Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scott re-submerges

The windstorm appears well and truly over. I've put Scott back in the habitat and he's once again living the life aquatic. :3

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Power outage

A severe windstorm afflicting Oregon, Washington and California knocked out power all day and well into the night yesterday. The battery backup air pump saved the day, for the second time (although it was the old pump before). This just goes to show the importance of making life-critical hardware multiply redundant. Scott is in the spare land cage. I'm waiting a day to make sure the windstorm bullshit is truly over before he re-submerges.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hamsters swapped

There was an interruption because of the unexpected need for a new pump, so I wound up swapping hams mid-month. Consequently we're back to George living on land and Scott living underwater, even though that's what the last "hamsters swapped" message said. Pardon the irregularity, normal underwater hamster business has resumed and all is well with the world. Why am I so fuckin strange though

Friday, March 17, 2017

Project Hampture resumes

New pump is set up, hamster back in the water, all is right with the world. Stay tuned, more to follow incl. video below:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Replacement pump ordered

I was able to raise $40 in donations, but didn't see the point to waiting on the rest of it and just covered the difference out of pocket. The pump is now on the way.

Friday, March 3, 2017

New donation!

For $20. With shipping included I am about $35 away from that new air pump.

Btw, I can't reply to your comments. When I put in my info and tell it which account to use to reply, it reloads the page instead of posting the comment. I have no idea why or how to fix it but I am not ignoring you guys. Maybe I should do a mailbag type post once in a while as a workaround?

EDIT: Another $20! Up to $40 now, another $15 will do it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Need a new air pump

Hamsters are fine. Aquarium pumps typically don't fail "all at once", they just suddenly become much weaker for a while before actually failing. I noticed the bubble stream from the habitat was greatly reduced, down to just a meager trickle of small bubbles every few seconds.
 Because it's already like 15x the flow rate a single hamster requires, Scott was fine. It was just my cue to take him out of the water and go shopping for a new pump. This one has really lasted me a long-ass time. Here is the one I was using. It's expensive but the battery backup feature is a must, given that it's life-critical.

 I actually don't have two land cages, so George and Scott will need to cohabitate while I build a second one. I could use some donations for that new pump if any of you are feeling flush. I could rush out and buy a cheap normal air pump from petco, but the specific features of this battery backup model are really necessary for a project of this nature.

EDIT: Nope, they began fighting immediately when placed together. Evidently I need to drop what I'm doing and build a second enclosure right this minute. Oh well.