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  1. 7 points
    DFishkeeper

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    I have found the secret to not getting bored with the hobby is to grow older. Now that I have a head full of grey hair, I can't remember the details of keeping fish I kept 20 years ago, so I can start keeping them again and it is all new Another few years and I won't be able to remember fish I kept last week
  2. 7 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Few photos from yesterday and this arvo Got some fake looking rocks! And 120kg of river rocks but need to go get some more.. Need to go get couple more fake rocks Just need to buy some larger driftwood/ log/ roots and it's ready to go!! Will be filling up Sunday comeing up!! [emoji2] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. 6 points
    bluebelle

    Discus water change

    Got a tank same size with discus. Don't know why you would want to do all these WCs. I change 1/3 every fortnight straight from,the tap (rainwater). Tank has been running for 15 years on just 2 canister filters.
  4. 5 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Few plants got from Bunnings Water feature running Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 5 points
    After getting some Axolotls in and liking our water and tank and the lights being out - we got some eggs and now the eggs have hatched...cool little guys. Now see if Mac can raise em...
  6. 4 points
    Rotkeils red shoulder severum juveniles 4 sale Finally the time has come to let my cute little baby's go to new homes. Only have 24 left available after pre orders were snapped up so get in quick as these rare Rotkeil juveniles are the only juveniles available in Australia. $85 each or $75 each for 5 or more purchased. Shipping interstate is available at buyers risk and only airport to airport no overnight couriers. pm for airfreight pricing. Cheers Craig
  7. 4 points
    snorock

    Sooo excited for this section....

    Would love to see some setup pics...heres mine. Aquaponic 4ft with rhads, pac blue eyes, threadfin and peacock gudeons. Wanna start looking at creeks for more rhads and really want a couple glass fish.
  8. 4 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Window view Had issues withe the solar controler got this mppt unit yesterday running all good now!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 4 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Got the stone tiles done today! Panted the block caps. Apart from 1 as was short and did the last one today. Will be doing the final coat of paint tomorrow and wait till dry 7days so will fill up next Sunday [emoji3][emoji3] picking up the hard wood for the front tomorrow hopefully get that done too.. Once cap as dried can finish painting the top Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 3 points
    Maybe u own them all
  11. 3 points
    aquaholic99

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    Yes, the longer you have been keeping fish, the harder it is to find new things. Once you have been through your display tank stage, your glass tank making stage, acrylic tank making stage, breeding fish stage, filtration design stage, water chemistry, fish nutrition, hormone induced breeding, line breeding, hybrid breeding, multiple tanks and multiple fish rooms stage, photography stage, planted tanks, tissue culture plant production stage, Metal Halide - LED - specialist lighting stage, aquarium book collecting, nano tanks, shrimp, catfish, rare fish, cichlids, native fish, monster fish, rare fish (worth mentioning twice), fancy goldfish, pond fish, fish collecting, coolwater, brackish, marine and software fish, very large tanks, ponds, swim pool stage, it does get a little harder. And there seem to be more smuggled and unusual fish available than ever before if you visit facebook I have quite a few tanks/fishrooms so I am always interested in keeping running costs down. Keeping water temperatures at twenty degrees and throwing a plastic sheet over racks. Using a $10 powerhead buried in a 20L bucket of gravel provides a good internal 20L canister filter.
  12. 3 points
    Cam07

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    Don't know if the hobby is in trouble but I'm going to be when the boss sees the electric bill
  13. 3 points
    aquaholic99

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    The hobby is fine. More people have fish tanks than ever before. People will always keep and love fish, no matter what their wealth or social status is. I love watching kids fascinated with fish. Why does it matter what fish they have?
  14. 3 points
    brockssracer

    Time to get back into it.

    Well it has literally been years since I have had a fish tank operating and I saved one that was going to be a display tank for me. That was all I ever wanted after doing the whole breeding thing. So the tank that I have has been sitting dry for a long time and I am thinking a reseal should be in order. It is a 4x2x27 tank but this has been made a bit weird and to be honest I am not sure that I trust it in its current condition. The silicone all looks good however, all the glass has been bevelled. This means the silicone seals between the sheets are marginally thinner. I was thinking of getting a rebuild, but also including bracing on the base and also adding glass bracing on the top of the tank as it only has removable plastic braces. My biggest issue for doing this is what do stock it with. I am looking for low maintenance and was leaning along the lines of a palidarium so that would completely change how the tank would be rebuilt. This would allow me to have a low water level, a decent plumbed in canister filter and some tropicals. it would be a waste for me to use it as a shell dweller tank as most of the height would be of waste. Having a palidarium I could go with some apistos and small cats as well. but its the construction of the back of the tank to include live plants like broms and ferns that has me stumped as well. Has anyone attempted a palidarium? what challenges have u faced. The pic below is something like what I am trying to look for
  15. 3 points
    raycam01_au

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    OMG this could have been dangerous if someone got to close!!!!!!!!!
  16. 3 points
    raycam01_au

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    between the coffee and Trump I do not know which is worse!
  17. 3 points
    inkevnito

    More AQUASCAPING!

  18. 2 points
    raycam01_au

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    Hey @benno87since ya asking all nice like, yes i will be doing a drilling video, just for you. I'm hell busy at work currently, so as soon as I get around to it, I will put it up i'll make up a little formply jig as a guide
  19. 2 points
    Eh man

    baby bristlnose dieing

    Try a few high protein pellets to.i find when there guts get skinny some protein helps.
  20. 2 points
    Right... Change of tack... Buy these and make your very own "Pallet Canoe" - just the thing for floating around with a deck chair and a plastic glass of chardonnay!!!
  21. 2 points
    ssdiscus

    Discus - Blue Diamond juvies

    Blue Diamond Discus 5-6cm - $30ea or 4 for $100 8-9cm - $65ea Pick-up Mansfield
  22. 2 points
    The thing that should be declared noxious is the politicians
  23. 2 points
    HaydnRex

    I love Mushrooms

    Here's a couple of mine, the orange one I have had for ages and has always had 3mouths I'm waiting for it to split but it just keeps popping out pups. It is brighter in real life. They are all a bit smaller in the photos than usual as the lights are ramping down but they spread out heaps in the middle of the day. Gotta love a good morph.
  24. 2 points
    gingerbeer

    I love Mushrooms

  25. 2 points
    aussieorchid

    WTB : Blue Rams - Brisbane

    @ssdiscus he has some great rams for sale. Search his post on the forum for a pic of the fish.
  26. 2 points
    Kalo1993

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    Quality LFS and quality fish (mainly cichlids ) are in trouble but the hobby as a whole is not, just check out the facebook pages they are in constant action. What would really improve the hobby would be for the government to relax the the importation laws which are pretty stupid for example why is it legal to import L168 plecos but not L201? does an L201 pose more of an environmental risk than a L168? i highly doubt it.. I understand some species are banned for good reason ie. Nile perch, Piranha but as the list stands now its ridiculous and hurts the hobby and only promotes illegal smuggling and over priced fish.
  27. 2 points
    Oooohh... So many giant pink gouramis to film.... I need a "Where's Wally" approach to this - will have another video go this weekend to film just GPG tails !! LOL Sorry @Tristan, GiGi hasn't really stood out from the crowd. Even "G for George" the grey rescue gourami courtesy of caring Aquarama staff has been camera-shy. I do realize that half the excitement of watching GPG youtubes is to see whether or not I fell in at the end with the camera - Ha! And the Billabong is being taken over by goldfish, so I can't wait for Spring to come to start removing them. @crusty76 is going to end up with a pond-full of the little blighters. The cover is still on, the food is still being thrown in, the filters get cleaned every 2-3 weeks, and the solar panels are still thumping out elec-trickery during the day to keep the pool heat pump churning out warm water to keep them toasty-warm (but NOT parboiled!). Cheers, Grover (insert dodgy photo of cooked gourami here... X )
  28. 2 points
    benno87

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    Hahahaha didn't even realise how that post sounded until you pointed it out. Probably could have chosen my wording a little better now that I think of it. Thanks for makin me look n sound like a Deevo hahaha comedy.
  29. 2 points
    Rod

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    From my point of view, the hobby is getting harder....and less exciting Rare fish are rarer still...given import Laws Costs are increasing....particularly power. I could once have a dilemma of going in to most LFS and not being able to choose which species I would buy.... I could find fish off-shore and get them imported....but...no more Now I troll the shops looking for the odd gem....and most times buying nothing....mind you it is exciting when I do find a gem, often where least expected However....I've been spoilt, spoilt rotten....I just didn't realise it at the time Those New to the hobby will never know what they missed....so it won't be as traumatic for them going forward Certainly it's not what it used to be....but that doesn't mean I'll give it away anytime soon...just have to roll with the punches and keep searching for gems(then breeding them)
  30. 2 points
    Yep elec prices are mental. We have a massive solar system on our roof that only makes a dint into our elec bill. I only have one big tank (3000L), and a smaller (800L) tank running. I think most equipment used in the hobby seem to be priced reasonably (not exactly cheap, but what in this country is)...I stick to aquarium specific shops (like the sponsors here) and avoid the pet stores and prices are usually reasonable, you pay higher for gear here than overseas prices but we are all used to that and it is tolerable. With regards to the livestock this is where it gets depressing for me. Common stuff is usually well priced, but anything with even a hint of being uncommon and the prices skyrockets... I know this is avoidable, by just sticking to what's commonly available in the shops, but we like what we like, just have to hope what you like is commonly available. In my scenario that is not exactly the case. I just watched a youtube vid of 'the king of DIY' doing a fish store tour in New York called 'monster aquariums' or something along the lines. Tanks full of datnoids for $50 each (f me), rare stuff that we cannot find here for under $1k selling for <$100. They were selling Australian native fish for cheaper than what you can buy them here. Seen and talked to people and they can buy aussie rainbow fish, toga's, archer fish etc for a lot cheaper than we can. While I can understand the thinking behind all the restrictions and what not on importing fish here that might be a risk to native species, enviornment, (there is no risk of certain fish breeding here like datnoids, no one has successfully bred them in aquariums or breeding facilities), but even trying to buy native fish here like a QLD lungfish for instance costs an arm and a leg (or a lung). Each fish needs to be DNA tested, microchipped and registered. Only one recognised breeder in Australia so they have a monopoly....as much as I want to I cannot justify over $1.5k for a native fish to the misses when trying to raise a human family. So some parts of the hobby are 'cheap' and you can get in, be involved and enjoy the hobby for a moderate price, but you can also fall in the deep-end and fork out heaps of money where the average person not in the hobby wouldn't even notice (or care about) the difference between a fish that cost $50 or >$500. Whoa, I typed way more than I meant to....
  31. 2 points
    ageofaquariums

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    I dunno it all seems golden to me, the hobby is just fragmented more these days is all. Less people keeping cichlids is upsetting for the cichlid people maybe, but more people with aquaponics and wabi kusa even it out. My facebook feed daily has so much cool fish stuff posted that, there is absolutely zero chance of me seeing posts from family! The hobby is pumping and evolving!
  32. 2 points
    HereFishieFishie

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    Well, depends how you look at the hobby. winnie is right, jump on any fb Aquarium page. There are a shitload of fish keepers. As for Cichlids. The old boys can tell what a American Cichlids used to be like. Those not so old, can tell you what Malawis were like. Over the last few years, Lake Tangs are going downhill too. There was a good debate about Yellow Calvus in this country on fb the other day. Someone emailed Ad Konnings pics, hybrids. it isn't a new problem why... people are lazy, driven by greed, humans can't have nice things. As for the crew I knew into rarer stuff. They have all stopped for various reasons, mainly life changes. Got married, moved, change to Marine or other types, downsized to other commitments.... Frenchy
  33. 2 points
    It's a new section... GIANT GOURAMIS ONLY page... LOL Yay!
  34. 2 points
    raycam01_au

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    I bought myself alittle present this afternoon, been looking at one of these guys for awhile, @Nazegorengwants some new tables so I will whip some up for her, and then we get our new plates from the Airport this Wednesday coming, lots happening.
  35. 2 points
    Cam07

    What Section is Coming Back Friday?

    Cooking section
  36. 2 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Got it filled added some plants and 20 yabbys and 5 goldfish and let it run for few months.. Driftwood and rocks finished off Started to fill All most full Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. 2 points
    raycam01_au

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    yeah i bet, thanks mate your all Heart (Ass) hahaha we will Q them for about 5-6 weeks, we also have 5 new ones next week
  38. 2 points
    Rod

    Current Hybrid Status

    Lots of hybrids that aren't seen as such fancy angels, fancy Discus, Bettas Guppies, swordtails, Endlers Problem isn't hybrids....sold as hybrids It's hybrids being sold as pure
  39. 2 points
    jc12

    Black spots on leaves, thread algae

    Thread algae is best cleaned up with a toothbrush. Twirl it around the algae and it will wrap around the bristles of the toothbrush. Usually a shrimp tank has very low bio load so nitrate would most likely be close to 0ppm. Algae tends to grow when nitrate bottoms out. Planted tank is about balancing light, co2 and ferts. You mentioned you only have 1 java fern which is not a heavy feeder so my guess is there are excess nutrients in the water column coupled with zero nitrate so algae is growing. Since it is a low light tank, you cannot increase ferts but not increase ight and co2. I am by no means a planted tank guru but if I were you, I will remove as much algae as possible with the toothbrush, do a 50% water change and chuck in some frogbit to soak up nutrients if required, normal dose dino spit 3 times a week as per dosage rate, and half dose flourish. On the other hand, if shrimps are your focus, algae is their best friend. They love grazing on it. While it is aesthetically not pleasing to some people, I love some algae in my shrimp tanks. I also find it helps increase survival rate for shrimplets providing essential biofilm for them. For planted tank related issues, I suggest head over to aquarium life forum or post on Liverpool Creek Facebook page. Most of Australia's top plant gurus are there. Hope this helps.
  40. 2 points
    Cam07

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    Could put lorikeets in it so you don't need extra support
  41. 2 points
    aquaholic99

    New display 3ft cube

    I got busted trying to jam the lift doors open. It triggered a stoppage and call out fee from the lift company so there was an akward body corporate meeting to go through.... luckily it was over shadowed by my trying to turn a spare bedroom into an indoor fish pond. It was a concrete building so i figured it was waterproof... but after ten days the neighbour below got increasing drips that took 3 weeks to stop even after i drained the room. I kindly offered a few empty tanks to put under each drip but that was coldly recieved. The carpet cleaning and ceiling repaint was a little expensive I thought. Sadly... this is a true story. I can't divulge my more colourful exploits, just the stupid ones.
  42. 2 points
    The Fishroom

    Cyathopharynx Foai Sibwesa

    Only 3 available. One Adult Female, one fast growing young bloke (assuming male) and one 4-5cm juvie. $200 Ono. Need gone. Pick up Bald Hills or can ship at buyers risk and expense.
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  44. 2 points
    inkevnito

    Another Newbie

    Welcome to the site mate. If you're into quality guppies, Glenn Ng is one to talk to also.
  45. 2 points
    mcfry40

    FS- L134 x 21

    Hi all , 21 XL134 for sale Size-6-9cm 14 months old , purchased from Melbourne and taigum , just started to mate up. Going to keep just Tropheus. Price $2000 the lot,or nearest offer. 10 for $ 1000. -2 lots Contact via pm.
  46. 2 points
    inkevnito

    More AQUASCAPING!

    Some shots of the betta and shrimp
  47. 2 points
    inkevnito

    More AQUASCAPING!

    This is the 2ft planted. This is the new 2ft shrimp tank. Just finished cycling, planning on getting painted reds once i get more buces and anubias
  48. 2 points
  49. 2 points
    inkevnito

    More AQUASCAPING!

  50. 2 points
    Sparks

    Brown Sludge bacteria?

    Yep I did notice as soon as they were soaked they were webbed together with a clear sticky goo, perhaps that is all it is although it did seem to be spreading but I may be wrong there. I'd say the brown colour came from the dirt in the water if that is the case. I was also very surprised that I got them through customs, have documented this whole experiment and will put up a thread on it eventually once enough time has passed to see whether or not t hey can survive full aquatic. This is a picture of the current situation.
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