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  1. Pet barn is like Coles. They have just the basic stuff at high prices. For example, I can go to Coles and buy my fruit, veg and meat and it's prepackaged low quality stuff at a premium price. With a bit of self education and word of mouth I learn that I can go to the butcher and get better meat cut the way I like it and I can go to a farmers/growers market to get better fruit and veg and know a heap more about the produce I'm buying. That's the same with pet barn and fish. Yes I can buy expensive basic fish items but then I learned that I can have better fish and goods if I go to a LFS and usually with better quality, health, service and prices. I also have more options to consider. If people are happy with the bad service and misleading information that they get, that's their choice. But if they do a quick Google search on best fish shops in Brisbane I'm sure they'll quickly realise how bad pet barn is compared with other independent stores for fish and start going there instead. So it's good in a way for newbies to start and if they're serious enough, they'd start learning and knowing what's better for their needs and move away from pet barn. I personally don't like Pet barn and I avoid them. They are more focused on cats and dogs but even for these items, I still prefer to purchase these goods from an independent. I also avoid greencross vets too. I just wonder when the pet barn bubble is going to burst. They're spending a lot of time and money acquiring stores and the overheads would be high.
  2. I like the market day concept. Heaps better than auctions and a lot less tiresome. We got there at 11 and it seemed like most of the good stuff was gone. At least we were in and out of there quickly after browsing the tables and buying a few things. The only thing that was annoying was the number of tables/sellers present. I was expecting that it would be full of tables and stands and that there would be tables flowing out of the hall and into the car park as it is only once a year. I don't mind repetition like seeing 15 tables of Africans and another 20 tables of L numbers with 18 tables of driftwood and plants and the remainder as specialist tables. Hopefully over time it will grow to be as big as I'd imagine it to be.
  3. Showing the difference between a AAA grade fish compared with a low quality fish. Point out the main differences and highlight the important features to be aware of.
  4. I have 6 bass ranging in size from 8-12 cm. Bought them a few months back and they were around the 3 cm mark. They currently don't have any aggression towards each other and hang out in a group but I've owned a larger one around 15 cm and it didn't like anything that was added to its tank. So I guess if they grow up together they should be ok These bass smash pellets! I feed the floating kind as there's also a toga in the tank. They like insects like flies to eat if the toga doesn't get them first
  5. my dad was really into his goldfish. Ever since I can remember he always had a 2ft tank with a couple of goldies in it. When I was 4, I helped him build a concrete pond just for the goldfish. He was really into inbreeding the goldfish so that he could get the type of fish that he wanted. He really enjoyed comets with short bodies and long flowing fins. Skip ahead 15 years and dad lost a majority of his fish. He blamed the aerial fire ant baiting and got really upset. We started again and kept on stocking with feeder goldies. Dad passed away several years back and so I have a soft spot for goldfish. His favourite were the red white comets with long fins so I always keep an eye out for those When I moved in with my partner, I got her started with the goldfish too. Now it's expanded to natives. If we ever have kids, I'm sure they'll have the fish keeping genes in their blood.
  6. I'm surprised that two of them can survive in there.
  7. I joined some fish fb groups to see what they're about. Most of them appear to be full of people who do not know how to use Google. Too much "ID this fish", is this a quality fish and too many wannabe experts giving poor advice. I'm sticking to the forums.
  8. Marine pure is good. Got 3L of it in my trickle filter. No issues with the water quality. Macropore is great! I use it for polishing and clearing up my water. Removes all the tannins that were leeching from the driftwood. Just don't spill the stuff! The little spheres stick to everything
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  10. Unfortunately didn't take many pictures of the melon festival... was too busy lining up to sign my life away to participate in the events. Then lining up even longer to go and participate in the melon skiing and melon bungy. Great fun though falling over and getting covered in watermelon!
  11. Just to add to the email received by The Tech Den from the department of agriculture. I sent my own and had a similar response (had to wait longer though..) The new regulations, expected to come into effect on 1 March 2015, will be applied to the fish belonging to gourami, cichlid and poeciliid group, such as dwarf gouramis, paradise fish, Siamese fighting fish, angelfish, oscars, guppies, mollies, platys and swordtails. Loaches are not subject to the new requirements. The exporting country can certify free of Megalocytivirus in the fish to be exported to Australia by conducting either source population surveillance or batch-testing. We know in some cases batch-testing is cost prohibitive and/or impractical as at least 60 fish per species will be required to be tested to certify freedom of the virus. So we have encouraged the exporting countries to conduct source population surveillance rather than batch testing where possible. For further information as to how exporting countries can certify free of Megalocytivirus, please refer to pages 121-128 of the final IRA report So if anyone is interested, the final IRA report can be found here. http://www.agriculread.gov.au/Style%20Library/Images/DAFF/__data/assets/pdffile/0004/2404309/gourami-ira.pdf
  12. That's upsetting. They did sometimes have some good fish in mainly from people not wanting their fish anymore. So who's left on the Goldie that's still independent? All I can think of is Aquariums Alive and Aquarium Warehouse.
  13. The list of ingredients (less fillers more protein sources) and the crude analysis. Then buy a small pack and see if the fish like it. If they like it, I'll stick with it and buy big packs of it and use it as staple. Then I go to asian market like inala and buy frozen bay prawns.
  14. Personally I think it has more to do with our overly strict import laws. With these new quarantine rules coming in March, that will just give more reason to jack up prices on imported fish and especially those more rarer/exotic fish like arowana. Yes breeding arowana in aquariums is difficult but have a look at those mega arowana farms in Malaysia for example. Silvers are regarded as cheap and boring and prices over there have gone down for certain variants. The prices that they go for over there is a tiny fraction of what we pay here. It's frustrating that everything is so much cheaper overseas and us in Aus get ripped off. But then you need to have a bunch of people wanting one. The p bass a lot of people are like "OMG! teh awesomeness agro fishes for my tanksss. Will kills everytings..." so they buy juvies then when they hit 15-20 cm they don't want them. Just like oscars. So many unwanted oscars out there because "super cute little oscar grew up and ate everything in my massive 3 foot tank!" Which is probably why the market gets flooded and after a year there's nobody wanting a p bass because there are too many larger bass out there.
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