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The Hillbilly Homebrew Hour

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Well, maybe I lied just a little. This is certainly going to take more than an hour, it may best be described as a series. Welcome to this weeks episode.

To set things up, I have been without a tank for almost twenty years. College, raising three children, a couple of residence changes, and a change in career helped keep me busy. But in the last two years, I have acquired and set up two tanks. One, a 29g at home. And two, a 55g in my office. Both are/were planted. The 55 still stands in my office, but I put the 29 up for adoption. That brings us to the real subject of this thread.

You see Martha(who has some strange affinity for me) agreed, in what she certainly looks back on as a temporary lapse of sanity, to allow a larger tank in the house. "You can have it if it will fit right there", she said. I dwelled on the possibilities for a few days, and decided that "Ol Monday" and I could transform our allotted space into 125g of pure paradise.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Ol Monday.

We used to have an intimate relationship, but not so much anymore. I divorced her for a pencil shortly after college. We still have a friendly relationship, and she agrees to help with demolition and a small amount of construction.

In what I thought was an impressive strategical move, I begin while Martha was away at a baby shower. I'll have this roughed out and she will be able to better understand the big scheme of things much better when she returns. Well, we had a few delays during this phase, my pencil boy biceps not being the least.

I get the paneling down.

And I put Ol Monday to work on this barrier between us and the glory of 125g of pure paradise. Martha walks in to find this.

And with a notable quiver in her voice exclaims, "Oh my God, what have you done to my house?"
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Martha left with some biker trash quite a few weeks ago. I think it's one of the guys in mechanical, he hasn't shown up for work in roughly the same time frame. They can't stay out forever, Fall is moving in fast.
This thread has been a fantastic read and good therapy too. It has kept me from running my test kit dry waiting for my cycling tanks to finish.
If you consider this therapy, I have serious concerns of your mental stability. In full disclosure, I recommend that you read this. Assuming it is too late for you, welcome to APA(Aquatic Planters Anonymous).
Too late. (note-to-self; you've outed yourself again, please be more discrete)
I had a long gap between tanks as well, 25 years. What started out as one simple betta bowl to ease me through real grief, mushroomed into the cycling fish-village in just under two weeks. When I get to the journaling module, I'll post the saga.

In the interest of full disclosure; I began reading Hillbilly Homebrew because some guy in India never fishished, (spellcheck, p2!) um finished telling the tale of his cinder-block tank. Reading Hillbilly Homebrew lead to consecutively reading about the guy who was experimenting with willow trees & has a super-hero helper. (note-to-self; maybe Scuba Steve is a potential recruit, check that)

Reading the sagas was also my method for coping with the total confusion over T5 ($250 for a flippin light fixture, are you kidding me!?!) vs T8 & trying to comprehend the math for loss of lumen at increasing distances.

Now I need a camera with a macro setting because I must document the whole process and glass shrimp are very difficult to pose. The construction of the fish-village rack was not sufficient, although it did move the process along.

Thanks for the warm welcome & the great read. Consider this post my media release when you write the historical novel, which of course you really must do. Martha will be happy about the residual income & can buy herself one of those champagne glass tubs with an aquarium side-table for wine, cheese & chocolate.
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Having had a water-event, I need some entertainment whilst I start over. Any diversion at this point, will be therapeutic.
Ditto R.Crow. We realize all this downtime has surely been spent repairing
the ah, social breach, yeah that's it, with the ever tolerant Mrs Into but . . .

Some of us have paid our annual dues on time and are feeling the urge to
tap a foot or drum some fingers, as we have nothing to contribute in our
own threads while mother nature takes her sweet time.
Hope you and Martha had a great Thanksgiving.
I would just like to note for the record:
Congrats on thirty-one

It is 12:48 here in the frosty mitten

I stopped by after posting the berried shrimp shot
with the brand new technology to see if
R & D, Artsy-Fartsy and Accounting had settled
their differences or whatever is holding up

. . . and I have a test in photog tomorrow morning

It is 2010 already, somebody give Production something to do!
Thank you, that is all. [insert tapping-foot emotie here]
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Seems the crickets have left the job as well. Were they union or was it global warming?
Maybe if we're lucky Intothenew will release the whole series to Hulu or Snagfilms.
I vote Snagfilms; despite the action-adventure nature of the series, it still
qualifies as a documentary, or at least a docu-drama.

Anyone up for a road-trip to Sundance Film festival? We could make it a leisurely
summer road-trip out of it; maybe end up in Black Rock city. No one has ever done
an Aquarium project at Burning Man that I am aware of. :flame:
Or maybe we should search Roswell, AZ?
OOps, sorry about that.
Can you tell I live in a totally dif part
of the country? Naaaaahhh ;)
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