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    Hiya I am a old hand at fish keeping and have been keeping fish off and on as life gets in the way sometimes.
    I started with my first tank as a wee lad around 10 years old and have not lost the passion yet. My first tank was 3 foot with sword tails and some sucker fish since then I have made or bought maybe 100 tanks. I have raised many fish over my time from Americans to Africans and Aussie fish. I found Americans to be too messy and generally too large for me so I have focused on catfish and Africans in recent times. I am currently running my 3 best tanks yet (8x2x2,6x2x2 and 4x2x2 and a couple 2 foot tanks for fry).
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  1. Hi, I can pick up whenever you are available im in Ipswich. Pm sent with my contact details thanks.
  2. Red dragon Aquatics had quite a few around 20-30 cm size when I was there on Monday, they are at 66 Ashridge Rd, Darra QLD 4076
  3. You might want to take the bn out for winter. We lost a few nice fish last year when the overnight temps started dropping below 10 degrees Celsius. One ibc was home to a massive breeding colony of Glossolepis incisus.
  4. Awesome deal, I wish I had more room available.
  5. Awesome stuff, good to hear they are doing well.
  6. I was very keen to get ( Pseudomugil mellis ) Honey Blue Eyes for my aquaponic system for Mosquito control. after looking into it I found out they are currently protected and a Threatened Species (at least in Q.L.D.). The laws are very strict in my opinion and I also agree with them fully. http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=26180 I decided just to stick with what I can buy from the shops and breeders to stay safe from fines (gawd knows I get enough of them as it is ha ha ha). Also its nice to support the local shops and breeders that do great work for the hobby.
  7. That seems like an awseome idea and will cut the costs down a LOT. My only issue is I will need to drill my tanks.
  8. I might have to see if this guy is still looking for work.
  9. Cost is an issue but I am most likely going to go for the cheapest option I can. I have a massive supply of most of the parts already and it would be good to put them to use. I am a D.I.Y. sort of person so I feel that most of the work I can do myself. I will do a post in projects/D.I.Y. section to show what I come up with as it happens. Don't get me wrong I would love a Dalek or a Cylon to watch over my tanks, hahaha.
  10. @aquaholic99 Excellent point. I think that that the Reverse osmosis drip auto top off/water change system will be the best place to start. It can be added into any controller later and gives the best "insurance" for the money and it will stop most problems before they start. I agree the more time we have to watch our fish and find out what they need is essential to succeeding. The fish/tanks I have that I want to automate are: 4x2x2 (4 @ 15 cm+) and (4 @ 8 cm+) Electric Blues 6x2x2 (12 @ 10 cm) Maingano and (15 @ 10 cm) Electric Yellow 8x2x2 (5 @ 15 cm+) Frontosa and (10 @ 8 cm) Lemon Neolamprologus Leleupi 5.5x1.5x1.8 50+ assorted Bristlenose/peppermint, corydoras and dwarf otocinclus All tanks have anubias and java fern Plus 7 smaller tanks that don't need to be monitored/automated.
  11. @Donny@ageofaquariums the neptune apex looks very well thought out and at a good price considering what you get for your money, I will have to look into it more when I get a chance but it is up there with the robo tank as one of the best solutions. I really love the remote monitoring/control apps for the pc and phone. @aquaholic99 Automatic correction of environment variables would be nice but not essential. My first and foremost concern is monitoring the variables in the tank, things like temp, light, ph, ammonia etc.. A single display to collect all the info to show the levels with an alarm of some sort would be helpful. Secondly auto feeding and auto water changes. I want to do whatever I can do to simplify my current setup to give me more time to enjoy and monitor the fish. I am not looking for a set and forget option as I still have some time available to do most things but for the days I can't get time to maintain the tanks some automatic features would be an advantage. As it stands I have a lot of separate probes, water test gear, auto feeders for the basic foods (I feed all "treats" manually) and ph/temp sensors on every tank. It is starting to get out of hand and space is limited. My wiring is a mess and needs a full overhaul as the "just add more as we need it option" has resulted in power boards, sensors and timers every where. I have tap water to the room and drains in place with garbage bins to hold the water during water changes and cleaning. This system is effective but takes up a lot of room (I could have more tanks if I get rid of the bins). So I am at a point of overhauling the system. On top of it all most of my fish are now breeding and there is the fry to raise up as well. Whatever I can do to make my time in the fish room more orientated around the care for the fish and not the care for the tanks themselves would be an advantage. As an example I was going to do a scheduled water change but never got around to it due to having to strip out all the decor from a 6x2x2 tank (120 kg of rocks and plants) to catch the fish that had fry and strip them. As a result I never got around to doing the water changes and now I feel bad that the water change has had to be delayed while I set up more grow out tanks and deal with the fry. It was 2 weeks before I got time to do the water changes.
  12. I have been looking into fully automating my tanks (initially my 3 display tanks). This means everything that can be done automatically. Sensors - water level, ph, ammonia, chlorine, temperature, light level, ammonia, carbon dioxide, oxygen and flow rate of filters. Controllers - lights, heaters, chillers, auto feeders, filters, air pumps, fertilizer/medicine dosing, co2 injection and water changes (using reverse osmosis water). Displays - Lcd display or multiple displays near the tanks to show vital information. Data Logging - Post to a pc or similar device to log readings Remote control - For example to kill the power to the room in case of an emergency or turn off the filters to manually feed a tank. I have seen a lot of controllers that can do some of these things like the "sensye reef" priced well at $150 but very limited and really only covers some of the sensors seneye reef and the "open aquarium fish tank monitoring for arduino" system allow $1000 per tank for this one open aquarium "robo tank" priced at about $400 one of the better systems I have found so far robo tank website the kit I like the best so far complete controller kit So before I go buying components I would like to know how far everyone who has traveled down this route has got with their own automatic systems and if they have any advice or suggestions. Also here is a few videos of some systems that are pretty close to what I was thinking of trying to replicate. Arduino controlled Aquarium Video Jarduino Aquarium Controller Robo Tank Video (currently the best option)
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