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Happy Veterans Day Paul! THANK YOU for your service, and for keeping it's meaning straight.
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And thank you to Hack. :)

Today on Veterans Day we will first go out to my free Veteran breakfast. :) Then I will drive through Calverton National Cemetary and pay my respects to all the soldiers burried there. Although we honor them on Memorial Day, they are also part of Veterans Day as they are all Veterans.

Then later, we will go to a restaurant that gives half price dinners to all those who served. I can afford to go to any restaurant but I like to patronage restaurants that honor Vets. It's just me. :D
 

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I’m a VETERAN!
(copied from unknown author)

To understand a Military Veteran you must know:

We left home as teenagers or in our early twenties for an unknown adventure.

We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives.

We said goodbye to friends and family and everything we knew.

We learned the basics and then we scattered in the wind to the far corners of the Earth.

We found new friends and new family.

We became brothers and sisters regardless of color, race or creed.

We had plenty of good times, and plenty of bad times.

We didn’t get enough sleep.

We smoked and drank too much.

We picked up both good and bad habits.

We worked hard and played harder.

We didn’t earn a great wage.

We experienced the happiness of mail call and the sadness of missing important events.

We didn’t know when, or even if, we were ever going to see home again.

We grew up fast, and yet somehow, we never grew up at all.

We fought for our freedom, as well as the freedom of others.

Some of us saw actual combat, and some of us didn’t.

Some of us saw the world, and some of us didn’t.

Some of us dealt with physical warfare, most of us dealt with psychological warfare.

We have seen and experienced and dealt with things that we can’t fully describe or explain, as not all of our sacrifices were physical.

We participated in time honored ceremonies and rituals with each other, strengthening our bonds and camaraderie.

We counted on each other to get our job done and sometimes to survive it at all.

We have dealt with victory and tragedy.

We have celebrated and mourned.

We lost a few along the way.

When our adventure was over, some of us went back home, some of us started somewhere new and some of us never came home at all.

We have told amazing and hilarious stories of our exploits and adventures.

We share an unspoken bond with each other, that most people don’t experience, and few will understand.

We speak highly of our own branch of service, and poke fun at the other branches.

We know however, that, if needed, we will be there for our brothers and sisters and stand together as one, in a heartbeat.

Being a Veteran is something that had to be earned, and it can never be taken away.

It has no monetary value, but at the same time it is a priceless gift.

People see a Veteran and they thank them for their service. When we see each other, we give that little upwards head nod, or a slight smile, knowing that we have shared and experienced things that most people have not.

So, from myself to the rest of the veterans out there, I commend and thank you for all that you have done and sacrificed for your country.

Try to remember the good times and make peace with the bad times.

Share your stories.

But most importantly, stand tall and proud, for you have earned the right to be called a Veteran.
 

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I had to move some more corals around after my partial re-aquascape because some of them ended up facing down or in the back of the tank. I removed some to remove encrusting sponge and under the sponge is loaded with amphipods. (not copepods that are all over the place)

The amphipods I added from the sea a few years ago and I am glad to see they are still reproducing. I can't really collect them easily here but I am always looking for collection places.

I like the new look of my tank as it is more open and I can see all the way to the back in many places including most places under the reef because very little of it is actually resting on the gravel which is the design I was going for when I built the new back bone rock before I moved here.

My gorgonians filled the tank and are all over the place reaching up almost out of the water which I am happy about.

I think the fish are also happy because I have been finding fish in there I didn't even remember I had. :oops:

Fish can, and do hide in my tank for months. My Janss pipefish is still kicking and I think way past his lifespan. :)

Yesterday I got ambitious and collected and changed about 30 more gallons of NSW. I just like collecting the stuff because it is right down the block and on a beautiful beach.





I also thought this urchin was going to croak due to the poisons from the sponge but he may just have had an upset stomach because he is fine.

 

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GLAD to hear the ills are fading away Paul.......and agree gathering local water is a healthy pass time.....UNLESS you've got to walk down all those stupid steps you have to. You haven't decided to just jump down there have you?
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Good Morning Hack. I go down those 176 very steep steps for exercise. But to collect water I drive a couple of blocks to that same beach and I can take my Jeep right to the exact spot behind my house but I collect water at the end of a road that ends at the water. It is very simple and I can take the entire Atlantic Ocean if I wanted to but the people in Tahiti frown on that because their water is connected to the Atlantic and it too would drain out leaving all those Sally Lightfoot crabs high and dry. :unsure:
 

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It is very simple and I can take the entire Atlantic Ocean if I wanted to but the people in Tahiti frown on that because their water is connected to the Atlantic and it too would drain out leaving all those Sally Lightfoot crabs high and dry. :unsure:
Yeah......THAT would squash their economy, and trigger uhhhhhhhh..... 🤔 ......something BAD I'm sure.

I use to collect water from the Atlantic only during the summer months when I could run off shore and collect in deep blue waters.......BUT started a couple years ago in a local marina that's directly opposite the inlet, and has a sand bottom as opposed to muck, and have no issues that a chap like me without a handful of PHD's can ascertain. So I'm thrilled to be able to go there year round now......that way I can help keep track of any 'global warming' issues such as an increase of Sally Lightfoot Crabs......soon as I see my first one around here I'll sound the alarm and quit taking the water.
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Hi Paul I was told this tank is running a RFUG filter. For 40 + years! Amazing. Beautiful tank Sir. I was considering setting one up in a freshwater tank I am developing - cold water native species tank with a sand bottom. How do you keep the sand from infiltrating your filter grid?
 

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Wow, that is cool. Thanks Paul. The gravel is gonna flow much better than the sand. I was thinking about using pool sand and reverse flow, now that I see you are using gravel I wonder if the sand is going to flow enough water to satisfy the filter. My goal is really to trap nutrients there for the plants and provide structure for root growth, not so much for removing particulate. That would be done by a simple sponge pre-filter.
 

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I’m gonna give it a try. Maybe I’ll do a thread in the freshwater section while I do and see how it goes. Thanks, much appreciated Sir.
Do document in fresh water for sure
 
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