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  1. In terms of quality, Certainly Laguna, or Fluval for pumps. As for flow, this is really determined by your method of draining. Will these 2x 5ft tanks have holes drilled at the water level in the back, will you use an overflow box, or will you have a weir with a siphon method used?
  2. Omg that would have been so funny him as a prison guard, most mellow guy ever! Mark left atlas and went straight to Cunninghams marine, once they closed he moved to Northside marine where you will find him now in the chandlery as the manager. He still keeps African cichlids... but his passion is now boating. I think you may have meant someone else... although.. Tom works in DJ music equipment and steven is the manager of Storage world in the valley. So not really sure who left Atlas and became a Prison guard! i certainly wont!
  3. Better late than never: It was a Red Empress Male
  4. oh i spent a few hours the other week trying to find some for fishing and only managed 6 so they went to the fronnies, usually theres heaps at the spit? i gave them some pearl perch the other week (thin s****s off the frame) and initially they were uninterested but thought id leave a few bits in over night and the next day they were gone, so must have given it ago. hey ken, im great thanks for asking and the shop is going well, lots of plans as always,have you dropped in lately? i have chickens im currently feeding the worms to, so looks like they'll come 2nd to the fronnies from now on!
  5. oh i spent a few hours the other week trying to find some for fishing and only managed 6 so they went to the fronnies, usually theres heaps at the spit? i gave them some pearl perch the other week (thin s****s off the frame) and initially they were uninterested but thought id leave a few bits in over night and the next day they were gone, so must have given it ago. hey ken, im great thanks for asking and the shop is going well, lots of plans as always,have you dropped in lately? i have chickens im currently feeding the worms to, so looks like they'll come 2nd to the fronnies from now on!
  6. hi guys, looking to plum my shed roof into a large water tank for extra water changes. my shed is made of tin (bare looking colourbond) just wondering if anyone has used this sort of catchment bare and had sucess, i was expecting to prob have to use some prime or alpha to remove heavy metals. secondly would painting this fix the problem? any advice is appreciated thanks
  7. hey guys, currently have a few colonies of frontosa which should be approching breeding age (WC moba, Kigoma, Burundi) and want to start conditioning them with fresh food, have currently fed sardines peices, live yabbes and small crayfish, just wondering what other foods people have had sucess with, im not after anybodies trade secrets but just some clarification on foods that do and dont work. i was thinking of, fresh green prawns, squid (prob small thin strips), and fish flesh (from deepsea fish). thanks
  8. do you have some already ryan or is it just for display i bought 2m 6f 2 ? so will let you know.
  9. Has anyone seen any Metriaclima Membe Deep Around brisbane? just recently bought a colony from sydney and seeing if anyone wants to swap males to mix some blood, although not being common they could be from the same blood anyways , who knows cheers
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  11. the new Red Sea Max 500 is supposed to be the "tweaked" version. we'll see in february.
  12. if u can find asheligh_ he might have more info for u, last i heard he moved to singapore or something?
  13. sea water doesnt go off what so ever, provided of course you have it stored out of direct sunlight and have a breatheable lid on it.
  14. yeah i actually had a visit from the owner of bay fish the other week, turns out they started by just breeding americans and snowballed from there.. im pretty sure they still have massive ponds etc but not exactly sure what for. i read something a while ago about pisces expanding their fish, but do they onsell to bay? coz ive nevr bought fish from them.
  15. i was thinking more along the lines of all the wholesalers that already exsist setting up a few extra tanks to breed themselves. sure it might take a lil more effort and a touch more in wages but could in turn also provide another job or too. As for the different bloodlines, i think we would do ok, considering its probably been a long time since a new bloodline of electric yellows etc have been smuggled in and we can still provide excellent quality. having said that there is no reason not to bring in an order once in a while to mix up the blood. im more refering to week in week out.
  16. Is it really that much of a problem? a large portion of cichlids are already unable to be imported . so they are bred locally. as for gouramis and livebears they too can be locally bred in australia, as for the consumers. if local fish shops bought direct off the breeder and not a w/s the prices would remain exactly the same, the w/s would not go out of business in any way either as they would have 100's of other species to sell. there would just be more focus on breeding quality fish for a change not just sheer numbers.
  17. the spare parts (should u need them) are extremly expensive for eheim in comparison to fluval for example, even small plastic basics like canister clips, or new filter baskets. but u might get lucky and never need one. they do however keep running well, long after a clean is due. should have a 3yr warranty too.
  18. just because a shop can make it happen... doesnt mean its very practicle at home.. remember they might be there 60 hours a week.. so they can maintain that tank every single day, if u were to have to do that then it might not be worth the hassle. pm sent.
  19. blue ribbons are extreeeemly hard to get feeding.. but give it a shot if u like... keep good fited lids on ur tank tho.
  20. initially you will be fine with the predators... after all u can get coral cod at 5cm and morays as thin as a pencil... its water quality that u need to look after: 1 small fish in a big tank= hardly any maintenance several medium sized fish in a small tank = lots of maintenance ... this will be you, especailly considering u want to keep it budget.. the spa sounds fine, try sealing it really really well( so no bugs or dust get in)... but how on earth will u get bulk water from the sea way to fill a spa? my recommendation... a few 25L drums.. say 6. 75L water change each week - fortnight, so each trip to the sea way could last u 2-4weeks. the ceiling fan might do it.. but u really want a close breeze going across your tank..( u will get alot of evapouration this way.... make sure u top ur tank up with freshwater... as salt will not evapourate) my advice... start off with one fish.... maintain that for a few months then add something else... most predators will only be really savage to fish they can either eat or are of the same species... but wouldnt hurt for u to start with something a lil more peaceful... i.e lionfish, Tang, Snowflake or zebra moray, queen trigger. etc.
  21. south port seaway water is great! just collect at the top of the tide and not on a real rough day. i sell it in my aquarium in 25L drums and we keep 2000L on hand at a time, it never dies and never goes off... just make sure u leave the lid off otherwise it will, ( not completly off, but just unscrewed) and dont store it in the sunlight. remember if u dont use ocean water..... use reverse osmosis water/or rainwater! the amount of people who by and expensive good quality salt there ruin it with tapwater is unbelieveable. unless of course you want your tank to have phospahte, silicate, additional nitrate, and flouride(which will wipe out everything should u get 16x the safe level like some qlders) also some synthetic salts will need additional buffers to hit the ph of 8.3...... more haslle than its worth... hit the seaway. Depending what fish u have will determine whether u need a chiller or not. but maintaining good water quality will be just as important. hardy tangs: pacific sailfin, scopaz, olivacious, choc, and the occasional blue tang, clowns: maroon, tomato, skunk, , just about all your damsel species will be fine, then all ur odds and ends, lionfish, triggers, soapfish, cat sharks ( not port jacokson), Moral Eels ... the list is endless. Keep your lights off during the day in summer, hood and lids off too... if u know its going to be a scorching hot day, run a pedestal fan over the top of your tank, that will help minimise the temp... and LOTS OF OXYGEN (where a sump + skimmer is perfect). good luck, its not as hard as it seems just do it right! no shortcuts.... hey hans...(fish will come in nxt week mate)
  22. hey guys, have got fungus on my common b/n babies again, longfins and albinos are untouched but once again the new batch of common babies i bought from a breeder eventually broke out with fungus, there is approx. 150 in a 130L tank around 2.5cm so dont think they are too over populated but seems to be a re-occouring problem, used fungus cure last time, (malichite green with ... cant rmemeber the other medication used) and didnt seem to work that well.. this time round im thinking pimafix... not that keen to salt them but might give it a shot as this disease is giving me the $hit$ just wodnering what sucesses people have had with what medications?
  23. hey guys got a tank of common bristlenose babies who seem to develop a white blotch either on the body tail or fins.. still surivive for a few days before dying off.... my guess is fin rot, just wondering if anyone else has seen this on b/n before and what medication u've used? thanks
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