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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Smurf Goldfish

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Original 1937 Dr. Seuss lithograph

vintage original 1937 Dr. Seuss lithograph, this was a very early creation by the iconic cartoon illustrator/children's book author, with a more adult vein of humor than he would work in in his later career but featuring the whimsical and half fantastical animal creations which only he could imagine.  Seuss created one year's worth of these images for the Thomas D Murphy calendar company's mailing calendar series, (called the It's a Great World line) and this was a calendar sample lithograph that was never distributed or publicly used.  

It is rare, and a very early and extremely well preserved Dr. Seuss collectible that came directly out of the archives of the Thomas D Murphy calendar company, Ohio.  It was printed on their signature low pulp content, high gloss textured paper, and so has suffered no toning or brittleness.  A wonderful find, measures 3" x 4 3/4" with a scene of a man carrying an oversized fish tank up a flight of stairs, with tagline that reads "Gol Darn Ya....Quit Starin At Me!"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

80,000 Hits!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bristol shubunkin (Wolf) 11/25/11

5 days post spawn, 3 days post hatch, first feeding brine shrimp.  Younger fry from a second spawn one day later.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bristol Shubunkin (Wolf) 11/25/11 New Moon Spawn

The group

From afar





Squeezed onto grass

Incubated in a basin floating in adult tank

From a distance

Secondary Spawn the next day (11/26/11) using the rest of the females

Hatching in 2 days @ 74F

A hit of methylene blue to knock back the microbes

Transparent Goldfish

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bugeye Zebrafish Irp2^umw1: The telescope zebrafish

Just like in goldfish the eyes are not always equal or consistent.

Images from the publication:

Veth et al., 2011 - Mutations in Zebrafish lrp2 Result in Adult-Onset Ocular Pathogenesis That Models Myopia and Other Risk Factors for Glaucoma. PLoS Genet. 7(2):e1001310
Full article here:

And here's an albino telescope Medaka for comparison.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fishhouse Suntuf roof

The ends are framed in.  The lumber is pressure treated 2x4 attached with deckmate ceramic coated screws.  The vertical end supports are capped with a metal fence bracket.

A side view.  The roof is suntuf polycarbonate ruffing panel.

Things are looking up.

Each frame braces two purlins on each side.

A mock up of the additional cross bracing yet to be installed.

This diagonal and horizontal will provide lateral support 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Aquabead 6 cubic foot installation part 4 UV

Cutting a glued fitting off a proprietary UV fitting.  Risky and rarely works.

Sometimes things just work out.

Replacing the bulb in the Zapp Pure Stainless UV.

A close up for future reference.

Love it when things line up.  Just one more fitting.