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  1. 3 points
    mcfry40

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    Got this whole package 12 months ago 5ft x18wx20ht ,clear coated it . I love it ,from aquariums r us .Darren. Runs fx6 ,1 internal ,2 sponges..
  2. 2 points
    professor_rob

    Tank pics and a few questions

    Hey all, have not taken any pics of my tank in years, so thought might share, as I have a few questions re filtration…as you can tell my aquarium photography skills are 0….and the glass was fairly dirty. A few full tank shots (tank lights are three LED floodlights from Bunnings. Do a good job and cheap to run) Tank stock is Bala Sharks, Bocourti, Pearsei, Tinfoil Barbs, Redhook Silver Dollars, Silver Dollars, Filament Barbs, Oscar and Clown Loaches. Not the most exciting tank stock, all fairly peaceful, and boring. Although the Bocourti thinks he’s all that. Planning later to get a Qld Lungfish (had one get fairly big but jumped out…..still kicking myself, tank fully enclosed now) would love a pignose turtle…lol. Different angle of the tank, looking from the right side through the tank. The right wall here is 1.2m wide. The left side is only 70cm wide. Front glass is 2.8m wide, and back wall is 3m wide. Approx. 700 gallons Filtration room...where I am forever tinkering...usually with positive results....I hate doing maintenance and have it setup fairly automated...but am forever tinkering. Filtration is one FX5 that is fairly old, so I might get rid of it soon, only like it for mechanical filtration. Also has two sumps. Sumps have had a massive makeover in the last few months. Tank has a weir overflow with two pipes…one is a full syphon and the other pipe is pretty much backup. The full syphon pipe lets out that squeaking noise once every couple of hours…what is causing that? How do we stop that? Drains to two large 50micron filter socks, change them once a week. Are the three 90 degree bends an issue? would changing them to 45 degree elbows be better? Overflow used to lead under the tank but added that sump on the right after initial setup. Hose on the right is an auto top up I use for auto water changes. Door leads outside. After the filter socks there is a bunch of sponges and some marine pure bio balls, some in a baffle and others just sitting at the bottom, and some carbon. This first sump then drains to the bigger sump under the tank. Again the pipe is a full syphon with a backup pipe. Super quiet this one, no noise at all. The tank overflow is super noisy...cannot get it quiet. This main sump has a couple of those big marine pure blocks. Might add some more later. Water parameters are usually pretty spot on, I think the constant water changes help with that. Main tank return is above the FX5, the 1 > 3 ball valve pipes. The one on the right is pretty much always off and I only use it when feeding to help keep floating food in the tank longer and cause surface agitation. My view from my ‘office’ One more question, does the Redlands water have chloramine in the water? I think Brisbane city does.
  3. 1 point
    captain bookworm

    Discus Juveniles

    Hi Guys I have some IP Alenquer x red cover - juveniles for sale this have been brought up in brisbane water ph 7.6-8.0 they eat sera pellets, sera flakes and beefheart. 7cm are $45. 5cm are $25 Please see pics of parents and young ( parents not for sale) my location is Virginia brisbane near chermside please call me on 0415887768 ty
  4. 1 point
    tony992

    Large breeding pair common bn

    Male approx 10cm Female approx 8cm $50 ono Pick up sunnybank hills
  5. 1 point
    mcfry40

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    Good Idea mate. Sounds like a plan. Jas
  6. 1 point
    Hi @aquaholic99 Appreciate your thoughts & experience With a little luck the Brisbane minimum temperature should be on its way back up. I'll try setting the heat pump for 23/24 and monitor the behaviour of the GPGs. I've been a tad worried as the food gets eaten, but they don't want to be seen (either by day or night) which is somewhat unusual. Cheers, Grover
  7. 1 point
    mcfry40

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    No problems mate just some light sanding ,great quality like I said I have known Darren for 20 years never had any issues. All above was good his wife is awesome as well. My dad has about 10 tanks as well . My best mate has about 8. He was the man when things where pumping. Delivery cost about $50-80. Best bet to place order on phone and pay on the phone or drop in. All pics on his website busy people. Good luck . Rating 9 Yes pine. Jas
  8. 1 point
    Mitte

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    I did have a chat { via messenger } with Leila from Dennison a few days ago. Sent some pics and was going to let me know some prices , But that went cold. Not sure why.
  9. 1 point
    mcfry40

    200 strong kigoma juviniles

    2nd alpha male, he would like to be the boss. I think he has more colour than the boss, the girls like him..... Photo shoot on my Olympus no filter, just straight of the flash.
  10. 1 point
    billfish

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    im a part real fish keeper then, i have a tank,made by aquariums r us in the loungeroom, keeps the wife happy being full of things like cardinal tetras and the usual livebearers, the other stuff is all downstairs away from everyone cos its not pretty enough for her precious friends to see
  11. 1 point
    mcfry40

    Help. Should I buy this ?

    I have brought over 50 tanks from darren never had an issue at all.i get all my electrical from the techden. Good luck.
  12. 1 point
    aquaholic99

    Tank pics and a few questions

    Chloramine will degrade much like chlorine but over 3 - 4 days if left to age. All the traditional dechlorination processes still apply as it's still chlorine with a more stable bond. So carbon, aging, off gassing, pressure, sodium thiosulphate, ascorbic acid etc. The ammonia freed up is not worth worrying about but a great marketing tool for the anxious. It's extremely easy to test for chlorine. Drop a DPD 1 (palin) swim pool tablet into a clear jar of water. If there is any pink coloration, chlorine still exists. If clear then it's all gone. Don't buy the chlorine test kit, just the tablets as you don't care what level of chlorine if it's not zero. A pack of 50 tablets is about $6 from memory. Rain water is almost always very soft and acidic which is terrible for maintaining nitrification bacteria. You can add some coral chunks in your fish tank or into the rain tank.
  13. 1 point
    Hello Grover, Warm fish! Happy days indeed. I run my big tanks at 23.5 degrees for two reasons. 1) For me, it is cheaper to maintain 23.5 degrees than 26 degrees, even with a heat pump. 2) If my heater were to fail during mid-winter, it would take 3 days to drop my large water mass from 23.5 degrees to 18 degrees which gives me 3 days to find a suitable repair or replacement. Fish would take a slow 5.5 degree drop then several days for it to warm back up again. However, it would take same 3 days for it to drop from 26 degrees to 18 degrees (during a week long trial for my tank/situation) which may be fast enough to create some health issues. Heat pump malfunction may not occur. Fish may not get sick from an eight degree drop. Definitely cheaper to maintain 23.5 degrees than 26 degrees. Just my thoughts on the matter. Also on large tanks, the heat pump reaching 26 degrees and shutting off probably means your pond is 27 degrees but you can accomodate for that easily.
  14. 1 point
    mcfry40

    Hello All. Great to meet you.

    Hello.
  15. 1 point
    johnbetta

    Hello All. Great to meet you.

    hello and welcome
  16. 1 point
    tdj5

    Hello All. Great to meet you.

    Hi and welcome to the site
  17. 1 point
    Well last night it appears the board was flooded by a particular member who appears to be trying to monopolise the collection and sale of driftwood. I really hadn't thought about it that much, but the whole ballsup got me thinking - which got me researching, which got me intrigued. Now I am not one to offer my opinion on things at the drop of the hat, but I figured a lot of people might like some clarification on what the laws state and how you can work with the law. People might think to themselves "Why would I bother doing it all above board when I can just go and flog some wood and not get caught?" but I think if you take the hobby and environment seriously everyone should do it properly because it isn't really that hard. If you do it properly as detailed below, you could easily get a few people together in an area one weekend and get some really nice and unique pieces in a reasonable volume, and it's all legitimate and above board. A pretty general summary can be found here: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/73927/MP06-minor-new-works-June2012.pdf In short: - It's illegal to collect and/or sell deadwood without a number of approvals and processes (NOT "licenses" as a member would have you believe) - There are ways you can work with DAFF to obtain wood in a sustainable fashion, and distribute within the hobby - You should be doing it in this sustainable fashion, because if everyone with a fishtank wandered down to the wetlands one weekend and grabbed all the wood they wanted then there would be nothing left. I understand this is an extreme example but that's why certain laws exist in society; to protect the community from extremes So here is what I have come up with so far. 1. You're going to need to first and foremost do your research if you want to collect for yourself or possibly a group. Find a spot, get all the information you need, plan it meticulously. Then you're going to need to fill out and submit to DAFF a "Resource allocation authority application". This is a number of forms found here: Part 1 - Applicant Details (your details and application form) http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/68793/RAA-P1-ApplicantDetails-form.pdf Part 1A - Additional Applicants (I believe this is if you are taking people with you / going with friends) http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/55896/RAA-P1A-AdditionalApplicants-form.pdf If you are doing it in a Declared Fish Habitat (which you probably will be if you're going into the mangroves / tidal areas) http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/57786/RAA-P3-FHA-form.pdf The actual approval form for collection of resources (deadwood) http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/65702/RAA-P4-Deadwood-form.pdf Once you send this away you play the waiting game, and then you may be granted approval to collect resources in the self-assessable manner that promotes sustainability. This cannot be submitted and then you jump right in and collect, you have to wait for approval because it can be denied / non-approved for a variety of reasons. 2. If you're lucky enough to get approval, you then need to abide by the "Code for self-assessable development: Removal of dead marine wood from unallocated State land for trade or commerce". This is a checklist of sorts that will tell you how to collect, what to collect, and what to record and report to DAFF. It can be found here: http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/73693/MP01-Removal-of-marine-wood-2011.pdf Obviously if you're not going to follow this properly you're going to have your approval revoked and probably be fined if you're caught. But I doubt if you went this far you would jeopardise it all for some extra wood. Hope this has helped clear anything up, and if anyone thinks I have misinterpreted anything or I have confused myself feel free to comment and I can amend my OP. Cheers, Mark.
  18. 1 point
    bristlenosejohn

    Wild caught ??? vid

    G'day all Due to the recent discussions regarding WC and quality of fish in this country I thought I would share this clip on you tube of a WC ??? and before anyone argues you can read the arguments that have been left on the feed back under vid but for my money this is without a doubt a WC L236 as I have seen these stuners in Australia and dam nice. but you be the judge Enjoy
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