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Old 12-23-2012, 12:17 PM   #1001
 
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Yeah, the thread has been going since May. And I was gone most of the summer, camping. It covers my new tank from the day we put money on the 125, to present where I am procrastinating changing the water on the 220 until after the holiday. We started two other, smaller tanks since this thread started.

It morphed into a journal of all my tanks. Between the seven of them, this thread has seen many deaths, new additions, some births, and a crap load of water changes. A couple of escapes, and countless pics and videos, and not just of my tanks, but of others. And one bout of ick that really sucked.

The entire choosing, purchasing, planting and stocking of the 220 is documented here, and I got tons of advice on every step along the way. I've made friends in this thread, in a nerdy, 2012 kind of way. But as I am a stay at home dad, nerdy 2012 online socializing is it for me. Which is why this thread also journals a lot of our household shenanigans as well. The trials and tribulations of dealing with a wife, and kid, and a bunch of fish, lol. It always gets back on topic.

I'm curious if the poll will ever reach 100 voters.

I didn't get her ANYTHING for Christmas so she better not have either. We made it pretty clear a week or so ago we were serious this time, not trying to surprise each other. We didn't budget any $$ for each other.

Last year we got each other the bare minimum. She got me a battery tester (I needed it and use it daily, as our kid mixes new batteries with old all the time) and I got her a decent bath pillow and radio, as the inflatable ones kept popping. This year I didn't buy so much as a card, but our kid is going to do all right.

Our Christmas video from last year has almost 20,000 hits on youtube and climbing.

We have six more fish tanks this Christmas than we did last.

For the record, I have written 423 of the 1,000 posts in this thread. So it's not all a giant soliloquy. ;)

The total thread count always seem to be close to my personal post count.

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:58 PM   #1002
 
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I've been following this thread since May it sparked my interest cause at the time I was looking 125 gallon myself But then decided I wanted the 120 gallon because it was taller and not quite as long Since We both live in on Ontario Canada And shop at big Al's a lot It's been learning curve this thread
By the way that one Dennison that I didn't move to the 120 is missing today I assumed he has passed away
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #1003
 
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Oh no! Well, hopefully he turns up. They're tricky sometimes. How many are in the 120 now, two? Or three?

You had your setup at home long before me, I think. I took the summer off making payments to camp. You also made that amazing background.


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I've been following this thread since May it sparked my interest cause at the time I was looking 125 gallon myself But then decided I wanted the 120 gallon because it was taller and not quite as long Since We both live in on Ontario Canada And shop at big Al's a lot It's been learning curve this thread
By the way that one Dennison that I didn't move to the 120 is missing today I assumed he has passed away
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:07 AM   #1004
 
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The dennison is back now I did a water change in the 30 gallon today I noticed some decorations were a muck maybe he was trapped now he is swimming around as we'll as he can I fed him he was hungry he looks like he is bent. I will take a video but I have 2 healthy ones in the 120

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:08 AM   #1005
 
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That's the one with issues he has been like that for 3 weeks
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #1006
 
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Other.. Betta sorority!! :)
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:29 PM   #1007
 
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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa visited everybody!

Boxer, how is that bent fish?

I had another Bala die. No idea what happened to this one. The other two died when the ick was visible in the tank. None of the fish were acting sick this time, that I noticed. I checked the carcass and didn't see any signs that the Chinese Algae Eaters were munching on him. Could he have been weakened by the ick over a month ago, and just died now?

The next time I go to LFS, I'm bringing the CAEs back, if I can catch them. Another snow storm here today, our second in a week. We are buried now, so I won't be going to LFS until next week sometime.

We made a resolution for 2013, NO NEW TANKS OR TERRARIUMS!! This Christmas was tight because we blow so much at LFS. Charlie made out great, but Jodie and I didn't exchange gifts. Too bad we didn't have the cash, she was going to get me a master test kit, FINALLY, lol.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:15 PM   #1008
 
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Well it was a crazy rush driving twice from Uxbridge to Barrie, and down into Toronto. An hour here and back and another hour there and back... oh, and then boxing day we did it all again. crabby, tired, grumble, grrrrrr. Oh sorry was that part out loud?

Well I got to Big Al's. Their big sale inventory did not come in in time... so I paid for a Turtle dock only for their stock to arrive 3 hours after I left. Grrrr another hour's drive back will be required to go get it. I told them to hold it till I came back to town for something else. I'm not wasting my sale savings on a tank of gas to go get the stupid thing. Nubbin's dock is still hanging on and they sell for $29 here in town but I got one for $22 less 20%.
And Dad was so tired he did not write the Christmas cheques, (he's 85 god love him) he's allowed to be tired, so no new tank for me unless I put up 25% and put one on layaway before the sale ends. I still managed to spend about $120 bucks on the dock, and large containers of turtle food, plant food, fish food, 3 good sized Amazon Swords for $21 less 20%, and 2 Anacharus. Everything was 20% off. Got 3 more Corys so now have 3 green and 3 or 4 Albino. They are all the same breed anyway, those 2. And I got a weighted silk plant for Nubbins tank. whew.
I'm sorry, I'm crabby today. No left overs either since we didn't do any of the cooking. That's the part that really really sucks when you go visiting for Christmas... no left overs, no turkey sandwiches.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:20 PM   #1009
 
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I have to correct myself... not an hour there and back.... it's an hour each way and with the snow storm last night it was almost 2 to get home one way. We have about 6 to 8 inches.
I hope you guys had a wonderful day with "the boy". What treasures did you find on Kijiji for him?
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #1010
 
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Bah, sorry to hear about all the driving. Was the weather ok?

Sounds like you got a lot of cool stuff. I love swords, but they're the only plants my water/lights don't seem to grow well.

Christmas cheques from my mom basically made Christmas for us. Every year she sends 3, one for each of us, and every year we use them all for Charlie.

He insists "It's still Christmas". I think he is scared he'll have to go back to school and not be able to play with his toys all day. He doesn't understand he is off for two weeks.

We might go to our LFS to say hi this weekend, but we have NO money to spend. Charlie outgrew his ski boots and skis this year, and lessons aren't cheap, so we'll have to take it easy at the LFS for at least a month. Since 3 Balas have now died, hopefully I'll have enough money to replace them. Can't understand why that one died today.
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