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  1. I saw the flower bud coming to the surface, so I propped the lid open. Looks a little silly, but it makes me happy.
  2. Today I was doing some maintenance on my largest aquarium. After scraping all the algae and dust off the glass lids, the glass worked its way out of the hinge. Over time, the hinge has become stiffer and even after cleaning, it was hard to get the glass back in the hinge slot. Push in one corner, and the other corner would pop out. Get the whole side in, and the other half of the glass would fall out. But today I found out how to get the glass back in the hinge with very little effort! Wood clamps! Just start the glass into the hinge and clamp it down. That is, the clamp has to stretch all the way across the glass to the side opposite the hinge. In my case, the clamp was open about 8" for the smaller side of the glass. If the instructions don't make sense, please don't try this. The clamps I used have a squeeze handle that tightens the clamp, a lot like the handle to a caulk gun. A second clamp lets you gently push the hinge onto the glass farther down the glass. I just kept moving the clamp down the hinge and used it to push the glass into the hinge completely. The first clamp keeps the hinge/glass in place as you go. This worked so well, was so easy and controlled. It felt so much safer than trying to push hard on the glass to insert it into the hinge. Be very gentle with your glass/hinge/clamp and be careful! My clamps are padded and therefore don't push a hard edge into the glass. This might be the first time in a year that all the glass tops have been fully inserted into their hinges. I just had to tell someone.
  3. We started when my children were in college and I could work from home. There are training classes at least once a week and there's a fair amount of travel to get to them. We said hello to you when we were checking out of the hotel at Aquashella; we had black Labrador retriever. Enjoyed your talk, and as always, the videos.
  4. Everyone asks "isn't it hard to give them up?" Well, yes, yes it is. Very. Hard. You know the deal when you start, and we work very hard to make sure they're ready. We get sad when they are doing well in their training. "Aww... the end is coming." We turn one in, and get a fresh one, and start all over again with cute-little-know-nothing. That's why I like fish... keep 'em for life, and no house training!
  5. I kept fish from 1997-2005. I had FW stingrays, african cichlids, a fish-only SW tank, etc. Then I moved, downsized dramatically and all the big tanks had to go. I ended up dropping out of the hobby altogether. In 2019 I decided to jump back in. I began watching youtube videos to catch up on all the advances over the intervening 14 years. So, ya, lights are a lot better (LEDs) and impossibly, heaters seem to be worse. Planted tanks and shrimp are everywhere! I started with a 150G discus tank. And of course that needs a quarantine tank. And there are some smaller, cooler water species I'd like to keep. And... so now I'm up to 4 tanks and an outdoor tub, and planning more.
  6. Not exactly pets... here are the dogs my partner and I raised for the Guide Dog Foundation. The middle two are working guides. The one on the left is in training. The little yellow lab is being raised to be a service dog for America's Vet Dogs and is the only one still at home. It was a rare visit and moment to see them all together again.
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