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Still Here

Posted 2011.02.18 8.04 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So it’s been about 3 weeks since I was thinking about quitting. Although I was talking about quitting electronics, it was also a bit of a metaphor for quitting everything. I hung up my soldering iron, boxed all my half-finished and never-started projects, and walked away from all my hobbies and interests.

On the one hand, it was surprisingly easy. There was no urge to do anything, no itch to build or make or create or learn. What little extra energy I had, I used to get some housework done.

Actually I suppose I didn’t ignore all hobbies – aquariums is still sort of a hobby, sort of. I’ve been spending a little more time just watching my snailies and fishies and froggies. I got two new snails, too – a pair of little dark guys:



One other thing I’ve done — though it’s not like I’m getting into some new hobby or anything — is I did a little bit of gold electroplating.

See, I have this ring that I bought some years ago. It might be an antique, or it might be modern but made to look like an antique. Either way though, it was made of brass and it turned my finger green and I wanted to fix that.

So I did some research, learned how to electroplate, and found a source of the electroplating solutions. I polished up the ring then plated it from brass to silver, then from silver to gold. It was kind of cool.

Plating with Silver Plating with Gold Finished Plated Ring

Amazingly, the whole process only took about an hour – and most of that was polishing the brass ring before getting started, or cleaning up afterwards. The actual plating process was very quick. Silver only took a minute and gold about five minutes.

Snails n Bettas

Posted 2010.09.12 20.32 in Aquaria by Stephanie

Today there were some good “Kodak moments” in the aquariums… first my betta girls were mugging it up for the camera, then I got some good shots in the snail tank.

About the betta girls: I have four female bettas sharing a tank. They all came from the same brood (or litter or whatever its called) so they’re all sisters, were raised together and were living together along with a few dozen other sisters before I adopted them. So they’ve always been accustomed to each other and consequently they seem to be fairly tolerant of each other. They do have little chases now and then, and do flare at each other now and then, but generally they get along. Three are red with blue highlights and the fourth is blue with red highlights.

About the snails: This afternoon there was something of a “feeding frenzy” – albeit a slow, snail-paced frenzy. A couple snails were looking hungry so I tossed in some shrimp pellets… a food I normally don’t feed the snails. Well, they went nuts for it. Soon everyone was crawling over everything looking for shrimp. I had to put in a handful more pellets to ensure everyone got some. It was madness… slow motion, snail-paced madness. And it was hillarious to watch. Wow, they love those shrimp pellets!

So Many Snails

Posted 2010.08.22 9.15 in Aquaria by Stephanie

A couple days ago I was doing some big aquarium maintenance on the 38-gal snail tank. Basically I was bored of the black gravel and wanted to remove it, and do some redecorating.

I’ve done that sort of thing before and generally the corydoras and frogs know to cower in the opposite side of the tank to where I’m working. The snails however are too curious and tend to try and get in the way all the time.

So I temporarily hauled the lot of them out of the tank and plunked them all in the nursery with the babies.

It should be blatantly obvious but I’ll say it anyways: don’t overcrowd your aquariums! This was probably marginally acceptable because the situation only lasted for about 2 hours, and the nursery had been cleaned & had a water change before, and again after. But for the 2 hours, it was a 2 1/2 gallon enclosure of crazy snail claustrophobia…

Still Alive

Posted 2010.05.18 9.54 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Just a quick note to say I’m still alive. No excuse for the sudden lack of posts, other than I’ve nothing new to say. It’s all the same, straight from the department of redundancy department.

Still messing around with the Dingoo. Still dealing with depression. Snails are still laying egg clutches like crazy.

That’s about it.


Posted 2009.09.16 8.22 in Aquaria, Cats by Stephanie


Despite her fearsome roar, Pixie fails to convince any fish or snails to jump into her mouth.