed well too the fry just take a long time to mature).
I would try to do the 2 barrier system if at all possible, because while you may not see any oil, it may well be in the water with the fish, and they will react to even small amounts which woulod skew the results of the analysis. and further be reason for probing from any skeptics.
And that's really funny that you suggested shrimp- I was definitely planning on it (maybe on introducing them first) but my roommate was too creeped out, and told me he'd put something in the water to kill them if I got any.
I told him I'd put their corpses in his bed.
lol, i think thats hilarious!
And I'm not living with him anymore, so it's all good =)