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  1. Thanks for that link HaydnRex! Unfortunately though it's too short for what I want as their tenticles are longer than that. Spewing it isn't another ~800mm taller then it would be just about perfect! Aquaholic99: Have been looking at importing a tube but trying to find the right supplier that will reply (and in English... I need to learn to speak, read and write Chinese!) has proved quite difficult. I do have a friend that lives over there that I have been pondering about contacting him about it, but he lives ~8hrs drive from where the suppliers are, but he does speak Chinese and can ato east arrange that side of it for me. I'm not ruling it out. Still have a lot of engineering and research to do before starting to gather bits a pieces. Plus finish other projects in the shed to clear up enough space for it! But buying the tube premade would save a lot of time and messing around, not to mention eliminate the risk of clouding the sheet when bending, so weighing it all up. Once the design is finalised (and other projects finished) I can get further into looking at what to do about the tube. Have been searching for second hand stuff that's already here online for it every couple of weeks. Your dive tank would be just about ideal 800+ fish in it would look amazing I'm guessing! I'm guessing you would have a shrimp and or guppy/feeder tank going for food supply for them all yeah? Thanks for all the help and info all! It's going to look awesome when it's finally up and running! Can't wait
  2. Thanks for all the help and info all! That dive tank looks like it would make an awesome fish tank aquaholic69! What have you got in it now? I've been doing quite a bit of research in how to accomplish making this tank and I have decided the way to do it is to get a large sheet of 12mm clear acrylic (overkill thickness but allows more purchase and space for fittings, lights and tapping bolts etc into it. In a nut shell: A friend has a long 900mm OD stainless tube that we can lay the sheet of acrylic on the SS tube and slowly heat it with a gentle heat from the inside and outside so that the acrylic sheet slowly moulds around tube till its completely wrapped around leaving a 6mm gap. Then sikaflex the two edges together with a rolled strap of 316L Stainless Steel screwed over the join from the outside with the screws drilled, tapped and thread sealed into the acrylic sheet along the full length of the join. The base will be made out of marine ply and sealed with pond epoxy. The base will have the sub filter in it and pipes going up the outside of the tank to the top which will be ported out ring with multiple adjustable pitch and 3D printed jets using PVC filament. UV LED lights will be tapped into the top of the acrylic tube to make the tube illuminate and glow, the other LED lights on the top and in the base to light the water correctly. A fully sealed hatch on top plus the lid can also be taken off by removing a dozen screws/bolts that will be tapped into the sheets edge. There's a bit more to it and Im still designing bits and pieces on the computer when ever I get the time to, trying to think of everything so it'll work as planned once constructed. Will keep you posted as this thing progresses. The only thing is finding the time! Cheers
  3. Hi all, Hope all are going well. Better thought I would do an update on these! Well the first batch hatched all good with a 100% success rate afaik! Pretty pleased with my "saving them" efforts especially with the success rate and they all are still powering along! Thank all for pitching in advice and info to help clear up the process, it's greatly appreciated! We now have two 4ft tanks with standard/marbled BN Plecos, guppies and a breeding pair of tuxedo Plateys (she is about ready to pop anyday now! More feeders). The other tank is setup with the Albino BN Pleco pair along with their babies and smaller Guppies (that are growing up for feeders mostly). The Albino's tank have just been setup about for 3 weeks now. The pair were originally in with the rainbows, barra, Garra Tarantulas (? Flying fox/SAE look a likes) two corys and the Angel fish but are now in their "own tank now with their 28 x 20-25mm Albino babies. One of the ~100mm male Marbled BN Pleco is now the sole Pleco in the "international" tank now. The standard/marbled BNs are in rabbit mode with about 40 babies from 10-25mm long and another batch of 50-60 of wrigglers in the cave at the moment... Getting pretty crowded in there now.... So wanting to start off loading some BNs now to make space for more (that's if they don't stop "going at it" ha ha ha!) and help cover costs of keeping them etc. What's a fair price range for Baby standard/marbled BN Plecos and also the Albinos? Will be trying to sell most locally but with the amount, we might need to ship a few out too. I know our LFS sell the Standard/Marbled BNs for about $8.95-$9.95 for 25mm-35mm ones and the Albinos for about $13-$15 for the same sized babies. Does this seem about right for pricing? I was thinking slightly less just to try and off load them quicker. Thanks heaps again for all the help and info and again for any advice on what to do with the little ones in advance!
  4. There was another bloke taken just north of Cooktown too a while ago, his crab pot got caught on log of something so he waded out to get it and "snap"! I think he was from Victoria or something doing the grey nomad thing with his misses? Can't remember exactly but it was just across the road from a mates Barra lodge up there just north of the Cooktown "airport". I'd have to say that definitely deserved a Darwin Award that one! (R.I.P....). When night fishing those creeks in the boat, all you can see is red croc eyes lining the banks there...
  5. Wasn't the last bloke German that got taken by a croc up at cape trib? That was a while ago though and it was during the day... Walking closer to get a better photo of the beast... It's amazing how far out the crocs go sometimes, have seen them swimming over inshore reefs about 3km+ out from land... If you do a skydive, low scenic plane flight, chopper flight etc, you can see a croc basically at every creek mouth and some in between too... Bloody things are everywhere! Still, they are amazing dinosaurs though. Them and the cassowaries around here. Don't remember the last person attacked by a cassowary though, it does happen supposedly though. Always see tourists get out of there car chasing them to get photos... There are plenty of them in our back yard too, many chicks getting around at the moment which is good to see. They scare the **** out of you sometimes too! Had a large dad, about 6ft tall with two of its chicks come up to my sheds open door whilst I was working in there recently, bit of a shock when I turned around and looked up to go out of the shed and he was standing there staring at me ha ha ha! Using the air "gun" (compressor "gun" to blow out dust from tools etc not an air rifle) and squeezing the fingers over the nozzle to make a loud squealing sound worked well to "scare" them off safely. There's heaps of stuff that can really injure or kill you up here! Basically everything can ha ha ha
  6. You forgot "dengue". Have heaps of that around here too! It's amazing that a single mosquito can kill you! I was going to start a green tree frog tank as I found more than 40 of them about 10mm long so far every time I go to the local shops, was thinking of keeping a few mosquitos in with a couple of them to get the full biological self sustainable ecosystem going in that but have just been bringing them home and releasing them around our house instead. If I left them where they were they would have been squished like cane toads on the road (yep have them too) so bringing them home and releasing them into the rainforest around the house hopefully will save a few of them at least... I see a couple every now and then jump out from a fern behind the pool shower which those two have seemed to have called home. With the Darwin Award, maybe I doubt I would be so lucky to receive such a prestigious award though. I'm just a regular Joe, with a regular job (well, not exactly), your average white suburbanite slob, I (don't) like football, and porno, and books about war (though these days, war is on the news 24/7), I've got an average house with a nice (Johnstone River) hardwood floor. My wife, my dogs, my kid and my car, I've got my feet on my table, but no Cuban cigar. Well sometimes that just ain't enough, to keep a man like me interested, oh no, no way, nah nah. No I got go out and have fun at someone else's expense, oh yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah. I drive really slow in the ultra fast lane (nope), whist people behind me are going insane... Nah. Live a little! They're not that bad. I'll stick with going for the box jellyfish and not the Irukandji as they are easier to see and will look great in a UV tube. Re Aquaholic99 and the 6mm wall thickness because of the shape, thanks for the info and help on that! Yeah I'm planing for 10-12mm wall tube (whichever I can get locally) for extra safety and reassurance (hopefully!). I'd rather over engineer it than not with these things... I will post pictures etc of the builds and the final setup etc. definitely! Might even live stream feeding time too ha ha ha! With enough views on the feeding clips, it might pay for any hospital bills ha ha ha! In all seriousness though, I will be taking every precaution and safety measures when I do get to that stage. Still a long way off yet though! Thanks for the help and info again! Cheers
  7. Just saw this post, they don't all come up at once for some reason? It when you refresh? Anyway... Thanks for the info! Yes I did see that page from JCU about them, not sure what they are using as a tank though? They don't mention it and I'm still waiting to get a response email from them about it. I'm thinking just a 600mm ID or OD 10mm-12mm wall (still crunching the numbers as I'm still working on the design and its height) Acrylic tube and some UV LED lights at the top and base so they shine both up and down. Maybe drill a few into the tube top and bottom to get the tube to really glow, but see how it goes. Looking into filtration for it now. The tank will have clear glass marbles at the base for substrate then the sump outlet under that, then a tube up the outside to the top of the tank for "water in". If I can't buy the parts I need to build it, like specialised jets for the optimal current flow etc, I'll design and print them using PVC filament so it's non toxic. I was thinking going full floor to cieiling (~2700mm) tube, but I'm not sure what to do with the sump then as I would have to put it somewhere else and plumb it in, which seems too $$$. I'm now thinking floor to ceiling but have a base which will have a door with the sump inside that, that way it's all "one" piece. That seems to be what all the stores are selling for their tube jelly tanks. There is quite a bit involved in making a jelly tank! Keeping them alive for more than 6 months will be the hardest thing to do by the sounds of things. At least they are free and easy to find around here! 👍 Thanks heaps for the helpful help and info!
  8. Wow! Life goes quick doesn't it! Yeah, they would have been about 20 back then, but still working the straits etc. Ha ha ha yeah that's life unfortunately isn't it! Ain't no spring chicken anymore myself either... Plump and ready for roasting I think ha ha 😜 Can still have fun though at least
  9. Nice! Yeah I'm with you there with the Tigers! You would know Raffy and Big Shawn (lost heaps of weight now though!) and the rest of the lads from working up there yeah? Shawn used to own that large blue boat that he sold to png or indo about 8 years ago. Great crazy lads them blokes! About 4 years ago we did a dive day trip from Port Douglas (Poseidon, great boat, great staff, great gear, great spots! Have done 8 day trips with them over the years. Not affiliated with them. Just saying for anyone who goes up there looking for a good dive boat day trip...) with the misses and the old man. The first dive of the day there were a mating pair of ~6ft grey tips just under the boat. They said don't get too close as they're in breeding mode... What does the old man do? Gets his camera right up close (~3m away) to take photos of them with his 15mm lens... One of them gave him a warning by rushing up to him, snapped its jaws right in front of the lens, nearly biting the lens ha ha ha! The old man left them alone after that ha ha ha I haven't seen them in a feeding frenzy though... Any kind of shark in a frenzy is ****ed! Well, apart from whale sharks. Was funny to see him do the "squid"! He's done that a couple of times with sharks actually ha ha... He did the same diving with the grey nurses at seal rocks, NSW, same thing getting too close and "snap", but they were 10ft plus... But they are harmless compared to most other sharks. Anyway. The boxes aren't as bad as people make out. The media like to hype things up a bit. Sure you can die from them if you don't know what you are doing, but that's the same with basically any other animal in Aus. Look at Rodney Fox for instance... Thanks for all the info and advice! Thanks Pineapples for that info too! I checked all that you mentioned to check (authorities and JCU) and all is legal with keeping them, the hardest part is keeping them alive during the "dry" season supposedly. Mind you, we had a very dry wet season and are having a rather wet dry season... It's pissing down here now! Cheers
  10. Yeah I agree with you there! Bugger keeping them! They are some of the smartest creatures on this planet and almost as deadly as humans. They do look cool though when they give off their fluro warning signals, but definitely not a creature to keep at home though! They can even unscrew lids off bottles etc, pretty smart little creatures. They are definitely not a captivity creature.
  11. Cool setup! So it needs to be a cylinder for sure then, like the best wind tunnels in Europe, no "dead air" for flying, makes sense. The Sydney wind tunnel is ****ed in that sense! Bad design. Thanks for the tips! I can get fresh ocean water easy enough, will have to look further into food for them. I'm not interested in breeding them at all. If they did, I would carefully scoop the young out, throw them on the fire out the back along with the scoop! Is there a certain amount of flow speed that they need? Thanks for the help and info! "FlyingSaucer" Glad he pulled through all good in the end by the sounds of it. It's definitely not a nice feeling! Even the blue bottles made my legs "paralysed" for a while (got stung by a few on the legs that day.) and couldn't use my legs to get to shore. Picking off meter long tenticles on the beach then waiting for an hour to be able to walk again wasn't the nicest... Wouldn't want to get stung by Irukandji or boxes though! F that! There is a bloke in Port Douglas that goes around the flats all the time in the "stinger season" collecting them (he is retired and throws them on a fire when he gets home with his daily catch to kill them) and gets stung all the time by them, he purposely put an Irukandji on his arm one day to show me what to do with them, pour vinegar on then pull the tenticles off and wash it again with vinegar. I think he has built up a tolerance to them though. Some people rub sand on them, or rubbing them off with their hands thinking that will help them... That's when the **** hits the fan. Better education is needed for jelly stings up here, it's amazing how many people don't know what to do with them and just make the problem worse. Either way, hope your buddy is all good now! (Ps. Was your boat based at Thursday Island by any chance?) You would have seen some amazing stuff in that job!? Tiger sharks are what scares the **** out of me... Heard a few close call stories from cray divers that work up in the straits... Gives me the shivers just thinking about them!!! Thanks for all the helpful input from all who have contributed! Funny thread! Didn't think it'll go this way, but it is the Internet ha ha ha! Some of the responses... You would think I was on a Prius forum asking about V8's Cheers
  12. Wow... Nah this is no wind up. Why waste time asking these questions just to wind up? I've got better things to do than waste time doing that crap to people and/or on the Internet! Sorry for those that have no interest in keeping them. Some people do keep dangeous creatures as pets, big or small. For those with the informative input, thank you! Yes, I have been stung by blue bottles quite a few times whilst surfing Fraser Island down to the south coast of NSW. A mate in NSW was spearing around the headland at a place called "The Ovens" near Whale Beach on the northern beaches of NSW, dove down, found a cray in a rock ledge, grabbed it, came up and surfaced in a huge swarm of blue bottles. They wrapped around his neck and face as that was the only uncovered parts of his body. Had to get rushed to hospital via ambulance as his throat swelled up and couldn't breath so the EMT's (paramedics) in the ambulance stuck a "straw" down his throat so he could breath through that. I've heard they are a mini version of man of wars or babies? I remember years ago reading an article about them getting tentacles about 10m long etc hence my queries. Sorry for my mistake on that one. Also, I did mention that I believed there was an anti venom for the box but not the Irukandji, I was correct on that apparently. EMT's = Emergency Medical Technicians. Yes some people call them paramedics but EMT's is still what they are also known by, well in the extreme sports scenes anyway. What's with all the hostility about this? Yeah I know they are dangerous. So are the hundred of bloody coastal taipans in my back yard... You don't need a licence for them though, just a 22LR with rat shot rounds. Do you need a licence for keeping lion fish? Sorry for asking, but these are serious questions. LED lighting will be used as it's the best technologically advanced form of lighting we have to date. I also swim in the oceans year round up here, usually spearing around the headlands and inshore reefs for jacks, coral trout, painted crays, fingermarks, some barra's if I'm lucky, etc. in stinger season or not, if it's clear enough (to see any crocs that could be changing creeks) I go for a dive/spear. Sometimes you see boxes and other stingers/jellies, if it is clear enough, you can see the Irukandji but you have to look for them. They aren't invisible if your underwater with a mask on, they are "invisible" if your just swimming. Obviously it will be a learning curve with them but they are cheaper than buying live lion fish and ****ing up... Obviously I would be wearing thick gloves when doing water changes etc. but having a sump filter on the setup should allow me to change the water without having to go inside the tank. Gloves will still be worn though when doing so. I can't believe no body on here keeps them!? I know they can kill you, and I know how they kill you, but so do many other things in our great country, many of which live in our homes and we don't even know they are there, spiders, snakes, etc... I know people that keep taipans as pets. But if their enclosure is setup correctly there shouldn't be any problem, hence the questions. Obliviously there are certain handling techniques that I would need to learn, but that's all part of keeping aquariums, to learn from them. Re Uni's and stingers, yes they would know all about them, but why haven't they created a net that is able to keep them out though? The current design was first made in JCU in 1983, I believe, and they still use them today even though they don't actually work. That's a serious question also. Thanks for the advice, help, info and opinions! No need to get aggressive about it though! If it's not your thing then it's not your thing. Just looking for advice on what is needed to keep them that's all. If I was so good a keeping things and knew everything about everything I wouldn't be here asking questions. I admit I did go on a bit of a rant in my last post. Sorry about that. Thanks for the help though! Chill people's!
  13. Awesome replies and info people! Thanks for all the advice and info! Yeah I know they are the most deadly jellyfish in the world (or is the man-o-war the top?) but either way, they are definitely deadly! Same with the irukandji. I think the UV lights will make the Irukandji easier to see, but I haven't seen a good setup with Irukandji yet. Their deadliness and beauty is why they are so enticing to keep a tank of them, strangely enough... Their abundance in the oceans around here due to climate change means there are tonnes available (both species) and is another reason to keep them, to learn from them and their behaviour (obviously this will be a little different compared to seeing them in the ocean, but can still learn a lot from them in a tank). I know there are ways to safely keep them, I'm just not sure how yet, mainly the filtration system is the main question. I would honestly prefer a 1m+ OD floor to ceiling acrylic tube with a long tower of coral etc with Lion fish instead but keeping them, I would really need to know what I am doing regarding ensuring water quality is spot on as they are much more "delicate" in that regards. As we have a literal "explosion" of deadly jellyfish here in the far north from the rising average water temps, they would be easy to keep and look after in that regards. Obviously certain precautions will need to be take to change their water and tank maintenance etc, but that also interests me and will hopefully teach me a lot more about keeping tropical marine fish (which would definitely be my ultimate setup eventually). With this, I would think a sump style filtration system would be the best for them, allowing me to do water changes without putting bare skin near those dealy tentacles or the whole thing in regards to the Irukandji (or is he box that's covered in stinging cells? Either or, both are deadly!). Yes, the "local" EMT's around here always carry medical supplies to combat their deadly stings, I think there is no anti venom avalible for their stings too (well at least for the Irukandji, not sure on the box's), but yes, I will need to keep a specialised EMT kit on hand if I do end up setting up a tank or wall with them! I'm sure that the James Cook Uni's in Cairns and Townsville have them in their marine biology labs for studying, so I guess I could try asking them about what I need to keep them and what EMT kit essentials I would need to keep on hand. I believe keeping them though and learning from them would be an amazing thing to do either way. Just the bloom it self shows you just how much our impact does have on our oceans/environment. Usually the turtles keep their numbers down but even the turtles are struggling with the changing climate conditions we are having currently, they just can't eat enough of them! I did a live-aboard dive trip years ago from Lizard Island down to Cairns and one of the spots we stopped at and dove, just south of the cod hole, we found a massive box jellyfish being eaten by a "large" (750mm ish long shell) green turtle, awesome to see and got some real great photos of it (on a hard drive somewhere), was really breathtaking to see! But even lizard islands pristine green zone marine life has died since then, it's all dead now from the last reports from mates that cray dive in the area, they say it stinks like death now with all the coral, giant clam gardens and heaps of other amazing marine life forms and structures that used to be there ~8 years ago... It's all dead now by the sounds of it , not good at all! Either way, the box jellyfish is still an amazing tropical icon and would be great to keep. I know the risks involved with handling them but have no idea about keeping them in a tank. Surely there are some on here that are keeping them in tanks? It would be good for the young fella to learn about them too by having them in the house, he would be able to teach what he learns to friends at school (he's 4 years old now but it goes quick) and as such, hopefully locals could learn more about them and how to help slow their boom down. There are many reasons for wanting them. The stinger "nets"/"enclosures" (that actually don't keep the stingers out... Pretty stupid that we pay $10k per year for stuff that has been engineered for decades to keep them out but don't at all... It's not rocket science... But that's a whole different topic and argument...) they have all along our coastline could also learn a lot about them... But, does anyone keep any? If so, what's the best setup for them? I'm thinking live fish and shrimp would be their food source apart from photosynthesis from the UV etc. but is there other things that need to be done to keep them (apart from the obvious of not getting stung ha ha ha!)? Certain PH? Salinity levels? Etc? All the best things in life usually want to kill you in one way or another! Ha ha ha! Might aswell admire and learn from some of them... There are quite a few croc farms up here too, another one of our amazing native creatures that are extremely dangeous. Everything up here can kill you, you should see some of the people they let drive on the roads here ffs! They can't see past their nose and still have a drivers licence!?! Anyway, getting off topic. Any info on keeping Box and/or Irukandji in a tank would be great! I'll look at those other jellyfish setups Lictoga and Pineapples have mentioned. Surely they would be basically the same sort of setup needed correct? Plus a few extra PPE gear though for the deadly ones... Thanks for the help, info and advice! If and when (I'm 99% sure I will) set up a tank of them, I will keep a thread on here about them! They just look so awesome under UV bulbs, our house renovation is definately taking a turn to include a wall or tube of jellies as we build, they just look too good not to! Thanks again
  14. Anyone ever built one of these or kept the jellies before? Really keen on setting up a large tube, floor to ceiling, with uv lighting, they look amazing to say the least!!! Ie Any info on keeping these or anything would be greatly appreciated!
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