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  1. I started playing on arena during the pandemic and am getting into paper magic now. A bunch of my wife's cousins get together regularly to play EDH so I'm in the middle of building my first commander deck.
  2. One of the restaurants I worked in did an awesome fried green tomato appetizer. Dredge slices in seasoned flour then dip them in buttermilk and hot sauce then coat in seasoned cornmeal and fry them. Basically think fried chicken but cornmeal instead of the second coat of flour. We served it topped with bacon and ranch.
  3. I took a break from playing about a year ago and tried to log back in a couple months ago but every time I try it says authentication failed.
  4. My 3 year old has been begging for a Betta since I watched the Betta Breeding presentation. Last night she won one at the fireman's fair! Meet Angelino! He's in quarantine now, so I've got to figure out a tank for my daughter's room I've got to figure out it kind for my daughter's room.
  5. I got my new nano flipper float in the mail. I really like it. I though the flipping would be kind of gimmicky but I really like it. When it's on the scraper side the only contact points are the blade and two sliders so you can go all the way down to the substrate and not worry about anything getting stuck under it and scratching the glass.
  6. Your plan sounds very similar to both my 40 breeder and my tub. My mix is mineralized top soil and safetsorb capped with safetsorb. My mineralized top soil has also been used in multiple tanks so there is no nutrient leach into the water. My heavy root feeders are doing great in it, but I do dose my water column. My advise if you decide to go with mineralized top soil is to think of it more like one of the active soils like from ADA. It will have some nutrient leach in the begining, but most of it will stay in the soil and long term you will probably want to dose the water column. Walstad style tanks on the other hand shouldn't need dosing because the regular top soil will leach nutrients for a long time. I feel like the end of that leeching is what people who say their soil is depleted are actually experiencing, because the soil should be constantly being recharged by mulm and other decaying matter that is worked into it by your bottom dwellers.
  7. @Gideyon fish hut if in saddlebrook. That's north jersey about an hour north of me in Central Jersey so probably atleast 3 hours for the south Jersians
  8. So Hygrophila Pinnatifida is a rather unique plant in my opinion in that it is commonly grown both as a stem plant planted in substrate and as an epiphyte plant attached to hardscape. It was one of the first plants that I saw and absolutely needed to get it. I love its unique leaf shape. I finally got some when I did my 40 breeder and it's growing nicely. I planted it as a stem. How do you like to grow it? Does anyone know how it grows in nature? If anyone has experience growing it both ways have you noticed differences is the plant depending on how its grown? Which way do you prefer?
  9. I really only gravel vac the front of my tanks unless there's an issue that would require it. Mulm buildup can actually have a lot of benefits so I let it build up except in the very front where it's extremely noticeable.
  10. Livebearers are probably the easiest to start off with, but if you want something different corys we're the first fish to breed for me. That would also be a good size for shrimp.
  11. I want a new boat. I have an old AMF Sunfish. I think it's from the first year it was available in fiberglass. Unfortunately it was damaged in a snow storm a few years ago and I haven't been able to get it repaired yet. I'm not even sure it would be worth the cost of repairs. In high school I sailed C420s and was captain of my schools sailing team, but after awhile I didn't really enjoy racing anymore. After I finish my laundry list of home improvement projects and have some more disposable income I'm hoping the wife let's me get a new boat. Something able to be sailed solo but large enough to take the family out.
  12. So I did call animal control to let them know about it. With the layout of my deck and where both the racoon and I were positioned it's definitely possible it thought it was cornered and didn't have another way of escape. But with my 2 kids and all the other kids in the neighborhood I'm not taking chances.
  13. It was a racoon!!! So I got home from work late tonight and when I went out on the deck to feed the fish/cover the pond there was a rather large racoon in the pond. I started yelling to scare it off and it ran at me. I kicked it since I had no other way to defend myself at the moment (I hope I didn't actually injure it) and it his in my daughter's play house next to the pond. I grabbed the garden hose and chased it out of my yard with the water. I thew the cover on the pond and I'll check the damage in the morning.
  14. I've gone out to check on my pond 2 nights in a row now to find the USB air pump not running. Unplugging it and plugging it back in gets it working again so idk what's going on, but I'm gonna add a back up to my next order.
  15. As others have said it's the gelatin that the outside of the tab is made of. The way they are made there's always a little air trapped inside and when used with lighter weight substrate I think that's the cause of this. Some people with this problem have reported success with poking holes in the ends up the tab with a push pin to allow the air to escape.
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