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Old 11/23/2005, 06:17 AM   #1
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Talking "The Lazy Reefmeister's Guide to Catching a Fish"

Well, His Laziness had finally had enough!
I'd kept numerous dwarf angles for a number of years:
Flame angel, Coral Beauty, Bi-color, Lemmon Peel, etc.... and all the while I've catered to their seemingly insatiable appetite for scrumptious Coral McNuggets and Polyped Parfays.
I patiently endured the infamous "Newby Curve" for a second if not third tedious ride around the block; meticulously conducting trial-and-error experiments for what corals I could keep with these fish and those which were destined for a potentially-expensive Happy Meal. Ironically, I think Pulsing Xenia is one of the coolest-looking corals I've ever seen in this hobby. No, Really! (admittedly, me gots cheap taste ) but noooooooooo! I am deprived of such simple luxuries...right along with Open Brains, Clams, Zoos, etc. etc.
Nonetheless, I had accepted my lonely destiny as caretaker of ordinary LPS (aka "softies) just to keep these colorful fish. Yep, Your Laziness's tank is chock full of Hammers, Torches, Frogspawns (rhymes with yaaaawn) along with various sponges, GSP, etc. etc. Yep, Yessireeee, no disgruntlement here!

Well, now that you've got the history down pat, here is the rest of my story (come-on, sit your butt down. What else you gonna do?...go watch Desperate House Wives??? )
Anyway, as I was saying: I finally had it. The Devil Fish himself manifested itself in my reeftank in the form of a Lemmon Peel angel. Yep, you heard correctly...Reefmeister's Lemmon Peel = Devil fish! This little son-of-a-b started nipping at everything! No, I don't think you understand. Not just nipping at corals. I mean nipping at the rocks, the glass, the starfish, the coraline, the sandbed, even happless snails who had the misfortune of falling over. The last straw finally came when my Little Yellow Bast_ _ _ starting nipping at my new carpet anemone! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The Lemmon Peel was "Peeling" the anemone back like an onion (so it wouldn't get stung) and nipping away at its foot like some yellow, blue-eyed, pirahna whana-be!

Ok, even as infuriated as I was, I still managed to find the fish net in my garage on the first try (you have no idea what a miracle this is...me finding stuff on the first try!)
Anyway, this is where it gets interesting....
I put a piece of Krill in the net as bait, kept the net completely still (wedged against the side of the tank), and waited for my happless victim to take his last nip.
Welllll, every single time.... he would take a look at the Krill, and then glance at me, and then dart into the rocks. It was apparent that he knew what was up and didn't want anything to do with it. This pattern repeated itself over and over for about half hour. Every time the darn fish would glare straight at me (no matter how still I was) and dart back into the safety of the liverock crevices.

That's when it finally dawned on me: In nature, "Prey" animals sense danger in the "eyes" of a predator. This is a common trait inherent with many animals....could it....could it work with fish? I thought. I decided to test my hypothesis by putting on a pair of sun glasses and return to doing EXACTLY what I was doing before with the fish net and piece of Krill. Now mind you...I made no attempt to conceal myself or anything of that nature. I simply put on the sunglasses and did the same thing.
Within two minutes that Lemmon Peel went straight into the net and leisurly snacked away at the Krill as if I had never existed. I was standing right there! (only much cooler looking, ahem ) Needless to say, I netted the naughty nipster in no time. Into the Fuge you go Carpet Muncher! (hehehe) .

anyway...I swear this is true. I caught a fish simply by putting on my sunglasses. coincidence??? doubtful says I.
You be the judge.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!



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Old 11/23/2005, 08:04 AM   #2
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LOL, what a great, yet horrific story.

Glad you caught him.


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Old 11/23/2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the chuckle


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Old 11/23/2005, 08:49 AM   #4
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Do you want to come over and catch my Kole tang?


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Old 11/23/2005, 09:28 AM   #5
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lol,THANKS..definitely gonna try putting on some shades and catching him before taking everything down.


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Old 11/23/2005, 09:44 AM   #6
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Do you want to come over and catch my Kole tang?
Cesar, What is going on with the kole tang?


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Old 11/23/2005, 11:43 AM   #7
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wow... that must be some really good dank


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Old 11/23/2005, 12:14 PM   #8
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Do you want to come over and catch my Kole tang?
Awwhh shucks, tangs are the easiest...
At night, when they are sleeping, they just kinda bounce around like big, dopey pinballs when you put a little light on them and/or nudge 'em a bit with a stick; similar to the "deer caught in headlights" analogy but much more entertaining!

Nah, scrap that! I don't want to start any "Reefmeister-pokes-his fish-around-with-a-cattle-prod" type of rumors.

Seriously though,
if you can CAREFULLY [P.I.T.A. watching....Always watching! (twitch, twitch)] "coerce" the tang from his nocturnal hidey hole late at night...then you've gots more control than a designated driver at a Friday night Frat party!
Net that sucker before before he loses his fishy-beer-buzz and realizes what you're trying to do!

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Best of all, their memory is erased, so you can get away with the most haneous acts of humiliation! Buwaahahahaha!
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Old 11/23/2005, 12:23 PM   #9
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who's drunk the fish or you? that's quite a response


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Old 11/23/2005, 01:37 PM   #10
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i dunno kevin...

for someone who claims to be as 'lazy' as you...you seem awfully energetic and busy doing what you do!

hey, i still have to post pics of the crazy closed loop you did for me on my lr holding tank...

sorry i couldnt make it to your fish tour...vegas was calling me!

oh yeah, you owe me $100...i put it on black and it didnt hit!


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Old 11/23/2005, 02:28 PM   #11
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Ya know Bergzy,
I've had this great idea regarding Las Vegas for the longest time now. It is something that is a REAL time-saver and very logically derived from my many wonderful years of experience there. You see, it goes kinda like this:

At the Las Vegas Airport are these long escalators that take passenger to-and-from the airplanes. I call 'em the "automated walkways of consciousness" because it is then and there that you finally ponder just how much your gonna lose your a_ _!
"hmmm, let's see. as long as I put aside just enough money for a Super Big Gulp and a Grey Hound ticket home, I'll be in good shape....oh yea, a twenty adda do it"

Anyway, back my airport escalator idea...
At the very end of the Vegas-bound escalator (you know...the one where you pass a gajjillian Prime-rib-n-Lobster dinner signs)
I think they should install a simple slotted drop-box.
Above this box they should install a sign stating:

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"To save time and stress, please do the following:
1) Deposit wallet in box
2) Get back on the other escalator
Thank you for visiting wonderful Loss Vegas, please come again"
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(no, I didn't misspell it)



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Old 11/23/2005, 03:02 PM   #12
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what I tell you about hittin' the bloody marys so hot and heavy early in the morning!

now, back away from the terminal and go take a nap Kevin!

shheeesh! pro students on turkey day break!


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Old 11/23/2005, 03:06 PM   #13
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sounds like he's on a upper hahaha oh man this guy is funny


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Old 11/23/2005, 04:46 PM   #14
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Cesar, What is going on with the kole tang?
The Kole is great and beautiful, it's just that I would rather have a Naso Tang in the tank and I wouldn't put another fish in the tank without getting rid of one.


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Old 11/23/2005, 04:52 PM   #15
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Awwhh shucks, tangs are the easiest...
At night, when they are sleeping, they just kinda bounce around like big, dopey pinballs when you put a little light on them and/or nudge 'em a bit with a stick; similar to the "deer caught in headlights" analogy but much more entertaining!
Unfortunately, he sleeps way in the back and there is no way I would reach him. Even if I did by the time I have him in a place I can net him his fish buzz would be gone.


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Old 11/23/2005, 07:35 PM   #16
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Nice Story. I need to remember the sunglasses theory. It works with my dog, If I stare her down and go for the toy, she splits... if I don't look and go casually.... I can catch her off guard


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Old 11/24/2005, 01:59 AM   #17
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shheeesh! pro students on turkey day break!





Gobble, Gobble.........Gobble........GOBBLE!! GOBBLE!!......GOBBLE!!
GOBBLE, GOBBLE! ......GOBBLE!


GOBBLE!! GOBBLE!!......GOBBLE!!......GOBBLE.....GOBBLE!

GOBBLE!!!!!!!........GOBBLE!!!, GOBBLE!!!!, GOBBLE!!!, GOBBLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!!!!!!!GOB-BOB, BUB-BO-FREAKIN" BOBBLE!!!!!!




(sigh) gobble??? <-- (Reefmeister after eating Unconscionable mass quantities of turkey)


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Old 11/24/2005, 05:35 AM   #18
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Really interesting,
I bet he thought you where blind
Or maybe he thought you where a Blues Brother?
What color tint on the glasses? What brand?
Designer? Raybans?

Maybe you could get them into the LFS bundled with a fish net and instruction.


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Old 11/24/2005, 11:02 AM   #19
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Maybe you could get them into the LFS bundled with a fish net and instruction.

I can see the vision now....My very own 3 A.M. infomercial:

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"THE LAZY REEFMEISTER FISH EXTRACTOMATIC"

"Not one but TWO EXTRACTOMATICS for only $19.95"

"CALL NOW!!!

"1-800-IHATEMYFISH

"Once Again, Thats:"

"1-800-IHATEMYFISH"

"CALLLLLLL NOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!!"
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Hey, one can only dream


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Old 12/09/2005, 03:48 AM   #20
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OK,
update as of December 8th, 2005

All is well in Softiville!!!
The shrimps are-a-cleanin'....The corals are-a-swingin'... and all the invertibrata-habitants are heard to sing in harmony:
"DING-DONG The witch is dead...the witch is dead...THE BIG BAD WITCH IS DEAD!!!!"






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Old 12/09/2005, 09:37 AM   #21
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thats alot of damn softies where's the bad boy sps's?!


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Old 12/09/2005, 10:38 AM   #22
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thats alot of damn softies where's the bad boy sps's?!

Naaaahhhhh!
I like corals that actually "MOVE"

Not tiny, rigid, disproportionately-expensive, colored "rocks" that bleach out at the first hint of an alkalinity swing!




besides....remember?
"me gots cheap taste!"


uh.... um, relatively speaking of course; that's kind-of-an oxymoron in hobby!



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Old 12/11/2005, 10:33 PM   #23
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Nice Story. I need to remember the sunglasses theory. It works with my dog, If I stare her down and go for the toy, she splits... if I don't look and go casually.... I can catch her off guard


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Honestly, the words just flowed naturally....I didn't even think about it (just not quite sure if I should admit that or not!)


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Old 12/11/2005, 11:32 PM   #24
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Oh, you think about it...
You naughty hardwood lover.
Why you gotta hate the carpet munchers


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Old 12/11/2005, 11:47 PM   #25
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Kinda reminds me of that grand 'ole phraze:

"Two birds in the hand are better than two in the........

Oh, never mind!





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