Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Aquariums, The End of the World and Other Stuff

So my aquarium has been going strong for a few weeks now. I decided to go with zebra danios and some cory's that look like plecostomus. According to the pet shop they only get a few inches long. The run of the mill plecostomus that most pet shops sell can get two feet long! That's way too much fish for my little 20g tank and I don't really want to find a home for one when it gets too big. I also added some neon tetras today. From what I've read they're pretty fragile and need very specific water conditions. We'll see how they do. I also found a tub that should be the perfect size for my grow bed. Once I'm sure that the nitrogen cycle is established and the fish are doing well then I'll go ahead and set it up. I've been using the water from water changes to water my house plants and they have exploded. That's encouraging. I'm looking forward to the results.

If you listen to talk radio then you've probably heard the commercial that tells you to visit the website www.theendofamerica11.com. I finally got around to it the other day. If you follow the link to the actual website then you get stuck watching a one hour flash movie. The words come up and a voice reads them. You can't pause, fast forward, rewind or any of that. Luckily, you can watch the exact same movie on youtube where you can pause, rewind and fast forward at will:

I highly recommend that you check it out. Just turn it on sometime when you know that you'll be at the computer for a while. You don't have to watch it. Just listen. He lays out the currency crisis that we're in, explains the consequences in detail and gives examples of it happening in recent history and how it affected those countries. Make no mistake. If it happens here then it will be significantly worse than anything since the fall of Rome. You need to know what's happening, what the results could be and what you can do to protect yourself.

Obviously, the guy is trying to sell you something. What he's trying to sell you are a bunch of reports that explain the best investments you can make to insulate you from the coming crisis. I'm not about to pay for them so I have no idea what they are. Luckily, 99% of the video consists of him explaining the crisis we're in, what could happen and how other countries have been affected when they've gone through it. The common sense things that you can do become very apparent very quickly if you've already got the prepper mindset. I actually intended to do a very detailed post about it that broke everything down and explained in detail several of the points that I found important but I did it all in notebook and I woke up to find that my computer had reset. No I didn't save said notes. Maybe I'll try it again in the future. For now I'm too lazy.

The other day I received a copy of Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived
by Scott B. Williams in the mail. I'm saving my review for after I finish it. I love the premise. While preparing for the end of the world is fun and all it hasn't happened in a long, long time. You're a lot more likely to get stuck in a difficult situation where you have no one but yourself to rely on to get out. It's always good to know what someone else did to get out of a similar situation. That's what this book is all about.


Meg said...

What a coincidence that you should mention this advertisement. It was actually the advertisement that kicked off my searches (currency crash, TEOTWAWKI, etc) that eventually led here! That video scared the crap out of me, and I haven't really slept well since. I am prepped as much as possible physically, but nowhere prepped enough financially, and it's a two year plan to dig out of debt if the sh*t stays well away from the fan. Even as I'm doing what I can to prep, I'm holding fast to the quote from Mark Twain:

"I am an old (wo)man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Anonymous said...

zebras are good choice..

am however using common goldfish because they like the tank algae and can survive temp swings and water changes..

for plant experiment, might try a flating foam bed with holes poked in with lettuce seeds added....

may you have great success!


chinasyndrome said...

When I was about 10 I got an aquarium,I picked Angel fish and neon tetras. Little neons were beautiful! We took a trip to see Grandpa in Tenn for the weekend,came home just in time to see last neon hanging out of angel fishes mouth. Good luck with project!


Adventures in Self Reliance said...

Not sure you caught Kurt Saxon on fish. Tilapia and catfish.
I saw a great story on Aquaponics that lasted about 3 months. It seemed to have merit but died because of funding or lack of interest.
Mother earth news seems to have picked this story up. You might check out their website.

The Urban Survivalist said...

There are a couple of very large scale aquaponics setups in Milwaukee and Illinois. They also seem to be some pretty successful ones in Australia. There's a guy over there who runs a business that sets up home based systems. I plan on doing tilapia once I get a real system setup. I've already got a couple of sources lined up.

irishdutchuncle said...

what would you use as a membrane, if you were setting this up on a large scale? (without much money)

The Urban Survivalist said...

The easiest way to do it on a larger scale is to use IBC containers. They're the big, 275 gallon containers with metal cages around them and a big spigot on the front. They're used to transfer large volumes of fluids. In my city there are a few places where they're available recycled for under $100. Just make sure that you're getting a container that didn't contain soap or some kind of toxic chemicals. They're commonly used for corn syrup. Basically, you cut the top off of it. Since they're a little oblong you can turn the top upside and sideways to set it up on the top of the tank. The bottom is used for the fish tank. The top is used for the grow bed. There's some plumbing involved but it's pretty basic and not very expensive. The most expensive part will probably be the sump pump and the grow media. There's lots of information on the internet.

irishdutchuncle said...

thanks, Urban.

we never had too much success with aquariums before, still i'd like to have my own fish pond sometime. (food fish, not koi...)