28 Mar 2001 ajh   » (Master)

Secured more prizes for the OLS early-bird draw, this one should be pretty interesting. I'll probably post an article about OLS 2001 and the draw on Friday. We're over 31% booked and the interest from the major corporations is higher than ever this year; I really want to make sure all the hackers who should be there find room.

Well, we are finally moving on April 1st. Our new apartment is in Conservation Co-Operative; a housing co-op with a strong environmental angle to it. What this really means is that we lose our dishwasher and air-conditioning. The housing market at the moment in Ottawa is utterly insane so we're not complaining as this will allow us to save enough to purchase and renovate a house next year.

Woke up to a 2nd Cleaner Shrimp in the tank, oh wait it molted again except this time left the carapace clinging to a large rock. The tank is finally mature, the calcium level is near 350ppm and stable, small feather-duster polyps are growing all over most of the rock surfaces, baby snails are propogating like mad, and best of all coraline alge (purple stuff) is spreading to most of the rock surfaces; all signs of a healthy well established tank. Now we have to move it.

So, given that it has to move anyway I've sold my existing tank, stand and hood and purchased a 90G drilled tank and 15G sump tank to replace the 55G tank. The new one will have an overflow skimmer to drop water to the sump where all the filters, protein skimmer and heaters will live down out of sight where they won't get in the way of the livestock. It also has the nice effect of maintaining even top water level since water loss is reflected in the sump rather than the main tank.

Now I just need to determine how to move 55G of water across Ottawa, ok well across about 8 blocks... it is still a major hassle!

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