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    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
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    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
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    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!
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    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
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    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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    Dedicated "Full Tank Shot" Thread

    4x1.5x1.5 Planted PNG Natives Tank
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    My Calico S/f fry ( 1st batch)

    Fist batch 3 weeks old counted about 70 beautiful orange. 1m 3f thanks for looking.
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    Gonna do some collecting...

    How good are rhads! Coochins and some from north of tin can bay. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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    Ha ha! That's awesome! Can you just run over there and get me some free samples? About 4-5 kilograms would do nicely
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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)
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    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)
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    Gotta Love Google ! Found this - with a bit of luck I can clear out (and give away) a bunch of Goldies !! Hmm... Now how do I persuade the Border Collie to hold the other end of the net and run it thru the Billabong with me ??? Grover (Temporarily puzzled... and head-less... and it looks like one of his legs has been eaten by the Border Collie !! )
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    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
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    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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    FS L397 and L002 Fry

    I have some L002 and L397 fry available. L002 - 4 to 6cm $25 each or 10 for $200 L397 - 3 to 4cm $20 each or 10 for $150. Pick up is in Caboolture 4510. Please bring something to take them home in. Sorry no shipping.
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    Where did we all go?

    Hi Everyone! Long time so see (speak, type, whatever) I've spent a long time time away from the hobby (or so it seems) I had a break from it all including the forum for a while after I had a fish room wipe out We all know the forum went quiet a long time ago but during my snooping over the last month or so it has really hit home just how quiet it has become, including ACE & PCS forums. I Just got too busy with work and family & found a new exiting hobby that was time consuming but on my own time, not like keeping a fish room going. Now things have settled down a bit I have been thinking of starting a very small room in my backyard shed (away from eyes this time) and started visiting the forums again and I'm am surprised at the lack of activity, although I see Ray & Sarah doing a nice job posing about all their new toys making me jealous So what I guess I'm wondering is where have all the serious keepers/breeders gone? are they still going & producing or just keeping colonies but not taking fry? Or perhaps just lurking like myself as the forum kinda doesn't seem worth wild posting onto? We all miss what the forum used to be but I am wondering is everyone still around, lurking? or are a lot of them packed up and gone for good? It seems a lot of quality fish could be lost by this happening. I will endeavour to contribute to the forum as I start from scratch again (well almost) Hi to everyone I used to know & don't (yet) * Thought I would dump a heap of old pictures of fish I have kept in the past, these were some of my favourite fish. The Peacock Bass were by far the nicest, form the originals that came into the country. I miss them, but I don't at the same time
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    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
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    Gonna do some collecting...

    Those murray darling rainbows over near Swanfels and Emuvale are pretty sexy too. I need a better pic of them. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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    Diy sponge media

    Couldn't agree more.
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    Where did we all go?

    O QLDAF, QLDAF! wherefore art thou QLDAF? Here I be I reside in the interwebz, forever taunting thou! Deny thy Feelings for me and refuse all the help being offered to thou. For if thou wilt deny me, I shall be but only a dying memory for thou.
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    After trying for a fair while to get these to breed and having no luck with a pair that have failed 4 times now. Decided to put two random CV's from my 8ft display. 4 days later, what do you know they are holding!! Fast forward a few weeks and we have fry! Hard to get decent photos. From a phone and low light in the shed. Original pair have another mouthful but I don't hold high hopes. Most likely 5th failed attempt. Cheers Gary