The Billabong Year(s) in Review – 2016 to 2018
“Dedicated to @Pepperbris and the Billabong GPGs”
Welcome to Grover’s second “Year-in-Review”. This post in “Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping” gives the ‘Wiki-whatever’ short version to save you from having to read 3 years’ worth of 850 posts over 2 different threads!
Mind you, there are a whole bucket-load of previous posts for “Giant Pink Gouramis” to be read if you’re interested. The GPG posts have been going since September 2012, so if you want to catch up by reading 1,537 posts over 3 threads to cover 2012 to 2015 try these:
As a bonus, the “Jolly Swagman” thread post starts with the first GPG “Year-in-Review”. Grover then travels to the Philippines for work and visits ‘Las Farolas’, experiences Typhoon Koppu, and keeps a blue fighting fish, “Aussie”, in his hotel room. Later, back at the Billabong, repairs are made to the shade sail, and attempts are made to catch the giant Plecostomus. The GPGs start nesting – by building balls of plant material in the papyrus plants, but sadly no egg laying occurs. Plumbing plays a major role with the investigation of bell siphons & Cetus sieves; and another attempt is made at a Winter cover made from electrical conduit. Because this is Oz, the name of the post commemorates Banjo Paterson’s “Waltzing Matilda” -
2017 – 2018 (basically):
These two years fly past with several gaps in the official record. The conduit-built skeleton for the pool cover is abandoned in favour of EPC pallet covers. These are strung on a center rope with the blue pool cover draped over. This works a treat! A giant spray bar is installed to agitate the water for aeration purposes. Not absolutely necessary, as the GPGs are air-breathers – they gulp the air at the water's surface, which passes through the mouth into an extra respiratory organ that carries oxygen through a labyrinth into the gourami's bloodstream. The floating plant islands finally reach maturity, and promptly fall over – providing a decent food-fest for the GPGs and saving me from having to feed them. Last year ends with a trip to South Africa where Grover tries valiantly to find aquarium fish, but only succeeds in spotting one lonely freshwater crab at Doreen Falls, high in the Drakensberg escarpment, KwaZulu-Natal.
Australian & Afrikaans: The final part of a narrative about the Billabong in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained, resolved, or finalised.
Why the title?
Because you are now following the final chapters of the “Billabong” and of Grover.
(I forgot to add that The Billabong is now on Instagram & Facebook which both link back to here for the full update) (And, don't expect that you'll ever see the Billabong on Twitter ha!)
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FB with 10 friends... Oh well... I've succumbed to social media persuasion :-(