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  1. 4 points
    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
  2. 4 points

    Auto Siphons

    Here is a photo of an auto siphon to create a flushing filter. This is an overhead filter using a 200L barrel but it could be in a sump and doesn't need to be as big. The inside pipes before media is added - very simple. Water comes in through the 90mm pipe at top. The water level rises and falls inside the filter to create a wave tank. The media used can be anything that doesn't float. The photo below is rapid seeding of hydroton clay balls. No fish, just a heap of ammonia. If you want to boost other (hetrotrophic) microbes for bio film production you can add sugar as well. Power head circulating flow through an aged sponge filter. This is the end result below. As I didn't want to waste the energy of pumped water up to the barrel, I decided to add a moving bed bedside the flushing barrel as well. A moving bed of K1 is a bio film filter. Often confused with a fluidised bed filter. Happy to asnswer any questions but please google first as there is plenty of better explanations online elsewhere. Simplistically, having the media circulate to the surface allows fish waste and oxygen to the bacterial colonies. There is 16500 LPH of pumped water flowing through the moving bed barrel so the air pump is not necessary but it's a good safeguard against power failure if your air pump is backed up. This is energy wasteful so I was going to replace this with a normally closed solenoid tap to drain out. During a power outage the solenoid fails open so all the water drains out. However after some thought, I decided to drill a permanent 4mm hole. When the pump runs, there is plenty of water. If the power fails, the barrel will slowly drain allowing air to get in. No moving parts to fail. Saved $12 on a solenid tap. I have removed the air pump now. After the moving bed, the water gravity drains into the flushing filter. The flushing filter will re-oxygenate the water and provide additonal bio and mechanical filtration. Instead of having the media move (like a moving bed filter) the water level rises and falls so oxygen and fish waste are brought to the media in a different way. Photo of inside the moving bed filter below. The thinner pipe on right (40mm) is incoming pumped water which goes to the bottom of barrel and points back up to stir. The left thick pipe is 90mm stormwater as an overflow drain. It has lots of slits to stop K1 escaping and a T at top to let air out.
  3. 3 points
    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.
  4. 3 points

    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
  5. 3 points
    Villis a

    3 tier 6x2.5wx2h.

    Needing to re home my 3 tier 6x2.5x2 rack. Top two tanks are plumbed into the bottom which is divided into sump and sections for fry. Very regretful to move it on but moving houses and just can’t make space. Reason I am giving it away for free is because it was given to me for free from another member on here. Would love it gone by next weekend. Regards Andrew
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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)
  7. 3 points

    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.
  8. 3 points
    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)
  9. 3 points

    heater time!

    Most heat is lost through the top of the tank so make sure you have full cover lids. One of my sheds is not room heated so I put sheets of 15mm polystyrene on top of the glass lids and throw a plastic sheet over the whole rack. I see lots of condensation and the air feels warm underneath so I am sure it works. At least that's what I tell myself. I get scary power bills. You can use a light beam thermometer gun if you want to find heat leakages on tanks or fish rooms. Good for annoying the neighbours cats too.
  10. 2 points
    Peppermint Bristlenose for sale below sizes available: - 3cms - $15 each or 10 for $130 - 5cms - $20 each *Pickup Camp Hill *Please bring bucket
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
    Seems I am 2 hrs late to the party
  13. 2 points
    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
  14. 2 points

    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?
  15. 2 points

    Endlers for sale

    Need to clear out a tank or two, so bulk purchases preferred, but if you're really after just a few, let me know. 1. Various tiger, and tiger/lyre tail x, and black bar, $1 each for min of 20 and I will throw in whatever babies I accidentally net. 2. Native/black bar $1.50 or $20 for 20-25 including juveniles. Pick up only in Greenslopes
  16. 2 points

    Cherax albidus blue pearl

    Found 2 babies in the adult tank, must have left the mum early.
  17. 2 points
    Just a Teaser for the Weekend... Photo of the monster poised over the Black Billabong this week. Spooky! Grover
  18. 2 points
    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 ( )
  19. 2 points

    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!
  20. 2 points
    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.
  21. 2 points


    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
  22. 2 points

    Gday from FNQ

    @Mitch.0 is another tang breeder
  23. 2 points

    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
  24. 2 points
    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
  25. 2 points

    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!
  26. 2 points
    Please add me to the list.....I've spawned Dario dario....;)
  27. 2 points


    Hi and welcome to the site
  28. 2 points
    Thanx again @aquaholic99 Today I tried sieving 1 bag as dry, and thought... "I'm never going to survive sieving the other 37!" Tomorrow I will dress in my daggiest old 'dog-walking' clothes and attempt "wet" sieving. Look for the red-mud coloured guy walking a russet-coloured Border Collie tomorrow afternoon
  29. 2 points
    Oh... Look.... New ducks on the Billabong Courtesy of Bunnings ha ha! Grover (note the plastic chains to stop the plastic birds from escaping)
  30. 1 point

    Massive tank reseal today

    Sure is mate itching to get it filled and ready for the Morays
  31. 1 point


    Hi I am nathian from central coast nsw.i have Malawi, Tanganyika cichlids.a few species of l number and also ancistrus colour morphs
  32. 1 point

    Discus Pair.

    thanks mate, I did send Sony a message to his mobile number
  33. 1 point

    Help please re PH, Hardness, Nitrate

    Water hardness is from various salts (esp Calcium salts) dissolved in the water. Trouble is, these salts are very soluble. So they're hard to remove. I'm assuming your tap water comes from a bore or something? Town water should not be that hard. If you're using town water, then the hardness could come from something you've added to the tank, e.g. one of the rocks or gravel. Have you measured the hardness of the tap water before it goes in the tank? One option is to use 50/50 tap water and soft water during water changes. Soft water can be either rain water or tap water filtered through a RODI filter. Best not use 100% totally ion free water, because you don't want zero hardness in the tank either. This is what I do for my discus tank, 50% RODI. However, if the fish are used to the current water, and are behaving normally, it may not be a problem at all.
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    I have had many HOB's over the years, however for me they lead to disappointment. I'm now using on all tanks the SunSun HW-603 (as he mechanical/sponge section) then using whatever canister is laying around or cheap at the time (I have SunSun & Biopro, atm.) and packing them with media. That what works best for me, and I like to ensure their is going to be enough media to create the nitrogen cycle and keep it from ever crashing.
  35. 1 point
    I am a very shady character, and prolly always will be,
  36. 1 point
    Can you ship me 2 to brisbane Australia, Cause that is where the people on this website live. Send me your bank details. Cheers.
  37. 1 point

    More new fish and corals OMFG

    I gave up as spent all my weekends going to fish shops (peeved I didn't get the blue hammer at pet city when I saw it but tank was still cycling). Makes me jealous/awed when I see people that know what they are doing! Needs a pair of redline shrimp though
  38. 1 point

    Honeycomb and white eyed Morays

    we used to keep snakes so very similar, been hit a few times, always fun
  39. 1 point
    Continuing the plant theme... Yesterday Grover rescued some tiny plantlets from the flower stalks of his Giant Amazon Sword plants. They are now resident in the Bog Bed Filter and look reasonably happy. As they are semi-emergent plants that can grow under and above the water line they should do OK. Grover (pottering around the aquatic garden)
  40. 1 point

    Hi there

    hi mate how are u
  41. 1 point
    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
  42. 1 point

    Metal stand

    ummm about 40000000000000 diff metal fab shops
  43. 1 point

    My Aquarium build update

    1. You'll need at least 500W of heating, I would get 2 heaters, of 250W each. Heaters are cheap, and this setup is much safer, if one heater breaks. Either in the "on" or the "off" position. 2. Depends more on the fish you want to keep. Based on what you've said about the fish, UV is not at all necessary. 3. Any canister filter with at least 1400, 1500 lph flow rate should do, in addition to your HOB. Note that the canister filters are a much bigger pain in the a*s to clean, but you only need to clean them much less often than HOB. Cleaning my canister filters is my least favourite aspect of fishkeeping, not for the sludge and muck I find, but the business of opening and closing the canisters without leaks. I've got both AquaOne and Fluval canister filters, and one brand is just SOOO much easier to maintain...
  44. 1 point


    G'day, names Lance, new to the forum and avid lover of African Cichlids.
  45. 1 point

    Facebook QLDAF The Revival

    I think we need to use Facebook as a tool to bring them here and if they knew they could sell in peace here you might win more people than you think...I'm pretty keen to promote this place again as Facebook will not let you sell any livestock and there are some very ugly I mean wise mugs on this site The rule changes with Facebook always made me think this could be a great chance for forums to get back to how they were just before the Facebook scenario happened....forums really aren't hard to use and if you want to be a trickster have both pages (QLDAF and Facebook) open at the same time so you can discuss on both platforms and sell on the one where it is permitted..kind of makes sense to me.. I think it's just getting a new crowd into that frame of mind...there has been a few other apps that have taken off and where people have moved their selling but to be honest it seems to have split the crowd rather than been a movement and I think more people are still on Facebook "suggesting" they have fish to move along as their method of selling but it's risky and definitely not the way you want to discuss fish you are interested in or wish to sell....we just have to berley up the water...the sharks will come back
  46. 1 point

    why didn't I do this sooner

    i know someone that had jade perch/barcoo grunter and redclaw, the red claw didn't really grow much but they did breed, the fish grew but weren't nice compared to the fish we catch ourselves and eat.
  47. 1 point
    Hi @billfish No, no baby plecostomus... Even though they had terracotta pipes and huge plastic pipes as well. Here they are - out of the Billabong temporarily while I vacuumed up grunge and muck from the bottom of the pool. The pipes are approx. 30cm diameter and maybe 1.5m long, and attached to floating chains which then attach to the floating ducks! Cheers, Grover
  48. 1 point

    Worming African Cichlids

    I use Kusuri wormer to worm new fish on the way in the door, never had a problem with L#, Discus, African Cichlids, Cichlid Fry, Tetras, Corydoras etc. A lot of people use it and continue to use it monthly as the manufacturer suggests. I just use it during quarantine, I don't know why you would need to continue use unless you were feeding live/frozen foods? I do worry that helminths will become resistant to this anti parasitic through constant use?
  49. 1 point

    My Sajica Convict hybrids

    Oh by the way on my Rainbowfish keeping, I keep my breeding bows seperated by catchment as species. I would never keep Rhadinocentrus from two different creeks in the same tank/pond. That is a given and the basic first rule of keeping Rhads.
  50. 1 point


    I've seen bnaby scats down at the Royal queensland yaght squadron that were red.
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