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  1. 5 points
    Hi Winston, no longer having a big fishroom will definately decrease my stress levels as well as the strain on my dodgy old knees and back As far as my favourite memories about the hobby, these are my top few memories : (i) ~ I really enjoyed the personal contact and camaraderie in the hobby in pre-internet days, particularly the 1980's and 1990's when attending fish club meetings and auctions was the only way to meet experienced breeders and obtain information and hard to get fish. Most weekends I had lots of visitors who I enjoyed showing around my garage fishroom and talking about fishkeeping and breeding. Unfortunately the advent of the internet and facebook has changed the hobby and people in general, and in the last 12 years or so I found myself no longer willing to entertain strangers in my fishroom and home. (ii) I can't remember the exact date but a few months after the restrictions on importing Frontosa were lifted I managed to buy one of the very first imported wild caught groups of Ikola frontosa. I bought 7 young fish at around 12cm or so from Bay Fish and ended up with a nice colony of 2m 5f. After only having access to Burundi and Kigoma variants in Australia prior to this, the Ikola were a stunning contrast and were my favourite fish for many years. (iii) Around 20 years or so ago I managed to obtain an adult breeding colony 1m 3f of cuckoo catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus) at a time when they were quite scarce and expensive in Australia. I was fascinated by their breeding method and bred them in good numbers for quite a few years with a variety of hosts and never got sick of them, they have remained one of my favourite fish right to the end. (iv) In 2007/2008 my children finished school and became relatively independant, so I was able to get my wife's support to build a 12 x 4 metre shed in the backyard to setup as a dedicated breeding room. My old fishroom in the garage had evolved over the years and was made up of piecemeal racking systems and tanks, including some home made tanks. It was a dream come true for me to be able to design and build a purpose built fishroom from scratch and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole exercise. When I built the fishroom I planned to be using it well into my 70's, but the universe has different ideas, at least I got 12 great years out of it. Cheers, Doug
  2. 4 points

    Auto Siphons

    Here is a photo of an auto siphon to create a flushing filter. This is an overhead filter using a 200L barrel but it could be in a sump and doesn't need to be as big. The inside pipes before media is added - very simple. Water comes in through the 90mm pipe at top. The water level rises and falls inside the filter to create a wave tank. The media used can be anything that doesn't float. The photo below is rapid seeding of hydroton clay balls. No fish, just a heap of ammonia. If you want to boost other (hetrotrophic) microbes for bio film production you can add sugar as well. Power head circulating flow through an aged sponge filter. This is the end result below. As I didn't want to waste the energy of pumped water up to the barrel, I decided to add a moving bed bedside the flushing barrel as well. A moving bed of K1 is a bio film filter. Often confused with a fluidised bed filter. Happy to asnswer any questions but please google first as there is plenty of better explanations online elsewhere. Simplistically, having the media circulate to the surface allows fish waste and oxygen to the bacterial colonies. There is 16500 LPH of pumped water flowing through the moving bed barrel so the air pump is not necessary but it's a good safeguard against power failure if your air pump is backed up. This is energy wasteful so I was going to replace this with a normally closed solenoid tap to drain out. During a power outage the solenoid fails open so all the water drains out. However after some thought, I decided to drill a permanent 4mm hole. When the pump runs, there is plenty of water. If the power fails, the barrel will slowly drain allowing air to get in. No moving parts to fail. Saved $12 on a solenid tap. I have removed the air pump now. After the moving bed, the water gravity drains into the flushing filter. The flushing filter will re-oxygenate the water and provide additonal bio and mechanical filtration. Instead of having the media move (like a moving bed filter) the water level rises and falls so oxygen and fish waste are brought to the media in a different way. Photo of inside the moving bed filter below. The thinner pipe on right (40mm) is incoming pumped water which goes to the bottom of barrel and points back up to stir. The left thick pipe is 90mm stormwater as an overflow drain. It has lots of slits to stop K1 escaping and a T at top to let air out.
  3. 3 points

    Above and Beyond

    @jc12 I’ve recently sustained an injury which has rendered me unable to drive for 3 months. I recently got in touch with JC and enquired about his Green Laser Cory’s which led me purchase 6 (terrific quality) fish. Given my inability to drive, I rely heavily on my wife and therefore pickup was organised to fit in with her schedule over a weekend. Following our messaging JC kindly offered to drop the fish off on his way home from work which is greatly appreciated and goes above and beyond a nice gesture. It’s great to see some lovely people in the hobby and on this website, who go out of their way to help another person! Thanks again JC the fish have settled in well, I highly recommend the quality of fish. I will stay in touch and be sure to ask you alot of questions! Thanks Again, Chris
  4. 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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    Hi and welcome to the site
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    heater time!

    Most heat is lost through the top of the tank so make sure you have full cover lids. One of my sheds is not room heated so I put sheets of 15mm polystyrene on top of the glass lids and throw a plastic sheet over the whole rack. I see lots of condensation and the air feels warm underneath so I am sure it works. At least that's what I tell myself. I get scary power bills. You can use a light beam thermometer gun if you want to find heat leakages on tanks or fish rooms. Good for annoying the neighbours cats too.
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    Thanx again @aquaholic99 Today I tried sieving 1 bag as dry, and thought... "I'm never going to survive sieving the other 37!" Tomorrow I will dress in my daggiest old 'dog-walking' clothes and attempt "wet" sieving. Look for the red-mud coloured guy walking a russet-coloured Border Collie tomorrow afternoon
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    Oh... Look.... New ducks on the Billabong Courtesy of Bunnings ha ha! Grover (note the plastic chains to stop the plastic birds from escaping)
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    L046 eggs (very small batches)

    There is a big difference between over feeding and increased feeding. Your tank stability shouldn't change with heavy feeding but your maintenance probably will. Live black worm might be an option depending on your substrate. Keeping a smaller tank volume is a lot more effort than a bigger tank volume in my experience. Does the female lay more eggs at breeding? Perhaps it's a problem of fertility? or a problem of incubation? Or perhaps just enjoy 2 or 3 babies per batch? Successful fish keeping is mostly problem solving but perseverence helps
  10. 2 points
    @billfish For smaller plants/moss I use an aquarium safe superglue gel, one that has an active constituent of Cyanoacrylate. It basically becomes inert when moist or wet on the wood/rock which does a good job attaching the plant. Also make sure it’s a superglue gel, I recently purchased some from Bunnings.For larger plants I use fishing line and remove once attached. The above options have worked for me. Cheers Chris
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    Staff tip of the day.

    With the warmer water comes an increase in life, some of which can cause issues for your fish. The dreaded flex is likely the most feared, as if it reproduces out of control it can wipe a tank in a very short time. Known by many names as a result of its many symptoms, it can be a very confusing disease to diagnose and treat. I highly reccomend taking the time to read through this link https://fishlab.com/columnaris/ Its important to know when to turn the heater up or down while treating sick fish. Whitespot turn up Columnaris turn down. Your 2 most likely disease encounters, know thy enemy!
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    1 year on. <
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    Show us your ferals

    Not good that there’s so many getting about won’t be to far in the future that there won’t be anything native left with so many irresponsible/couldn’t give a damn about anything people sad that my kids are growing up thinking freaks are normal fish
  15. 2 points

    Show us your ferals

    They are ferals they are damaging to our natives they need to be removed - 2 fish is barely a start . Your ignorance is no less appalling than the fish being killed , If they go into somebody's tank either them or they're offspring could wind up back in our waterways . They have not as yet been declared noxious , but I believe they will in the not too distant future . Then it will be mandatory to kill them immediately on capture . Shame to kill such nice fish but it needs to be done .
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    Thanx @Slipshodman & @the cichlid kid The first half of 2019 is going to see a refurbishment of the entire Billabong filtration system (when the Cetus Sieve arrives... hint hint @ageofaquariums) The Bog Bed Filter (BBF) will finally get a load of scoria, and together with the Cetus Sieve, this will hopefully make a difference to the "Kermit" green colour. Here's a memory from South Africa that I'm aiming for... Doreen Falls, on what I think is the Mhlonhlo Creek flowing into the uMlambonja River. Cathedral Peak and Didima Camp Map Cheers, Grover (the water from the top of the Drakensberg range was clear, clean, and cool)
  17. 2 points
    OK... So now it's New Year's Eve and I'm stuck in Melbourne for work. Best I can do is watch the fireworks from the balcony of the B&B, then go touring Melbourne aquarium stores on 01-Jan. From Williamstown Aquarium to the Coburg shop and any inbetween :- )) (except they'll probably be closed - uurgles) We'll see who's open and if they have any baby GPGs ha ha.! If they do, I'd have to stuff them in my Qantas carry-on bags. Cheers, and Happy Fishy New Year Grover
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    New member (betta lover)

    hello and welcome wicked betta really nice cheers john
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    G'day, names Lance, new to the forum and avid lover of African Cichlids.
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    Feeling special haha

    How do I view live stock trader that is mentioned? I'm new here, obviously haahha. Looking to stock my Cichlid tank at little better
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    Feeling special haha

    u need 5 posts or more to get the hole forum so keep posting then u will get it cheers john
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    albino dragon blood quality

    yer its really only the mbuna that graze on algae. im gonna be checking out a few stores in bris to see if i can find some albino dragon bloods.
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    Thanks Matt, just getting older and the old football injuries are kicking in and the body is finding it harder to manage the workload in a large breeding room. My lovely wife has been very patient and understanding about my hobby for many years and now we are about to become grandparents I have promised her I will take a complete break from fish for a year or two so we can enjoy being retired grandparents together and make lots of trips down to Sydney after the lockouts to visit our daughter and grandchild without having to worry about the fish and fishroom. If I find I am missing fish too much in the future I can always wall off a section of my shed and put in a few smaller tanks that won't require much maintenance, so keeping my options open down the track. Cheers, Doug
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    Female northern blues

    Hi all, I have 3 female Mel. northern blues to give away, if anyone is still breeding these. Fish are located in the Gladstone area, shipping is available starting if needed be .
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    Fat fish

    I have seen vodka dosing but not beer dosing. Look at the little beer bellies.
  26. 1 point

    Age of Aquariums

    we are on the increase, Sarah just got a lovely trio of smaragdina and a Pair Mahachai, Stingrays just got pups, setting up a 4x4x2 furcifer\ventralis\cyprichromis tank shortly, there are still heaps of good breeders hiding away in their little hooooooooouses, and whilst some of the more exotic fish are hard to come by there still seems to be a good variety to choose from sad about the shops closing down
  27. 1 point

    who wants colored natives?

    http://www.jardiniinternational.com/fish-collection i was actually going to buy the yellow tandanus in pic 11 and 14th, but got on the piss so went to pic up a day latter but he told me it was no longer in salable condition and died. i would of thought that someone would be breeding those light colored tandanus by now seeing as they have popped up in different places.
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    Hi @billfish No, no baby plecostomus... Even though they had terracotta pipes and huge plastic pipes as well. Here they are - out of the Billabong temporarily while I vacuumed up grunge and muck from the bottom of the pool. The pipes are approx. 30cm diameter and maybe 1.5m long, and attached to floating chains which then attach to the floating ducks! Cheers, Grover
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    Hi @Pepperbris Long time, no see ! Great island idea :-) looks like a sheet of wall insulation or a cold-room wall with holes drilled in it. I do admit that the GPG islands are starting to look a little battered - having been turned-turtle a number of times by the Elephant Ears graowing too large and capsizing the whole thing. The islands will have to wait in line (with appropriate "social distancing") as I have a burst of enthusiasm for another project... see below
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    How often to gravel vacuum

    Hey guys, new to this forum. I have a 55 gallon freshwater tank. I have 4 glowfish tetra, kissing gourami ( yes I know he will need a bigger tank lol ), clown loach ( I know he needs a much bigger tank and a school but he schools with my rainbow shark since day one ), and a fantail goldfish ( I know most goldfish need cooler water but everywhere I have researched they say fantail goldfish temp is different than most lol ) and a nerite snail. I put all that in parentheses because everytime I post on a forum most people concentrate on one of those things rather than the question I'm asking and I've post about all of those and I will get a bigger tank for them :). So my actual question is, how often should I gravel vaccum? I usually do every Thursday, but I was moving decor in my tank poop and all kinds of stuff started rising up to the top. Also two months ago found out my test strips weren't accurate for nitrates. So I got the master test kit and found out it was 80ppm.... so I did a water change. I thought it was old tank syndrome I do 25% water change every week usually. But now I'm thinking I should gravel vaccum twice a week since I have the goldfish. For a long time I only had the tetra, rainbow shark and clown loach so definitely a LOT more waste with the goldfish and also the kissing gourami. So do you guys think I should be gravel vaccuming twice a week?
  31. 1 point

    spangled perch free warwick

    let him go. just saw smaller spangled perch at aquabird toowoomba for $28 each.
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    What’s this fish?

    This is a flag cichlid, probably mesonauta insignias or festivus. Cichlid from South America.
  33. 1 point

    Does anyone know.....

    Cheers John. I will just pop around this week and see him at the shop. Got to pick up some impellers off of him anyway
  34. 1 point

    why didn't I do this sooner

    If budget permits, you can also use two independent systems which come on half as often to give the same overall result. So if/when one fails, the other will continue at half what you require until you notice. Twice the cost and one could argue this would double that chance of something going wrong. Clever design is the key. Send me a PM if you like. Happy to bounce ideas.
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    Can someone identify please

    they are gambusia habrocky moscito fish wild guppy
  36. 1 point
    I believe there is a QFAS auction this weekend. QLDAF has a long standing commitment to support the clubs of QLD. Unfortunately we seem to lack a commitment from the clubs to tell people about the events. All they need to do is post here or on QLDAF Facebook to let people know. For the.recent QLD Cichlids Group event we made the posts an annoucment On our facebook page to maximise the exposure so people knew or maybe these are now secret events. Beats me! if you are selling what are you selling, especially Apistogramma - I need more.
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    Staff tip of the day.

    good info thanks mate
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    Aquarium salt Vs other salts

    For artemia, any salt will do but and for most fish keepers even a terrible hatch rate is sufficient. However to get the optimal hatch rate, the best conditions will depend on the strain of artemia. Temp, light & pH being more important than salinity. I use a weak seawater salinity as this re-hydrates the cyst faster so artemia hatches faster so artemia spend less time struggling to get out and have more nutrition (egg reserves) and are smaller. For bigger fish fry like cichlids, the artemia size or strain won't matter. Growing artemia is a waste of time IMO as larger shrimp are mostly water unless you are growing to breed. I also decapsulate the cysts so I can feed the unhatched cysts too. If breeding, I recommend using a circular tank with very slow circulation and a flat baffle in center so they don't pile up im middle and crush. Childs shallow wading pool is perfect. The colonies will crash so set up two. Feeding the artemia consistently is a tricky art that I find challenging.
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    Pics of my pond. It’s a 2500L. Hard to get a good photo of the fish until I pull them out. I have 2 x chocolate plecos 45 cm 2 x sailfin plecos 30 cm dovii pair 20cm+ sub male dovii 15cm 2 jags 1x 20cm 1x 10cm 1x synspillum 25cm plus 2 x white kreft river turtles i have a Gold saum riv male and will be picking up a female this weekend to start breeding them as well
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    caboolture auction date

    i ve already posted this but this is just to bump it back up
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    I have White PLatimum Angels and Diamond tetras the Sheen on Both look great together. ...
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    Need Help Coosing Frontosa!!

    never a crap day, more so another beautiful adventure, you need to smile more
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    Need Help Coosing Frontosa!!

    @raycam01_au where we looking for old post's 2008 that's a old one
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    G'day, what's this fish?

    Probably flushed out of someone's tank in the floods.
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    ok guys, this is an old thread, but as I have been playing around trying to take and add a couple of photos, thought I would share with you. Please excuse photo quality, I just grabbed my daughters Iphone and did my best. Photos are of my current Ps saulosi colony. I have been selectively line breeding this strain for a few years now. Cheers, Doug
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    Quarantine wild caught feeder fish

    Big risks feeding wild feeder fish. We have all done it and know the consequences if things go wrong. I would suggest setting up a feeder breeding tank. Guppys, endlers, swordyz, mollys, gudgeons, what ever you like. Some people even breed americans or africans to use as feeders for bigger fish. Never have to worry about disease and losing your prized fish. I will never use wild feeders again after a bad experience. You learn from your mistakes and you can also learn from other peoples mistakes. Wild feeders will only cause you troubles. Maybe not the straight away but it will eventually. They are not free when you look at the consequences and will probably end up costing you more money. Good luck.
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    how to rebuild your tank

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