I thought to post this because I read so many tutorials and watched online videos showing different techniques for cracking the nuts open. And what other people said didn't quite work for me. Supposedly there is a very particular spot and if you hit just it right, the nut will fall apart releasing its treasure. I tried many many many times and never could get that spot. So I found a different way but it takes more steps. It was really frustrating until I did one thing: froze them. Put a bag of nuts in the freezer overnight, let them sit out again to room temperature. After that they broke open a lot easier, and the nuts were loosened, not fitting so tightly within the shell. There are so many crevices and contortions in there it's hard to get them extracted otherwise. I used: a hammer, a pick (this one isn't meant to be a nut pick it's really a little skewer) and a pair of needle-nose pliers (to break up shell interiors sometimes- smaller would have been better).
So I did it. I made a little pie. I looked at a lot of recipes, they're mostly the same, I kind of combined several. I mainly looked at this one, but used brown sugar cut with flour, and added crushed graham crackers in with the nuts, and layered the nuts on the bottom pouring the melted butter and karo syrup and stuff over. But first of all, roasted the nuts:
19 November 2015
Plant response to less light: positive! Our electricity was out for just a few minutes the other day, and when that happens in the middle of my light cycle, it won't turn on until the next "event" is triggered in the timer. In this case, the main lights had just come on for the day and nothing else would happen until it switched to blue 'moonlight.' I didn't feel like tinkering with the override settings, so I just left it lights-out for most of the day. Thought: well, maybe that will knock out some algae, and it won't be long enough to kill anything.
some stuff into my tenner. These pics are from last friday, but I forgot to post them. The vallisneria is spreading enough now that removing a few which were loosely rooted (I suppose I didn't put them far enough into the substrate the first time) and snipping off runners of some baby plants that were growing out of the area I want them in, did nothing at all to visually diminish their presence in the main tank. I threw away that last bit of helferi that was dying in the back corner, and transplanted the vals there instead.
18 November 2015
I've been "farming algae" on rocks in a sunny window for the otos. Put this one in and took a picture in the morning (before tank lights were on). The otos quickly congregated on it.
Labels: Otocinclus catfish
17 November 2015
Finally got the nuts all hulled.
Labels: hickory nuts
16 November 2015
in the big aquarium. Lots of them still have hair algae. I cut the bright lights back half an hour. Some fine hair algae on the back glass, but it seems to only appear the day after a water change (and ferts dose- I'm still giving half dose of macros and no micros) and is not noticeable the day after that. I wonder if the fishes ate it? I see them nibbling on the edges of leaves but can't tell if they're picking off micro-organisms or eating the algae threads.
15 November 2015
Checking in on my backyard plants. Very surprised to find a bit of fern growing back! I thought they were all dead. Let's see if this one makes it.