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  • Birthday 11/21/1960

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    SW of Leesburg, S of Hamilton, VA
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  1. Great to see you keeping busy! Sorry to hear about Dale's leg. I'll bet it's still sore. Wishing her a speedy recovery! I'll have to share some bug closeups of mine, too. Here's a favorite that I took a couple of summer's back while on my tractor, mowing. He was hard to miss because he was so big. I stopped, pulled out my phone, and swear it posed for the shot.
  2. Very cool story. Thanks for sharing and for your support!
  3. I assume that focusing helped? I, too, use the MA887 despite having 3 refractometers. It's more convenient than the refractometers. But, while I don't hesistate to put the refractometer on a ledge near the tank, I hesitate doing the same with the Milwaukee for fear of knocking it off. If I broke the former, I'd just toss it in the trash. If I dropped the latter, I'd probaby say a few choice words and kick myself before throwing it in the trash.
  4. Loved the Jerry Colona story! Tell Mike (oops, I mean Guy) to stay away from 23&me DNA analysis. He may get "surprised." (No kidding on that one. I have an old friend who discovered that his "dad" was not really his dad and, in the process, discovered that he's got a lot of half-siblings. He's even met a few. And the hair story... funny how it migrates to places it wasn't and away from places it was as we get older. I keep waiting to see if it shows up on the back of my feet after which I can go to costume parties as a Hobbit. My folks have a steamer trunk just like that up in their attic. It came to us from my great grandmother (born in the 1870s or 80's). The trunk probably dates back to the late 19th or early 20th century. I live in a rural area (on 10 acres but with much larger farms/ranches surroundng us) and we get a ton of wildlife - deer, turkey, bears, fox, rabbits, racoons, possum, turtles (I have to be on the lookout to make sure I don't run over them with the tractor when mowing), chimpunk, squirrels (I have a trap set out for one right now, in fact), a few species of snakes, toads, frogs, salamanders, crayfish (we have a few springs on our property) and a variety of birds. And bugs of all kinds. I like taking pictures of the notable bugs especially (like that big beetle that you posted, or large/colorful moths (e.g. luna moths)). It's like Wild Kingdom out here but I've yet to see Marlin Perkins or his sidekick Bill Hanna. It looks like you and Dale enjoyed Independence Day. Tell her hi for us.
  5. Sounds like a good start, Tricia. Welcome back!
  6. Two tanks and two sumps - if you're not planning on tying the two systems together, then you probably shouldn't try to run them both through one skimmer as that would, in effect, tie them together (with shared water, common sump levels, etc.). If you do tie the two separate sumps together, I'd advise a passive shunt between the two and doing so with a large diameter pipe to avoid risk of the shunt clogging. (John Coppolino does this behind the scenes on his mega-system in Leesburg.)
  7. Quick question: Do both of your displays run through the same sump? If so, in the scenario described in my last post, you may be able to run the/an overflow from one tank (the 120, for example) through the skimmer and gravity feed the sump. Eventually, all of the water will run through the skimmer and the water will all be processed. One additional thought: If there's any possibility that the (externally configured) skimmer plumbing might get clogged or the skimmer overflows, you may want to consider putting the whole skimmer in a tray of some sort with emergency plumbing draining to the sump just in case it overflows.
  8. Ah, I see. Yes, it's large indeed. I've got a similarly sized skimmer (dual recirc pumps on a cylindrical, not cone, body with similar volume as yours) customized for me by Avast from an old Grey Seas Aquatics product that one of the Avast founders built years ago. Mine runs in-sump in a fish room. Even though my tank is in-wall, the skimmer is too tall to run under the tank itself and is in a sump set off to the side of the tank, on the floor. Yours could also run in-sump with a feed pump or externally, on a stand or countertop with a feed pump and gravity flow back to a sump. Plumbing-wise, you could use a feed pump or save power (and heat) and gravity feed the skimmer directly from your tank overflow. If your overflow rate is too much for the skimmer volume, then you could split the flow if a gravity-fed approach is desired. In both cases, you're looking at putting the skimmer elsewhere since it can't fit under the tank. Do you have the ability to set up a fish room or some other external space on the other side of a wall?
  9. Use a sump (below the level of each display tank) and put the skimmer there. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  10. A little rust is normally not a problem. What about just using the pump and checking the condition of the bushing during quarterly inspection/cleaning of the skimmer pump?
  11. Thanks for this, Paul. It's not hard to remember the lesson that our country and our freedom was born from blood and battle. And, while we're often gently reminded of the personal sacrifice it entails by the words, "Thank you for your service," we don't always visualize what that sacrifice entails. This video helps us to remember the reality of military service and, today, it's connection to our freedom. As the son of a Vietnam (Navy) veteran, I'm often personally touched by those videos that you see of tearful reunions between kids and their servicemember mom or dad returning from a their overseas deployment. I was on the kid-end of many of those reunions and it still makes my heart swell and brings tears to my eyes because I know exactly the overwhelming emotion those kids feel when they come home, and the hard-reality, resignation and empty feeling that comes from watching them go again when re-deployed. On days like this, remember our service members' sacrifice and the price paid by them and their families across this great nation.
  12. Very cool! Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  13. Car weekend for me, Paul. Replaced brake pads, bled brakes in one car. Replaced a muffler and tailpipe in my truck. Thankfully didn't have to deal with any codes or computers this go-around. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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