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brandeeno
 
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Well, its nice to visit back on FishProfiles!

It's been ages since I was on the site and to be honest, all of my tanks are currently packed away and in storage! I'm eagerly waiting getting to go through all of my equipment and getting a tank up and running again in the net couple months.

A personal update:
I graduated college in May 2014 with my BS in Biology (and minor in Chemistry). While I was originally going for PreMed, I ended up switching to a more holist look at biology and chemistry. Ever since then, I've been living and working on Catalina Island with a camp. During the summers I was driving boats and instructing water skiing, wake boarding and knee boarding and enjoying some time out in the sun. During the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons I worked part time with the environmental education program and worked more full time with the maintenance department of the camp (learning a lot of valuable life skills might I add!). This last month, I was passed up for a promotion and have since decided its time to start something new. I'm putting in my notice at the end of the month and moving back to the LA area.

So, in the next couple months, the tanks are getting dusted off and getting back to their intended purpose while I look for new work and do a bit of soul searching!

Hope everyone else is doing well, I'm planning on getting more involved with the site again to help newbies like I once was and probably will be again shortly!

\\\\\\\"an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure\\\\\\\"
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houston
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Well, I came by wanting to ask for help... Yeah, me asking for help about live barriers... But appears to be a dead site. Makes me want to cry, the memories... As I sit here using my phone to access, it reminds me of trying to get online so many years ago on my cell and it being so broken...

Anyways I just lost my betta, that I was convinced, well anyways it was my chime back to fish....I have a 5 gaskin im setting up, I've got to start somewhere... Im still around. Just started a new job I love so much more than my old... Anyone want to contact me I'm here hmlaird at gmail... Hugs

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom." Thomas Carlyle
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FRANK
 
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Hi Houston,
I don't think I've found anyone in Chat in over a year. I guess most of us are too busy to simply sit there and hope.

I, and the other Moderators, check in regularly and answer any questions posed. I have absolutely no idea what you said you were setting up. Leave questions and they will be answered.

Can't believe I've been a continuously active member of Fish Profiles for 14 years!
Frank

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houston
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Seriously auto correct is horrible... Was saying a 5 gallon... thanks Frank... Still setting up eventually...

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom." Thomas Carlyle
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:-) It is so lovely seeing everyone's updates and how important this place has been to everyone. I miss the old days of someone always in chat. Facebook is nice but they've got a lot of work to do to build a community like this.

I've had some time off. I went from 11 tanks to 3, to 1. I'm back up to two now, but the largest is a 2' and neither have fish. One is just... sitting there. The plan is to get a 3x2x2 or similar and stock it with a few types of crustaceans, but it has to be custom built so it'll be a while yet. I have managed to breed my first egg scatterers outside with WCMM though, so that is a bit exciting.

Not a single betta in the house. It makes me sad to think about.

Other than that, I've gotten into gardening and would really like to find a place that I could pop in a small pond. Unfortunately the tomatoes are currently winning the fight for space.






For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks. - Terry Pratchett

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Dr. Bonke
 
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Hi all,

I haven't been here for some time but after going through my bookmarks I though I'd check if Fishprofiles was still kicking around and here you are

For me not much is happening on the aquarium side, I still have y 65g up and running, though I've moved to a low maintenance setting without CO2 and lower light. At the moment I only have around 10 Corydoras swimming around, the last of the old stock passed away about 3 weeks ago of old age. For christmas I got a giftcard for my LFS, so I'll restock probably later this week. Perhaps I'll post a photo if I have the time, but with two young kids running around there never seems to be much of that.

See you around
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Just dropping in to say hello. 55gal still running with a few minor changes. Just got a new Eheim Pro 4+ 350 since my Rena Xp3 developed a small leak where the power cord comes out of the pump. Hope this new pump last and works like the Xp3 did. Nice to see some familiar names still around.
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Boo!
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Thats what I'm talkin about. tim tim timmay !
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Adam
 
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I guess I should give an update.

I broke my neck a few years ago, crush fractures on C6, T1, T4. I can still walk, but they said I'm lucky to have full use of my limbs. My head is hard to turn though.

Before the accident, I would spend 3 hours per weekday in the gym, but now the pain is so much I'm permanently on oxycodone and Lyrica.

I was playing competitive paintball for a while, I got to compete on a national level and traveled quite a bit to play.

All that stopped when I broke my neck and I had to find a new hobby to replace the sport.

I took up astronomy, and obsessed to the point of building a permanent observatory. I have a website for my work here: http://observatory.site/[/link]

Babelfish and I have been married for 12 years now. We have a four year old son named Max.

We don't keep many fish anymore; one 5ft with a few clown loaches, angelfish and silver dollars; one 2ft full or java moss and myabe a few shrimp; Max has a 2ft tank with some snails and guppies.

Facebook basically took over the internet, and killed off most forums. I've considered shutting this site down, but have keep it up as it's the place where I met Babelfish. Luckily http://secure.walkmyplank.net/ is running on the same server and paying for the hosting for the site.
Post InfoPosted 02-Feb-2018 13:17Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
brandeeno
 
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Hello Everyone!

Just a quick update.

Last year I snagged an old display case from the office I was working in a used it to create a little mini betta tank (1 or 1.5 g). That was a huge mistake/blessing because it encouraged me to dust off my old 29g in the garage, dig through my equipment and get a new tank going because I became obsessed again.

several hundreds of dollars, hours, and etc later and I've got a tank I am happy with but love to keep fidgeting with.

I'll start a thread to share my journey and to maybe draw people in again.

On a personal note, I got a job as a Concrete Technologist within a large international concrete/aggregate/cement company and have ample access to free sand/gravel/rock so that has been fun to incorporate the materials from my work into my hobby.

Hope everyone is faring well and glad Adam has kept this site running for the rest of us!


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EditedEdited 28-Oct-2022 01:05
Thought I'd swing by and say 'Hi!' to everyone! Can't believe it's been over 19 years since I found FP. It's good to see so many familiar names/faces stopping by from time to time, even after Facebook/Reddit/social media has taken over the internet. Remember when we all thought 5 or 10 meg internet was crazy fast? Now I feel bad for anyone whose ISP doesn't offer gig, and I work for an ISP that delivers up to 5 gig symmetrical to residential customers (and up to 100 gig for businesses).

Update on myself:

I had a number of you folks on Facebook back in the day, but I dropped off the face of the earth in 2011. I went to prison for six years for having a relationship a with an underage girl (she was 15, I was 21). Long story short, she stuck with me through the whole thing, our daughter is now 10, and we are a happy little family! I got out of prison in 2017, rebuilt my life back up from nothing, married the mother of my child, built a house together, and we have been doing really well. I had a lot of boundary issues and pretty poor judgement when I was about 17-21, but I really straightened myself out and while in prison and set myself up for success. I got a job at an ISP right after getting out of prison, and have been climbing the ladder there over the last 5 years. I've been working in the NOC (Network Operations Center) for the last year. Picture NASA mission control, but for an ISP (huge walls of screens). Something breaks, I figure out what broke, fix it if I can (network/routing/config issues), or call someone who can fix it if I can't (cut cables, damaged/failed equipment, etc). I'm working on getting my CCNA again (it expired while I was in prison) so I can move up to a network engineering position.

We built a house last year and I ran 7000ft of Cat6 network cable for network jacks throughout the house. They all run back to my rack. I'm 2/3 of the way done punching down the patch panels and installing/configuring the switches, but when its done there will be three 48 port patch panels and three 48 port gig/PoE switches. I've been side-tracked by other projects in the new house, will finish up the network soon. It's a full blown smart house, complete with smart switches throughout, motion sensors, RGB LED's up the wazoo. Lights turn on and off automatically as we walk through the house, and automatically go to the correct/preset brightness depending on time of day (no retina-searing when you turn on the bathroom lights at 2AM, etc). I ran Cat6 for security cameras, and a ton of 16/4 wire for more addressable RGB LED strips throughout (including under the handrail)... lots of nerdy projects to finish over the next year or so.

Here are a few pictures of the house and network:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nB5wytC1KpxBwmGv6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GHWfu3rTcSd38Pk46
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Uq8XsoKuYp3rNPp1A
https://photos.app.goo.gl/MreEEQRf83gfnfsP6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/srY5BB14NUpDNnac9

You guys may remember my over the top/crazy/unique tank ideas. I was always trying to turn things up to 11 but always ended up doing it super janky once I ran into the reality of a budget. I'm doing pretty much the same thing with the house/network now, but not doing anything janky because I can actually afford to do things properly now, and I have (or can learn) the skills to do so. I've wanted a lot of various smart devices that either aren't on the market or what is on the market is terrible, so I've built my own from scratch and wrote my own firmware for them. They've all turned out pretty legit!

I haven't had any tanks going since I went to prison. I had about one month heads up that I'd be going, enough time to take down all of my tanks but one (my pair of Jack Dempseys). My folks sold them to the LFS and took down that tank. Most of my tanks that were worth keeping were either too big to store or were damaged over the 6 years in storage. I've thought about setting up new tanks, but haven't made it a priority yet, especially with the recent new house/move. We did become a cat family a few years ago, though. We adopted two black cats at the start of the pandemic/quarantine, and they're the sweetest floofs on the planet. Every time we stop at pet stores for cat food/supplies, I have to stop and look at all of the fish. Maybe we'll start again with something small, 20 or 30 gallons, maybe some Rams or other small cichlids. Or maybe a 5 gallon planted betta tank. I'll have to see what I can talk my wife into!

Obligatory cat pictures:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ns1kiC5w5bBp77Rt8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/1uqu352bF6bnnok68

Aside from that, I've just been living life to it's fullest. Spending time with my family, working on house projects/nerdy projects, and working at a job that I love.

I hope all is well with everyone!

-Scott

Edit: Got the network engineering job! Specifically, DOCSIS/PON engineering. Didn't need a current CCNA to get it, but definitely still on the todo list.

Edit 2: I'm in the news for doing something nerdy!
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/10/redditor-acquires-decommissioned-netflix-cache-server-with-262tb-of-storage/
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