...I just saw two mothers arguing over a gallon of milk at the grocery store.

…Piper, I love you, and I understand your need for ice cream…but never again am I stepping foot in that food store again. Ever.

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The val I put in here a few days ago seems to be holding up a lot better than the ones in the 3 gallon, so I moved them all over to this tank. Can’t wait till they fill in and grow tall!

Still waiting on more sand for this tank, should be here tomorrow or Tuesday
DIY Lighting System For Small Tanks

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Grab a full spectrum bulb (at least 65000k) off Amazon or Lowes. The one I bought off Amazon is 40 watts (yes, it’s HUGE, like 8” tall). Cost me $8 (free shipping cuz Prime).

Second, hit up your local Walmart and grab this guy: 

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The bulb is a bit too tall for this fixture, but it fits in the socket, and it’s close enough for me. Also, $9. Dis lamp is rated for 40 watts.

Third, grab a piece of plexiglass out of your basement or from a local Lowes (usually anywhere from $4-$10 depending on what thickness you want. Maybe more if you have them cut it to size. You can take a razor blade to it and snap along score lines if you’re brave).

Put lid on. Screw light in. Place fixture on lid.

Grand total - $19-$30ish

Watts per gallon (10 gallon tank): 4. That sets you up for high light level plants.

The light hits every corner of my tank, even under the base of the lamp.

It does not heat up the tank but the fixture does get pretty warm because even fluorescents get hot at 40 watts.

SUPER bright. And because the light doesn’t totally fit in my fixture part of the bulb is exposed, which yes is annoying. Definitely be careful not to touch the exposed bulb. 

Ta da the end.

My plants made lotsa bubbles when I plugged this in and they haven’t stopped yet. Also several stopped melting and sent up like 3 new leaves in 3 days (do not even think that is an exaggeration). Was previously running 1 full spec 18” florescent tube (like 15 watts so 1.5 watts per gallon so NOT ENUF).

(Pro tip: balance your light with the amount of nutrients available otherwise you’ll have algae galore. Like, don’t use this much light in small tank unless you have quite a few plants and lotsa nutrients/ferts/maybe co2. Otherwise you will be growing brown algae not plants. Ask me or another fishblr person how to do co2/wat ferts to use/nutrients if you don’t know how).

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A tribute to the puffer five. My little sweeties lived with me in two homes over the span of a year. My first cycled tank experience. They will always have a soft spot in my heart.

I had four lady fish and a boy: Thor, Bobbin, Boop, Beans, and Oodles. They lived with ghost shrimps in the 20 gallon planted seen above. The plants are a mix of plastic, Java fern, Anubias, moss balls, and various bulb lilies from Walmart. There were also tons of hidey caves.

I loved my little puffs. They eventually faded away with a few mystery illnesses. SIP puff puff five.

I really want to get Zion his 20 gallon long. Maybe even a 40b so I could get a second Axolotl. Of course, I can’t do that still living on the campus…

Some Real Talk for a second, if you don’t want to read some srs personal shit ignore plz -

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I’m starting a 10 day detox tomorrow. I’ll drink a laxative tea and green juice every morning and substitute my meals with a green or fruit smoothie. I’m going to up my intake of water to at least a gallon a day. Please send me all your blessings cause this is going to be difficult. I’m determined to get through it though. I’m making a post about it because I feel like I’ll have to be accountable for everything I do if everyone knows about it lmao. I might even post all of my juice/smoothies just to get even more motivated. If I know I have to share everything I’m consuming, I’ll be more inclined to stick to it

[whispers I keep thinking about this secret plan that I have that I’m too timid to voice involving pumpupblonde, icexempress, crimsonxpetals, three cans of tuna, ten gallons of milk, less-than-legally-obtained weapons-grade plutonium, a wild puma, an illegal book-binding business, and Jaune’s blue onesie pajamas

(it doesn’t actually involve any of those things at all except for pumpupblonde, icexempress, and crimsonxpetals and it’s more an idea/suggestion than a plan but it’s more fun worded like this)]

Thousands of U.S. Schools Are Going Solar, Says New Study

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The report card is in, and thousands of U.S. schools are bringing home straight A’s for going solar.

In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually—the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.

A 150 kW system at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, Vermont. Photo credit: AllEarth Renewables / Trent Campbell, Addison Independent

Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools was prepared by The Solar Foundation (TSF)—with data and analysis support from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)—and funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program.

The Solar Foundation’s report is the first nationwide assessment of how solar energy helps to power schools in communities across America. Most importantly, the report shows that thousands of schools are already cutting their utility bills by choosing solar, using the savings to pay for teacher salaries and textbooks. What’s more, the report estimates that more than 70,000 additional schools would benefit by doing the same.

Click to view an interactive map showing where schools have installed solar energy.

Here are the report’s key findings:

  • There are 3,752 K-12 schools in the U.S. with solar installations, meaning nearly 2.7 million students attend schools with solar energy systems.
  • The 3,727 PV systems have a combined capacity of 490 megawatts (MW), and generate roughly 642,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity each year, which represents a combined $77.8 million per year in utility bills—an average of almost $21,000 per year per school.
  • Despite this promising progress, solar potential remains largely untapped. Of the 125,000 schools in the country, between 40,000 and 72,000 can “go solar” cost-effectively.

And if you think that’s good news, then get a load of this: An analysis performed for this report found that 450 individual school districts could each save more than $1,000,000 over 30 years by installing a solar PV system. That’s right—a million bucks!

A 31 kW system at Rainshadow Charter School in Reno, NV. Photo credit: Black Rock Solar

In a time of tight budgets and rising costs, solar can be the difference between hiring new teachers—or laying them off. Just as importantly, solar is also helping to fight pollution, providing hope for our children, as well as for future generations of children.

The new report also found:

  • More than 3,000 of the 3,752 systems were installed in the last six years. Between 2008 and 2012, solar installations on U.S. schools experienced a compound annual growth rate of 110 percent.
  • Nearly half of the systems currently installed are larger than 50 kilowatts (kW) and 55 schools have systems that are 1 megawatt (MW) or larger. About a quarter of the PV systems at schools are smaller than 5 kW.
  • As schools system sizes increase, so too does the incidence of third-party ownership.
  • Excluding small demonstration systems, the median system size of K-12 school PV systems was found to be 89 kW (approximately equal to 18 average residential solar PV systems).

As is the case with the solar industry at large, the report found that more schools are going solar as installation costs decrease.   According to the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight report, by the second quarter of this year, national blended average system prices had dropped 53 percent since 2010.

So anyway you look at it—from economics to innovation to the environment—more and more U.S. schools deserve high marks for their commitment to America’s future.



this morning i went to the corner store to get a gallon of milk and fell down like three times on the sidewalk walking down there and scraped up my knees and palms and then the guy in the store was like “please don’t take this milk home you’re not well” so i was like “ill be back” and walked home and i kept saying “its not gonna happen today. it’s not gonna happen today” and i got home and rushed to my mommy but i wiped out halfway and had a 90 second grand mal and sobbed for five minutes then ate breakfast and went through an hour of fuzzy mental state and then went out with mommy to do errands and now i’m okay i just hurt a lot. i don’t think this medication is working anymore. im very sad and i’m sick of this 

a few negative (that’s not a pun) thoughts about film photography that have nothing to do with image quality:

environmental impact: i think everyone knows at this point kodak was at one point the largest polluters in the united states. if you’ve ever done darkroom or commerical lab work handling chemicals you know how nasty everything can be. i cringe when i have to pour five gallon tanks of spent chemicals down the drain at work. it’s disgusting, and it’s more disgusting imagining that going into a sewer and then out into a water supply somewhere. the fact that there’s no real dialogue about this among people really (or at least i’ve never really seen it discussed) is baffling to me.

obviously digital cameras aren’t better (lol lithium batteries) but i think tit for tat the lithium battery shoots far more photos for its given environmental impact than the equivalent amount of film.

archival-ness: i think this is a false idea we have in our mind that since film is a “physical analogue” it will last forever or is saved easier or something if it’s damaged, which is a straight up lie. i know guys that have been shooting for 40+ years and they tell me how 8x10 c-41 negs they shot in 1990 are already shifting. color, unless you’re (were) shooting kodachrome is a completely lost cause in an archival sense. the only real advantage to film archiving is that it’s more of a one and done thing (unless you make copy negatives and i don’t know anyone doing that anymore)… digital archiving with nas drives and whatever has a steeper learning curve, and is more expensive, but i think for sure will retain information more accurately, longer, without a doubt.

of course, this is a little ironic, relying on spinning drives that eat electricity to store digital images v. the whole chemical thing with film. this could get into a whole thing about clean energy but … i don’t want to go there.

my final thought here is that other than for reasons of aesthetic or process we shoot film now simply because it’s perceived as cheap - and i think that’s a lie too. i think film cameras are percieved as having more value than old digital cameras because the image quality is dependent on film, not a sensor - but a 5d classic or a 1ds (mark i - the original) both cost about the same as a 1v canon body and produce files that are as good or better than film, especially film/scans from the periods those cameras were new… maybe in a limited sense film is cheaper (need full frame? olympus xa + kodak max for all of like $20) but i’m not exactly sure results from cameras like that are going to be any better than an old high quality point and shoot either (thinking canon G series here) … granted the film camera will handle better. this thought isn’t worth finishing. ultimately what i’m trying to say though is -

there’s a lot of variables and i don’ think people are critical enough of them, the processes, and their motives. i’m not touting anything i said here as fact, and would love to be challenged. that’s the point, the dialogue. it needs to happen (i’m speaking specifically about “young” photographers in 2014, not some old farts trolling photo.net in 2005). maybe it has, and i’ve been ignorant of it … someone open my eyes.

Kitty with elderberries. Destemming them was super easy with sleepyoldowl’s trick of freezing them first. They just fell off the branches with a little coaxing. Now I have two or three gallons worth!

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