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    Been a bit lazy lately but it's slowly getting there.
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    My baby red Sevs are finally looking for new homes 3cm - 3.5cm just starting to get some colour. Added some pics of their quality parents to show how great they look $50 each. 0451788181
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    Young healthy Discus 5-6cms TL $40ea or 6 for $200 Price is firm, no time wasters. Parents are high quality German Red Turks/ Heckel cross Juvies will colour up over the next few months to look like their parents. Pick-up only atm
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    Don't you hate it when you can smell something dead in the fishroom but can't find it. I could smell something off for the last day or so but despite a couple of quick looks couldn't find a body big enough to generate the smell. On occasion I've had the odd big fish or bristlenose escape from a tank and stink the place out but have always been able to find them fairly quickly by following my nose. But when I opened the fishroom this morning after being closed up all night I almost fainted from the smell. Luckily it became almost bearable once the room was opened up and aired, but I knew I had to find it as it would only get worse. So I spent a few hours today trying to isolate the general area it seemed to be coming from and looking for it. I cleaned out most of one end of the fishroom, including moving and cleaning under and around my fish food/beer fridge and still no luck. So as it was obvious the body wasn't in clear sight anywhere and was most likely stuck in some inaccessible little spot, I had a brainwave and went and got the trusty blue heeler. Since it was unlikely it would be in a place where she could try and roll in it (trust me, she would). And she was straight onto it, trying to get behind my main return pump and under the Nally megabin I use as a sump. So in I crawled with a torch and a scented hanky over my nose and there it was, a dead rat covered in maggots. So sparing you the gory derails, once located I managed to drag it out and get it into a bag and in the wheely bin, losing my lunch a couple of times in the process. At least one end of the fishroom has had a spring clean now
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    You could always pop the Munchkin in the tank and say you have your own Mermaid Lol.
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    Finally starting to get some stuff in the tank.
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    I've decided to buy this book as a hard cover thanks to your post. I have "Adventures with Discus" by Bernard Degen who describes his true life experiences collecting discus in the amazon. Running into jaguars, communicating with local people and cultures etc. I've got quite a few aquarium books (over a thousand at last count). Some very old and tattered, some in foreign languages, some in pristine condition. Many out of print. The really good ones, I have several copies of. And the invaluable treasured ones I even have unopened copies of. The sign of an obsessed collector for sure. Bring on the next lifeline bookfest!!
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    Thought I'd share the hob refugium I knocked up yesterday/ this afternoon. I have been trying to work out where I could grow some macro for nitrate reduction and somewhere for the pod population to expand. Space is fairly tight in my sump and cabinet as you can see in the photos and my wife would not approve of an external refugium so I decided to build one to fit in the little space that I have left in the cabinet between the sump and chiller. I was inspired by the CPR aquafuge but was not willing to part with a few hundred dollars to get one from the states. So, using some old acrylic shelves that I picked up from my wife's work when they were doing a store change, a few tools and a tube of weldon acrylic glue from my favourite reef shop the total build cost came to $17.10 This is what I came up with. First picture is the cabinet Second and third are just after gluing Third and fourth are after I filed, sanded and polished the edges and leak tested. Last pictures are finished with tank side painted black to prevent unwanted algea growth in the sump.
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    Haven't posted for quite a while. Have seen various discussions on windows in IBC's etc. Just thought I would post a couple of pics of my solution to windows in halved IBC's that I breed natives in. Glass - yes glass - from an old p/copier platten and 12 mm aluminium rhs - simple as that. You could use other glass or acrylic but the method straightens out those pesky ripples in the IBC HDPE sides and seals very well. Next is to do a 600 x 900 (using suitable glass or PC) to do a whole side of a complete IBC using this method. Will post sometime in the future.
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    Ladies and gents, After much deliberation with myself I have come to the point that (I think) I know where I would like to head with my fish tanks. Long story (If you don't like reading mindless stories skip to the short story part below): My lovely wife convinced me to get back into my fish keeping hobby after 20 years of absence. This biggest thing that I did remember from 20 years ago is that bigger is always better. Well I started with a 180l tank thinking that is big, how silly of me! One of the the requirements was, that the fishtank is easy to maintain, so when I am away for work (which unfortunately happens quite frequently for long periods of time) she won't have a terrible lot to look after. Well I am doing my best to keep as easy as possible for her. Third we couldn't quite decide or agree what type of tank we wanted to go with: I wanted a planted tank and she wanted a Chichlid tank (pretty fish ). Well as many of you may know I had quite my starting issues getting my planted tank up and running, but since then it has (touch wood) been fantastic. Actually beyond fantastic, it is growing faster than I ever expected. Now, since the bug has really bitten, I would like to move to an even bigger tank(s) to simplify matters. A couple of objectives: 1. make maintenance easier and less frequent (my big 1000l tank in Europe I used to change water only every 4 to 6 weeks) 2. make water quality a lot more stable and less influenced by water changes (water quality in Brisbane is crap at best of time) 3. increase thermal stability (a problem I never really faced in Europe) 4. move the tank(s) outside to the back patio (Wife doesn't like the water noise inside and to make water changes etc a lot easier and less messy and we really don't have the space inside to accommodate some nice big tanks) 5. have a Chichlid and planted tank (pretty fish and pretty plants). Short story (for those who skipped the above, if you still don't like reading, quit while you are ahead): I have been running an experimental 60l tank on my back patio for the past month where I am proposing to setup my big tanks to evaluate several factors: 1. sun light / influence on the tank (algae growth, impact on the fish, impact on plants etc), 2. thermal stability (ambient temperature influence on water temperature with different types of hoods), 3. wild life (impact of bugs, cats and other non aquatic animals). Overall the results are encouraging, there is no direct sunlight just natural light during the day and has caused no algae growth whatsoever in my tank so far, thermal stability has not been great in the 60l tank, but with some rudimentary cooling mechanism I have been able to stabilize the water temperature and I have found methods of keeping bugs and other uninvited guests out of my aquarium. The setup: I am proposing to have a 3x tier 6ft tank setup in front of my office window on a custom steel stand enclosed by wooden paneling. The custom steel rack will provide the strength and stability, where the wooden paneling will not only help keep bugs etc out of tanks, but hide all plumbing and other auxiliary equipment. I would like to go with 2ft deep tanks, but only 1.5ft tall ones to keep the overall height of this monstrosity manageable. Allowing for 1ft between each tank, the overall height of the complete setup will still be around 2.2m. The bottom tank I want to convert into a sump set up (see question below), the middle tank my planted tank, because it will require the most maintenance and initial setup so have it at a good working height and the top tank a chichlid tank with Texas Holey Rock. The middle and top tanks will be fully visible from both sides, my office on the inside and from our outdoor sitting area, hence I would like to have 2ft deep tanks to create a nice viewing area from both sides. All the pipes (feed and return) will be on the short sides of the tank and hidden / integrated by 3D backgrounds. The bottom tank will be fully enclosed and insulted to create as stable as possible thermal environment with minimal exposure. Each tank should hold around the 430 to 450l, which combined is around 1300l. My questions: 1. Should I use a common sump system for both tanks above, even thou fish from two different regions will be living in each tank and enjoying completely different environments? I expect the PH levels to be in the high 7s regardless, history has shown, no matter how hard I try I cannot keep the PH level low and stable, so I have given up and my fish and shrimp don't seem to mind. It will provide a larger overall water mass creating better thermal and environmental stability, but carries the risk of total disaster of something was to go wrong (disease, algae outbreak, overheating, water loss / leak, etc). My planted tank receives CO2 injections, which I will only apply to the supply line for the planted tank, but what effects would liquid fertilizers have on the Chichlid tank in a common sump setup? Or should run each tank on its independent sump system? Should I divide a 6ft tank up into two smaller sumps or just buy two 3ft tanks and convert into sumps? 2. Cooling; my office doesn't have AC and relies on airflow through the window. With fishtanks in front of it, this airflow would be cut off, am I going to die in my office or will the fish tanks provide a natural buffer for the room? Will the tanks proximity and exposure to that room help in stabilizing the temperature of the fish tanks? I am planning on putting together a high efficiency thermal sensing cooling system in the sump section, based on the results I have gathered from the 60l tank, will sump cooling be sufficient or will I need to consider also individual cooling for each tank? Is 1300l enough volume to stabilize the water temperature, keeping in mind that evaporation from each tank will only be minimal due to the full enclosure? 3. Heating, should I invest in a small nuclear plant, or will as above the volume assist me in maintaining stable water temperatures during the cooler months? I am considering having some easily removable insulation panels for the 6ft exposed glass outside for when either it is too hot or too cold and I need to protect the tanks from the environmental influences. What have your experiences been in outdoor setups or even shed setups? What volume of water vs thermal fluctuation have you experienced? 4. Am I completely insane and I should I book myself into a mental institute? If you have made it this far, you are either a very brave soul or very bored, either way thank you for reading. If you have valuable input, I double thank you
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    these must be worth millions !! Breeding like that in a pine cupboard with only wire windows keeping them in
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    Next batch ready limited numbers $50 each 0451788181
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    You can't reliably identify a species from a photo or series of photos. Sometimes it's not as simple as counting fin rays or the number of stripes. In some genus (pangasius for example), the number of gill rakes or position & shape of swim bladder is all that reliably splits a group and hybrids do blur these lines. Just as you can't identify a species from pics, you can't identify hybrids either. All you can do from photos is speculate. Asking for help and expecting help from photos is a recipe for disaster. However, Australia has already lost peppermint catfish and bristle nose catfish. Possibly orangespot and some whiptail cats as well. So continuing the confusion cycle isn't the end of the world unless you want pure species.
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    Hey Heintz.G I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination hehehe but I do have 22 tanks down stairs in the garage with no help from a chiller during summer or a heater over winter. Agree with everything inkevnito said ...also netty_3164 especially about the new layout of the forum lmao as i try to navigate. I read here once a great saying (think is was Donny AOA .. please excuse if I'm wrong) Its not keeping fish, but rather keeping water. The fish take care of themselves with the right quality. Sounds like you understand how to do this from your past experience... I would add though that I run mostly bare bottom tanks meaning no subtrate. Gold fish can be messy . They do have anubias on wood and duckweed though so not barren. Just keeps my water easier.
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    Cute zebra pleco fry ready to go, hatched on November 3rd 2016. Selling 3cm+ $650ea, discount for more. Pick up avaliable at eight mile plains Brisbane. Can ship at buyer's risk and cost. Air freight is recommended.
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    Before the internet, there was still mail order. Stores that blame their demise on competition from AOA, TechDen, Guppies etc... should have just followed their lead. Support the online community, and focus on giving people good value for money. Look at these 3 now, they have livestock and brick and morta stores. I get there is always going to be feelings when stores fail, but the blame game ignores the need for inward reflection. Competition is not always a bad thing. Its the basis for our economy, and it keeps standards high.
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    Can't beat Smiths Aquarium for live stock. Unless you're in to a niche, in which case you're best hunting around for like minded breeders. Discus = Living Reef Aquarium down the Goldie. For equipment and food, The Tech Den or Age of Aquariums.
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    Hi Everyone a few pics of some of my Fish and Shrimp, Not the best Photographer!!! Have a nice pic of Whiptail just can't find it!
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    I would remind people, that until all the crap inside a canister filter is cleaned out, ALL THAT CRAP IS STILL IN THE AQUARIUM! Dirty canisters? all the water changes in the world won't help. And as to your KH, nothing like nitrate bombs to blast that outta the park. And guess what you get with high organics? run away bacterial infections.
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    Hi guys and girls. Thought I'd show a YouTube video of my tank. It's been up and running for 3 months now and I'm pretty happy with its progress. Cheers https://youtu.be/T56mxquvgxs
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    Welcome to QLDAF. Please post a thread here to say hello, and prove you are not a robot to unlock the rest of the forum. Do this by clicking on the +post new thread button. Make sure you read the following threads. They will tell you about us, and about how we expect people to behave. http://www.qldaf.com/forums/welcome-room-beginners-corner-22/who-we-77959/ http://www.qldaf.com/forums/welcome-room-beginners-corner-22/forum-guidelines-77084/ Most importantly have fun and enjoy sharing with us in a great hobby. Admin
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    I am selling my 8x5 complete with sump, pump, plumbing, rocks, substrate and more. Please call for more details everything only six months old. $4000 neg 0401239700 gold coast
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    Saw this advertised and thought it might interest some forum members who like fishing and helping cleanse out waterways of noxious fish. "Gold Coast Fishing Fanatics and the City of Gold Coast are hosting a day of family fun at South and West Lake on 1 April 2017. Commencing at 6am, the day aims to remove Tilapia and other introduced fish (Goldfish, Koi and European carp) from the lakes while raising awareness of further issues effecting water quality." Link below for further info if you are interested : http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/west-lake-tilapia-busters-30799.html
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    Selling a pair of fire ruby(f) and orange melon discus. $600 great pair but surplus to my needs. Pickup cornubia 4130 (brisbane) message 0427503333
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    That's only an 8 hour outage. Unless your tanks are growout tanks and very heavily stocked, I wouldn't do anything, canisters included.
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    Selling a 6x2.5x2.5, drilled with bulkheads fitted on a brand new black steel stand with black melamine base, Laguna 7600, 100+ Bakki rods, 25kg of brand new ceramic rings and a brand new 4x2 sheet of grey matala. $750 for the lot. Pick up Yandina, sunny coast. Sump not included
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    When it comes to fish, make sure you know what to look for in the particular breed of fish that you're after for quality and then shop around. Most stores specialise in certain types of fish, so which store to shop at may depend on what you are looking for. Also try local breeders advertised on here and other websites. For fish: Exotic Fish Connections - Rocklea Nielsen's Marine Mates - Loganholme Pet City - Mount Gravatt Annerley Aquarium - Greenslopes Smith's Aquarium - Boondall Ultimate Aquarium - Morayfield Aquariums Alive - Nerang ( I haven't been to this one yet but looks good) For products: Age of Aquariums - Browns Plains The Tech Den - Caboolture Any of the stores above
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    Installed last night after a bit of a shuffle around in the sump with the reactor and the top up container. It holds approximately 7.8L @mikie91au
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    Hi Monique, welcome to QLDAF. As a first time fishkeeper, the first thing you need to get your head around is filtration and the nitrogen cycle. In simple terms, you feed your fish who then excrete waste which creates ammonia in the water which is toxic to fish in high concentrations. Bacteria live in your filter which feed on ammonia and convert it to nitrites which are still toxic to fish in high concentrations but not as toxic as ammonia. A different type of bacteria that also live in your filter then feed on the nitrites and convert them to nitrates which are far less toxic than ammonia and nitrites but still need to be diluted and minimised by regular partial water changes. A newly set up tank and filter needs time for the two types of bacteria to establish themselves. This process is called cycling and takes between 4 and 6 weeks before your filters are fully established. Whenever you clean your filters, use only a bucket of water taken from the tank, DO NOT use tap water as it contains chlorine which will kill the bacteria in your filter and you will have to start cycling the filter all over again. If you take the time to understand this basic process you will have far fewer problems with your fish. If you look after the water and create a healthy environment for your fish they won't get sick. If you can, keep the old filter from your mothers tank running and put it in the tank to help keep the water healthy while your new filter is cycling. I wouldn't think about adding any more fish until your tank is set up and your new filter cycled. If you are using tap water you will need a dechloriniser to remove the chlorine before you put it in the tank with the fish. I see you are located in Gympie? The forum has sponsors who sell aquarium equipment and supplies online with low cost shipping and give a discount to forum members. Their logos are at the top of the page, click on the logo to access their websites. If you contact one of them they will advise you on a suitable filter for your tank and any other equipment/food etc you will need. Cheers, Doug
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    Hi Monique, welcome to QLDAF. As a first time fishkeeper, the first thing you need to get your head around is filtration and the nitrogen cycle. In simple terms, you feed your fish who then excrete waste which creates ammonia in the water which is toxic to fish in high concentrations. Bacteria live in your filter which feed on ammonia and convert it to nitrites which are still toxic to fish in high concentrations but not as toxic as ammonia. A different type of bacteria that also live in your filter then feed on the nitrites and convert them to nitrates which are far less toxic than ammonia and nitrites but still need to be diluted and minimised by regular partial water changes. A newly set up tank and filter needs time for the two types of bacteria to establish themselves. This process is called cycling and takes between 4 and 6 weeks before your filters are fully established. Whenever you clean your filters, use only a bucket of water taken from the tank, DO NOT use tap water as it contains chlorine which will kill the bacteria in your filter and you will have to start cycling the filter all over again. If you take the time to understand this basic process you will have far fewer problems with your fish. If you look after the water and create a healthy environment for your fish they won't get sick. If you can, keep the old filter from your mothers tank running and put it in the tank to help keep the water healthy while your new filter is cycling. I wouldn't think about adding any more fish until your tank is set up and your new filter cycled. If you are using tap water you will need a dechloriniser to remove the chlorine before you put it in the tank with the fish. I see you are located in Gympie? The forum has sponsors who sell aquarium equipment and supplies online with low cost shipping and give a discount to forum members. Their logos are at the top of the page, click on the logos to access their websites. If you contact one of them they will advise you on a suitable filter for your tank and any other equipment/food etc you will need. Cheers, Doug
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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEVE FOR THE ONE FOOT CUBE VERY NICE TO MEET YOU CHEERS JOHN
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    @Grover65k love the Alligator ad I remember as a kid in Sydney going to Toy Fisheries pet shop and they had baby freshwater crocs for sale @raycam01_au no jokes about Noah being around then will be allowed
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    Pep fry available at 3cm's $10 each or 6 for $50 Will do deals for bulk buys Ph: 0468760639 Tim.
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    Sorry for your loss, but keep up being sun smart skin cancer can and often does kill.
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    my water is sexy as i dont use a micron filter, just a pair of old jocks or sarahs knickers, works a treat
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    not the presentation dude, that King of im a wanker DIY fark me wat a toss pot he should do late night TV for how to remove sexual STD's
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    One of the many little pepps we have running around, I like this Trio, threw the Go pro in and this came out [/video]
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    I use seachem products just wondering why they support rhino conservation as they can have environmental campaigns on reefs or endangered aquatic life instead. Seems the rhino marketing strategy is an irrelevant campaign for their product.
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    Tank is finally starting to grow in after many, many failed attempts haha. Never going to try and plant in fresh aquasoil again, that stuff is super potent when set up ammonia wise. Lost a cpl of batches of HC trying to plant when too much ammonia was still in the tank. Had a large outbreak of BBA too. Ended up ripping out all the struggling/melted HC, bleach dipping the rocks to remove all the BBA, and heavily replanted with HC and Monte carlo. Tank has been running for a week now with new plants and they are slowly settling in. Algae situation seems far better. Still battling with extremely low PH (5-4.5). Have added crushed shells, but waiting for them to kick in. Really happy to finally have some greenery in the tank. It might not be filled in yet, but it finally is on its way. It sure has been challenging.
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    I'm at Palm Beach and breed malawis. Shoot me a PM if that is what you are chasing. Cheers, Doug
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    The Darlic passes with flying colours! By simply jamming a garden hose into the inlet I could test how well it runs and I was pleasantly surprised... The only downside is without removing all of the media I cannot access the inside of the bucket without disconnecting the T from the main pvc pipe. Also I only took one crappy and blurry photo of the inside of the bucket before I added the ceramic rings and sealed the Darlic shut for the last time until I have to clean it.
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    Define insane vs normal @EvilChief I too however have thought once or twice about a mental institution when looking at the amount of tanks in my house lol the long spiel is worth the read i think, as for my input, personally i would have 2 separate sumps, just for peace of mind regarding disease etc., as you mentioned...
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    i will do mate i washed it it 15 times to day then emptyed it all 15 time i just finished filling it up and triple dosede with chlorine nutrilizer and will do 100% water change tomorrow then refill and dose again will let u know how it goes mate the tank is alot cleaner i have other guppies to use as test subjects mate cheers john
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    Well I dont know whats been added to the town water lately.. but by gosh its making the fish want to mate like crazy again. The peppermints have laid ANOTHER BATCH OF EGGS! I know... Its ridiculous! For the First time Our blue Diamondshave sucessfully raised Discus fry to the wriggler stage! Which is more than I can say for the Red Turqs who are up to their bazillionish batch of unsuccesful eggs.. the GWTTG's Are boinking like rabbits... and everythings growing!!!
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