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  1. 5 points
    Christmas Time !! Here's a bargain at Bunnings for the Billabong:- )) Grover
  2. 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.
  3. 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
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    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.
  5. 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 :-)
  6. 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
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    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!
  8. 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/
  9. 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!)
  10. 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.
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    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??)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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..
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 3 points
    Last Update from Cape Town... "They're fish Jim, but not as we know them!" Cheers, Grover (Next stop, Drakensberg Mountains)
  20. 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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  23. 3 points
    GPG Feeding Time... This morning's feeding frenzy ! Grover
  24. 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..
  25. 3 points

    4x3x2 Reefy tank

    4x3x2 coming along like a boss
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 3 points

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg Tank

    Geos growing out in another tank, nearly big enough for the Ray tank, colours are POPPING
  29. 2 points
    GPG Spot-lighting at Night (Part 1) Went for a wander with the torch last night, and see who I found floating next to a filter outlet - Yes! "G for George" in all his his grey glory ! He seems happy enough, but is extremely shy during the day. Grover (fish hunting by torch-light again later in the week)
  30. 2 points

    grown man buying toys

    arrived today very happy with it. heres one of mine for comparison.
  31. 2 points

    2 foot tank - scraped biotype

    And fish are in the tank.
  32. 2 points
    Cetus Sieve Update... Well? The good news is I'm still keen to get to the pumbing exercise. The bad news is you're going to have to wait for while. As this is new technology (along with the BBF- Bog Bed Filter), I 've decided to wait for Winter. The cover will go on (for warmth) and the bioload of algae drops off remarkably. So my guess is that this would be the best time to rebuild the Billabong filter system. Also, in reference to the personal note above, I'm somewhat busy dismantling my life. The nieces and nephews along with Daughter #1, have scored quite a collection of artwork and family history, and I'm just getting started. In the aquarium front, Crusty has scored a variety of equipment as well as the goldfish. And as soon as I master net-casting, there will be more goldies up for free give-away - stay tuned. You are warned that I have a range of things planned to implement the new concept of "1 Life / 5 Years", so apologies in advance if I tend to mix some of this with the GPG updates. Truth be told, you are not going to get one without the other. I will endeavour to stay on the fishy-straight-and-narrow, so just feed me out a bit more fishing line along the way. Bonus artwork tonight is one of my Mum's art drawings from the family history files. Cheers, Grover (you've been where I am, and you know what it's like)
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    New stand build

    Hey mate so far so good, this was taken a few weeks ago, the doors were not thick enough for the hidden hinges so i had to be creative with making it work. Not far off being painted in 2 pack white, once its dry I have some metal angle to put on the edges and maybe a couple of door handles.. I will post some pics as soon as its done, cheers
  34. 2 points

    G'day, what's this fish?

    see attached document - pretty good rundown of all the fish you'll find around your area. let me know what you catch! NQDT Freshwater Fishes of the Burdekin Dry Tropics 2010.pdf
  35. 2 points

    Gonna do some collecting...

    How good are rhads! Coochins and some from north of tin can bay. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  36. 2 points
    Ha ha! That's awesome! Can you just run over there and get me some free samples? About 4-5 kilograms would do nicely
  37. 2 points

    Diy sponge media

    personally Freddy i wouldn't risk something from a cheapo shop, you have no idea what chemicals lie within. A lot of sponges etc have antibacterials which will not be very good for your fish The sites sponsors have pretty good prices, i would suggest just buying from them either online or in store (you get 10% off being a QLDAF member)
  38. 2 points
    Technicalities in the Billabong... The GPGs are all fine, but the old swimming pool pump has had a coronary while I was away in Melbourne - oh dear! And the spare pump? - the Davey Silensor which I've had in a box for 4 years waiting for just this occasion ??? Of course! The fittings to the pipe work are different from the dead Onga!! Aaaaarrgghh!! Off to my plumbing shop - Reece Plumbing tomorrow. Grover (Grrrrrrrrr........) Stop Press: Change of plans! Can't be bothered with re-doing the plumbing, so have ordered online a new Onga PPP 1.0hp for a straight-forward swap-out/swap-in exercise. Much easier on my plumbing skills
  39. 2 points
    Thought so... All the places I went were closed :- ( So instead, I went for a drive in the countryside and ended up at Mount Macedon - visiting the Remembrance Cross. My Grandfather was at Gallipoli from February 1915 for a number of months (he survived that, and then got sent to Passchendaele, Flanders, and Ypres in France). He made it back to Australia OK, otherwise I wouldn't be here now :- ) Anyway, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross commemorates those who gave their lives in the 1914 – 1918 War so it was worth the visit to remember Grandad Charlie B there. Daughter Number #1 reports the GPGs are all happy - I'm still planning / wondering how to net out the bl**dy goldfish which seem to be taking over. Ha! That's a job for when I get back to Brissie. Have to re-appear at Melbourne work tomorrow and be somewhat productive. Cheers, Grover
  40. 2 points
    And.... Just in case your tanks don't run to the size requiring a Cetus Sieve... They look like this - Although obviously not with one of the sides missing, and it's intended to replace this... (the BCF - aka Big Cr@p Filter) Cheers, Grover (he'll be back into plumbing in the New Year)
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    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.
  42. 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
  43. 2 points
    Don’t tempt me Frodo.
  44. 2 points
    Hi @wadedidit, It'll be OK. @crusty76 has a plan to use a cast net in December for "Goldie Removal". Why December? Grover is going to be away in deepest, darkest South Africa for the rest of November... and he won't be paddling around the creeks like @billfish does in Oz ! Why not? Let's see now... there's Amoebic dysentery Cholera Cryptosporidium Giardia intestinalis not to forget - Schistosomiasis and there's Dracunculiasis, also called Guinea-worm disease (GWD) plus a host of other nasties. So, no! Grover won't be wading around the freshwater creeks of Africa dip-netting for exotic tropical fish any time this month! If you're lucky, you might get an O/S update - you'll have to wait and see if I find Wi-Fi in the jungle. Totsiens, Grover (Grover goes native and learns basic Afrikaans to survive in RSA)
  45. 2 points
    Hey grover....the billabong needs one of these......im thinking of getting one to video natives and ferals in the local creeks....seems a better option than a go pro its only about 100mm long and has remote distance of 5 m ..means i dont have to get wet slipping on rocks to retrieve go pro......again
  46. 2 points

    4x3x2 Reefy tank

    super excited
  47. 2 points
    Hi Frank, I keep a variety of sizes in all my L tanks and let them decide on which they like. I suppose odd size ones don't look the best and can certainly see an advantage of having all the same size. I will say that my L134's and L066's I rarely see in the 12 x 5 x 2.5's (in saying that I've never given them the option of just that size). The L201's/L270's seem to use this size the most. I'd perhaps suggest on maybe looking at a couple of slightly bigger in 14 x 6 x 3.5's or I even use the medium oval shaped for the larger L's and bigger peppermints. I also have had a lot of success with the rectangular style caves. I'm pretty sure most of mine were Zig Zag brand which are a darker colour to the others but I'm not even sure if you can still get this type anywhere. Best of luck. Cheers, Jason
  48. 2 points

    Discus set up

    @raycam01_au did you sell all of your discus
  49. 2 points

    Discus set up

    Thay are doing good @raycam01_au has helped me with some things got some worming stuff where to get it from
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