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  1. 5 points

    Goldfish are underrated.

    It's hard to argue how good a white fish is against a black background! Can't wait for this baby to grow into a deeper body and longer fins. Such a pretty and underrated fishy. Looks great in the living room!
  2. 5 points
    Christmas Time !! Here's a bargain at Bunnings for the Billabong:- )) Grover
  3. 4 points

    FS: Corydoras Green Laser CW009

    Very healthy, locally bred and tank raised Corydoras Green Laser CW009. Size: TL ~2.5cm - 3cm 6 for $240 10 for $350 Pick up can be arranged from Herston or Birkdale, or add $25 for express post in foam box.
  4. 4 points

    grown man buying toys

    well I'm not sure what I'm doing but I had to buy one of these seeing as I keep some.
  5. 4 points

    New Member with New Idea!

    Hi Guys, I am new to the hobby and the site. I started to get interested in aquariums recently and being somewhat 'handy', I decided to have a crack at a unique aquarium build. I ended up building an aquarium from a full size wine barrel and putting a perspex porthole in the front for viewing. I'd love to get some feedback from you guys on your thoughts and potential issues going forward just please keep in mind that I am a builder/cabinet maker/creator and not a seasoned aquarium enthusiast. I just had an idea and wanted to get into the hobby. I wouldn't mind making a few of these for people either, if there was some interest. Thanks in advance. (First and last images are of the tank empty) Aaron
  6. 4 points

    Electric Yellow Legal Import?

    Well, I have just seen a video of some 8 - 9cm imported electric yellows currently in a tank in Melbourne. To be honest, I found them very disappointing and there is no way I will be obtaining any to use as breeding stock, in my humble opinion my own strain are far better quality, both in colouration and body shape. I do not know where the ones in the video were imported from, but I am assuming Asia. My understanding is that electric yellows are not collected wild from the lake and exported nowadays. Presumably importers therefore will have the option of importing quality German stock or cheap stock from Asia, much like with Cyrtocara moori (aka blue dolphins) which have been an allowable import for many years. In my personal experience the German blue dolphins are far better quality than the cheap Asian ones and I assume this will also be the case with electric yellows. So I'm expecting there may be the odd small import of the quality German lines which will sell at a premium, probably mainly to serious breeders. But I expect the bulk of imports will be cheap Asian stock by major wholesalers which while admittedly bringing some new blood into the country, I do not expect to add any appreciable quality to current stocks.
  7. 4 points
    Goldie Removal - part 2 Many thanx to @crusty76 for his visit with his family today! The Billabong has fewer goldies than yesterday - Hooray! Here's the live action shots (as also seen 5 min ago on Instagram & FB). Insta-fish Face-fish On QLDAF you get the longer story than the Insta's and FBers. Crusty arrived this morning with the full kit, and a 9ft circular throw net (weighted with sinkers around the circumference). Grover's role was to entice the goldies with splashing and food, then stand back. Crusty's first mumbled comments as he was about to throw? "Hope I don't catch a gourami"... (famous first words...) Once Nelson was out of the net, we discovered about 20 decent sized goldies had stuck around in the net. Well done!! Grover now has a chance to practice his 'casting' technique on the lawn first, then on the goldies. So, drop me a PM if you'd like some, and it looks like I might just be abke to deliver now. Cheers, Grover (The Dog did help, by mostly getting underfoot just as the net was being thrown!) https://www.instagram.com/giantpinkgourami/ Wow! I have 5 followers now! You can still get in early :-)
  8. 4 points

    Show us your ferals

    I'm a big fan of native Australian fish. Cichlids have no place in Australian rivers. I was probably naive to post up the dead picture. I apologise if that offended you. Fisheries put out a bulletin a few years ago mentioning that they had been detected in Somerset, this pair is the first i have come across in my neck of the woods. Sad that they are so pretty, but they do require the Tilapia treatment. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  9. 4 points
    Hey all, recently moved and delving into the hobby a bit more, started the fish room under the new house and have about 12 ponds out back. I've got the bug again so i'm starting to upload videos again like i used to, have a looky if you like your Natives n such Cam Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PrecisionAquaticz/
  10. 4 points
    SPRING Has Sprung! OK! So, its actually been wet & drizzly today (and I'm warming myself up with a plate of fried Haloumi cheese - Lime & Parsley flavoured!). But progress has been made! The blue Winter cover has been peeled back into a shapeless mass - just waiting for me to fold it neatly and stack it away. The polystyrene pallets are in the carport and will be hoisted back up into the rafters tomorrow. And finally, the GPGs are highly visible during their ramblings around the Billabong. They have shown themselves to be very shy, and I had to hide behind the polystyrene bits to take candid photos... The best I could do as they surfaced and swam around was to count 15; I'm sure there's more :-) Stay Farcebooked, Instagrummed, and Twitter-fied; and you won't see any of the unfolding story of Spring / Summer! Updates only available on QLDAF ! Regards, Grover (Might even go for a swim tomorrow if it turns sunny! I noticed one of the giant terracotta pleco caves is 5ft down rather than sitting on the ledge. GPGs are too strong for their own good!)
  11. 4 points

    Aquarium sand

    It will be interesting when mr fisheries does a vehicle check and finds hes raping beach sand from fraser gunna need to have sold a lot to recover the fine he will cop when environment and heritage get involved,,!they fine people as hard as the e.p.a.... im all for people making a bit of money on the side but personally i wouldnt touch that sand In the scheme of things hes not large scale and doing no real harm to the island ,as more sand leaves the island each day in the surf than he can take ,but is it small scale environmental vandalism ,thats everyones opinion to form personally i wouldnt touch it ,im no tree hugging greenie by a long shot people breaking laws is why we are in the predicament we re in now with access to fish species to fill our little glass boxes time to get off my high horse .......... still check out the landscape yards Nuway at Burpengary sell white silver sand if i remember rightly 1/4 cubic metre costs about $60,, to $70 which is about 350 kg ,,bag the rest and make some cash ,,, I know nuway at mango hill sell it by the bag aswell,,,cant remember the price but i should imagine it would be cheaper than 30 per bag,,,,my guess is 10 to 15
  12. 3 points

    Seamingly's 2 Foot Planted Tank

    Hi All, I'm new here but thought i'd start up a thread about a project i've just started. I'm planning a 24" x 18" x 18" planted tank. The tank is about 17 years old, and hasn't held water for at least 14 years. Recent test seems to show it is still water tight though. I've just finished building a new cabinet for it. Made of 70mm x 35mm MGP10 pine from Bunnings. I needs a LOT of filler around the trim and a coat of paint. Hope to start putting together hardware for the tank next month. Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques welcome.
  13. 3 points
    Hi all Just wanted to post my diy effort of rebuilding a stand. I had a store mdf stand as part of the aqua one package. My filter must have leaked as I noticed that the mdf was swelling. I panicked and immediately broke down the tank and moved the fish to my second tank. It had 500kg of weight on it and I didn't want to be cleaning that up. I managed to salvage the doors, top and side panel. I followed the online guides and built a new internal frame from structural pine. Recladded the frame with the salvaged panels. I think it looks the same so mission accomplished. Cost about $120 for timber and paint. Let me know your thoughts.
  14. 3 points
    How Many Goldfish in the Billabong? Not really sure Mick! About this many... Or if you want to count them in the video... GPG UW Billabong21 Cheers, Grover (Ha! The Insta-fish hordes are flocking to Instagram - I have 6 followers! Does that make me an "Influencer" yet??)
  15. 3 points
    Goldie Removal - part 1 Set up a wading pool for all the goldies I expect to catch - caught The Dog instead! Ha ha! Grover
  16. 3 points

    Show us your ferals

    I don't mind doing a bit of nocturnal dip netting. I "dispatched" a pair of Pearl Cichlids last night from Twin bridges, Brisbane River near Fernvale. Its my local, I only live just up the road. I'm used to seeing the tillys but these are the first Pearls I have managed to nail. I guess they were on a nest. Cheers, Dave. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  17. 3 points

    Show us your ferals

    @sharknado who really cares if they killed them, probably better than taking them home and putting them in a tank and bringing a disease in and wiping out who knows how many fish theyre not natives so they have no place in our waterways cos thats exactly what we wanna do ..shout someone down cos they are getting rid of ferals in the creek,,,are you kidding its shit like that that will stop people culling carp,mosquito fish,talapia and even theold sword tails and guppies that are everywhere...pull ylur head out of your rear end , theyre doing our natives a favour and maybe they dont have somewhere to put them thats it rake a couple of kids over the coals for it...hope it makes u feel like a big man pearl cichlids have an established population in the wild and that only means 1 thing for our natives....they gotta fight harder to survive i suppose that you would rather see the kids in front of the playstation instad of being outside anything that hinders the onslaught of feral fish on our native population is bloody alright by me these kids need praise not ridicule..
  18. 3 points

    Show us your ferals

    Some more Pearls, this time from Lake Wivenhoe. The kids caught these just after dark at the Kipper creek access point a couple of nights ago. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  19. 3 points

    Dedicated "Full Tank Shot" Thread

    4x1.5x1.5 Planted PNG Natives Tank
  20. 3 points

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Does your boss hate u? Whyalla ......only thing to see there is the main road out..and the steel smelter...unless youre a fisherman then the best place to be is 10 km out to sea.............been there,seen it, didnt think much of it....left
  21. 3 points
    Automatic Fish Feeders... (for the Billabong???) Yes ! I think I've solved the problem of how to feed Giant Pink Gouramis (GPGs) for at least a week, while I gallivant all over Australia for an IT project (alright - so it's only South Australia as a destination, and even then it's the exciting, tourist-catchy town of... Whyalla ! ) The answer came to me (as most do) in the disguise of a problem. Sometime ago I reported that one of the islands had tried to turn turtle, but only got half-way and was lying on its side with the Elephant Ear leaves in the water. Inspiration strikes!!! The GPGs happily munched off most of the leaves over the next month or so - here is how it looks now. And, you can see that it is still very attractive to a hungry gourami! The plant root systems are embedded in the island structure, so if I get it floating flat again the plants should recover. Now for the bright idea - I have a second island with plants standing tall and proud. So, before I leave for sunny Adelaide (and the Wilds of Whyalla) tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to tip the island on its side and let the GPGs hoe into the plants while I'm away. Daughter #1 is busy and my niece can be a bit erratic in the feeding dept. at times. Ta Da ! = Automatic Fish Feeder for Giant Pink Gouramis (AFFGPG) Remember cobbers! You saw it here first! Grover (OK... now hit those Thanks, Ha Ha, Like, or even Confused icons... we need to up the ratings please :-) EDIT: Thank you crusty (Numero One supporter of GPGs); everyone just thinks the GPGs are clickbait... ha ha!
  22. 3 points

    Motoro Pups

    Was pretty excited to witness my ray have pups for the first time and thought I'd share a vid and pic. Motoro Birth 4 Boys & 2 Girls in total
  23. 3 points
    Last Update from Cape Town... "They're fish Jim, but not as we know them!" Cheers, Grover (Next stop, Drakensberg Mountains)
  24. 3 points

    marine on cf

    @Craigoit's not the first marine tank I have had its about the 5th it's the first one on cf all the rest where sumped the the wife got pissed with the nose from the over flow
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  27. 3 points
    GPG Feeding Time... This morning's feeding frenzy ! Grover
  28. 3 points

    Apistogramma Picture Thread

    Some of my current Apistos.. Got more species, but they wont sit still!.. These are mostly the males from my pairs.. Borelli Opals Macmasteri "Super Reds" with fry Bitaeniata Agassizzii "Gold Fire Red" Baenschi "Inka 50" That will do for now... Will throw more species up later..
  29. 3 points

    4x3x2 Reefy tank

    4x3x2 coming along like a boss
  30. 3 points

    Dying fish new tank

    another amazing thing is why people do not do any research themselves before buying fish and tanks etc, takes 2 seconds these days to find out all the info they need.......... little bit of ownership goes along way
  31. 3 points

    Dying fish new tank

    Still amazes me to this day that customers buying and setting up new tanks are not sold a basic ammonia/nitrite/nitrate test kit as a compulsory purchase with the tank....... Or even keeping any fish at all at any stage without one...... shit that doesnt make sense ,it makes me a bit angry when shit doesnt make any sense.... it's just dumb weird shit
  32. 3 points

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg Tank

    Geos growing out in another tank, nearly big enough for the Ray tank, colours are POPPING
  33. 3 points

    sick cichlids

    everything is perfect, water is fine, and the specialists have checked, you can close the thread now
  34. 2 points

    Where did we all go?

    @Craigo I just had a look here for the first time in years and saw your post. Good to see @raycam01_au and a few of the old boyz still in here. Time is money so they say and the hobby has been diluted by so much rubbish it's no longer an option to breed for me (not that it ever was profitable). I will lurk around and one day something may catch my eye and away I will go again .......... Cheers Dave
  35. 2 points
    Sounds like you are planning to go for a high-ish tech planted tank assuming you're planning on a compressed CO2 unit and not the DIY sugar + yeast setup. CO2Art from UK has premuim CO2 regulators and good quality needle valves for precise bubble rate adjustment but the cheaper units do fine as well but may have less sensitive needle valves. Substrate wise for planted tanks, if you are planning to go Dutch style, you'll probably be fine with most substrate since most stem plants are water column feeder so a good quality liquid fert would suffice. For other styles e.g. jungle, iwagumi, etc. and for heavy root feeders e.g. cryptocoryne, echinodorus, etc., the current go-to substrate would probably be ADA Amazonia (Normal or Fine), Fine version would be easier for carpeting plants with small roots but you'll need it to be established before introducing larger type corydoras; any of the 3 species of dwarf corydoras would be fine. ADA Amazonia does require a lengthy cycling period due to ammonia leeching so it would be best to start the cycling process early before introducing live stock. Fully adjustable full spectrum LED lights would be ideal. Check out MakeMyLED, a SA company which specialises in lights for planted tanks. Good luck and enjoy the hobby!
  36. 2 points

    Black shark

    I took my black shark out of my pond during maintenance to get a measurement and take a few pics and noticed lots of reddish scales on it. Is this a normal thing with age or is something wrong with it?
  37. 2 points

    Breeding Knife fish.

    There use to be a couple of guys on here that did it i think @pandapete was one of them but not 100 percent sure Heres what i know as i contemplated it a few years ago when i had knives between 20 and 30 cm Ph between 6 and 7 Soft water You have to simulate a wet season ..so 25 %water changes daily Bloody lge tank 400 lt min for a breeding pair.. Need marbles .stones and plants to stop them eating all the eggs Fry should be removed because thw parents are carnivores and we all know what that means Tank should be placed in a dark spot and not have a lot of human traffic Knives are succeptable to water perameters changing so maintaining ph ,hardness ect is a necessity Temp around 27 High oxygen levels so plenty of sponge filters to keep the water moving and clean Heaps of meaty and live foods to condition them ....finding a pair is one thing,,,getting a compatable pair is another ball game all together ...anyone feel free to add tl this or correct what ive said.....im only running off an old farts memory
  38. 2 points

    Water Quality

    Yes, .25ppm for Ammonia is too high. This should essentially be zero on any liquid test kit. The nitrates are also very high, but I'd be more concerned about the ammonia. What you need to do to fix the ammonia will automatically fix the nitrate anyway. Fish can get used to non-ideal conditions, but I would NOT be happy with your numbers. Definitely do a 50% water change ASAP, and then probably another 50% within a day or two. Also measure the ammonia and nitrate in your tap water, these should come out "low". If ammonia or nitrate are "very high" in your tap water, then you may have other issues. If Ammonia in the aquarium is not (close to) zero, there is a problem with your cycle. I would not add any chemicals - in my experience this just gets you more problems down the road. After two 50% water changes, measure the levels again. Nitrate should be down to around 25ppm (if your reading of 100pm is accurate and your tap water has typical levels of nitrate - i.e. very low), which is acceptable (my tanks run up to 40ppm approx before I do water changes). The important one is ammonia, which should be down to around 0.10 ppm. This won't come down to the same degree as nitrate, because there is a non-zero level of ammonia in the tap water, especially after adding the dechlorinator which frees up ammonia from the chloramine. In the short term, 0.10 for ammonia is tolerable, but you really want to get your bacterial filtration working properly again which should reduce this number. So monitor the ammonia level (in particular) and if it rises, your cycle is not ready, so you may need more water changes to avoid putting your fish in danger. Once the tank is stable, both ammonia and nitrite should be essentially zero on any liquid test, and they should stay on zero, thanks to the bacteriological action. The nitrate will slowly build up over time, and when it gets high (my definition: 40ppm or thereabouts) then a partial water change is the only way to export the nitrate. For reference, my tap water measures about 0.09 to 0.10 ppm in ammonia (using a Seneye meter) once I add the dechlorinator and let it sit for a while. My tanks though have ammonia at 0.02 or lower. (The Seneye meter is much more accurate than the liquid tests, unfortunately it only does ammonia and pH). The tanks are lower than tap water because the bacterial filtration brings it down.
  39. 2 points
    I wanted to share this because I didn't find it anywhere online. I bought caribsea super naturals crystal river sand, it wasn't cheap, and multicure stained it. I saturated the stained sand with a bleach solution and overnight it went back to white. It'll be hit with a super dose of prime once a day for a few days until the bleach smell goes away and then put back in the tank. Hopefully this helps someone.
  40. 2 points

    marine on cf

    Yes, I did thin this quite a few years ago just to see if it was possible. I had no issues whatsoever. Like anything be patient with the cycle. I used live rock with aqua one wave makers & a HOB aqua one protein skimmer. No issues, I just got bored with SW Give it a crack
  41. 2 points
    Hi Corby, welcome to the site. You can use the search function in top right corner to read old threads, there is lots of information going back many years. There is also a native fish club you may be interested in joining : http://www.angfaqld.org.au/aqp/
  42. 2 points

    Greeting QLDAF folks, I’m new here!

    Hi and welcome to the site
  43. 2 points
    Weekend Update... It was the usual cleaning of filters this weekend, along with GPG-watching. The gouramis are back to their usual habit of surfacing to take a mouthful of air before retiring to the depths. We have to report an uncorroborated sighting of "G For George" - he was spotted surfacing. I saw a pink GPG rise and gulp air, and immediately after a grey head did the same just to the side. Because they were both close together there was an obvious colour difference. Hooray! "G fer" lives! As it is coming up to my 4-year anniversary with the Billabong, I thought to research how long does a Giant Pink Gourami actually live. I do remember wandering down this theoretical path before, but thought it was worth re-visiting. Anyway, found this from NZ... Courtesy of Otago Daily Times (2015) His name was "Eric", which is probably OK for a Kiwi GPG ! And they liked him so much that when he died (of natural causes), they sent him to a taxidermist. Yes, he's stuffed! And mounted at the Otago Museum Search Centre The report notes that Eric was at least 3+ when he turned up to the museum, and was there for 10 years = 14 years all up. By my records of fishy arrivals, "Baby" is still swimming as the oldest living GPG in my care - she was 3yro on arrival from @Funkychicken85 back in July 2011, which means she's probably just over 10yro now! So, somewhere in here is "Baby"... How many GPGs can you count? Cheers, Grover (He'll have to go swimming again. Saw another 2 of the giant pleco caves shoved off the pool shelf and down in the depths! )
  44. 2 points

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Yes Cobbers... A successful dip in the Billabong to rescue the giant pleco cave - hooking it up from the depths with my foot, then submerging to grab it and slide back up to the ledge. The GPGs all kept their distance; but annoyingly, I was nibbled on tender parts by hungry goldfish! Absolutely NO photos ! Cheers, Grover (adds a whole new meaning to "Swimming with the fishes" ! )
  45. 2 points
    Scuba Steve

    8ft reef project

    Now that sounds like a plan. There will either be pics of a near new tank... or pics of a drunk bum, asleep on the patio. Or both
  46. 2 points

    Discus set up

    @raycam01_au as you are getting out of Discus and going into marine I'm doing the opposite @johnbetta I've kicked your Oscars out off the 6ft and put them in to another tank the wife not happy as that's number 4 back up and running I'm down on the gold Coast tonight so I can pick up my new fish (Discus) so this is going to be there new home
  47. 2 points

    hi all! minibun here :)

    i read this as your name was MiniBus it made me smile hello
  48. 2 points

    Angles laying eggs

    Yeah they aren't going to last long in that tank at least I know that I've got a pair will see what happens next time (might be time for another tank)
  49. 2 points

    4x3x2 Reefy tank

    Pair of Designer clowns Pair of 2 spot gobies some wrasse 4 bangai 4 Dispar Anthias Trio of Anthias Square 4 Chromis Lawnmower Blenny Flame Angel Starfish Soon to be 4 tangs they are in the Q tank for another 5 weeks
  50. 2 points

    8 ft Amazon Community

    So after many different tanks over the years, I found myself with the opportunity to incorporate a good sized tank into the build of a new house - something my teenage self could only ever dream of! I've always had a soft spot for Amazonian style tanks, as I like the aesthetic and the variety of fish that fall into that region. So I thought an 8 x 2 x 2.5 'flooded creek' tank would be perfect With that in mind, I organised for a wall niche between the garage and dining room to be included in the build, with the intention being that all the messy aspects of the tank could be attended to from the garage, with only a peaceful vista to be seen from the dining room. The tank itself is a pretty basic 8 footer with rims and braces, as I didn't need anything fancy for this application (none of that is visible). The stand is DIY because 1) it needed to be a custom size and height to align with the wall niche and 2) it's so much cheaper. One slight complication with the whole arrangement is that I really needed to try and accommodate the residents of my old 5 foot tank, which needed to be dismantled before the sale of our old home. Knowing this, I was torn between trying to source another small/cheap setup as a temporary home or just doing something quick and dirty in the big tank to keep the fish happy/healthy until I had time to do it all properly - I opted for the latter... Rarely seen in aquaria, the Ford Falcon... The stand before painting was completed (all of the stuff I could get to later was done before it was positioned). I had the tank cycling while I was away with work, running one of the filters of my established setup with a few carry-over bits of wood and bit of sand to hold down a few plants. I didn't bother washing that first tid bit of sand that went into the tank to hold down plants, and paid the price with foamy stuff all over the show... It was easy enough to clean with a few water changes, netting the surface and the surface skimmer on the old Jebo, but looked a bit troublesome at first! I than also had the issue of trying to get the rest of the slightly damp play sand into the aquarium with out disturbing the recycled ADA Amazonia. As it was damp, it couldn't be 'poured', but rather dropped in large clumps, which made more of a mess haha! I also mixed the final bad of play sand with some really fine (2-3mm) gravel and some other 'flash' sand that had some more colour and texture variety to give everything a less homogenous and more natural look. Anyhow, I did eventually get it all in and looking nice. With all the fresh wood, it's a tannin soup right now, but the fish are enjoying that In terms of the overall plan for the tank, the key points would be: Equipment - 2 x large external canisters, currently 1 Jebo and one FX6 - 1 x 300 watt heater seems to be doing just fine so far - Carry-over 5 ft LED fixture (no name) combined with an A160 TS and a A80 TS. I'll later replace the old LED fixture with another 2 Kessil's s that I can ramp the whole system up and down, and from right to left to match what the sun is doing (the tank runs east-west) - I've still got the chiller, dosing pump and CO2 systems from my old heavily planted 5 foot, but I'm not planning to use either on this setup as I want to keep it as low maintenance as possible Current Stock - 12 x pygmy cory - 24 x lemon tetra - 20 x cardinal tetra - 1 x otocinclus - 30 odd cherry shrimp (not SA I know, but I've had them for ages and they won't stop breeding!) - 1 x khuli loach, again not SA but I've had him/her for 6 or 7 years now, onto their 3rd tank haha! Planned Stock - 30 x pygmy cory - 30 x lemon tetra - 40 x cardinal tetra - 5 otto - a few pairs of apisto, type yet to be determined - 15 x marbled hatchet fish, if I opt to keep the lids on - 6-10 discuss, all of the same colour variant to keep things looking natural (any advice on sourcing these would be appreciated) More to come!
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