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  1. My first tank!

    Thanks for the tip Joller, I've had a read and it doesn't mention anything about sideways being bad, just having it not completely submerged. My package finally arrived, I will take a pic tomorrow to show the new wood and goodies.
  2. My first tank!

    I am on facebook - don't use it much, but I'll keep an eye out. My filter didn't arrive today, so it is officially late. Is it bad that I'm considering picking up another one since I know Pet City stock the one I wanted and I'll be in there on Sunday anyway, and keep the other as a back up? Hmm...
  3. Delapool's 150 gallon tank

    I've just read through this thread - love the photos of your progress, Delapool!
  4. Hi Dale, welcome to the site. I'm another newbie - grew up in Mackay actually, so originally kind of from around your way! Whitsundays does sound better I think.
  5. Hi Novice! I'm also a newbie, but I don't think I can be classed as returning to the hobby unless you count the poor fish I abused as a teenager, when the only guidance I had was from my lfs. Change all the filter media every two weeks they said. Make sure you rinse everything thoroughly in tap water, they said. I feel so bad for those fish now I know better! Can I ask what the outdoor tubs are for? Aquaponics, or a pond set up?
  6. My first tank!

    I got the Dee Planted Aquarium 90cm from Aquaholics Online. I've also acquired a couple of vals that have gone onto the driftwood. Still waiting on my filter. It was with the couriers on Wednesday, but unfortunately the website I ordered from doesn't supply a tracking number which is super frustrating. I did pick up a master test kit though! I think I've also decided on flame moss rather than Christmas - I prefer the look. Now I just have to track some down haha. >_< Everywhere online seems to be out of stock of any moss except java.
  7. My first tank!

    Yeah, the dwarf hair grass is going to be an experiment more than anything. What I've read is that if the conditions aren't right (substrate, light etc) it won't spread, or will spread thinly. Is that what you experienced? Because of the rental situation and since this is my first go and I feel I've already complicated things for myself enough I don't want to bring in co2 gas, but I'm looking into using flourish excel as an alternative potentially. Pretty sure the tank is still sitting firmly in the 'low light' category! The light I got is 36 watt, and my tank without additions is about 140 litres. The light is probably a bit closer than most - approx 40cm from light to substrate so I'm guessing that will have an impact as well. I'm really happy with the light I got so far though - it's dimmable and has a full light, white light and rgb low light option. It's also super slim, so if I decide I want to increase my lighting I can put in another two without issues which would just about put me to being on the low end of high light territory. Maybe for Christmas. I should take a photo of under the hood, so you can see the space I'm working with - it's not much!
  8. My first tank!

    At the moment the only thing I'm sure of is I don't want java moss. I'm not a huuuuuuge fan of the look, and even though it's super easy everything I read says you can never get rid of it...and I don't want to have it potentially popping up down the track when I really don't want it to. I'm looking into christmas moss as an alternative - I was thinking some anubias on that wood, with christmas moss in between potentially. If that doesn't work out, depending on the look of the mopani when it arrives I will look at using christmas moss on that instead. In the back corner behind the existing wood I was considering valisneria, as that will probably be where the filter goes to help hide it. I've gone with an internal one since there isn't a lot of room between the hood and the tank to have things hanging off, and since we're in a rental I'd like to keep the space take up as small as possible, so avoiding external for the moment. And I just realised I need to turn the heater around so all my cords are coming out the same side... On the other side I'm kind of picturing the mopani, perhaps with some christmas moss as I said earlier and a stone in front of it. I'm leaning more towards blue rams than peacock gudgeons at the moment, and while I'm not setting out to breed them I'd enjoy watching the process if they do, and since I've gone with gravel I'd feel a bit mean if they felt they had to dig a hollow in it. I'd like to have a bunch of lace fern near it too. At the back in the middle I'd like some hygrophilia. Ideally it would be the variation that gets the pinkish/red tipping, so if I do decide to get more intensive lighting and get a bit more into the plant side I have something to play with. From my understanding it will just grow as normal unless high light and potentially iron are supplied. I mostly want to keep the mid to front relatively bare, but was contemplating scattering some dwarf hairgrass through there and seeing what it does.
  9. Ok ok...I don't even have fish in it yet but I want to keep track of what I've done and when, and this is the first it's looked like something other than a glass box on a stand. I picked up 20kgs of gravel from @Pet_City on Monday - I'd been chasing the 20kg bags for a while and they still hadn't arrived in, so they were kind enough to do two 10kg bags at the 20kg price. I picked up the log on the weekend and have had it soaking since then - it came out and the gravel went in after a LOT of rinsing. Since we're planning on having an albino bristlenose I wanted to have a nice place ready for it to hide in. I've also changed my mind from initial discussions with my housemate and have decided to go a planted tank. So I acquired a light, heater, thermometer and a net from @AquaholicsOnline and had myself a lovely drive from Ipswich to the Sunny Coast today. The order containing my filter and a piece of mopani wood has (finally) been sent, so in the next few days I'll be looking at getting a test kit and starting to cycle! I'm so impatient, I know I need to wait until the cycle finishes but I so can't wait to get some fish in here. I guess I'll need to be content with getting plants and scaping it how I want until then.
  10. Greetings from Ipswich

    Sorry QldMick, I wasn't looking at prices so much just admiring, so can't remember. >_< And thanks for the welcome John!
  11. Greetings from Ipswich

    Thanks for the welcome QldMick and tdj5! If you are up for a drive QldMick PetCity at Mt Gravatt has some peacock hudgeons in at the moment.
  12. Hello! I have been bitten by the aquarium bug thanks to researching for a small indoor aquaponics tank that will be a christmas gift for my nieces. I have a 90x40x40 tank, and am waiting on filter and other components to arrive so I can start cycling, which means that I am spending a lot of time trying to decide what fish will be going in. I already know I want to do a planted community aquarium. At the moment I'm leaning towards something like 2 albino bristlenose plecos 10 cardinal tetras 5-10 guppies I am also trying to figure out whether or not a want to have a couple of 'feature' fish. I've read that blue rams aren't as aggressive as other cichlids and can be kept in community tanks, but that they aren't the easiest fish to care for. I'm also really liking the look of peacock gudgeons, but they're a little harder to find information on. How do you think this will work for a community tank? Is it too much, or an ok starting point?