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About Mikeibis

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  1. I have good success with Crimson Spot Rainbows, Glassfish and Flyspecked Hardyheads breed really well. I have heaps of all of these if you get up this way (as well as Myrray Rainbows, but they are not in your catchment area and wouldn't want them inbreeding with Crimsons). I'm near Toowoomba it gets below zero sometimes but often 2 -3 at nights so they would be fine in your area.
  2. Haven't posted for quite a while. Have seen various discussions on windows in IBC's etc. Just thought I would post a couple of pics of my solution to windows in halved IBC's that I breed natives in. Glass - yes glass - from an old p/copier platten and 12 mm aluminium rhs - simple as that. You could use other glass or acrylic but the method straightens out those pesky ripples in the IBC HDPE sides and seals very well. Next is to do a 600 x 900 (using suitable glass or PC) to do a whole side of a complete IBC using this method. Will post sometime in the future.
  3. What would the preferred antibiotic be? If I am looking under the 'scope could it be parasitic rather than bacterial? Salt PPM that MR's will tolerate? Thanks for the info and reply.
  4. I to have had similar turn up in my outdoor 2000 litre tank with Murray Rainbows that have been in there for 4 years and never a problem. Anyone found anything concrete yet? Think the fungal is secondary but the patches of red are always almost in the same place on the fish, mostly males affected.
  5. Health checked the young MRabs and FS Hardy heads, thought I would post some pics. Has anyone here bred Fly Specked Hardy Heads? Seems to be still fry hatching (Guessing they are HH...but could be MRabs ) in the ring tank although the water temp is falling ~ 18º C. https://www.dropbox.com/s/rwthcx7z2sqefls/Fly%20Specked%20Hardyhead%2010mm.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/q4qnb8m6ptxm3hj/Front%20%26%20Side%20MRB.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/oknvhtt2g8vnzmw/MDR%2020mm.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4blj05p6z9eamu/Murray%20RB%2020%20mm.jpg?dl=0
  6. Thanks guys. I'm (and my partner) are really getting into seeing how they go now there has been the flurry of breeding of these especially as the Fly Specks are less common in shops and the state o the Murray Darling and indeed our local creek that used to be full of Purple spot gudgeons, firetails etc....now just damn mosquito fish since the 2011 floods. Lots of good stuff on the forum. Cheers.
  7. Please don't breed guppies....lol...anything but guppies, gambusia, carp, goldfish, platys, etc etc......lol Are they addblue drums? or glopho?....Both wash out easy. Shame ya way up there...I'd buy a couple off you. Got mine for $50, addblue.
  8. Seems to just keep growing...started with a small bunch about 2 years ago.
  9. Hi, Just thought I would put up my latest additions. The 2 ring tanks have been up since 2005 or so. Put the two 1/2 cubes in on the w/e to house a few adult Empire gudgeons I acquired and the 500 or so altogether young Murray Rainbows and the Fly Specked Hardys that resulted this year. Still have fry hatching...slowing tho. Had to re think the cycle from the main pond but seemed to work out ok. Want to put in a little solar pump about 200-300 l/hour just to move the water just between the tanks and just top up from the 'big pond'. Each tank just overflows via a down pipe embedded in gravel so fish cant move either way. Here's the pics... https://www.dropbox.com/s/li0dw1e3qbcahtn/F4IMGP0031.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/4kafz2stshjyh47/F3IMGP0027.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/oplkws81q78ml2m/F5IMGP0035.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq0bsq0jna8f1x1/F6IMGP0036.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1vaw3l6oat0wv7h/F2IMGP0028.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/qexr7pu4ux4zjzc/F1IMGP0032.jpg?dl=0
  10. These rainbows came from the upper reaches of the McIntyre Brook, probably the most eastern part of the norther range. I read that there may be a subspecies, from the Warrego, Paroo and upper Darling Rivers (and other streams between those tributaries) have been identified as Melanotaenia splendida subsp. tatei based on unpublished genetic data. I have no idea these belong to that.
  11. Thanks guys. What do you mean AquaHolic.......it is... ....real aluminium...lol Used to bring in aluminium animal statues from Mexico. Hi didn't sell...so he's here along with the turtle and other stuff.
  12. Hi ppl, I have a longer intro on Aquariumlife, but essentially I got into playing with natives like purple gudgeons, firetails, crimson spot rainbows...after I built my pond. Then rescued some Murray Rainbows, fly specked hardy heads and glassfish from the McIntyre brook. In a separate 2000 litre ring tank they finally bred (didn't want Murray / Crimson HB's)and now I've gotten more interested, separating them...adding another tank...lol...you know the story..lol. Few hundred fry to 30mm Flyspecks, Murray Rainbows etc. Anyway, here are some pics. Thought the fry/fingerling habitat might be of interest. Can give details if any one interested. https://www.dropbox.com/s/kjab8rgtb375a7z/Pond%20Apr2016.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/0v8a8724dzncao9/Murray%20River%20Rainbows.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/8dy2flxjklgrjyr/Purple%20Spot%2012.5cm.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5pemg2zxtog5v7n/Ring%20tanks.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/oem1o5iahvva86d/FryEnc%20mk2.jpg?dl=0 Anyway, seems like a lot of good info and ideas one here. Thanks
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