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  1. 10 points

    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

    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

    8x5 garage display build

    Tank coming along nicely!
  7. 7 points

    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

    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

    FS: Corydoras Green Laser CW009

    Very healthy, locally bred and tank raised Corydoras Green Laser CW009. Size: TL ~2.5cm - 3cm 6 for $180 10 for $250 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

    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

    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

    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
    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/
  18. 4 points

    Timber and Stone

    My little nano's and Jc's mischlings... It's true, this crystal addiction is hard to kick...
  19. 4 points

    Water Condition Problem

    You lot have to be kidding. I have one son coming around mowing the grass. The other son doing the shopping and fish tank cleaning ( under supervision) and a wife waiting on her poor wounded husband hand and foot. I don't think the toe will ever get better.
  20. 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
  21. 4 points

    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
  22. 4 points

    Building a pond in our frontyard

    Thank you @LegendaryChick! Here is an update from earlier this year
  23. 4 points

    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...
  24. 4 points

    New Systems on the go

    bought 10 of these little guy's yesterday of @ssdiscus, great little fish should be here next Wednesday or so, stand should be finished by then as well, and hopefully my holesaws will arrive also, then we start to play,
  25. 4 points

    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. ;- )
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 3 points

    sick cichlids

    everything is perfect, water is fine, and the specialists have checked, you can close the thread now
  29. 3 points
    Still a better love story than twilight!
  30. 3 points

    Ellioti photos

    Ellioti pictures in the breeding tank
  31. 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)
  32. 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
  33. 3 points
    Hi, Just sharing a picture of my male, picture was taken a few hours being put in the tank. I recently acquired 1 M 6 F and I have 5 Juvi's from a different bloodline (Queensland) growing up also . currently I have the group in a 4x2, watching how they are before moving into a 8x2x2
  34. 3 points

    The marine tank

    Well went to techden and $200 dollars later some more fish for the tank
  35. 3 points

    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

    What Size Tank?

    Its the exact same thought process I sold to the Mrs when going from 6x2.5x2.5 to 12x4x2.5.
  37. 3 points
    The Tech Den

    perhaps a discus tank you say

    I will have to remember to get the guys to pop two bags in the box from now on - here I am thinking you guys would share... Next time your in you'll have to pop a handful in your pocket to keep up.
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    Didn't find the RTGG's but did find this important safety message for all QLDAFers ! LOL Grover
  40. 3 points

    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

    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
  43. 3 points
    Toga of One at a Toga Party... Right! I managed to photograph the toga - but it's not world-class photography LOL I started with this - And ended with flash-photo shots like this - For @OFRC's benefit - this could be the Billabong Culler of future GPG fry! I'm sure he's been trimming the goldfish babies down in numbers, and the platys have all disappeared this year! Grover (the water bill has just arrived... Whee! I'm down to just 550 litres per day!)
  44. 3 points

    Red Belly Pacu

    And here it is in black and white - this is official advice. Disregard common names - note latin names: "In response to your enquiry, these fish are still noxious fish under legislation as Restricted Noxious Fish. Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 Noxious fish are listed in the legislation as either; Prohibited Noxious Fish ( these are the ones shown in Schedule 1 pg 389 and include most Tilapia and Piranha species) or Restricted Noxious Fish ( refer to Schedule 2, noxious fish p399 and lists the remaining Tilapia & Piranha species not covered in Schedule 1) Piaractus brachypomu ( black pacu) is a Restricted Noxious Fish ( Class 2, 3 & 4). This means that they must be reported, must not be distributed, and must not be moved. Similarly, Tilapia spp (Oreochromis mossambicus and Tilapia mariae) are Restricted Noxious Fish ( Class 3,5,6 &7). This means that they must not be distributed, you cannot possess this matter, you must not feed this matter, and you must kill the matter. If you this someone is keeping pest fish, please report illegal fishing activities in Queensland, phone the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116."
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points

    8x5 garage display build

    It is filling as we speak!
  47. 3 points

    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.
  48. 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
  49. 3 points

    Welcome Back All Members

    PMs have also come across after a bit of a struggle!
  50. 3 points

    Show us your favorite fish!

    Vieja Argentea
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