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  1. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    So last night we took our Grand Daughter Greta to the beach behind out house to launch these hot air balloons. They are these 3' paper bags with a wax fire in them. We got on the beach with the Jeep as the sand is very deep and soft. The thing went fine going in. After we lit and flew the...
  2. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    I have to change the exhaust manifolds on my boat and it is breaking my heart that I will not be able to do it myself. I really have never hired anyone for anything especially something like my car or boat but there comes a time when this stuff is just to heavy. I have changed them on my last...
  3. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    We are just starting summer now, but our winters look more like this. This was my back yard. Here is where I collect water. The front of my house
  4. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    This guy was there. The other fish stayed away because he is an Ich magnet.
  5. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    It was hot last night so I put on the AC for the first time this year. In the night it automatically set the temperature to Antarctic mode. I have to spend the day chopping icicles off the light fixtures. :eek: (not that you guys know what that is.)
  6. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    I just fed my fish and gave them some white worms. OMG I have a lot of those suckers. They go through a stale, frozen slice of whole grain bread with yogurt on it in a couple of days. They are totally different than the worm culture I started out with and looks like I mixed in Godzilla DNA...
  7. Paul B

    Sponges

    It actually grows pretty fast and I have to trim it every two or three months. It probably covers a quarter of my tank
  8. Paul B

    Sponges

    Sponges. As I was washing my car yesterday I was thinking about sponges. I added this light blue sponge to my tank maybe 15 years ago and the thing really took off. I feel that is a good thing because for it to grow like that it has to be filtering a lot of gunk out of my water which is probably...
  9. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    My reef is doing exceptionally well and I am not sure why but I am as happy as I can be. Well I could be happier but I don't hear Christie Brinkley ringing my door bell so I am almost as happy as I could be. ;) I have 6 or 7 SPS for over a year since I moved here and they have been growing...
  10. Paul B

    Everything I know in case I go Senile. (From 2014)

    Understanding Old Tank Syndrome March 16, 2016 by Paul Baldassano In a few years, my reef will turn 50 years old. I believe I’ve avoided old tank syndrome by using the procedures outlined in this article. Old Tank Syndrome, or OTS, is something we have been hearing about since the hobby...
  11. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    We had some visitors yesterday and I let a very cute little girl feed my tank. The fish got enough food for a month so they should be very happy. :confused: My wife and I went to clean the boat yesterday and the thing was filthy. I can't take it out today and it is the first Memorial Day I...
  12. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    Today my wife and I are going to clean the boat as it is to dirty to go out in tomorrow. We will just do a light cleaning as I am having the marina compound and wax it. I did that myself all my life but I got old (er) and now let them do that. I inadvertently left a beer and an energy drink...
  13. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    This was our car. Thats our Daughter in the back Here she is flying My main squeeze and I in the puddle jumper. In one of our private infinity pools.
  14. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    So My friend and I are exploring this private, rocky beach and we come upon this greasy looking stuff. About 10 lbs of it so we both figured it was Ambergris. Ambergris comes out of sperm whales and the whales use it to cover squid beaks so they don't cut them when they poop. (ouch ) The stuff...
  15. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    In the Caribbean, where I really find the diving as boring as watching paint dry there are very few sharks. I am not sure why but maybe the sight of tangs just puts them to sleep. If you do see a shark there, it is probably senile and looking for an angelfish to administer last...
  16. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    Of course I had to take some pictures of the most boring fish, tangs. They just follow the one in front of them going Doot Da Do, Doot Da Doot waiting for one to poop so they can all poop or eat, so they can all poop again. I can't believe people keep these things an they are by far the most...
  17. Paul B

    My Interesting Caribbean Vacation

    Last week we were invited back to Mustique for 7 days. Our closest friends came with us as they are also our SCUBA buddies and next door neighbors. We went there on the same tiny puddle jumper plane we went on last time. I could tell it was the same plane because I was in the last seat. (it...
  18. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    Bump :thumbup1:
  19. Paul B

    Everything I know in case I go Senile. (From 2014)

    I posted this someplace 5 years ago and figured I have nothing to say today except build things in my Man Cave so I am Re-Posting it again. If it contains anything not PC, irritating, racist, not ethical, unrealistic, argumentative, political, religious or anything else that is considered...
  20. Paul B

    40 Year Old Tank

    While I am waiting for my wife to get up so we can go to breakfast I figured I would ramble, or waste time because there are no new posts that I am interested in or should comment on for fear that I would be banned for my "Avant Garde" procedures. I have been up since 1:00, not on purpose but...
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