Thursday, July 12, 2012
I've been using Prime for quite a while now and it seems to be working out for me. When I first started out with my tanks I was using "Jungle" water conditioner and it seemed to do it's job but I wanted something more "top of the line" if you will. I didn't make the switch because I thought the "Jungle" product was inferior but I just wanted the "best" for my fish. I started researching about the best water conditioner and everyone kept raving about "Prime" they would talk about how affordable it was and the benefits that came from using this product. It seemed like the best choice for me so I made the switch I did notice that the stuff is very strong and concentrated so it doesn't take much to treat your water. As far as dosing Prime you just need to follow the instructions on the back of the bottle. I'm usually careful when I dose with Prime because of it's potency so when I prepare my water in a 5 gallon bucket I usually dose 2 drops per gallon. The reason I do it this way is because I don't want to overdose on Prime I rather be safe than sorry. With that said when I first started dosing with Prime I would dose it straight into the bucket of water. Then I would siphon the water into my tank without letting the water age. I started noticing that every time after I did a water change my fish would start gulping for air at the surface. I started reading certain threads and some people stated that in some cases too much Prime can cause oxygen depletion. Seachem has stated that you can overdose Prime about 5x the recommended dosage and it still would be safe for fish. I personally wouldn't take the risk especially if you don't have proper aeration in your tank. I know most people will say that it doesn't matter if you let your water age or if you wait for the water conditioner to take effect (since it works instantly) and they might be right but in my situation it seems to make a difference. I let my water age for about 24 hours and I sometimes even dose the water before letting it age. I also give the water a little stir just to make sure everything is mixed up well I'm not sure if it helps but I do it regardless. I've noticed that after doing all of the above my fish don't gasp for air anymore and they don't seem to be bothered at all by weekly water changes. The only downside to my method would be that the agents that lock down ammonia, nitrites and nitrates to something less toxic wouldn't really be taking effect. These locking agents stop working after 24 hours or 48 hours depending on how much you dose. I'm not too worried about it though because I keep my tanks fairly clean and I methodically keep up with my water changes. Be warned that Prime does not get rid of ammonia, nitrites or nitrates for good it just converts it to something less toxic which then allows your biological filtration to clean it up for a short period of time. Like I stated before Prime only takes effect for a brief moment and once it stops working the toxins that were locked down are released back into your water. That's where regular water changes come into play having clean water and using Prime in conjunction will definitely work to your advantage. I would say that in laymen terms Prime is a good water dechlorinator that happens to come with a few extra's. Would I say it's worth making the switch? I wouldn't really be able to answer that question because there are a lot of great products out in the market that work similar if not the same as Prime. I would however say that from a personal stand point Prime is a great product and it works very well and if used correctly it can be very effective and affordable at the same time. -Eder Gamez
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
3952 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Well to start off I don't want to insult anybody who supports Mr. Kyoto because I can tell he is a very family oriented person who at one time probably was very involved with the community. However with that said I am going to be very honest with my review and about my experience with this store. I live around the area and I had a few friends who bought feeder crickets from this store from time to time. I had been in the store a few times and I must agree it's in pretty bad shape but I didn't mind it so much I'm from the "hood" lol so it didn't bother me. My girlfriend had bought me a triops kit as a gift which are these little creatures that you can hatch and grow from eggs sort of like a science kit. I had no success getting these creatures to hatch but it sparked my interest in keeping live animals as pets. I brought up the idea of getting a Betta fish since I remembered as a kid my aunt would keep them in vases and they would live for long periods of times. Mind you this was before I knew anything about fish keeping but long story short we still decided to go to Kyoto Aquarium to purchase a Betta. Since I had previously been in the store I knew what to expect but my girlfriend on the other hand had never visited the place although she only lives a few blocks away. We went in and I asked Mr. Kyoto if he had any Betta's he pointed them out so I went over to check them out. I asked how much for a Betta and the price seemed reasonable so I went ahead and purchased one. I then continued to make small talk with Mr. Kyoto which led to me asking questions about fish. He seemed very knowledgeable to me at the moment and I took his advice on many things. He then went ahead and tried to sell me a few misc items that I didn't really need but since I thought he was a nice person I went ahead and bought them anyway. My first experience with this store was great and I felt some what of a connection with Mr. Kyoto and I wanted to continue to support his business. My girlfriend actually really liked the shop and seemed very excited to have been able to see all the live fish. As I cared for my Betta I completely fell in love with the hobby of fish keeping and I started researching until my knowledge grew greater as apposed to when I first started out with my little Betta. I felt like I had learned enough to try to keep some more fish so I decided to buy a few more tanks. Once I had my new tanks setup I thought to myself what better place to buy some new fish then at Mr. Kyoto's shop. My girlfriend tagged along again and we headed off to the store. The second time we went into the store the atmosphere was a little different Mr. Kyoto was sitting in the back with a lady I had never seen before. When ever you walk into the store there isn't really much said as far as greetings but out of respect I always say hi. I sometimes felt like maybe I was being a little too intrusive or aggressive by trying to spark up too much conversation so I tried to keep the chatter to a minimum. I browsed the store for a bit and then I asked Mr. Kyoto if he had any fish that would get a long with a Betta. He went ahead and started explaining to me the type of fish that could co-exist with Betta's but he is very soft spoken so it was hard for me to really understand what he was saying. He then pointed at some fish and told me these would be a good choice. The price of my Betta was fairly cheap so I was assuming that these fish would probably be around the same price. So I asked Mr. Kyoto how much for two of these fish and to my surprise he said 14 dollars each. I was shocked and surprised at the price but he said the reason why they were so expensive was because they were very good fish. I turned to my girlfriend and I said no way I'm paying that kind of money for some fish. I told him that it was just too expensive for me and then he quickly said okay okay I'll give them to you for 7 dollars each but that's my last price. I thought to my self well from 14 dollars down to 7 dollars each I guess that's not too bad. I went ahead and said okay I'll take the fish and he took a while to net the fish which I didn't mind because it seems like he isn't very mobile. I took the fish home added them to my tanks and they were doing pretty good so I guess the quality of the fish isn't in question here. Like I stated earlier it's kind of hard to understand Mr. Kyoto when he speaks so I didn't catch the name of the fish that I had just bought from him. I searched on Google through their images until I found the type of fish that I had purchased. The type of fish that I had bought from Mr. Kyoto were called "Red Minor Tetra's". I decided to head over to the Petco website to cross reference some information and I was completely shocked and surprised by what I saw. Petco's marked price for these fish was merely $1.19 so I was very disappointed to find out that Mr. Kyoto hustled me out of a few bucks. I didn't feel too bad about it because I kept telling my self that I did a good thing by helping out an old man in need. I knew his business wasn't doing very well and even though he had just swindled me out of a few bucks I didn't mind giving my money away to Mr. Kyoto's shop. The time passed by and the fish were doing fine and I decided I wanted to buy some more fish. This time knowing that Mr. Kyoto is a crafty old man I cautiously went into the store for a third time. I decided I wanted to get some Cory Catfish which he did in fact have in his inventory. Well this time he actually sold me the fish at a lower price then what was listed on the Petco website. I've noticed that Mr. Kyoto's prices are really hit or miss and they are never set in stone. If you play your cards right you might be able to work out a deal and get your fish cheaper. On the other hand if Mr. Kyoto gets the chance to squeeze a few more bucks out of you oh trust me he will. He will definitely try to get you to buy extra items and up-sale you certain fish at higher prices. If he see's that you're inexperienced and maybe new to the hobby he will gladly share his knowledge with you but at a price.
I know this is off topic because it has nothing to do with the store but it's more of a moral issue. I saved a few fish that someone was getting ready to throw away in a glass jar. I had absolutely no place or space to put the fish in so Mr. Kyoto's shop came to my mind. I was assuming since he was relatively nice to me on several occasions that he probably would have been willing to take the fish and save them from their horrible fate. It was late at night I raced to get to his shop with the fish all cramped up in the glass jar hoping that the shop was still open which it was (they close late). I walked into the store and I greeted him politely I asked him if he was willing to take some fish off my hands. I couldn't really hear what he was saying so I don't know if he understood what I was telling him but he sort of seemed upset. I proceeded to tell him that he could have the fish for free that someone was going to throw them away and I guess he finally caught my drift and he said no. He said he didn't want them and pretty much told me to get out of his store. I was pretty upset at that point but even then I didn't blame the man because it's not his job or responsibility to take in other people's fish. There are probably tons of reasons why he said no but I just feel that a person who chooses to make fish his life's work would have been a bit more open minded. I took the fish back home and I tried to find a place for them with me. Sadly in the process I lost 3 of the five fish that I had "rescued". I bought a completely whole new tank setup which cost me about 300 dollars just so I could give these 2 fish a new home and also expand my addiction.
Now I haven't really gone back to the shop anymore I kind of got discouraged by the place and I just don't want to deal with the hassle of getting new fish from that store anymore. Surprisingly my girlfriend went back just to browse with her little niece and she said the store was looking worse than ever. She said that she saw a lot of dead fish and rotting carcasses on several tanks which I have also seen my self I just never had the courage to ask Mr. Kyoto what was up with that. My girlfriend proceeded to tell me that on that occasion Mr. Kyoto and the lady who could possibly be his daughter/wife/friend were not very friendly at all to them. She said they pretty much ignored them and didn't ask them once if they needed any help or if they were looking for something in particular. I guess maybe they just don't like window shoppers and I guess I can understand that time is money. I hate to say this but I do feel that the reason why people gave this store such great reviews is because they feel actual empathy (not pity I hope) for Mr. Kyoto and he might be old but trust me he's still running a business. As a customer sometimes you have to start thinking business wise as well and not so much with your heart. Although I feel that the fish were in decent condition I don't feel that Kyoto Aquarium is for me. Others/You might have a totally different experience then I did so don't take my review to heart but simply use it as a guideline I'm just speaking through my perspective and my experience. I've also have noticed that someone has been posting Craigslist ads promoting and trying to get people to shop at Kyoto Aquarium. Helping Mr. Kyoto promote his business is definitely a very good and honorable thing to do but I do feel like they're being a bit misleading. They are painting a totally different picture by using Mr. Kyoto's situation as the main focus. It almost seems like they want people to feel pity for Mr.Kyoto therefore making them want to shop at his store. I personally feel like that's a total sign of disrespect towards Mr. Kyoto since he seems to still be able to speak for himself. In the ad they also make it seem like everything is good and perfect at Kyoto Aquarium when in actuality it's not. I feel that by setting such a high standard for potential customers it's only going to ruin their experience in the end when people actually set foot in the store. Who ever is posting these ads needs to try to help Mr. Kyoto better his situation by other ways and means posting false and misleading advertisement on Craigslist is not the way to go about it. Like I stated earlier this is only my opinion and thoughts about this place and you don't have to take my word for it. I highly encourage you to visit Kyoto Aquarium and have a look for yourself. Your experience might be totally different then mine and you might even enjoy it so by all means check it out. I honestly would have loved to help Mr. Kyoto fix up his place I would actually still do it if I had the chance. I really hope he can fulfill the rest of his years happy at his shop and maybe one day with some extra help he can bring "Kyoto Aquarium" back to life. -Eder Gamez
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Xbox Live Gamertag: "BombTheSystem1"
X-Men Origins Wolverine is a game that will take you by surprise not just because it's actually a good super hero game, but because it has so much potential. When I say this game has potential I mean that after you're done playing this game you can vision them making an improved sequel worthy of purchase. Wolverine is already a universally known character so being able to market this game shouldn't be a problem. Wolverine can become a new franchise in the video game industry that can earn as much respect as the Batman saga. I'm not saying this game is good enough to stand against any of the Batman games but I think it has the potential to evolve into a game that can stand on it's own. It's a shame that this game was categorized under another movie adaption game instead of being marketed as a stand alone Wolverine game. As we all know most games that are adapted from a new upcoming movie release are usually rushed and don't do very well due to the lack of work put into them. With that said I feel that this game is an exception because I can't help but feel that the developers who made X-Men Origins Wolverine actually cared about their project. Although X-Men Origins Wolverine was a complete failure by industry standards I would have to say that this game is worth checking out. Not only is this game bloody and violent but it's super fun to play and from a gamers stand point isn't that the objective? It almost seems like people have forgotten the true essence of gaming and are focused solely on what's "in" at the moment. X-Men Origins Wolverine never takes it self too serious and stays true to it's core design of being a fast paced action game. At a first glance this game looks like a typical beat em up hack and slash type of game but it offers enough different elements to keep itself fresh. The reason it stands out from other similar titles is because the game revolves around one bad ass super hero "Wolverine". Wolverine has faithful fans and cult followers and I think they would agree that this game does a good job portraying how much of a bad ass he truly is. You start off playing as Wolverine deep in the jungles of Africa surrounded by waves of enemies and you get to quickly test out your physical abilities. You get to hack and slash enemies stringing combo's together with the push of a button making it easy to feel like you're unstoppable. As the game progresses you are introduced to bigger and stronger foes and this is where the game keeps it self interesting. Counteracting becomes a big part of this game because when surrounded by too many enemies you are more susceptible to take damage. Although Wolverine can regenerate and is virtually indestructible the game does a good job in balancing out the health and damage system. You get to engage in a lot of big boss battles which are always fun to play especially when they include villains such as the infamous Sentinel, Deadpool, Sabretooth, and The Blob. My only flaw with the boss fights is that they become too repetitive lacking diversity in the gameplay. They kept the fighting system very basic and it's more noticeable during the boss fights therefore taking away from the overall experience. With that said the game does keep things challenging by adding small, yet fun puzzles within every level. These puzzles are not very challenging but if not approached the right way they can become complicated. This game also offers a variety of upgrades and collectibles that will make you want to continue playing the game. You can upgrade your character by using skill points that you acquire simply by defeating enemies or picking up dog tags from dead soldiers. You can also pick up mutagens that are scattered around the levels that will give Wolverine new powers and abilities. I think the upgrade system works very well in X-Men Origins Wolverine and it adds an incentive for every kill that you get or mutagen that you find. Raven Software did a very good job in following in the footsteps of the movie and took advantage of it's cinematic value. This game is one big action packed title and it keeps it's over the top antics coming from start to finish. The story line is a bit confusing at times but you will probably be too busy being bad ass to even care. The cut-scenes in this game are phenomenal and I was amazed by how well put together they were. A side from minor pixelation issues during some of the in game cut scenes the action scenes are top notch. The beautiful animations is what initially drew me in to this game but tearing up enemies from limb to limb is what kept me the most entertained. X-Men Origins Wolverine is a game that has gone unnoticed by the gaming community but I think it deserves a second chance to be seen. This game now runs fairly cheap so if you happen to come across it don't ignore the beast inside you and pick it up. The game ends with room for a sequel but I think they should make a whole new Wolverine game without out the movie element. The movie is the only reason why this game was created but I think they have something here that can be cultivated and developed into something far more greater. Like I said before this game has a lot of potential with minor flaws and if taken more serious this game could easily become another great franchise. X-Men Origins Wolverine is an exceptional game and if given the chance it can be very entertaining for any gamer. If you enjoyed this video press the like button and also please subscribe to my channel thanks -Eder Gamez
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Xbox Live Gamertag: "BombTheSystem1"
Today Assassins Creed Revelations was released but sadly I will not be playing it any time soon. However I did recently get my hands the previous installment of Assassins Creed named Brotherhood and I must say it's very good game. I have played all of the previous Assassin Creed games and I can honestly say that this one is the best one I've played so far. Assassins Creed Brotherhood in my opinion is what Assassins Creed 2 should have been because it's definitely polished to it's purest form. The first few minutes of this game really set the tone for Assassins Creed Brotherhood and it reminds us why we keep coming back to this game. The way they executed the cut scenes built that atmosphere of panic that really worked out and had me on the edge of my seat. Sadly though the game does not continue with this epic momentum and it falls back into its comfort zone so there's never a feel of nostalgia. You do get to revisit certain places and also interact with characters that were previously introduced in Assassins Creed 2. With everything falling apart for Ezio seeing friendly faces is definitely a good thing but Assassins Creed Brotherhood doesn't allow you get too comfortable because it makes sure to create conflict by compromising some of your favorite characters. With out spoiling the game I can tell you that now with all the loss Ezio has witnessed it almost seems like he really has a reason to keep fighting the on going war with the Templars. As far as the story goes I'm still a little bit confused about what's going on due to all the different characters that are introduced time after time. With that said, the story with Desmond continues to get more interesting and I was very pleased that now we have the option to put the Animus to rest for a while and we are able to explore the world as Desmond. I enjoyed the the gameplay where I could play as Desmond because my initial thought about Assassins Creed was that one day we would get to play the game entirely as Desmond using the skills acquired from his ancestors. The gameplay in Assassins Creed Brotherhood for a lack of better words is the same and not much has changed. The overall system in Assassins Creed seems to work relatively good so there is no real reason to change it up because it is what makes the game unique. I do feel that this time around they have made the combat much easier and comprehensible and it just feels more natural rather then forced. A lot of upgrades have been added to the game such as a variety of new features, weapons, and I totally forgot to mention in my video online MULTIPLAYER. I did get to play a little bit of the online multiplayer and I must say that I enjoyed it for what it's worth. You have a few different game modes but I only played the wanted mode which essentially is a tag you're it type of gameplay. Of coarse tag has never been so violent but that's what you would expect from Assassins Creed. You run around assassinating targets while someone is out hunting for you. Just like the person you are hunting down you also don't have a clue to who is coming after you. The idea is based on a game of tag but with a twist, and the twist in this case is kill or be killed. The objective of the game is to be as discrete as possible before savagely and brutally executing your enemy while trying to evade your attacker. I don't think I will be constantly returning to the multiplayer aspect of Assassins Creed but it's definitely a good add-on to the series and can be greatly improved on. The game is kind of old now and it can sometimes take time to find a match but rest assured people still play so just be patient. For those who enjoy a great story mode and want a different online experience from a game such as Assassins Creed, then this game is for you. If it's one thing I learned so far from Assassins Creed is it that it keeps getting bigger and better with every new release. I'm sure that the new Assassins Creed Revelations game is very good but if you still haven't played Assassins Creed Brotherhood I greatly suggest that you do because you don't want to miss out on a superb experience. I only have one minor complaint about this game and it's how slow the horses seem to run now. I noticed that in the previous games you could run super fast on your horse but now you simply gallop every where. I would run through out the whole game on my trusty steed without a hitch so why is it that now all of a sudden my horse has become lazy?! Seeing as how the only complaint I have is about damn horse then you must have figured out by now that I really enjoyed this game. This time around I didn't use the been there done that argument because not once did I think that while playing Assassins Creed Brotherhood so that goes to show what a great job Ubisoft did with this game. My final verdict on Assassins Creed Brotherhood is that this game is "dope" and it's a must have in your collection. If you enjoyed this video press the like button and also please subscribe to my channel thanks -Eder Gamez
Xbox Live Gamertag: "BombTheSystem1"
Today on Gamez Play I will be showing you the first few minutes of Halo Reach. While this game is fairly old now I thought I would give it a try and give my own thoughts and opinions about this game. I was a long time fan of the Halo series until they released Halo 3. I waited so long for that game, I even borrowed money from my cousin just so I could buy it but my expectations fell short. I just didn't really feel that Halo 3 was the game that we all had been waiting for. The hype built around it was more epic then the actual game it self. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the game it was by all standards a good game but just not the savior that it was portrayed to be. Although I didn't completely like this game I didn't hate it either because Bungie did a great job with the online multiplayer side of things. They provided the online community with the tools that they needed to experience something good enough to call new with all the available customizations. I think they were truly the trend setters when it came to the online game-play format and so many new games have adopted that style. Despite enjoying endless hours of the online play I drifted away from the sights of master chief and totally ignored any games released after Halo 3. This past weekend I went to my cousins house and he happened to have Halo Reach and he offered to let me borrow it so I said why not, I have nothing to lose. I'm glad I took him up on his offer because it's actually a pretty good game. While playing this game it really brought back a lot of memories from the first Halo game that I loved so much. So maybe Halo Reach will be the game that brings me back to the series and with the announcement of Halo 4 I couldn't have played this game at a better time. I'm still on the fence about where Halo can take us and what it's capable of so I really hope that this time around they really bring they're best to the table with Halo 4. If you enjoyed this video press the like button and also please subscribe to my channel thanks -Eder Gamez
Xbox Live Gamertag: "BombTheSystem1"
I know I'm a tad bit late on the gaming scene but you have to get it how you live it. so I finally bought Dead Space 2 I paid around 6 dollars for this new game because I had a 20 dollar bonus from my pre-order of Gears Of War 3 via Amazon. This is just a quick video of me speaking on my first impressions of the game. I honestly think is a great game and I'm glad that it finally caught on because I remember when it first released not that many people were digging it. I love when developers bring that horror element to games but not many company's can pull it off but Visceral did a great job with this franchise. I love everything down to the gameplay, graphics, and style I still haven't tried the online play so I can't comment on that yet. So far I've only played for a few hours but I can already tell that this is going to be an experience that I will not forget. Judging by the standards of sequels Dead Space 2 is definitely up there with the top games. People will always say that a sequel is too reminiscent to it's predecessor but that's exactly what it's suppose to be just on a higher scale. Dead Space 2 is well polished with enough new content that will keep any fan of the first game and new comers entertained. If you enjoyed this video press the like button and also please subscribe to my channel thanks -Eder Gamez