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About timothy2

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  • Birthday 26/09/1996

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    Broadbeach, Gold Coast
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    tanganyikans cichlids, ice hockey, fly fishing and rugby union

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  1. If you wanted to try something a bit different and wanted a side project you could try turning the divided section into a side drop filter or a mini sump. Or since your breeding BN's you could just use it as a grow out for the fry. How much did the stand cost you all up?
  2. Nice job cleaning them up mate looking good. What did you make the stand out of and where did you get it from?
  3. Hi Catweazle, I have never tried Spinach but my Trophs always loved a feed of fresh Lettuce and frozen peas in particular. May I suggest a quick dip in boiling water for 5 seconds though just to be sure to kill any harmful bacteria that may be on the surface. In the wild they eat large amounts of algae which is very low in nutrition in comparison to most store bought fish foods. Because of this they have extremely long digestive tracts to get as many nutrients out of plant matter as possible. In my opinion i would suggest feeding them some greens as i found it beneficial for my Tropheus and is a good long lasting distraction from fighting and chasing each other around. But be sure to clean up any excess left overs, especially with pea shells, and an increased load poo. Cheers, Tim
  4. Look like angry little stunners mate nice work. Loving the emerald/blue mouth on them
  5. Very nice, will be sure to invest in some one of these day. Have you tried using photobucket Lenny?
  6. Hey Lenny, Would love to see some photos of your perlmutt mate, have always wanted some myself.
  7. Thanks Guys A couple bubbles is a relief to the sounds of life at college mate so i can't complain haha
  8. So finally after a lot of time and effort I got back to college and got the tank into my room and filled it up. It has been a while since the last time I filled a tank up by hand, tap and bucket as there’s no hoses and I have to walk up and down the hall suspiciously carrying buckets of water; But well worth the effort after 6 months out of the game. I’m really happy how the tank and background has turned out and a nice set of LED lights with optional day and moon light setting makes a world of difference. The colour of the background underwater has greatly improved since the other colours I have seen throughout the process. When first mixed the cement had a dark grey with a hint of dark green colour, which wasn’t overly appealing. Then once dried it became quite a light grey but now cured and submerged I think its just right. I know a lot of people colour their backgrounds with aquarium safe acrylic paints or mix sand and gravels into the actual cement mix but I decided to hold off and play it safe for my first attempt.
  9. After the 2 days of coating and painting I let the background set for 3 days making sure not to cover the tank to allow air flow. I also made the background and left it to set in a room with a de-humidifier which I assumed would have helped speed up the whole process. On the cement bag it states 14 days until the cement has completely cured. However this is for construction use and does not mean it is not waterproof until after the 14 days. So after 3 days I was finally able to fill up the tank for the first time just as a test fill to see how it looked and held up underwater. Another good reason to do some test fills is because when first exposed to water the cement will shoot the pH of the water up and a few loose bits will fall off. I did not however have any clouding of the water with my cement which I know does happen with some other types of cement. After a test run I emptied the tank, put it in the car and drove it up to college at the start of the semester.
  10. Painting the background with cement I found was the most difficult part of the process. The fact I was painting inside the actual tank and trying to avoid getting cement over the glass at the edges was one of the harder challenges that required switching to a smaller brush to minimise the mess. I painted the tank while it was lying on its back so the cement wouldn’t run down to the bottom of the background. I ended up doing 4 coatings of cement on the background leaving around 6-8 hours between each coat. The first coat I made a bit more watery so I could get a nice even layer across it all making it easier for the following thicker coatings to adhere to. The upside of painting my background within the tank was that by the 2nd coating you couldn’t even tell it was originally 8 different blocks. Looking at the tank now I couldn’t tell you where the different blocks meet. I decided to make some half hidey-hole kind of crevices on my background which although look great and will be good for the fish, they were extremely hard to coat the insides of as it seems no one has invented bendy paint brushes yet to paint those hard to reach places. So a lot of the time I found myself using my fingers and painting them by hand. It is also important after finishing a coat that you inspect it all and crush or brush away any drops or clumps of cement that have fallen onto the background to help make it look as natural as possible.
  11. I finished all the carving and once again test fitted it all in the tank to see how it looked and made some minor adjustments and changes. Now with my background I made the mistake of opting to do the cement coatings within the tank rather then outside as individual pieces. This is because I was worried the gaps between the pieces would be too noticeable. So doing so I siliconed each piece into the tank and too each other one by one. I did the back first and lay the tank also on its back so I could place weights on top of the foam to make sure the background was pressed up against the glass during the first few hours after clueing. I then rotated the orientation of the tank while doing the Styrofoam on the side and again for the bottom blocks. I left all of the blocks overnight so the silicone could breathe and cure before I started to cover it in cement.
  12. Hi all, As some of you may know, after 3 years of breeding a variety of Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids I sold off what remained of my breeder and fry at the end of 2014 as I was finishing my last year of school and moving off to University and college the following year. Now being halfway through 2015 I am studying a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marine Science, at the University of Queensland and living in a college room that’s around 3m by 4m in size, not ideal for my old 6ft tanks. I have to admit I had more then a few looks over the forum to see what has been going on and what’s getting around. However 6 months was as long as I could last without a tank and sure enough after some searching around on gumtree and identifying some space behind my bed, I’m back. For the last weeks we have been on our mid-year UNI break and during that time I bought a nice 3ft display tank with a nice varnished stand and hood. With some extra time up my sleave, I decided I would make a DIY 3D background for it. I found a Youtube channel called the ‘The King of DIY’ by a guy named Joey living in Canada. He has some awesome videos on all sorts of DIY aquarium projects, including how to make a DIY 3D background, and I would highly suggest a look. So after that I decided that’s what I wanted to do and set out to get my materials and equipment. Materials - 1200mm x 600mm x 50mm sheet of Styrofoam - 10kg bag of cement from bunning - Selleys aquarium and window silicone. Equipment - Silicon gun - Wooden spoon (for mixing cement) - Bucket (to mix cement in) - A variety of sharp knives for carving - Wire foam cutter (or the cheap mans option which I used is a filleting knife or Stanley knife as their sharp and thin so foam doesn’t go everywhere when your cutting) - Large paint brush for general use - Small paint brush for edges and hard to reach places - Cloth (to wipe cement off glass) - Its handy to grow your nails out a bit first to I found because you can scrape and thin out the Styrofoam adding a more natural look and saving time. After I gathered everything up the first thing I did was measure up the inside of my tank and workout how I could most effectively use the foam sheet I bought. It worked out that I had enough foam to do the whole back of the tank and one of the sides; which would both be up against the wall in one of the corners in my room. Since my tank is relatively small and thin I opted to go for Styrofoam that was 50mm thick as I wanted it to bulge out a bit, but not too much as it would take up to much of my tank space. The tank I got has a centre bracing across the top which made things a lot more difficult then they needed to be. This is because without it I could have basically slid the whole thing in one piece but because of the bracing I had to cut 8 individual pieces in order to fit them in and then re-assemble it inside the tank. The reason I needed 8 is because I need 3 sheets for the back wall and 1 for the side wall, then an additional 4 for the base. This is because I wanted the background to gradually taper off into the centre of the tank. I made sure to leave an extra centimetre or so while setting it all out as I would loose some length while cutting the Styrofoam. After I had all my individual pieces cut out I tested all my measurements out by assembling the block in the tank which is crucial to do throughout the process to make sure it all fits perfectly and you can make alterations. After making necessary adjustments I set it all up on my building table and decided to draw a rough outline of the shape I wanted on the wall and making sure it looked like everything looked like one piece. After that I begun carving with a few different knives until I found one I liked most. I found by the end that its important to be aggressive in the amounts you take off at the start otherwise you’ll be spending days carving. I think all up I would’ve spent about 10-12 hours of just carving out my background and making sure the structures matched up on one piece to the next. Sounds like a lot of time but to be honest with some good music going at the same time I found it very enjoyable and relaxing. I do however have a lot of admiration for those who make backgrounds for 6-8ft tanks as I’d hate to think how many ours that would take.
  13. I realise this thread is 6 months old but was talking to a couple LFS recently and has anyone else noticed that Pet Barn is opening up next door to their LFS? On the Gold Coast the Pet Barn has been popping up everywhere. I'm sure someone has already mentioned that the original PetBarn Nerang has now been taken over by the new Pet barn. But the worse thing that I have seen is at 2 other shops on the coast, Bernies pet barn for example which is a family run business has had a pet barn open literally directly across the road to try to run them out of business. Another one is at Burleigh Pet Centre where there's 1 pet barn around 200-300 metres away and a 2nd one 500-600 metres away. Just shows how aggressive these guys are playing to try to monopolise SEQ.
  14. Stunning looking fish Lloyd, good to see everything is going well. Will have to catch up one of these days
  15. have got some fry from these guys forsale now http://www.qldaf.com/forums/qld-cichlid-trader-classifieds-113/tangs-malawis-110812/
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