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aussie123

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  1. Very nice Umbies. I had a huge breeding pair and a few smaller pairs and they were amazing fish. Sadly they were too hard to sell the fry in the end so they made good feeders.
  2. Heya Mick yea I am still around. No fish though, I just started listing some of my racks and tanks today as it is time to clean out the fish room. End of an era mate. Buckshot your fish should be fine for another 10 days. Your biggest concern is a secondary bacterial infection once you remove the worms from the fish. Some food soaked in metronide is always a safe bet after treatment.
  3. Don't worry about the Panacur 25, just get the Big L and use it. As Mick said, 1 ml per 7 liters and you should start to see the worms on the bottom of the tank with 2-3 hours. You will also need to siphon out the worms before the fish eat them. Treat 3 times and about 2 weeks between treatments. You will get the Big L at most produce stores.
  4. You can keep 2 legal sized Murray Crays but you cannot buy them off anyone including shops. To keep them you need to catch them yourself or have some one catch them and give them to you for free.
  5. They look like teeth from a yabby/crayfish.
  6. It was not long ago and people would have given their back teeth to get a pair of BN that threw a mix of common and albino fry. Just like it was not many years ago when albino long fins were selling for $500 a pair. People are just spoilt now with so many varieties and options available for a couple of bucks each. Personally I like BN that throw mixed colours.
  7. Common BN and Albino BN are exactly the same fish. Breeding them together is not cross breeding them as the only difference is the lack of pigment in the albino strain.
  8. They are a perfect fish here in our winters for outside although most would be very hesitant to do that
  9. I had a breeding pair about 4 years ago but the female just dropped dead in front of us one day. We presume it was a heart attack as it was instant. I sold the male to someone here in Logan. They need 3-4 moths a year of real cold water or they die off and I think that is what has caused the decline in their numbers.
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  11. Are the nematodes growing out of the fishes bums. If so they are Callamanus worms and are deadly to all your fish in that tank. They are easy enough to treat with the correct medication but will take a few weeks to do it as you need to keep re treating to kill the eggs. You will need to treat with some Big-L Pig and Poultry Wormer at 1 ml per 7 liters of water. Worms will start to drop out of the fish in about 2 hours and they will need to be removed from the tank bottom with a siphon hose. Removing all the substrate is recommended so you can easily see the worms on the bottom and sterilize the substrate while it is out of the tank. You will need to re treat every 2 weeks and 3 treatments all up will guarantee they are all gone. Make sure you remove any carbon before treatment. Big-L is available from most pet produce shops.
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  13. I use a sterilized 2 liter coke bottle with the bottom cut off and 3/4 filled with straight tap water and NO additives like epsoms or bi carb. I put the bottle into a tank on my system so they are in warm water all the time which improves hatch rates and hatch times due to the warmth and even temp day and night. I add 2 heaped tablespoons of pool salt and half a teaspoon of eggs and add an air line. (no stone,just a small sinker tied to the end of the line to weigh it down) I always start the hatch in the late arvo when I feed the fish and the next morning there is enough hatched to start feeding and by that evening they are all hatched so about 24 hours all up for a full hatch. This is because the temp is warm and constant.Hatching them on a bench allows the water temp to drop too much overnight this time of the year and causes inconsistent hatching and die offs from bacterial blooms. To harvest the BBS,remove the airline and let it sit for about 15 mins and then suck them out with a piece of airline used as a siphon hose. If you want to strain them,pass it through an old hanky and then just scrape them up with a spoon. I always used a large syringe with a length of airline hose attached long enough to reach the bottom of the hatcher and then just sucked them up and squirted them into all the tanks.
  14. Either sucked out or they went up the air tube and into the tank and probably got eaten
  15. You are getting a bacterial bloom. Between every batch YOU MUST sterilize the hatching container. I always have 2 hatchers,one working while the other sits in a bucket of bleach water. Use straight tap water to hatch them in,the bit of chlorine does not hurt the eggs,infact it helps against any bacterial blooms. Depending on the type/brand of eggs,you need a desk lamp or some light source for a min of the first 4 hours to kick start the hatching process. Higher PH levels,warmth and light will see the first lot hatching after 12 hours and fully hatched within 24 hours.
  16. 13mm is too small if you have a few tanks to hook up. Use 19mm so it can carry the capacity you need.
  17. Bleach once neutralized or dried out only leaves a salt residue and will not hurt your fish. The amount of salt is very minimal. What will kill your fish is if you used a scented bleach and if you did you will never be able to use that wood again in a fish tank. You MUST only use a normal plain bleach not nothing scented. Something has killed your good bacteria as all your readings a 0 so if you have another tank running re sead your filter with some filter media or gravel from another tank. The high PH is absolutely fine for the African Cichlids and Bristlenose so don't try and play with that. Re Seed the filter and be prepared for the tank to cycle over again. Manually seeding the filter will see the full cycle completed in about 5 days if all goes well.
  18. Get a decent pair of multi grips and grab onto the bulk head and very gently twist it back and forth until you feel the silicone starting to let go.
  19. I noticed the Brisbane market crashed severely after the big floods two years ago. There is a massive amount of people who lost everything and many of these never bothered to buy tanks again. The local market never seemed to recover after that.
  20. I had some a few weeks ago. Pan fried with a lovely fresh garden salad and hot chippies. Awesome !!!
  21. He has ammonia,nitrites and virtually no nitrates yet you think that tank is not trying to cycle again. Ammonia and Nitrites should be absolute zero with a reading of Nitrates to have a properly cycled tank. A PH of 7 or less begins to have an effect on the bacteria colonies and the lower the PH the harder it is for bacteria to survive. Once you get down to a PH of 6 or less the system can become unstable with a much higher risk of a crash. Parasites and water parameters also do not coral ate together so that statement makes no sense either.
  22. My guess is all of your beneficial bacteria has died off due to the extremely low PH. Your tank is now trying to start a cycle again and the fish probably died from ammonia or nitrite poisoning.
  23. It is impossible to tell a standard JD from a blue gene without dna testing. Breeding them is the only way otherwise. Both your fish are normal looking JD's and def not ebjd's. Whether they carry the blue gene or not,you will only know once you get fry off them.
  24. Pool salt from woolies. Only way to go.
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