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    Today, 03:13 AM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Couldn't help notice the sign that says, "Dempster Street". I wonder how many people feel tempted to switch out that first "e" for a "u"? Reminds...
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    Yesterday, 02:07 PM
    I'm just going to stay cool, be vigilant and IMMEDIATELY get help if any symptoms appear. We're both keeping a close eye on this. I know you didn't...
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    Yesterday, 07:05 AM
    Having read both articles, I'm a little more uneasy about this. Since deer visit my garden regularly, I am realizing that deer ticks could also be...
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    Yesterday, 12:52 AM
    Thanks, folks. I was told it's rare in our area, but to still be vigilant. The article I read online was pretty straightforward and in plain...
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    04-24-2018, 05:55 PM
    Thanks, folks. This wasn't the tick that causes Lyme disease. That's the deer tick. The risk from this one is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,...
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    04-24-2018, 04:07 PM
    My dermatologist removed a dog tick from my back yesterday. Neither I nor hubby could get a close enough look at it to tell what it was, and I...
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    04-24-2018, 04:04 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread New LFS! in Chatterbox
    That's great news! The way we're so isolated around here, it's almost that far for me to get to either of the LFSs I use. Well worth it if they have...
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    04-24-2018, 01:59 AM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Dawkinsia filamentosa in Barbs
    Colorful fish, colorful environments. Feisty, without being really destructive, or so it shows here.
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    04-20-2018, 09:37 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Good points about feeding the Robins, who certainly didn't expect such an unseasonably long winter. Perhaps they can also be helped by purchasing...
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    04-19-2018, 12:03 AM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    The flowering plum was (I believe the nursery guy said) a couple of years old when we got it, still in its pot. I fertilized it with Lily Miller...
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    04-18-2018, 06:53 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Well, folks, I was out in my garden today, clipping off last year's dead stems and foliage and giving the new growth plenty of room to progress. ...
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    04-18-2018, 06:44 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    No tornado -- just hurricane force winds. Category 1 begins with winds of 70mph. Still pretty destructive.
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    04-17-2018, 11:37 PM
    Actually, Comet is the name of a scouring cleanser. Add an extra m and an n, and it becomes a remark, a reply, or a statement of opinion -- as in...
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    04-15-2018, 05:27 PM
    The Roseline Barbs and Salvine Cichlid are your most colorful of them all, aside from the Clown Loaches. The gold Severem, I suspect, is actually a...
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    04-15-2018, 04:07 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Compared to when we first moved up here, our weather in recent years has generally remained calmer. We've had windy days and power outages when trees...
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    04-15-2018, 03:43 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Very fortunate those grill covers didn't come flying through a window! It sounds like it was quite possible they could have.
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    04-15-2018, 02:54 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Seventy mph gusts are category 1 hurricane force. You folks are having a wild ride over there!
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    04-15-2018, 02:52 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    Did they ever determine the strength of the tornado, on the EF scale? If it turned a bus on its side and uprooted trees, and tore off a roof, it had...
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    04-15-2018, 02:11 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    So much for "global warming"! Oh, that's right. They don't call it that, anymore. It's now "climate change". Looks like "they" might be right ...
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    04-14-2018, 07:46 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread Weather in Chatterbox
    They get tornadoes in the north, too -- maybe not as many or as often as in the middle of Tornado Alley, but they do happen. In 1972, an EF3 hit...
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    04-14-2018, 04:50 PM
    mermaidwannabe replied to a thread I'm alive! in Chatterbox
    I've been wondering where you had gone. Hope all is well at your end. Let's see you here more often. Welcome back!
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    04-14-2018, 12:06 AM
    Another interesting fact about that woodpecker: There are two different species with almost those identical markings. There's the Hairy, and the...
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    04-13-2018, 09:21 PM
    That Hairy Woodpecker is a male -- the red dot on the back of his head. Females don't have it. We have the Dark-Eyed Juncos and Black-Capped...
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    04-13-2018, 08:48 PM
    Rare, indeed! My birding guides show Painted Buntings are mainly in the southeast, around Louisiana and that area. You're in New England. Bet it's a...
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    04-13-2018, 07:56 PM
    Arthritic kitty has been eating his medicated Cosequin chews, and is now running around on all fours, again. UNTIL he sees me watching him. Then he...
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    04-13-2018, 07:52 PM
    Yep! That's how we tell. For the sake of fun trivia: What is the most colorful bird you've seen in your yard? (This isn't a contest, just fun. No...
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    04-13-2018, 06:13 PM
    Here's a birding quiz: Who knows how to tell cranes from herons in flight, when you really can't see their markings clearly?
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    04-13-2018, 04:46 PM
    Hearty perennials are beginning to come back -- new green growth at their bases. My new plantings are due to be shipped May 21st. Usually, all danger...
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    04-13-2018, 03:45 PM
    Saw my first Violet-Green Swallow this season. We keep running warm and cold around here, too. It snowed lightly yesterday, and was in the 50s the...
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    04-12-2018, 12:53 AM
    This is why I've learned to take five star reviews with a grain of salt. It's not uncommon for some of these businesses to use shills -- either...
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inland northwest, U.S.A.
Interests:
gardening, fishkeeping, birding
Occupation:
massage practitioner
About Me:
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Aquarium 1:
20-gallon-high coldwater, AC50 plus Azoo pump with 4-inch airstone, standard flourescent tube light on full lid, brownish-red pea gravel. Inhabitants include: 1 Zebra Danio, 2 blue Glo-fish, 3 yellow Glo-Fish, 2 pink Glo-Fish, 2 (visible) Red Cherry Shrimp, several hitch-hiker snails.
Aquarium 2:
65-gallon coldwater / stand; Aqueon glass Versi-top, 36-inch flourescent tube light, 2 AC 110s, blue and black pea gravel. Inhabitants include: 1 medium-sized Shubunkin, 1 small comet, 5 Rosy Barbs, 2 blue glofish, 3 pink glofish, 1 yellow glofish, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 zebra danios, 5 dojo loach
Aquarium 3:
No third tank yet, but am thinking of getting another 20-gallon-high. The third one will probably be a tropical tank.
typeof:
Freshwater
How I got started with aquariums.:
Back in the 1980s I kept a variety of tanks, including saltwater, freshwater tropical, tide-pool marine and freshwater cold. I also had an outdoor pond with small koi. All of this while living in southern California. I got back into fishkeeping in June of 2010, after purchasing some goldfish and snails for my current outdoor pond which I established two years ago, after having lived in the north Idaho panhandle since 1995. I set up my indoor aquarium on September 26, 2010.
Favorite fish:
Dojo (weather loach), variety of others
Fish I have bred:
None, so far. I figure nature will take care of itself, when the time and conditions are right. RCS are invertebrates, and have bred in my 20.
Why I like fish::
Fish watching is as fascinating, peaceful, therapeutic and enjoyable as birdwatching, which I also do.
Best advice:
Learn as much as you can and conscientiously care for our fish and invertebrates. If you don't love your pets, don't keep them. Some food for thought: A sign of humility is being smart without being mean. My comment about giving thumbs up: I prefer to give rep, instead. I do appreciate all the thumbs ups I have received. I'm not being stingy, I just prefer to use the "give rep" function over the "thumbs up" function.
Other pets:
Two thoroughly spoiled and pampered kitty cats.

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20 gal. high: planted; 5 white cloud minnows, 4 golden White Clouds, several RCS, 2 blue shrimp, 5 Amano shrimp, several snails; Azoo air. 65 gal: planted; 6 rosy barbs, 6 yellow glofish, 3 red glofish, 3 zebra danios, 5 white cloud minnows, 3 dojo loaches, 6 crimson spot rainbow fish, 12 large Amano Shrimp, several snails; AC110.

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