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Hey.... me too!
well except for that "College-educated" part. and the agricultural part. don't do that. and that "small company" part.
I work for a company under the former FCA umbrella, now since the merger with Peugeot called... well, I forgot. :rolleyes:
and that chemistry and plumbing and electrical stuff. not so much that either.

love nature, animals (sometimes on a plate next to mashed potatoes) and the tank is an extension for me from my past days scuba diving.

I started working summers at my dad's design shop at 14. went to college for a year, because mom thought as she put it "I should take advantage of the fact my parents could afford to send me to college.". I can still remember my dad's eye's rolling up in his head as he knew I would take "full advantage". what a party! after one year I decided against going back. I liked getting a pay check too much. so I been in automotive design full time since then. (1979)

mostly doing robotic welding and riveting tools now.
first aluminum ford f150 & f250... did a lot of the tooling on the bodyside.
latest Jeep Wrangler & Jeep cherokee bodysides.
Tesla Model 3 floor pan assembly. way cool job. 3 robots with lasers, simultaneously welding it together.
company I work for patented my designs on that one. I got a "nice job".:cool:

so yea.... me too.:p
Very interesting! These days, it's not much of an option not to go to college and complete a degree, even though it seemed that every time I applied for an internship I was told they wanted real experience! Maybe I just did not pursue it hard enough, but I never worked an engineering-related internship through college. My work experiences are much more farm-related before graduating from college (and some after college due to my love for it).

The small company suits me fine, though it has its own stresses different from a large company. I'm pretty sure I have extremely little interest in working for a large corporation, unless I just really needed a job.

My interests are usually too broad to learn much towards mastery, but I enjoy trying to be a jack-of-all-trades. Chemistry is interesting if it's not very in-depth, just basic-level. Plumbing and electrical aspects are fun for me to design for my reef setup, but I have little interest in having an occupation in these fields. I'll have enough to satiate at least part of my curiosity between the reef and doing my own house work!

...and I agree with the love of nature and animals (sometimes next to the mashed potatoes)! While growing up, I always had an interest in hunting, but my mother would not allow it. One of her uncles was killed by his son in a hunting accident (hit in the leg and bled out before help could arrive), so she could not stand the thought of her children taking the same risk. A few years ago, I bought my first rifles (initiated for defense of the farm against coyotes). I have no land to call my own for hunting, and I have had other focuses for my time recently, but I hope to be able to hunt some day (deer and pheasant are obvious options for central Illinois). I also acquired a caplock rifle at an auction that prompted an interest in traditional black-powder rifles, which in turn prompted the acquisition of a flintlock rifle as well. I enjoy the slower pace of black powder, the history, and the possibility of using them for deer hunting (all typical rifle hunting in Illinois is illegal due mostly to Chicago... except for coyotes, everything is legal against them up to Howitzer cannons! ...well, maybe not really, but you probably get the picture).
I hope some day to be able to taste pheasant, as I still have never had it to this day!

I've also never been scuba-diving (kind of rare in central Illinois, though my local community college apparently offered a class on it, or so I was told), but I would definitely be interested, and even more-so after getting into the reefing hobby.

Robotics is another area in which I have a fascination (though no time to apply it, since it is beyond my current occupation's level of needs). What you do sounds very interesting to me, both in the tasks and the products you get to work with! I hope your "nice job" came along with a "nice paycheck" at least!

Whew, long response, but I am at least text-walling on my own build thread this time!

"Spider conch, spider conch, ...!" ;)

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Lovely little hat! ...or is that his Sherriff's badge? Excellent photography as always, Simon!
 
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Very interesting! These days, it's not much of an option not to go to college and complete a degree, even though it seemed that every time I applied for an internship I was told they wanted real experience! Maybe I just did not pursue it hard enough, but I never worked an engineering-related internship through college. My work experiences are much more farm-related before graduating from college (and some after college due to my love for it).

The small company suits me fine, though it has its own stresses different from a large company. I'm pretty sure I have extremely little interest in working for a large corporation, unless I just really needed a job.

My interests are usually too broad to learn much towards mastery, but I enjoy trying to be a jack-of-all-trades. Chemistry is interesting if it's not very in-depth, just basic-level. Plumbing and electrical aspects are fun for me to design for my reef setup, but I have little interest in having an occupation in these fields. I'll have enough to satiate at least part of my curiosity between the reef and doing my own house work!

...and I agree with the love of nature and animals (sometimes next to the mashed potatoes)! While growing up, I always had an interest in hunting, but my mother would not allow it. One of her uncles was killed by his son in a hunting accident (hit in the leg and bled out before help could arrive), so she could not stand the thought of her children taking the same risk. A few years ago, I bought my first rifles (initiated for defense of the farm against coyotes). I have no land to call my own for hunting, and I have had other focuses for my time recently, but I hope to be able to hunt some day (deer and pheasant are obvious options for central Illinois). I also acquired a caplock rifle at an auction that prompted an interest in traditional black-powder rifles, which in turn prompted the acquisition of a flintlock rifle as well. I enjoy the slower pace of black powder, the history, and the possibility of using them for deer hunting (all typical rifle hunting in Illinois is illegal due mostly to Chicago... except for coyotes, everything is legal against them up to Howitzer cannons! ...well, maybe not really, but you probably get the picture).
I hope some day to be able to taste pheasant, as I still have never had it to this day!

I've also never been scuba-diving (kind of rare in central Illinois, though my local community college apparently offered a class on it, or so I was told), but I would definitely be interested, and even more-so after getting into the reefing hobby.

Robotics is another area in which I have a fascination (though no time to apply it, since it is beyond my current occupation's level of needs). What you do sounds very interesting to me, both in the tasks and the products you get to work with! I hope your "nice job" came along with a "nice paycheck" at least!

Whew, long response, but I am at least text-walling on my own build thread this time!


Lovely little hat! ...or is that his Sherriff's badge? Excellent photography as always, Simon!

I'm highly compensated. :cool:
pays for my hobbies, reefing, hunting, guitars, sometime wood sculptor.
put a Hawkins 50cal kit together long ago. I've never shot it. again with the chemistry and precise measurements of black powder. I got kicked from chemistry in 8th grade for a tragic (epic?) experiment. never went back.:oops:
 

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I'm highly compensated. :cool:
pays for my hobbies, reefing, hunting, guitars, sometime wood sculptor.
put a Hawkins 50cal kit together long ago. I've never shot it. again with the chemistry and precise measurements of black powder. I got kicked from chemistry in 8th grade for a tragic (epic?) experiment. never went back.:oops:

I threatened to take the chemistry teacher in to the prep room to show her I wasn't a "stupid little boy" aged 17, that was my last chemistry lesson! ;)
 
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I'm highly compensated. :cool:
pays for my hobbies, reefing, hunting, guitars, sometime wood sculptor.
put a Hawkins 50cal kit together long ago. I've never shot it. again with the chemistry and precise measurements of black powder. I got kicked from chemistry in 8th grade for a tragic (epic?) experiment. never went back.:oops:
The auction black-powder rifle is a Thompson/Center 50cal Hawkins. It is very fun for me to shoot. The second one is a Lyman 50cal Great Plains flintlock. I got it to have a caplock/flintlock pair for my own personal history lesson and experience.

It's a good thing for me with my varied interests that I have a head for numbers and details, though hands-on experience is still much preferred!

WAIT..WAIT...FOXY...SPBLAMMM..TOO...:D
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Nice job sticking to spblamming according to my personal preferences! I love your magnificent foxface and purple tang, and the dark red plating montipora is one of my most favorite corals. Oh, and I also particularly like that dark red mushroom, too.
 
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1 ST SPBLAMM..HERE... ;) :cool:
I THINK;Facepalm:p
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I'm sure this will look even better in-person if I come to visit! (...assuming I can keep making progress on my setup to be ready sometime this year for that visit...) :p
 
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That is a magnificent fox face! :)

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that's Lo
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And this hits the spot.
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What are you all trying to do, make my decision on which foxface even harder?!? :p
I think bicolor is still my favorite, but:
Magnificent is just magnificent!
Lo is definitely not low on the list!
Onespot is spot on for my considerations!

We'll see if I can ever make a decision! (other than to upgrade tank size/number and have them all!)
My plan is already being reconsidered for the inclusion of a foxface in the mangrove lagoon as well as a foxface in the 90-reef...
 

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What are you all trying to do, make my decision on which foxface even harder?!? :p
I think bicolor is still my favorite, but:
Magnificent is just magnificent!
Lo is definitely not low on the list!
Onespot is spot on for my considerations!

We'll see if I can ever make a decision! (other than to upgrade tank size/number and have them all!)
My plan is already being reconsidered for the inclusion of a foxface in the mangrove lagoon as well as a foxface in the 90-reef...
If you love a bi-color. Go BI one.

Sorry, crap pic. He hates phones.
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If you love a bi-color. Go BI one.

Sorry, crap pic. He hates phones.
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Yeah, it's going to be hard for me to be persuaded otherwise. Though it is hard to pick an absolute favorite fish, the bicolor foxface is certainly one of my personal strongest contenders!

Now I will just have to see if I can add to or rearrange my bioload to include another foxface in the mangrove lagoon after all this persuasion!
 
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After recent spblamm pictures causing me to consider adding a foxface to the mangrove lagoon, I have edited my fish list.

Current planned fish list:
90-gallon reef:
1X Fiji Bicolor Foxface (Siganus uspi)
2X Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)
2X Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
2X Sharknose Gobies (Elcatinus evelynae)
1X Rainsford's Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)
1X Orangespotted Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris guttata)
1X Bristletooth Tomini Tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis)
3X Yellowstriped Cardinalfish (Ostorhincus cyanosoma) or Seal's Cardinalfish (Ostorhincus sealei)
2X Scissortail Dartfish (Ptereleotris evides)
1X Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoerus melanurus)
1X Engineer Goby (Pholidichthys leucotaenia)

75-gallon mangrove lagoon:
1X Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) [already in FOWLR]
1X Rectangle Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) [already in FOWLR]
1X Snowflake Eel (Echidna nebulosa) [already in FOWLR]
1X One Spot Foxface (Siganus unimaculatus)
1X Pink Streaked Wrasse (Pseudocheilinops ataenia)

~40-gallon Sump Refugium Section:
2X Janss' Pipefish (Doryrhamphus janssi)
2X Spotted Mandarinfish (Synchiropus picturatus)

I'm still not sure if this is too much or not, but I will save a few additions until last and add the fishes in a series of introductions to monitor for possible issues.

Input or suggestions on fish list are much appreciated!
 
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Have you seriously researched the engineer goby, the sand to the right is over 7 inches deep?! ;)

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Oh, I am familiar (from research) with the amount of sand they can move! I have no qualms with a deeper sand bed as long as my aquascape is tall enough to not get buried or have the caves blocked off. Thanks for inspiration!
 
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Another small update: I got my floor drilled for plumbing lines down to my basement "fish room" for draining and returning.
Behind 75-gallon mangrove lagoon stand:
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In basement to drain sink:
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The return line will be a 20' hose with quick disconnects that connects just below the floor above and down to the pump in my saltwater storage bin.

Also, for fun, here's a video of the current 75-gallon FOWLR focusing on my eel:
 
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