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  1. Never done salt, but there is a difference to keeping salt water fish only, and then having corals/reef tank. I see people with a decent reef size reef tank and they need a large filter room, let alone all the expensive gear like lights, circulation pumps, skimmers, reactors etc etc. Fish only saltwater seems to be marginally more complex than freshwater. Sure some good knowledge here, they can tell me how way off base I am.
  2. Just posted a few pics of it a few weeks ago on this forum...got like a couple views that is all....perfect example of this forums activity levels.
  3. Yeah I am still loving the hobby, only have a 3000L and an 800L. Want to set up another 3000L soon. My biggest gripe with the hobby is our selection of fish is pretty poor....and the cool stuff out there costs a mint. When you see youtube vids of people in fish stores overseas and see what they can get for a few bucks.......
  4. Used to be good many moons ago, the trader/market section was very popular. I think Facebook and Gumtree killed the market sections. Yeah the place is very dead now a days, simple things like we used to be able to have post signatures to put links to stuff were removed which was annoying. I have never used facebook to buy fish but I see it is very popular.
  5. Thanks, I did a big waterchange and upped the auto waterchange schedule, and noticed a bit of ammonia in the water...so was wondering if chloramine in the water or i am not getting out all the chlorine and was killing beneficial bacteria....
  6. Hey all, have not taken any pics of my tank in years, so thought might share, as I have a few questions re filtration…as you can tell my aquarium photography skills are 0….and the glass was fairly dirty. A few full tank shots (tank lights are three LED floodlights from Bunnings. Do a good job and cheap to run) Tank stock is Bala Sharks, Bocourti, Pearsei, Tinfoil Barbs, Redhook Silver Dollars, Silver Dollars, Filament Barbs, Oscar and Clown Loaches. Not the most exciting tank stock, all fairly peaceful, and boring. Although the Bocourti thinks he’s all that. Planning later to get a Qld Lungfish (had one get fairly big but jumped out…..still kicking myself, tank fully enclosed now) would love a pignose turtle…lol. Different angle of the tank, looking from the right side through the tank. The right wall here is 1.2m wide. The left side is only 70cm wide. Front glass is 2.8m wide, and back wall is 3m wide. Approx. 700 gallons Filtration room...where I am forever tinkering...usually with positive results....I hate doing maintenance and have it setup fairly automated...but am forever tinkering. Filtration is one FX5 that is fairly old, so I might get rid of it soon, only like it for mechanical filtration. Also has two sumps. Sumps have had a massive makeover in the last few months. Tank has a weir overflow with two pipes…one is a full syphon and the other pipe is pretty much backup. The full syphon pipe lets out that squeaking noise once every couple of hours…what is causing that? How do we stop that? Drains to two large 50micron filter socks, change them once a week. Are the three 90 degree bends an issue? would changing them to 45 degree elbows be better? Overflow used to lead under the tank but added that sump on the right after initial setup. Hose on the right is an auto top up I use for auto water changes. Door leads outside. After the filter socks there is a bunch of sponges and some marine pure bio balls, some in a baffle and others just sitting at the bottom, and some carbon. This first sump then drains to the bigger sump under the tank. Again the pipe is a full syphon with a backup pipe. Super quiet this one, no noise at all. The tank overflow is super noisy...cannot get it quiet. This main sump has a couple of those big marine pure blocks. Might add some more later. Water parameters are usually pretty spot on, I think the constant water changes help with that. Main tank return is above the FX5, the 1 > 3 ball valve pipes. The one on the right is pretty much always off and I only use it when feeding to help keep floating food in the tank longer and cause surface agitation. My view from my ‘office’ One more question, does the Redlands water have chloramine in the water? I think Brisbane city does.
  7. That is the cleanest sump in history.
  8. My 700g tank barely goes below 26-27. Heaters are only on during the day on timers. Keeps it temp throughout the night, I guess the pumps help a bit and is well insulated. 200g turtle tank is about 23-24. Only has one heater and has a very slow turnover in the sump.
  9. I would happily pay for a permit like for reptiles to be able to keep Koi in a pond. Been on a bit of a binge lately, watching vids on youtube with peoples Koi ponds.
  10. I hear Oscars as the answer a lot, and have owned a couple, they are interactive maybe just slightly more so than other cichlids. I have never owned one but I hear that puffers are suppose to be very smart. Pretty much like a water dog....
  11. They Jump so need to take that into account...so can Qld lungfish...I found out the hard way. Still a long way from a peaceful Koi pond. Those Kois can be amazing.
  12. I use the Eheim Twin auto feeder. It has two hoppers so can put in different pellets. I use it on my 700 gallon tank and give the fish a decent amount once a day in the mornings. The fish know when feeding time is coming and sit there under it waiting. I took the two lids off, and shove empty toilet paper rolls in the food compartments and have them sticking out so can put 3-4 times the amount of food in each compartment. This lasts about 2-3 weeks before needing food top up. There are lots of program options. I used it when I go overseas with no issues. Tank does auto water changes and auto feeding a light amount. My dad has the bog standard single Eheim auto feeder and has no issues with it. Lasts ages and good programming options. Eheim stuff is not the cheapest. Prices range a huge amount online.
  13. Living in Capalaba I mainly go to the one on Redland Bay Rd, which has been pretty poor lately, not much livestock or dry products. Not sure if due to Covid or just a sign of the times....but they do have a new rack system being set up which I hope is a sign they will be getting serious about fish again. Same with the Pet Barn in Capalaba, when they opened up was very aquarium focused and had great stuff, now just the common barbs / tetras/ cichlids / plecos. I like Pet City at Mt Gravatt, I remember when I set up my 700 gallon tank, about 10 years ago they had really good stuff in all the time. Now when I go in they just have the regular common fish mainly. Planning a trip to Smith's tomorrow, they usually have the best stuff, but pretty pricey. Watching aquarium related videos on youtube from the US is not good as the prices you see at the shops kills me.
  14. Yep would love to set up a large Koi pond. What are the next best things for ponds in Qld? I guess a Qld lungfish or a turtle or two?
  15. What are the best aquarium equipment shops now? I mainly order online from AOA and The Tech Den, I also liked visiting AOA, too far away from The Tech Den, but use them online. Dont really know of any other competitive online shops for equipment.
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