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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    MacZ, you're a bad influence, lol. I bought the Lamy Aion pen along with an EF nib, the black one, and to pad shipping, I also bought this filler. Not sure about the filler, but it looks cool, and if it helps keep things a little cleaner, I'm all for it. I watched a couple videos on it, and it...
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    How do you Drip Acclimate

    I acclimate mine by floating the bag in the tank for about 15 or 20 minutes, then I slowly add about 10 to 15ml to the bag every 5 to 10 minutes for about an hour, then pour the new fish into a net and put them into the tank.
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    It's a Fine nib, and further reading reveals it's a 2019 Jasper Morrison Special Edition. I'm really thinking about getting it along with an EF nib. I'm old too, well 63, but sometimes feel old, lol, and it's funny, I think they're really a niche item, age wise. I think most people don't want...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    I had a friend back in the '80s, that bought his Mercedes from Germany, paid to ship it here, and paid the up-charges for US licensing and registration. It was still less expensive than buying the same model here. So, this is funny. I just found an Aion that I like for $53.40 plus $4.95 (3-10...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    That's because they're German made, and everyone in the US knows that if it's German, it just has to cost more, lol.
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    The Safari and similar start at just under $30 USD, and can go as high as $50. One was actually $90+. The Studio, Aion, and others, start at about $70 USD, and go up from there. I'm pricing from Amazon, Jetpens.com and Gouletpens.com. I like the Aion and Studio pens, but just can't justify $70+...
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    Is my API Test Kit faulty?

    I have to agree with UnknownUser. The API liquid ammonia test has a (bad) reputation of giving a false reading of 0.25 ppm ammonia. When your pH reads max on the low range test, stop using it, and use the high range test. The tests are mutually exclusive, and you need one or the other, not both.
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    No, I'm not a clip fiddler, lol. I just look at them and see that wire clip, and it sings "cheap" to me. I know they're a good, quality product, but just can't make myself look past that clip. Ok, it's the Safari, and similar, with that wire clip that I don't like. The rest of their line, falls...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    Most of my Pen/Pencil purchases are from big-box office supply stores, and usually, they have the "Budget" brands, Bic, Pentel, Zebra, etc., in one section, and everything else in the "Premium" brands section, where of course, they charge premium prices. They also have a tendency to only offer...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    It's funny, I always thought of those names in the same class as Waterman, Cross, etc., without ever looking closely at prices. sometimes, we can be our own worst enenies, lol.
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    I fill my pens in the garage, just in case that should ever happen . It's the JetPens.com - Nemosine Fission Ice Fountain Pen - Fine Nib. I bought an EF nib for it, and I've had mine since 2015 or 2016, and it's looking it's age. Chipped paint, scratches, etc., but I used it daily, and never...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    Close but no cigar, but great guess! You must be familiar with their "Bulletproof" products . No, it's the Noodler's Heart of Darkness. I haven't used Noodler's before, but read several reviews, and the Heart Of Darkness seemed like a good choice, and it's really black. My last bottle was...
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    What's your favorite mechanical pencil, and whats your favorite pen?

    I just bought a new bottle of ink. It came with (IMHO) an el-cheapo eye-dropper (no bladder, cartridge or converter, just fill the barrel and hope the o-ring holds) pen. I thought "what the heck", and filled it with ink. Gave it the "shake down" priming, and wrote several lines with it. I then...
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    Can I use two 100 watt heaters for a 75 gallon tank?

    If your ambient temp is 79°, then your heater should almost never come on if you have it set to 75°, and a 300W heater would be more than enough to compensate for minor temperature fluctuations. I like using this website for a general guide to heaters, How to Size a Heater for Your Aquarium...
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    Is this the same as Filter Floss?

    Yep. it's FF, and from my experience, FF is a generic term for polyfill. What you have is safe to use, where polyfill needs to be looked at to make sure it doesn't have any chemical additives to prevent mold, mildew, or fire/flame retardants. You just need to cut it to fit your filter, and...
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