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A bitch to the world…

Our planet is dying, who cares what all the scientists say, you have eyes, look around! Dying forests, dying animals, dysfunctional politics, dead people. The world is not about you; it’s not about us, it’s not about anything. Wake up, people! Your just a bunch of barely held together atoms, organised by chance into something, we call life. Life is amazing; it is everything, we are so ridiculously lucky to merely exist, and yet we do nothing, we sit here and watch youtube, look at role models who only model selfishness and materialism, we float through life; wake up!

Don’t commit yourself to the thoughts that we are doomed, even if we are, who fucken cares. Do you want to die knowing you did nothing or do you want to die knowing you tried to change something and failed? The problem with humanity is we don’t realise our own power, when we are united we can solve everything, this attitude we have stops us from changing things, it causes depression. As much as you’d like to believe; we don’t have a purpose, we are just randomness organised into a living, breathing being with the collective power of gods. When you die you fade away and disappear, everything stops, you are no more. So do something with the little time you have! Spread a message, make a difference, help somebody, help an animal, once a critical mass of humans willing to do something is achieved it’s like a snowball rolling down a hill. We gain momentum and turn into a massive freight train capable of knocking down societies barriers, razing governments to the ground.

We, the commoners are 90% of the population, the people that control us are 10%, we outnumber them 10 to 1. Politicians are corrupt, driven by money hungry corporations, they don’t care about you, or the country, only money. We can change this, all we have to decide is to make a difference. Your life is gonna end; no matter what you do, don’t let that stop you. Your kids are going to suffer, your grandkids are going to live dead because of you, you’re a selfish pussy. Get a grip, who fucking cares about those social media “influencers”, who cares about what people think about you, or what clothes you wear. Nothing matters in the end. Drag yourself out of this pit, you love that little dopamine hit you get for each like on social media, don’t you? Great, cause it doesn’t achieve anything it’s just another drug, fuck drugs we live in the most beautiful place in the known universe. Forget everything you think is important; money, social status, social media, material belongings. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, yeah everybody has problems, but at least reach out and ask for help, stop making a negative impact, if nobody made a negative impact, we would live in paradise, hell we already live in paradise!

Save the moving, living, breathing, arse-hole of an earth we live on, it’s going to die. You didn’t kill it, your parents and theirs before them did, that doesn’t make it not your problem, you inherited it. Fair? No. Is the world fair? No. Get used to it, step up and live, live a life worth living!

After a couple months of hard work…

Wow, what a learning experience! I’ve learnt so much; overflows, sumps, protein skimmers, carbon dosing, lighting, Arduino aquarium controllers, building stands. It’s been a busy couple of months.

A sump is born!

After pulling 3 small unused/cracked tanks apart (wow what a job that was) I had enough glass to build my sump. It’s 150L and looks like a dog’s breakfast but it works! I cut and polished all the glass to the right sizes and then began to mock it up, yikes this a bit of an art! Holding it all together was the hardest part but after some pointers from the people on the New Zealand reef keepers forum (who I owe much gratitude too, especially Mark) it went fairly well. I glued it up and learnt a lot more too, vinegar works wonders! After waiting a week I filled it… and it leaked, fixed that and whalla, Sump! The first section is for filter socks etc, then skimmer and reactors, then refugium, bubble trap and finally the return.

The stand

I started with the frame and just got the dimensions correct, the tank is 600mm wide (24 inches) and 1500mm long (59 inches), I used ceiling batton since my design is highly over engineered and otherwise it would just be a solid block of wood.

The frame is complete, I love woodwork it’s so satisfying.

Wrapping complete, yes it is MDF so im going to epoxy the inside and paint the inside with waterproof outdoor paint 😜.

Plumbing

Mocked up and glued the plumbing, the stand is finished and the tank has been test filled!

The Spaghetti junction has been implemented and glued in. The plumbing was pretty straight forward apart from accidently switching two pipes leading to the aforementioned spaghetti junction.

Finally!

It is in place! Hopefully the floor doesnt die. We checked and it looks fairly sturdy being next to a supporting wall and all, at least I have a laser level which will tell me if the floor sags! Had to take the door and bed apart to get it in but its in.

Filled

Everything went according to plan, cycling has begun!