Totem Soup Science – Aquarium Update / Aquaponics Project: Phase 2

Phase 2 update! Ran into money sooner than expected for phase two, and setup a few new things. First thing was bio balls and ceramic rings for the canister filter, so bear with me the water got a bit cloudy after re-mounting all the trays. Also, as you can see in the photos, I got the bamboo for the “Marineland Planter”. I also ordered growing sponges from a company called “Suretogrow” (link at the bottom of the post). The bamboo is in, but not in their permanent positions until the aquaponic sponges show up. So here’s the setup so far:
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Also got some new plants I ordered. Here’s a couple shots of the three Aponogeton Ulvaceus that came in today:

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And, for simple bragging rights here’s my Red Tiger Lotus and Madagascar Lace from nothing to this in a month:

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As Promised, here’s the link to Suretogrow:
http://www.suretogrow.com/

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for project updates!

- The one, the ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup Science – Aquaponics Project: Phase 1

Lately I have started focus on my aquarium and projects related to it. I have had the tank for about 4 years now, and up until recently, it was just something I maintained barely. The bare minimum maintenance was not due to lack of passion, but due to lack of money. I am currently gainfully employed (my last job was not so gainful), and have switched to focusing on my hobby and getting my kids into learning about it as well.

Here’s a comparison photo of the tank during the dark times and from about a month ago:
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And this is the tank now:

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I am currently running a canister filter that cycles about 540 gallons per hour on a 55 gallon tank (new as of yesterday). Here she is:

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This led me to some thoughts. The canister alone can filter my tank all by itself without the Marineland Emperor 400 bio-wheel style filter seen in the pictures. So, I gutted the Marineland. Bio-wheels, filter medium, motor, and power cable all removed. I routed the outflow of the canister filter into the inflow of the Marineland filter, like so:

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The lid is currently on the filter to slow evaporation. Once the growing sponges come in I will be planting bamboo in the filter, so the canister will be pumping water into the “Marineland Planter” and the water will waterfall back into the aquarium.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for project updates!

- The one, the ONLY, Holytotemic

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Something New, Why Not?

With my current issues on Facebook, and the instability that lies therein, I have made a decision. Totem Soup Podcast has been down for almost 2 years now, and I doubt it will ever come back with my work, children, and friend situation. Simply put, the economy really doesn’t allow for a social life when you have kids and try to be the best parent and provider you can. I will be wiping out all podcast posts and audio related to it. Everything about the podcast is going and this will be where I post whatever the hell I want. I will keep randomly doing memes, comics, videos, and audio, but none of it will be an officially assembled podcast. This is going to be Totem Soup, meaning whatever is flowing through Holytotemic’s brain is going to end up here. I will remain on Twitter and Google+ for sure, because they don’t care what name I use, as long as I use them. So coming up you are likely to see new memes, new comics, projects I am working on, and just random crazy. I have used “Holy Totemic” as a pseudonym for 12 years, and I will be damned if Mark Zuckerberg is going to take that from me.

– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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(New posts and old pages are updated, old posts are not…waaaaaaaaaay too much work)
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Go fuck yourself Mark Zuckerberg.

I could not come up with a better headline for this article. For the last 12 years I have gone by the pen name Holytotemic or Holy Totemic, depending on if a last name is required. Not one social media network has a problem with this, except apparently Facebook. I simply don’t use my real name online, even friends I have known for years call me my pen name in real life over my real name. So from the time I opened my account (years ago) to about 2 months ago, my name on facebook has been comfortably set as “Holy Totemic”. Then my account was disabled…
I have no recourse but to stop using Facebook all together. Mark Zuckerberg, you are scum. The lowest of the low. In the last few years facebook has gone from social media, to a shameless advertising platform. A place where I get the latest updates on what starlet has a sex tape scandal, and my friends and families updates are hidden from me. I can buy advertising, promote my post, but I only see one in ten of my best friends posts. I would gladly give my real name, if I had an option to hide it from everyone unless it’s needed for legal reasons. You have taken my freedom of speech, because, let’s be honest here, having opinions and keeping a job is a hard position to have in this super free country we live in. So, in closing:

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