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Starting to look like a long work week...

When I got to work this morning, the temperature had dropped in another one of our cricket rearing rooms. There are four rooms total, and one room has been unuseable for over a month due to some sort of ventilation change that happened at some point, which made the room windy with an unstable, low temperature. These are Florida crickets, happiest at a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius. Eighteen degrees celsius is chilly even for humans, when you consider that "room temperature" is around 25 degrees. Grr.

On top of that, there are two other exciting projects underway. Apparently the university shuts down its steam system for around a week at this time of year, for annual maintenance. So that could be part of the problem. Additionally, they are re-working the plumbing for the first floor, right below us, which apparently has involved a large ring of pipes, and which is now going to be re-worked so that our labs are on the end of a branch. So we have no running water in our lab this morning. The construction worker I nabbed said that almost all of the water will be shut off for at least three weeks while they work on installing the new plumbing configuration, and may be shut off for three days even to the sinks we've identified as critical to our work.

I suppose it's a good thing I stayed and washed a few extra cricket tanks on Friday. Let me tell you, dirty cricket tanks get to be FOUL.

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randomdreams
May. 12th, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
Foul because of what you're feeding them going rotten?
rebeccmeister
May. 12th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
That, plus dead crickets smell amazingly terrible, too, especially when they've been marinating in some water for a little while. I'm at a point now where I forget that crickets smell bad, heh.

The undergrads had a hard time keeping on top of maintenance this spring, so I think they've been letting the dirty dishes pile up too much, for too long. The tanks I cleaned on Friday night had been sitting for more than a couple of days, with a quarter-inch of water in the bottom of them. From what one undergrad told me, in general they had been soaking the tanks with bleach, but she'd switched over to soapy water because the bleach was too much for her to finagle in the middle of a busy class + other job schedule (she gave campus tours and had to look somewhat presentable for that job, and didn't want bleach marks on her clothes).

I've gone back to bleach, and am going to be a bit more hands-on in the cricket room in the next couple of weeks. I HATE bleach, but I hate mites more than I hate bleach, and there have been too many mite outbreaks in association with all of the cricket tanks getting squeezed into too few rooms.

After I posted this, my boss helped me track down a sink we can use one floor up in a teaching lab that's unoccupied at the moment because classes are out. It isn't an industrial sink, but it looks like we will be able to fit in one tank at a time. Trying to rinse them could get interesting. In the existing space it's possible to wash a tank in 2-3 minutes, but I suspect it's going to take closer to 4-5 minutes per tank upstairs, plus the added time and effort of loading up the tanks onto a cart, going up the elevator, et cetera. I managed to get a bunch of smaller plastic boxes and other items washed up today, but would like to be able to focus on other things, like actually doing experiments, if you know what I mean.
randomdreams
May. 12th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
Man, you need an industrial dishwasher.
rebeccmeister
May. 12th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Like one of those walk-in size ones.

That is WAY out of our budget.
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