New Fish – Oscars!

With the recent changes in my life, comes a difference in opinion on what ‘cool’ fish are. Me, I love watching dozens of Neon Tetras schooling from one side of a large tank to the other. I’ve been told that little fish are boring, and that the tank in the living room needs fish big enough to see.

We found some Tiger Oscars this weekend.

I’ve never been a ‘big’ fish aquarist, so I hadn’t read too terribly much up on them. The 75 gallon tank came with Jack Dempseys, so I have done a little research into non-community fish. No serious research though.

I knew Oscars got big. I have seen good sized ones. I guess I didn’t realize how big. 16 inches long and over 2lbs in the wild. In most fish tanks, only a foot long.

My new baby Oscars

I got 3 of them. My thoughts being, that it would be cool to get a breeding pair, and getting 3 vs. 2 doubles my chance at getting at least one male and female. A little research shows that 3 is exactly the wrong number to get. If 2 pair up, the 3rd one will get harassed something fierce.

My 75 gallon tank isn’t big enough. It can comfortably handle 1 Oscar, but it too small for 2 of them, much less three. Luckily I have the 110 gallon tank which will work for 2 of them. I will just need to find a new home for one of the Oscars in about a year. Likely, 2 will go in the 110, and one will stay in the 75 gallon tank when I get the 110 set up (when I am out of the apartment).

Moving the Oscars into their new home Because the 75 gallon tank is in the main living area, it is used as a display stand, including a fish tank on top – so it’s a bit of a pain to tear it down to open the lid.
I had to evict the nocturnal Jack Dempsey from the 75 to relocate her into the 45 I recently set up in the other room. That was a pain trying to chase her down. I hope she will like the other, smaller tank. Less light, more cozy. There is a big temperature difference between the two tanks, so I had to take my time and acclimate her on the temperature differences.
I have had a Platy in the 45 gallon tank for probably close to a month to cycle that tank up. So, that platy needed to be moved to – into the little tank that sits on top of the 75 least it be eaten by the Jack Dempsey. Most people aren’t patient enough when starting new tanks. I would have liked to move a few more Platys into the 45 for another month to get the tank used to the mass of fish that the Jack Dempsey is. I will just need to watch the 45 gallon tank for about 2 weeks to a month to make sure that it can cope with the Jack’s size.
I am not too worried about it, I tend to be over-cautious with moving fish around.

Wonderfalls large aquarium volcano I had seen one of these volcano aquarium decorations set up and running in a pet store years and years ago. I had always wanted one. Badly.
I am not much of one for candy-colored tank decorations, moving divers, opening treasure chests, etc. I just love this volcano for some reason.
I found this Wonderfalls Large Aquarium Decoration in a little whole-in-the-wall pet store in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago. The owner was re-arranging the store a bit, and I spotted this gem on the bottom shelf, hidden behind other merchandise. I offered to take the thing off the guys hands as I wiped the dust off the price tag so I could read it. $149.99!
I paid $30-40 for it. Whatever I had for cash on me at the time. I had been in there a few times before and bought fish. I think he was happy to be rid of it.

He said that they where nothing but trouble. The sand got everywhere in the tank. It plugged up with crud and quit working. Basically the thing would make a mess of your tank, and wouldn’t work past a week without constant fiddling.
I still love the dumb thing. This is the first I have been able to use it. I haven’t had a tank tall enough for this thing. The pump that came with it is worthless, so I put one of my sump pumps on it.

It looks wicked cool sitting behind my castle. In about a year or so when the volcano algie’s up to match the castle, they will make an awesome looking set.

I also like the coloration as it matches and compliments the Oscars.

I am thinking of setting the volcano up on a timer so it goes on/off/on/off frequently during the day. It seems wasteful to run that pump at night when nobody can see it. I may hook it up to a red LED and run it a few hours into the ‘night’ after the lights go off just for effect. Tank lights off is about 10pm or so, so running it until midnight light up might be pretty cool.

Ikea is opening up near me!

I LOVE Ikea. I have been to several, the one in Schamburg Ill. (Thanks Brian) and the one in the Twin Cities MN.

You wouldn’t believe the excitement I had when I saw an ad for Ikea Orlando. Guess where I saw the ad… On my very own blog of all places. I love Google Adsense.

Ikea Orlando is opening November 14th. Isn’t that cool? I am also getting one in Tampa next year.

They just opened an Ikea down in Fort Lauderdale last month. My very pregnant friend Chris went on the grand opening. Oh, she had her baby on the 24th! Congrats Chris!

Needless to say, I am excited about an Ikea near me.

The operation was a success, but the patient died.

 The old iMac bit the big one last weekend. It didn’t make the trip from Boynton Beach into Fort Lauderdale a year and a half ago, and it just sat on a dresser all that while. It would power on, and power off almost instantly, I never could get it to boot.

 I pulled the hard drive (it has my LIFE on it) and the gig of RAM, and it went to heaven where all macs go! I also junked out my old Epson Stylus Photo EX. Between the 2 devices, I had dropped $2200 9 years ago now. Has it been that long?

My brand new (over a year old now, I started blogging when I got it) Compaq is shortly to follow the iMac’s fate, but I won’t bother keepig any parts out of it. The stupid thing won’t play a video DVD or stay running more than 24 hours. Actually, it is going to become a linux box, and live in my Kitchen when I build a new box. Good for web browsing for recepies.

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My New Place

 I am moving out of a million+ dollar mansion on the Intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale into this place and couldn’t be happier. I know people tend to bounce from one extreme to the opposite before they settle somewhere in the middle, and my new place is ON A DIRT ROAD!
 I have moved and set up my two fish tanks in my new living room. The TV tank goes into the entertainment center, and the 29 gallon planted tank goes between the bedroom and bathroom doors. There is a lot of other stuff in the room as the bedroom is getting a new tile floor put in.
 This is the first load of stuff I hauled up in my new truck. It’s amazing what can be crammed into a truck.
 This is the same corner after the second load. Only about half the stuff got dropped here.

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2 weeks notice.

So, 2 weeks ago today, I gave my 2 weeks notice at work. My last day is April 15th (so the 13th really).

Confused Yet?

From the announcement email that went out to staff from the CEO.

It is with a sense of deep regret that I have accepted effective April 15th, 2007 the resignation of Mike Creuzer, Webmaster. Mike has been an influential member of our RAGFL staff and we wish him the very best in his new endeavor in Tampa as a software programmer for iMapp. Mike has agreed to do his best on the projects he has started and we are grateful for the contribution he has made in making the “go to” resource for our members. Please join me in wishing him the best of luck on his journey. Thank you Mike for all that you have done.

I am going to work for iMapp in Tampa as the email says. They are a vendor for RAGFL (The Realtor Association of Greater Fort Laduerdale), so it was kinda a touchy situation, a company hiring one of their larger client’s employees. That is part of my extra long notice. I will be in Fort Lauderdale for probably another 2 months working on and learning one of the products that iMapp sells. And then it’s packing my bags and finding a new place to make a mess of in Tampa.

I am going to be doing primarily programming, which I have slowly drifted towards really liking in my time at RAGFL. I should be able to take my knowledge and experience from RAGFL and bring a lot of insight and skill to iMapp. I am excited about the new opportunities!

My new job is significantly closer to Katie, my girlfriend. I will only be 25 miles away from here she lives. She works halfway between where she lives and where I will live, so that will be a lot more convenient. I must say, I had never had a relationship that turned into a long distance relationship work out. I am really hoping that this long distance relationship holds together once it isn’t long distance anymore. Another bonus with the new job is that, well… Lets just say I will be able to dig myself out of the hole a whole heck of a lot faster.

It is really tough though. Staying focused at my old job when I really want to get started with the new one. I am working on some pretty cool stuff, so that hopefully if I get it all done the way I want it to be, I go out with a bang.

On the RAGFL Staff Page I am slowly fading out… Hey, I had to do SOME sort of mischief, right?