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  1. 10 points
    none

    WTF is it with PICS

    If someone can't be bothered taking pics - I wouldn't even consider buying their fish. Doesn't have to be pics of actual fingerlings for sale - but at least parents or fish same bloodline but older. Find this a bizarre thread. There are more crap fish out there than good - why wouldn't any discerning buyer want photos??!
  2. 9 points
  3. 8 points
    I just got my first Teewah ( not sure of Spelling ) ck Rhad fry of the season , only 12 but it is a start . I lost nearly all of my fish a year or so ago but it looks like everything is going ok again . Cloudiness in pics is NLS fry powder as I did not have a Microworm culture up and ready producing enough for the fry . newly hatched , here is a pic !
  4. 8 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Got the glass installed had a bit of trouble but all worked out in the end! Filter, pumps all in and tested. Solar wired up and tested just need to waterproof Around glass and it's ready for water! I just got to finished tiles tomorrow hopefully Solar will be going on roof of house at some point Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 8 points
    Eh man

    6000L steel/ply tank

    Finally started my monster tank it will hold 6000L,12ftx6ftx3ftwith the back,sides and base will be done in ply and fibreglass and a glass face pannel across the whole face.theres enough room underneath to put 6x2x2 x4,two of those tanks will be a sumps for filtration. ive still got a lot of welding to do but the stand should be finished by next week when I get some spare time.its hard to get good pics as its so big.still more steel to go in to support the ply and extra legs too. ill update with pics along the way,
  6. 8 points
    Chris66

    8x5 garage display build

    Tank coming along nicely!
  7. 7 points
    Michael-9645

    My pond build

    Few photos from yesterday and this arvo Got some fake looking rocks! And 120kg of river rocks but need to go get some more.. Need to go get couple more fake rocks Just need to buy some larger driftwood/ log/ roots and it's ready to go!! Will be filling up Sunday comeing up!! [emoji2] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 7 points
    Mad Caleb

    Beginner Gone 5Ft Pro!

    I failed to update this post, but here it is over a year later.
  9. 6 points
    Nazegoreng

    Bicolour/MG Halfmoon betta spawn

    After 5 years or so out of fish the bug has bit yet again. I mean what else am I going to spend my money on? haha. Getting back into the bettas, and purchased a pair of my favourite colour (blue/orange bicolour aka mustard gas) from Blue Mountain Bettas. Introduced them about a week or so ago, and the spawning went great. Especially for their first time. Took about 24hrs from introduction until spawning. Would say there are at least 100 fry. Courting Hatching after 24 hrs Approx 1 week old. Feeding on vinegar eels and microworms.
  10. 5 points
    jc12

    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.
  11. 5 points
    Eric A

    Finally - My Christmas Present

    I promised myself last year I'd get a bigger tank for myself for christmas. Typically things got in the way so I had to put it off a little bit. I originally wanted a 4x2x2 but the tank wouldn't fit where I wanted it to, and I wasn't confident having one upstairs, a bit too much weight for my liking. So browsing gumtree I had a few criteria. It needed to be 3 foot, had to have a closed in cabinet, and at least 18" deep. This one popped up in the next suburb over and after going for a look, took it home. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was G.J Maher tank and stand. The stand was originally a stained timber cabinet, that the previous owner had somewhat butchered with a half done black paint job. It was just matt black spray paint, horrible stuff. I started trying to sand it back but the paint just stuck to all sandpaper. I had to paint strip the black off first and then sand the varnish down. Was a hell of a lot of effort to do so, only want to ever do that once lol. The girlfriend and I decided to paint it white with black hardware. The room it's in is our study and it's all white furniture. Today I got the last of the gloss white paint on it, and moved it inside. And painted the back of the tank and moved it inside also. Got it filled today and under test. At the moment I'm using the filter it came with which is some eBay jobbie, but I'm really not liking, I will likely get a Fluval for it. I've got fluval on the other tank and I love them. Over the next few afternoons I'll finish off the doors and hood and set that up. I've ordered some new lids for the tank through G.James glass at narangba, and they should also be ready this week sometime. I've got some wood I had been collecting floating in the tank at the moment, two mini stump looking pieces and nice Y branch. The substrate is just the supplied white sand, which the seller tells me is Stradbroke Island sand. Not sure how true that is as I couldn't find any more, but it looks real nice. I'd love to get just a bit more to top it up but I won't be devastated if I can't. Anyway, enough of my poorly constructed sentences, here's some photos As I bought it (tank backwards on stand mind you) The back/front This was after scraping the old white wall paint off the back of the tank. Just used a regular flat razor for this. This was after one application of paint stripper on that end, so you can imagine how many times I had to do that.. Remember, always rinse your substrate, whether it's new from a store or bought from someone. You never know. Next to the computer, to make sure I always do my work while there... I just used some Dulux black enamel for the back of the tank. I did it on my last tank and was happy with the coverage and depth so did it again. This was just after the last coat, and from the other side there was no sun coming through, even though it was in direct sun. So that's the new project tank. I already have fish for it on the way, which will go in the other tank while this one gets ready. I'm super excited for the new acquisition, it's a type of fish I haven't kept in nearly 7-8 years. And there will also be another fish in here that I've never kept before, somewhat seen, or at least was, as the holy grail of freshwater fish keeping. That's all I will share for now, you'll just need to keep watch to see what happens
  12. 5 points
    DFishkeeper

    QLDAF need to change this

    You could bring back the breeders register. It was a good way for a breeder to build up a profile over time including feedback from other forum members.
  13. 5 points
    pk333

    New to Fish

    Hi Adam. Don't worry about your pH at the moment. You have a couple of weeks to learn and understand about pH. And what fish can be kept in normal Brisbane tap water. Cycling a tank is not so straight forward to explain. Sometimes people new to the hobby don't follow as it involves a little bit of science. You can google "New Tank Syndrome" for a more in depth explanation. Basically, fish poo, and the poo breaks down producing ammonia. Ammonia is poisonous to fish. 99% of new fish deaths are caused by new fish tanks being set up and the ammonia from fish poo kills the fish in the first 2 weeks. But there is a bacteria that grows in your filter that will "eat" the ammonia and convert it in to nitrites. Nitrites are also poisonous to fish, but need to be in higher concentrations. There is also a bacteria that also lives in the filter that "eats" nitrites, and turns nitrites in to nitrates. Nitrates are less poisonous, and need to be in much higher concentrations to kill fish. We do water changes to lower the concentration of nitrates in the water and keep our fish alive. Now it takes time for these good bacteria to grow in a filter, which we call cycling a tank. If you "cycle" a tank right, it usually takes 4 to 5 weeks. But if you do water changes while a tank cycles, it takes longer. Cycling a tank is all about patience. You can cycle a tank with out putting fish in there. You can use pure ammonia, or you can use a cheap flake fish food, and "feed" the tank (and the bacteria). While you cycle the tank, do some research. Find a good fish shop (LFS). A good LFS will be patient with you. But most importantly, they will tell you if the fish you want to keep together are unsuitable for your tank size, and are not a good mix of fish. They won't try and pressure you in to a sale. It's sad. but many fish shops are more interested in watching their bottom line and making a sale, than making sure you are doing things right. Most believe it is your responsibility to research the fish you want to buy to make sure the fish are suitable for your tap water, and to make sure the fish you buy are suitable to be kept together.
  14. 5 points
    P4rker

    Thanks to NONE

    Recently purchased around $500 worth of fish from @none. Got them shipped to nearest town with fastway as i live rural (about 1hr away from fastway). Best packaging of live fish i have seen. All fish arrived in great condition. Great bunch of stock, good colours even in some of the younger fish. Purchased 10 display males (along with many other fish) all to the size or larger than advertised. One 10cm+ fish was probably 15cm. All fish went into the same 6ft community tank and are all doing well (alive). Will definitely be purchasing from again (with in the next few weeks actually).
  15. 5 points
    Yay @clickme, Great music fanfare for the giant gouramis!! THUNDERSTRUCK certainly suits them - especially when I scare them whilst they're feeding. The big boys turn and slap the water and swirl away. Ahh... I'm still eternally hopeful in the baby department, but I know I own too many GPGs LOL! Also, found a really interesting photo on this website The Age Of Aquariums - Greetings From Thailand One photo in particular shows baby GPGs swimming with a parent giant gourami - amazing stuff. I had never read about that facet of behaviour anywhere else on the web! Quote - "2. This is a smaller Gourami in our lake. We have quite a few of these. If you look closely, you will see an orange bubble near its head, thats its fry. They protect them for about 2 weeks then the fry are left to defend for themselves. They stay in the ball, taken it turns, centre ones rise for air, they then return to the outside of the ball, then the next centre ones rise, they then return to the outside of the ball. This is done many times...Very clever. " Sorry for the cr*ppy photos - best I could do to enlarge the original! Grover (he hasn't got the heart to sell any GPGs - guess he'll just feed them until they are absolute MONSTER size )
  16. 5 points
    GPG Nest Building... Not so fast! It's "GPG Nest Building" by hard-working Indonesian people so that Munk Pty Ltd can import 'Rattan Antique Grey Round Open Weave Baskets' in the 46cm x 46cm x 35cm size with a Net Weight of 1.10kg especially for people (like Grover) who are trying to breed Giant Pink Gouramis (aka GPGs). In addition, you'll need to visit Whitworth's Marine & Leisure - Discount Marine Supplies for 3 stainless steel Outboard Motor Safety Cables! As the online blurb says: "Secure your outboard-motor imitation giant gourami nest with this 128cm vinyl coated stainless steel cable. With a loop one end and stainless steel snap hook the other." That should stop them being sunk 6ft into Davy Jones' Locker at the deep end of the Billabong - ah ha! Installation excitement will occur over the long weekend Grover (Will the GPGs appreciate their new nest environments??? Stay tuned!)
  17. 4 points
    Kingo

    Timber and Stone

    My little nano's and Jc's mischlings... It's true, this crystal addiction is hard to kick...
  18. 4 points
    Six and One Half Hours of Plumbing Later... Finally! Mind you, this included some routing of electrical cables and a multitude of zipties too. But back to the plumbing. There's some tricky pipework hidden away in there - I also discovered the "rotational twist strength" of one of the new joints! It ain't much!! (These are the joints that link the Blagdon weld pipe section to ag PVC pipe. The ag PVC is resistant to all sorts of glues - next time I'll go with different varieties of super glue ). So I mumble under my breath, the Border Collie hides under the stairs, then I stamp onto the back verandah to find the sandpaper, glue, and silicone to re-build the joint. While that's setting I launch back into pipework to connect the UVCs. Here's the final spaghetti ag pipe design all connected - With the UVCs neatly installed and labelled RI (Right In), RO (Right Out), LI (Left In), & LO (Left Out). Only because I figure that I'll need to know what goes where at sometime down the track - The timer has been re-set to run 6am to 6pm during the sunshine hours; hopefully using all my solar power. You can tell I'm being stingy by not giving it back to SEQEB (or whoever they are now) for 6c a "zap". Especially as it costs me about 26c per "zap" from them OK cobbers, you're going to have to wait at least another 2 weeks to see results because the filter has been off for a few days now and the Billabong slid backwards in the green colour department. Just come back for a visit halfway through February Regards, Grover PS: I think a "zap" roughly equates to a kilowatt/hour
  19. 4 points
    raycam01_au

    Haters in the hobby

    People that believe shit thats said behind peoples back are far worse than the wankers saying it in the first place
  20. 4 points
    Nano

    Building a pond in our frontyard

    Thank you @LegendaryChick! Here is an update from earlier this year
  21. 4 points
    ex0h

    Are Gumtree people subnormal ? or what

    I was wandering through a pet store and looking at the aquarium section, staff member noticed that I spotted a couple dead floaters.. and no word of lie, with a straight/flustered face said "oh they must have drowned". But yes, very painful selling on Gumtree. Had people ask for petrol money to pick up fish before...
  22. 4 points
    Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    The girls are there. They have gracile chins, unlike the boys. Also, the females are very shy when they surface. Usually you see a graceful face (not the B-movie horror flick denizens), which immediately flicks back down to the depths. ;- )
  23. 4 points
    At the request of @gingerbeer the following is advice on the use of heatpacks in the transportation of live fish. *Heat packs must be used with extreme caution. There is no way to regulate the temperature they reach. Environmental factors can and do influence the maximum temps they reach and the speed at which they reach those temperatures.. Heatpacks can and do reach 60 degress or more. *Under no circumstances should heatpacks be used under fish bags. The water will quickly heat up. The moisture acts is a catalyst that speeds up the rate of heating in the pad. Placing a heat pad under a fish bag can have catastrophic consequences for the fish. *Heat packs can be taped to the underside of the lid. I recommend using strong tape like "Gaffa" tape. Packaging tape is not generally sufficient to guarantee the pad stays in place. Some pads have an adhesive backing. Make sure that the tops of the bags are not in direct contact with the pad. There needs to be a cavity between the bags and pack. Hope this advice is helpful Cheers
  24. 3 points
    mcfry40

    Best Tropheus pics

    Can we have some one of best Tropheus pictures that people have taken. I will start. Name:Yungu Green ( Congo) Generation:F1 thanx jas
  25. 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.
  26. 3 points
    raycam01_au

    sick cichlids

    everything is perfect, water is fine, and the specialists have checked, you can close the thread now
  27. 3 points
    Danny_355

    Ellioti photos

    Ellioti pictures in the breeding tank
  28. 3 points
    Thanx @QldMick !! That's wot I thought too. Really, there's not a big call for another Australian Icon - "The Big Gourami" to go with the "Big Prawn", the "Big Banana", and the "Big Trout". I think I'll stop at 25 and just try to keep entertaining you lot with the trials and tribulations of a swimming-pool full of fish. Grover (swearing off buying another GPG for the moment)
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  30. 3 points
    lots of things contribute to where we are now in the hobby import laws, bio security, and the shrinking hobby base gone are a lot of the old fishrooms especially the further south you go with the increase on water and power prices having 20-50 tanks was nothing unusual now it's a big deal to afford running them
  31. 3 points
    tdj5

    The marine tank

    The tank is a 5x2x2 with a 3ft sump with 6x clownfish a sailfin tang a orangshoulder tang a harlequin tusk for now
  32. 3 points
    Cam07

    Is The Hobby in trouble?

    Don't know if the hobby is in trouble but I'm going to be when the boss sees the electric bill
  33. 3 points
    tdj5

    The marine tank

    Well went to techden and $200 dollars later some more fish for the tank
  34. 3 points
    ex0h

    QLDAF need to change this

    I think you've nailed it to a degree. I know half a dozen breeders that have up and sold their setups and moved on. I've also reduced my own tank count from around 30 at one stage to 1. Life changes happened, power bills sky rocketed and other things in life became more important. Lots of people just don't have the disposable income anymore to throw around, and therefore they tend to move onto other things in life. We can't control that and I highly doubt a software change has pushed away that many people. What I found interesting when we changed the forum software, there were lots of positive replies. A couple mentioned they didn't like it, and to me, it seemed like a few people jumped onto that bandwagon. We were a couple revisions behind in versions on the old forum software. Updates had been attempted, but there was some road blocks we couldn't clear. Regarding the Layout, can you be a tad more specific? ie. Combining certain forums or the theme and software change?
  35. 3 points
    Rotarmaster

    QLDAF need to change this

    We live In the year 3017, Cud we not have an qldaf app?? If erry member here takes out there tin cans and chips for the app or even pay 10 buks a year a month or a quarter?? Or a one off to help our QUEENSLAND FISH FORUM! the way I see things, qldaf is our jobs as Queensland's fish hobbyists to keep alive or it will die and perish to other mediums and websites with more traffick... I do not want to one day click online and see the message.. Sorry qldaf had shut down due to low traffick and usage and is now obsolete compared Gumtree. Just like state o origin mate!! U gotta root for ur hone team braah! Qldaf I play for.
  36. 3 points
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEVE FOR THE ONE FOOT CUBE VERY NICE TO MEET YOU CHEERS JOHN
  37. 3 points
    Didn't find the RTGG's but did find this important safety message for all QLDAFers ! LOL Grover
  38. 3 points
    msc0433

    Aluminium stands

    Very slowly my new fish room is taking shape. I hope the aluminium stands can cope with the weight. They are made from 40x40 box aluminium that is 3 mm thick and has screws in the legs to adjust their height for uneven concrete. They will be holding 14 tanks 1 meter x 60cm wide x 45 high made by Mick down the goldie.
  39. 3 points
    l2h

    How to send fish interstate?

    first step is to lay out the terms of freight that they must accept the fish will be shipped at their cost and risk or a DOA plan that you will refund for any lose in transit when the box is opened with photo proof of DOA when they pick up from depot with a time line from when you advise flight number and ETA use Virgin Cargo not Qantas that will save you $$ in freight use airport to airport and check what flights are available, with Virgin you just call and book the shipment in over the phone dimensions and approx. weight advise that it is live tropical fish for resale pay by credit card and you can nominate what flight they are put on, note down the AWB = airway bill, they advise you the number as this must be noted on the box if you are sending to WA then it must land and be at quarantine before 5pm and receiver needs to pre-book a quarantine inspection - why nobody likes to freight to the west box must be stamped on lid and box that it is an approved container for shipping this is a fish shaped logo and states seafood transport approved on it with a max weight the standard large box is 20kg and measures 58 x 38 x 26 cm approx. Virgin charge cubic weight (Virgin Syd to Cairns airport to airport was approx. $116 a few months back for this size and $78 for 49 x 34 x 21cm box) check a LFS or seafood shop for a spare box or you can buy new from any seafood wholesaler or look at Yellow Pages for styro box supplier you must have a liner bag and it must be goose necked and tied off with elastic band - HD garbage bag works you must have an absorbent - home brand female pads work from woolies plus cover a layer of these with a newspaper use new plastic bags and good quality double elastic bands and double bag only fill to 1/3 of the bag height correct bag size depends on what you are shipping , the size and qty always purge the fish by not feeding for at least 48 hrs and with L cats and vegie dieted fish 72hrs syphon the water you want to use for shipping into a container before you stir things up trying to catch the fish I have a drum of fresh for water changes so mix the bag 50/50 fresh with the tank water plus 2 drops of Prime if you can't access O2 then use an airpump to inflate the bags and so long as you have done the previous steps there is no reason other than poor handling in transit that they won't arrive without a problem use newspaper to pack around any space between the bags and the box write the receivers details (name and contact number) on a label with AWB and flight number plus your name and contact number and note they are live tropical fish eg AWB 23-5846 5862 Flight VA 1421 Mr Alan Calvus 0407 %$& 74% C/- Virgin Cargo Building 34 Rapid Crt Eastern Precinct, Cairns Airport QLD 4870 Sender : Chris D@#&$#@ 0407 %%$ &@% LIVE TROPICAL FISH HANDLE WITH CARE Have the receiver call or text you when they pick up the fish to confirm all is OK Hope this helps you BTW what are you shipping ?
  40. 3 points
    Rod

    Stocking experiment

  41. 3 points
    Water changes help as well. It'll be cooler out of the tap and if you use the buckets, you can super oxygenate the water b4 you put that back into the tank - if you don't have enough room above the tank to tip most of it in - looks like u do in the pic but - use a garden hose with nozzle and a fine jet, and obviously dechlorinator. How long were you away for? Most fish can handle 30° for a couple of days. Check what ur water levels are, ie ammonia,nitrite ect as that might compound the problem too. If u go away again, clean your filters* a week b4 you go and feed minimally.check they are working and put near the surface to agitate the surface more, and air hose on the inlet of the filter outlet, or, the spraybar just above or below the surface angled to get max movement.
  42. 3 points
    Sorry to hijack this thead ...really i am but this has to be said . I get to as many auctions as i can and constantly hear Steve Baines saying this exact thing 20 years ago every one had fish a or fish c so come on guys its hard enough getting brood stock of some fish into australia now , if you have the time ,space, knowledge get your hands on some of these fish before they are lost to us forever .We all know the stooges in government arent going to make importing fish any easier and our native populations arent all in a great state
  43. 3 points
    webmaster

    Gingerbeer to step down

    Thank you gingerbeer you have done an amazing job and gone above and beyond in your dedication and the copious time you've invested in the forum. Your input over the years has been incredibly valuable and your level headed way of dealing with situations that have arisen has served the forum well. I want to wish you all the very best as you transition out of this role and I am very glad you will still be around as a member It has been a pleasure working with you and I cannot express how very grateful I am for all you've done. You have certainly left some big shoes to fill!! Which leads me to my next thought....... Who will be our next admin? If any member wishes to nominate themselves or has a suggestion for someone they think would be great for this role please PM me
  44. 3 points
    Until your test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate provide the results to show the cycle is complete.
  45. 3 points
    My bet is on gold fish. also for the barley stray idea. How about using some onion/carrot bags from the local fruit and veg shop, ya know the plastic mesh type ones. Unless you have a excess of fish net stockings around the place, I'm not one to judge.
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Chris66

    8x5 garage display build

    It is filling as we speak!
  48. 3 points
    Bitis

    Does everyone use air pumps

    @Slipshodman. Hi, the pics below is about the best I have on my phone as a friend of mine wanted to see the same. The advantage is that I can move fish between 4 tanks without any issues, share 1 heater for all 4 and can still isolate if required. The sponge filter moves the water to the next tank and the white U-bends allow the flow back. The U-bend is filled with water and as one side increases it flows through to the tank to ensure same level of water.
  49. 3 points
    Hello all, Here are three fish pics from my backyard ranchu pond. They are: 1 x 15cm calico, 1 x 20cm calico and 1 x 15cm white/blue/grey. I haven't introduced any new fish or weed to the pond for over two years. If anyone is interested in buying any of these big ones, I'm open to offers. Also have 2 x 15cm nice blacks that bred last year and 2 x 10cm blacks as well as other 12 -15cm breeding calicos. (I measured them with a ruler this morning) Cheers BRB
  50. 3 points
    ozmo

    Show us your favorite fish!

    Vieja Argentea
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