Tank birthday, 47+ years

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Eye of the Aurora storm last night. Show continues until Sunday night world wide.
 
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No wasted ink! I have enjoyed all your writings! I just have not read them all yet.
I don't think I read them all either as I may have been in a drunkin stupor when I wrote some of them. :anguished-face:
 
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Having an old tank has unique problems. Not healthwise but things grow in tanks and keep growing. Things like bristleworms. They are great scavengers and kind of benign when small. But they keep growing and can probably get a foot long.,

That is the reason I can't keep clams or most crabs any more except hermit crabs. When an invertebrate sheds, the bristleworms can most likely smell it and they attack the helpless animal. Especially arrow crabs which are very susceptible when newly moulted.

Occasionally I trap them but the really large ones can't fit in the trap and if I make a large trap, the fish and hermits will go in.

 
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I walked on the beach this morning and finally the sun came out as it has been raining and foggy every morning. Like this yesterday.
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Today looked like this
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I tried to save this horseshoe crab but he found out he can't live on dry sand for very long and all the CPR I did didn't help.

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He was relaxing in this very long tidepool and forgot that the tide goes out.
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I also found a fish that looked like someone over quarantined
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I had to bring in my Jeep for a recall to change the Catalytic converter. Ever since then I have a rattle that drives me crazy. I don't want to bring it back because I would have to leave the car for a couple of days and the same Jibini will probably work on it. So I had to drag out my ramps that I hardly use once a year and jam myself under there.

Getting up is getting harder every year.
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I just went and collected water from a beach. I got a little stuck on the beach in the soft sand but I got out. I don't have to do anything to this water as it is crystal clear. Normally I have to filter it as it is green with all sorts of floating garbage in it but this time I am not doing anything to it except heat it. It's 65 degrees, salinity is .020 and the nitrate is the same as my tank. 10.

I only collected 20 gallons and I will add 20 gallons of fake sea water because I know there is a lot of fertilizer in our seawater here and I already have enough algae.

 
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It's 4:25 AM now and I am taking one of my neighbors to the hospital to get a new hip. She is about my age and has no one to take her. I was up anyway as sleep eludes me. I wish it didn't.

When someone needs to be somewhere early, they ask me because I am never late. :D
 
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This morning, I went to Calverton National Cemetery to place American Flags on the graves of Veterans who have passed away.
This is the largest Military Cemetery in the US and every grave will have a flag on it. (I think)

This was last year but I was with the same people so I didn't take a picture so just make believe I took this today.

 
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I found the rattle in my Jeep. A few months ago it was recalled for the catalytic converter. To remove that they had to do it from underneath and Jeeps have a rock guard that protects the oil pan. It has about 7 bolts holding it on and is a heavy piece of steel about 2' wide.

The Jiboni's in Jeep left off at least 4 bolts and broke one in the hole so it has to be drilled out.
They are a weird metric size almost a 7/16th SAE bolt but not quite. I have a lot of Metric bolts but not that one and being it's Memorial Day, Jeep isn't open.

Tomorrow I will go back to Jeep to get some of those bolts. I don't want them to "fix" it because I don't trust them.
If they give me a hard time and want me to leave the vehicle with them, I will just go to a hardware store and buy the stupid bolts. This is a pain to fix because besides leaving off 4 bolts, the thing is on slightly crooked so some of the holes don't line up so I have to loosten all the bolts and drill out the broken one and use an "easy out" on it. I am to old for this nonsense but broke one of my rules by letting them work on my car.

The thing was recalled so it was free but nothing in life is free and if you want something done correctly, you need to do it yourself.
 
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This was the sunset last night.
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On my morning walk it was foggy but I was able to check out this tidepool. Nothing exciting in it.
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I was able to rescue this small conch or as us Italians call them Scungeel.
I got there before the sea gulls had him for lunch.

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Paul going through a problem my self with my jeep iin February my jeep’s timing belt snapped so i said I will get you a second hand head and. Valves complete he said no no I will only fit a new engine i said ok leave it with me so I bought a second hand engine and gearbox still connected so I arranged for it too be delivered to his work shop he says straight away ii won’t have time to do it for 2 weeks. Now I went up last week so we are talking 3 months he has had it and he says he has not even looked at it . My wife said keep calm and all
I. want to do is pull him over the the counter. Now he says he doesn’t really have time to do it because there’s time been set aside for it . So looks like I am going to take the head off the good engine and put it on the old engine that is still in place so I don’t have to remove the engine. So like you say @Paul B better doing it myself. Timing belt might be tricky but I will read up on it .
 

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Paul going through a problem my self with my jeep iin February my jeep’s timing belt snapped so i said I will get you a second hand head and. Valves complete he said no no I will only fit a new engine i said ok leave it with me so I bought a second hand engine and gearbox still connected so I arranged for it too be delivered to his work shop he says straight away ii won’t have time to do it for 2 weeks. Now I went up last week so we are talking 3 months he has had it and he says he has not even looked at it . My wife said keep calm and all
I. want to do is pull him over the the counter. Now he says he doesn’t really have time to do it because there’s time been set aside for it . So looks like I am going to take the head off the good engine and put it on the old engine that is still in place so I don’t have to remove the engine. So like you say @Paul B better doing it myself. Timing belt might be tricky but I will read up on it .
Are you sure the valves got hit? It is a interference engine but there's always the chance the valves closed before piston can hit them. A boroscope, with side camera, down the spark plug hole will show it. Or you can re-time the engine and see if you have compression(before jumping straight to pulling the cylinder head) either way the timing cover needs to come off...
 

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Are you sure the valves got hit? It is an interference engine but there's always the chance the valves closed before piston can hit them. A boroscope, with side camera, down the spark plug hole will show it. Or you can re-time the engine and see if you have compression(before jumping straight to pulling the cylinder head) either way the timing cover needs to come off...
Yep at the moment they’re is no compression
 

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Yep at the moment they’re is no compression
They already re timed it? Once the timing belt or chain breaks, you lose compression because the valves are not moving. They would have had to put a new belt on to possibly have compression again, or use a camera to look inside the combustion chamber to see the valve is bent. Most places see a interference engine with a broken belt or chain and assume the valves bent. Must of the time they are, but it's not uncommon for them to be ok. Worth double checking if you don't trust them
 
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I don't trust any of those. I can't wait to go to Jeep tomorrow to give them a piece of my mind. A very small piece because I don't have much left.

I think they charge $260.00 an hour and if this is the kind of work they do on stuff you can see, imagine what they do to things you can't see like inside the engine.
 

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I found the rattle in my Jeep. A few months ago it was recalled for the catalytic converter. To remove that they had to do it from underneath and Jeeps have a rock guard that protects the oil pan. It has about 7 bolts holding it on and is a heavy piece of steel about 2' wide.

The Jiboni's in Jeep left off at least 4 bolts and broke one in the hole so it has to be drilled out.
They are a weird metric size almost a 7/16th SAE bolt but not quite. I have a lot of Metric bolts but not that one and being it's Memorial Day, Jeep isn't open.

Tomorrow I will go back to Jeep to get some of those bolts. I don't want them to "fix" it because I don't trust them.
If they give me a hard time and want me to leave the vehicle with them, I will just go to a hardware store and buy the stupid bolts. This is a pain to fix because besides leaving off 4 bolts, the thing is on slightly crooked so some of the holes don't line up so I have to loosten all the bolts and drill out the broken one and use an "easy out" on it. I am to old for this nonsense but broke one of my rules by letting them work on my car.

The thing was recalled so it was free but nothing in life is free and if you want something done correctly, you need to do it yourself.
Sorry mate but that's what you get when you buy a Jeep. Here in Australia Jeep is the vehicle with most call outs for Roadside assist.
 

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