November 27, 2009
August 23, 2009
Made some scenic photos from my aquarium and I wish to thank my grand-father, who passed away last year, for infecting me with this virus when I was 4 or 5. He have a small tropical tank with 5 fish or so. And for the coïncidence that his inheritance paid for this entire new, large set-up! Posthumous, he is still helping me with it.
August 17, 2009
I got my first dead fish in the aquarium today: a Gyrinocheilus aka "algae eater" has died. It seemed to have swollen belly, so I'm guessing it was a she and had pregnancy complications. She is being eaten right now by others. :) Life is making a full cycle.
August 15, 2009
well, the aquarium had me worried a little. I have a lot of snails. got them from the fish store. :( But they grew well. so it must mean the tank is in good shape. Then I spotted a lot of algae on the front window. Got me worried about NO2 and NO3 concentrations, until I realized that I get home quite late and there is no clock on the lights. So the tank receives 13+ hours of light. :) Enough for even the most stubborn extremophile to grow! and yes, as soon as I turned down lights more often, the window cleaned up.
So yesterday and today, I checked out various concentrations of Cl, K, NO2, NO3, water hardness and pH and all was fine. I planted the plants in their final spots, added rocks and some more plants in the right corner and added 20 neon tetras, 5 Diamant Gouramis ( Trichogaster leeri) and 5
Update: adding scientic names
July 29, 2009
Last weekend, I did some more work on my tank and now it looks a bit like a real aquarium. Albeit a little deserted. This weekend it's time to get more fish and plants and try to give it its final look before getting the rest of the fish mid next month.
Strangely, I discovered some gunk growing on the decorative wood I put in. I realized I had forgotten to clean it, so I quickly removed it and scrubbed in clean. A day later, it was back. So I called the store and asked them and they said it's normal and harmless. If I wanna get rid of it, cook the wood in some water and scrub it or pour boiling water over it. It would disappear anyway on its own. Hmmm, all right we'll see.
Update: the 'Net also says the white fungus growing on the wood is harmless. *sigh*
July 25, 2009
Yesterday, I put the first plants, decorations and fish in the aquarium!
I have a few plants to help develop the biology in the tank and some drift wood, that still needs to soak and sink before I can place it. I also got 2 sets of small fish. Don't remember the names. I'll have to get that next time I go, when I get more plants and fish. But one set is orangy in color and will get a bright red stripe when they grow up. The other smaller kind has a black stripe and will get a red accent as well.
July 20, 2009
Yesterday, after a long day of work on my aquarium, I treated myself to some dance music. There was a free festival on the Malieveld in Den Haag: CityDance Den Haag 2009, with Benny Rodriguez, Don Diablo and Dennis van der Geest, so I quickly changed and went there. Sadly, none of the people I knew in Den Haag responded to my call-for-company, but what the heck?! Dancing only requires one, the rest is optional. :)
Don Diablo, I discovered, is a house music genius similar to (but no where near) the original mixing genius Ben Liebrand. He mixes traditional songs from charts with house music and always in a way that is worth listening to. He does add value there. It is no longer the song, but different with a pleasant familiar ring to it. :) Granted, it's not always music you can still dance too - or it could be me - but it's good to hear. Sadly, his talents were wasted on the crowds because his trendy, hip sounds did not contain the minimum required bpm, where bpm > 130. :( Oh well, I enjoyed it. What do these kids know about music anyway ;) Check the pics on smugmug.
July 19, 2009
Well, the tank is up and running! :D I've updated the gallery with more photos. Have a video too. Hope I'll get to editing that this week. No need in seeing me pour buckets of water for 20 minutes. :) You get the idea after 2-3 anyway. ;)
This week, I have to pour in a splash of bacteria daily to colonize the aquarium and its filter so that the tank can handle the wastes in the water once I add fish. Each day, you add a splash for 7 days, then add a few fish. Same thing the week after. After these two weeks, the micro ecology of the tank should be sufficient to handle the full load.
Here is a good sampling of the gouramis that I am planning to put in the tank. They are very colorful, pretty fish. Not very picky about what they eat and can mate fairly easy if it's not too crowded.
7500m3 of water! Holy Moly!
July 18, 2009
Shot of my 100 gallon tank om the table. Just put in the background. Now that has to dry 24 hrs before i can put it in place. Then i'll put in a nutrients, sand and the water. Hook up the filter and add chemicals and bacteria to seed the culture needed for when i add fish around this time next week. So there you have it!
Update: the photos on smugmug
August 26, 2004
Enter the SoundBug: "Smaller than a computer mouse, Soundbug plugs into the standard 3.5mm headphone socket of any audio device. A sucker push ring attaches Soundbug firmly to any hard, glossy surface such as glass, metal or MDF. An MDF desk top, MDF cupboard door, a window or even a glass-framed picture will do perfectly." Cooool! Check the action shots of people who've turned ordinairy windows into speakers, an aquarium, a guitar, a TV and even a plasma ball. B)
April 17, 2003
May 30th it is released in the US, so that means a few month later in Europe... Boohoo :( :cry: Now if only I could somehow make it over there between those two dates... :D