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    Billabong "Still Water Rescue" Craft You've seen them on the news.... SES Flood and Swift Water Rescue Team Volunteers admiring the raging waters of the Billabong during extreme flood times... Now thrill with admiration for the new Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft (BSWRC) ! It's mounted on the back fence ready to launch into the Billabong and rescue fool-hardy fishermen trying to snaffle the GPGs. (Not to mention anyone e.g. Bill Fishy) Grover
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    Good news Grover65K! Normally the water would be getting greener and darker with the longer day lengths and stronger intensity sun so it's most definitely improving. Wait to see if this improvement continues but I was also thinking you could boost the effectiveness of your UV by putting them in parallel with a much higher water flow. The trick is to put the water through the UV system faster than the green water can reproduce in the pool so 30,000 LPH - 40,000 LPH during the day (solar panels). Would be easy to plumb up your existing 4 UV filters similar to this link below. https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Mariculture-Fish-Breeding-UV-Filter-for_60301616516.html So high collective flow rate but individually low enough flow for effective kill cycle. I will be building a 600 - 800 watt UV system similar for myself in the next few months to kill white spot (without chemicals). I priced single unit UV systems and couldn't find one below AUD$10K so I will join 10 smaller (75 watt) units myself.
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    Finely something

    Last week my blood parrot was laying eggs as normal (about every 2 weeks) any I've been in hospital for 5 days got up this morning to find this mum and dad are in the video VID_20201106_162546.mp4 VID_20201112_111926.mp4
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    The Billabong cover is up! And many, many straps have been employed to hold it down!! Grover (typing on his silly mobile phone keyboard)
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    Cherax albidus blue pearl

    Babies have been released, it just so happened to be the morning I'm going away for five days, I'll ask for them to be to feed them a tiny amount each day.
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    Busy Saturday... If you are following Grover on Instagram, then you've seen some of today's excitement already ! INSTAGRAM: giantpinkgourami The blue cover has come off. Although the GPGs weren't too pleased and they all took off in the other direction! But "Knobbly Headed One" who looks very much a male of the gourami species, chased them away again from the Elephant Ear island, so Grover rummaged around in the back shed to find these. And of course they required a degree of fixing to ensure the ceramic sinkers underneath didn't fall off. This was accomplished with new UV resistant Zip ties. In addition there was a trip to one of Grover's more esoteric LFS - Whitworth's Marine! This was to buy 'Motor Safety Cables', aka coated stainless steel rope with a loop and a spring-link end. These usually stop your tinnie's outboard from plunging 30m straight down when you are tinkering with the bits holding it to the stern of your boat. But in the case of the Billabong, they are used to keep the islands in place and also sit things (like these baskets) on the side ledge without losing them 3m down! As a bonus find, the 2nd island appeared from under the blue cover. Sadly all the plants look somewhat spindly and etiolated. With a bit of Qld sun, they should spring back to life. Now is the time to float the 3rd island back into the water - possibly some waterlilies might survive so they will be given a test-run. Lastly, another trip to a different LFS (Bunnings) for a 350W sump pump as the Aquael pump finally ground to a halt and threw an electrical hissy fit and tripped the circuit breaker. Bunnings Newstead has moved - just lucky it was visible from the Whitworth's store. This afternoon's effort was digging the old strainer/mesh out of the scoria, building a new one from a spare laundry basket, and then carefully (!@%!<{!^=^!!%&*@) fitting the new one in place, and piling the scoria back around it. Done! (Oh... and replacing one of the UV bulbs in the Blagdon UVs - only $65 ea ) And tonight? Tonight Grover leans on the pool fence and watches GPGs lazily cruise around the Billabong in the moonlight Alright... so it's not moonlight, just your standard pool floodlight, but we are trying to set a mood here thanx! Grover (Tomorrow the weekend will be back to normal - giving the matala sheets in the 'BBB' {Big Blue Barrels} their fortnightly clean & rinse) (Breaking News: "G for George" the Grey Giant Gourami {aka GGG} has been seen and confirmed as alive & kicking - we are still waiting for photographic proof. He is the 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Billabong)
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    Peppermint Bristlenose for sale below sizes available: - 3cms - $15 each or 10 for $130 - 5cms - $20 each *Pickup Camp Hill *Please bring bucket
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    Am now a saltwater fish keeper!

    Thanks guys. I think I got a pretty good deal at $450 (+$100extra for Testlabmarin kit, flipper max glass cleaner and other odds and ends) I had the live rock with the anemone upside down. Looking better now. And the business end (a bit dirty). Picked up this 12 outlet power board from Bunnings, came in pretty handy.
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    WTB: Cyathopharynx Foai

    A new decent sized breeding colony needs to be established before any fry leave town lol @Rastinger62, @JB I saw today that someone has a NEW WC colony of furcifer Ndole bay, recently imported, so things are looking up.. I also know of two colonies of furcifer Ruziba, but they would be very similar to My Resha and I already have heaps of them, lol If anyone wants Resha there is 40-50 fry ready to go within the next Month @hamishh34 I have been stuck in my shed doing water changes for 20 years, its difficult to get out much lol
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    Sad news

    If QLDAf does go down life still goes on, you can always get the information on Farce book on how not to keep a healthy Aquarium.
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    synspilium breeding pair

    Best to get animals you want to keep rather than if they breed and sell well. That way you're not disappointed when you dont make money or you cant sell fry as quickly as you thought.
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    the boys are hungry tomorrow they dine
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    GPG Feeding Frenzy This morning's feeding time in the Billabong - no commentary, just photos! Cheers, Grover
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    New Trachyphyllia

    New piece we have just put into the reef, looks freaking amazing
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    torf pellets are just pelletised peat moss ,peat is used to help soften and lower ph of water, as well as a spawning matter for some fish.
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    How long does it take for the bottle to clear? The billabong is essentially one large settlement tank so if you could keep the fish from stirring up the bottom or use a network of drain pipes to pick up the sludge directly off the bottom then your pool would clear quite nicely and hopefully quickly. If you want some electronic wizardry then have a look at this instead - https://www.pondalgaesolutions.com/ultrasonicalgaecontrol.html
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    Severum tank ...add angelfish ?

    Agree with both the previous comments. In terms of other fish to add - I like the Rainbow Cichlids (Herotilapia multispinosa) I have with my severums. They stay small, nice colour, and they sort of school. Otherwise perhaps one of the larger tetras, like Colombian?
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    Cherax albidus blue pearl

    Found 2 babies in the adult tank, must have left the mum early.
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    Just a Teaser for the Weekend... Photo of the monster poised over the Black Billabong this week. Spooky! Grover
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    Almost Full Moon for a GFG... And "G For George" finally comes out to play - Hooray! Grover has figured that he has 18 (or 19) GPGs, and 1 (one) special GFG - "G For George" Grover also discovers why George is so elusive. Whilst leaping around the Billabong edges with camera in one hand, and torch in the other, it was discovered that George (otherwise herein also known as "GFG") likes to hide behind the pool ladder steps! With his colour, he's a perfect match for the green/grey sidewalls of the pool and, Who looks behind pool ladder steps anyway? Here are the best photos from tonight's montage. His head has a small lump and is not really white - the camera flash has washed out most of his grey head. This one's out of focus (he was way too close to the camera!), but shows his 5 - 6 cm wide head Now Grover can go back to worrying about the GPGs: feeding, plumbing, and encouraging any and all possible breeding activities. One of the Elephant Ears was sacrificed this morning. Sliced up and the leaves chopped off and the remains sprinkled in the Billabong to provide nesting materials. Cheers, Grover ( )
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    Hello from a new member

    Hello all, names Aaron. Been keeping fish for over 15 years though it has turned into a more serious hobby in the past few years. Cherry shrimp, Snails, Bristlenose plecos and live bearing fish are what im currently keeping and have so many cherry shrimp and bristlenose thanks to the insane breeding speed. I've added a photo of my longfin x common bristlenose baby catching a ride on a Rabbit snail.. enjoy!
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    Mine just got delivered to my door I paid him the other 70% of my $4000 order. But he said they are a bit small and you can't see them yet but they will get bigger in time.
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    Hi @Tegan11 First thing is, How big is the tank? how many fish are in the tank ? What is the filtration used on the tank ? What is your water change schedule ? when you do a water change how do you treat your new water before adding to the tank ? How do you clean the filtration and how often Hole in the head is usually caused by poor water conditions so something is very wrong in your balance of your set up right now (actually most diseases are) Best thing to do while answering these questions in probably a 30% water change every day (make sure you treat the new water before adding, I use Seacham Prime, but you need to remove the chlorine before you add the new water ) , don't mess with PH or additives, stable PH is more important than trying to get the perfect PH so whatever your town water is just leave the PH as is Answer the questions above and hopefully we can help further Fish keeping can be tricky at times but we are here to help Cheers
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    Gday from FNQ

    @Mitch.0 is another tang breeder
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    My new setup!

    most tetras that are torpedo shaped and some rasboras are easy to sex... males are thinner and smaller females are less streamlined.......wonder what the wife would say if we were game enough to tell her she is less streamlined
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    Those non standard connections are a trap. Maybe you could use a DEKs connector? Multiple diameters available and some able to step up or down pipe sizes. https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/bathroom-plumbing/plumbing/pipe-fittings/flexible-couplings
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    Hello All. Great to meet you.

    Hi, My name is Peter. I'm looking to start a new chapter in Aquarium Keeping. Been doing a lot of research and have discovered lots of very informative YouTubes although everything I've watched is based on the U.S. market. Looking to get more info on our local suppliers plus tips and tricks. Ultimately, I'm looking to set up a planted tropical Aquarium of around 4" x 2" x 2" to feature in our entry. Will be wanting advice to schooling community fish ( small ) and maybe if practical, an Angel to draw peoples attention. I was an Admin of a dog forum a number of years ago, Also a registered breeder of Japanese Spitz ( Dogs Qld ) ( ANKC ) but now no longer involved in breeding due to my health and the very long hours needed to look after puppies during their first weeks of life. This is a time of my life I treasure as nothing compares to the joys of watching pups grow from birth to the time they leave for their new lives. It was also the saddest time when the time came for the pups to leave. Thankfully, I still have owners who still keep in touch and I can say for certain, a pup never forgets its breeder. Look forward to reading the boards. Cheers!
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    Something Yellow

    Yellow Tang?
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    I am blown away with your dedication each time I open this topic. You are persistent! Do you have any suspicions as to why they are not breeding? Possibly goldfish being vacuums and sucking up any breeding attempt? Just seems strange that you haven't had more success throughout this process and boy do you deserve it! Any possible changes/techniques you'll try next in order to get them going? Either way, your pool is being utilised much more than most and you have a peaceful place to relax.
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    Filtration for a small saltwater tank

    While I work out how to set up my larger tank, I thought I'd get the kids started with a small 10L tank. They catch small saltwater shrimp from our pontoon or maybe they are baby prawns I don't know. Also some little stripey zebra fish. Would i need some sort of filtration for a little tank like this? Perhaps also a little 25w heater?
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    amazing your so very lucky
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    synspilium breeding pair

    I've seen these guys just wished I had a bigger tank my 4x2 ant big enough ant @johnbetta when you have a good breeding pair yes
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    Moray Eel Tank Progress thread

    Super happy with how this tank came back from the dead, its day 2 now, water clarity is great, sump working great, more rock coming in, and some bits n bobs, moving the Eels in my holidays next week
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    Honestly, easiest to just get them online and shipped. They all use the same supplier.
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    Edible Pandans - Update The 6 Pandans arrived and have acclimatized to the Bog Bed Filter. The Water Iris have doubled or tripled in size. The Giant Amazon Sword plants are doing their thing - sending out flower sprays which form tiny vegetative plantlets at their ends. The plants are thriving, but the wildlife is missing. Specifically, Grover misses his "bop" frogs ! They used to live in a side pool, until one day he used too much chlorinated city water to refill the wading pool. Now... no more little 'bops' or 'tocs' in the dead of night. Most people want less of these noisy amphibians, so if you have any to go to a good home (i.e. the "BBF") please send a PM. Cheers, Grover ( ribbit ribbit )
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    Hi I am nathian from central coast nsw.i have Malawi, Tanganyika cichlids.a few species of l number and also ancistrus colour morphs
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    Back in September... @billfish was all in favour of Barry White to encourage the GPGs - Grover has decided that what the GPGs need is some mood-setting. Something to make them think they are in Bali, or the exotic S.E. Asia area somewhere. So... Garden lighting is now employed to give that tropical feeling for the gouramis !! Cheers, Grover ( does he really think this will work?? )
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    Thanks John. Sad day indeed - just lost the passion of late. No doubt will get the itch again at some stage moving forward.
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    We are particularly happy to say that I seem to be a scammer. My IP address is a VPN in Sydney and further investigation has shown that it is associated with scammers. i apologise for the inconvinience and have gone to sit in a corner and have a good hard look at myself.
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    Good to get a visual on them again, after winter!
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    Road Trip Anyone?

    Some freshwater fish around 1.2m long (30kg) for future broodstock hopefully. I usually use strong 250L bags (just like goldfish) but the travel time on this trip is too long. So hiring a closed truck and fitting it out with a 2500L pond, bio filters, oxygen tank and pre-arranging strategic emergency water change locations on the way up. Hopefully I won't need to use them. Controlling ammonia will be the key. I will rig up CCTV cameras so I can continously monitor them. Any QLDAF members near Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton or Bundaberg ?
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    Hi there

    hi mate how are u
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    Sarah bought a new tank

    Haha thanks! That’s crazy! What a bunch of guts! Gotta be one of the most unique tanks for sure!
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    Betta display tank wanted

    Okay, so if I can organise a day to come check it out. In the next couple of weeks. As I don't get to Brissy that often. Would that be okay ?. I am currently out In Roma for work and live on the coast near Fraiser island. A couple hours from Brisbane itself. How long are you looking on keeping it for the Bettas still alive ? I am in no hurry. But I am very interested. Very very interested. Lol
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    Well done Grover, that's been a mammoth effort to wash all of the scoria! it will be great once its running. hope your well mate
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    Another Question......

    Thank you. Sand like gravel is noted ! Pity about the Angels. I found some Black Angels at Loganholme. They look absolutely stunning !
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    Please add me to the list.....I've spawned Dario dario....;)
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    New tank Tmba

    .... initially you will be only needing to test for ammonia, this should peak after about 2 weeks, then you will see it drop off as Nitrite starts to rise, approx a further 2 weeks will see nitrite drop off as nitrate rises, once this occurs and ammonia and nitrites are zero, do a partial water change to reduce the nitates and your tank is cycled!!....The Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle
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