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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    I'm not sure about the 1.002 salinity requirement but that's practically pure water (Specific gravity 1.000).
    To measure salinity a simple hydrometer is all you need. Or step up to a refractometer (about $30) which can factor in temperature. Or dont be afraid to just taste the water for salt although TDS may be more useful than salinity.  
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    How long does it take for the bottle to clear?
    The billabong is essentially one large settlement tank so if you could keep the fish from stirring up the bottom or use a network of drain pipes to pick up the sludge directly off the bottom then your pool would clear quite nicely and hopefully quickly.
    If you want some electronic wizardry then have a look at this instead - https://www.pondalgaesolutions.com/ultrasonicalgaecontrol.html
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    How long does it take for the bottle to clear?
    The billabong is essentially one large settlement tank so if you could keep the fish from stirring up the bottom or use a network of drain pipes to pick up the sludge directly off the bottom then your pool would clear quite nicely and hopefully quickly.
    If you want some electronic wizardry then have a look at this instead - https://www.pondalgaesolutions.com/ultrasonicalgaecontrol.html
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from hamishh34 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Found some old photos of baby pink gourami I bred many years ago.
    Just for some encouragement.
     


     

     

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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Found some old photos of baby pink gourami I bred many years ago.
    Just for some encouragement.
     


     

     

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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Found some old photos of baby pink gourami I bred many years ago.
    Just for some encouragement.
     


     

     

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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Road Trip Anyone?   
    Fish & I made the trip back safely.
    I used zeolite substrate to remove ammonia, and kept pH at 8 & home made soda lime scrubbers  to prevent dissolved CO2 buildup. Didn't need a water change but had pumps, hoses and rest stop locations planned.
    Met some very hospitable fish keepers in Cairns. 
    Sorry I didn't have time to meet up Scott. We can try again when I dont have fish. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Road Trip Anyone?   
    Fish & I made the trip back safely.
    I used zeolite substrate to remove ammonia, and kept pH at 8 & home made soda lime scrubbers  to prevent dissolved CO2 buildup. Didn't need a water change but had pumps, hoses and rest stop locations planned.
    Met some very hospitable fish keepers in Cairns. 
    Sorry I didn't have time to meet up Scott. We can try again when I dont have fish. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from QldMick in Road Trip Anyone?   
    Fish & I made the trip back safely.
    I used zeolite substrate to remove ammonia, and kept pH at 8 & home made soda lime scrubbers  to prevent dissolved CO2 buildup. Didn't need a water change but had pumps, hoses and rest stop locations planned.
    Met some very hospitable fish keepers in Cairns. 
    Sorry I didn't have time to meet up Scott. We can try again when I dont have fish. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from chazycraig in transporting a large tank   
    If you aren't confident with moving the tank then use a furniture removalist. They have all the equipment.
    An 8 x 2 x 2 foot tank in 10mm glass weighs 145Kg so fairly light for the size. 
    Get a few people. Plan the lift including emergency stops. A few strategicly placed plastic milk crates could be handy. Or fish box lids. Make sure no one gets their fingers caught when lowering.
    A flat platform trolley is good for manouvering tight doorways and corners if floor permits.
    Remove all lids as they can shatter going over speed bumps.Transport them taped up resting on edge, not flat.
    I prefer a trailer without cage as it's a lower lift and easy access most sides.
    Low pile unwanted carpet is good for sliding and padding of aquariums. - Visit any carpet store with an industrial waste bin. Bring a stanley knife.
    You can also use pine wood studs but the carpet is good for sliding over the egdes of ute/trailer.
    Use a ratchet strap tie if your not good with rope & knots. The tank will slide forwards so pad that side.
    If using a ratchet strap, secure the loose end. I know somone on QLDAF catch theirs on the trailer wheel which tightened the strap until the tank shattered.
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in transporting a large tank   
    If you aren't confident with moving the tank then use a furniture removalist. They have all the equipment.
    An 8 x 2 x 2 foot tank in 10mm glass weighs 145Kg so fairly light for the size. 
    Get a few people. Plan the lift including emergency stops. A few strategicly placed plastic milk crates could be handy. Or fish box lids. Make sure no one gets their fingers caught when lowering.
    A flat platform trolley is good for manouvering tight doorways and corners if floor permits.
    Remove all lids as they can shatter going over speed bumps.Transport them taped up resting on edge, not flat.
    I prefer a trailer without cage as it's a lower lift and easy access most sides.
    Low pile unwanted carpet is good for sliding and padding of aquariums. - Visit any carpet store with an industrial waste bin. Bring a stanley knife.
    You can also use pine wood studs but the carpet is good for sliding over the egdes of ute/trailer.
    Use a ratchet strap tie if your not good with rope & knots. The tank will slide forwards so pad that side.
    If using a ratchet strap, secure the loose end. I know somone on QLDAF catch theirs on the trailer wheel which tightened the strap until the tank shattered.
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Road Trip Anyone?   
    I have found a willing back packer to help me drive ..... what could possibly go wrong.
    So thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Road Trip Anyone?   
    Some freshwater fish around 1.2m long (30kg) for future broodstock hopefully. I usually use strong 250L bags (just like goldfish) but the travel time on this trip is too long. So hiring a closed truck and fitting it out with a 2500L pond, bio filters, oxygen tank and pre-arranging strategic emergency water change locations on the way up. Hopefully I won't need to use them. Controlling ammonia will be the key. I will rig up CCTV cameras so I can continously monitor them.
    Any QLDAF members near Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton or Bundaberg ?
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Road Trip Anyone?   
    I am not as young or as crazy as I used to be so I'm not looking forward to it.
    Unfortunately a straight shot down to Sydney and back isn't possible due to COVID. Cairns is like going to Sydney twice in the same trip.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Road Trip Anyone?   
    Hello fish friends,
    I am planning a road trip from Brisbane to Cairns and back in late September /early October to pick up some large fish that are too big for air freight.
    Seeking anyone interested in a long road trip that has a drivers licence to share driving. I will be paying for petrol and motels and can provide tall but true fishy tales the whole trip. Only 20 hours each way.
    Please message me if interested.
    Winston
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Adjustable standpipe on external bell siphon modified for internal drain.
    Not really sure what you would call that. Grover will come up with a suitable acronym no doubt.
    Give it a few weeks of tweaks and testing before we call it complete.


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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Adjustable standpipe on external bell siphon modified for internal drain.
    Not really sure what you would call that. Grover will come up with a suitable acronym no doubt.
    Give it a few weeks of tweaks and testing before we call it complete.


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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from raycam01_au in Road Trip Anyone?   
    I am not as young or as crazy as I used to be so I'm not looking forward to it.
    Unfortunately a straight shot down to Sydney and back isn't possible due to COVID. Cairns is like going to Sydney twice in the same trip.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hello Grover,
    Successful fill test is good news. Surprised you did not do this before adding the scoria but good update regardless.
    Sorrry only have time for a brief post. The photo you posted is an Affanan bell. There are other designs including non bell siphons to achieve rise and fall cycles.
    Q1) What are your primary objectives? - More mechanical, more biological, more nitrate removal?
    Q2) What are your secondary objectives? - free healthy veges for you/fish? frog and bird haven?
    Q3) Will you be bypassing this filter over winter months to reduce heat loss?
    Aquaponics commonly use rise and fall (flood) grow beds so these must be better for terrestial plant growth. Not all aquaponics use flood cycles in grow beds though. I know fish and have an agricultural science degree but I am not an aquaponics expert.
    Some initial thoughts below, without knowing your objectives. I can expand later when I have time. 
    * Faster and more frequent flood cycles means better oxygenation with more mechanical & biological filtration aspects. Biological including nitrifying and denitrifying aspects, you do not need anerobic conditions to achieve denitrification. The water gets more filtration per single cycle with a rising and falling event than a prolonged flood cycle when you track a single water particle movement (in theory).
    * More vigorous plant mass/growth equals more nitrate removal, more GG food and a wider safety margin.
    * While increased frequency of flood cycles would not improve on zero levels of ammonia and nitrite, you can still improve on denitrification and mechanical aspects.
    * A longer submerged time could be detrimental to terrestial plants (species dependent), increase in media channelling and create potential overflow/flood issues if your low capacity drains got clogged. Bog or emersed plant species like Iris would do well but I believe these species would do well with cyclic drain periods as well. Tomatos are prone to phytophera (root rot).
    * I do suggest you add an emergency overflow back to pool regardless
    Negatives:
    * increased plant growth may give you additional work if that's an issue. Species selection would make a difference. Dwarf papyrus is an excellent nitrate sponge and be fed to fish or re-potted and sold for revenue towards fish pellets. I am sure there are plenty of other plant species.
    * water noise during drain cycle may be an issue?
    * Bell siphons can suffer from the dreaded steady state issue, where outgoing water under siphon matches the incoming flow rate so a steady level of water occurs instead of cyclic fluctuations. This can be overcome in several ways, a breather tube to break vacume, ensuring the incoming flow is much lower than the pipe diameter capacity, short pipe length after siphon, using 2 separate siphons. or a closed loop siphon could be used instead of a bell siphon. A timed solenoid drain tap or timed water pump are other suggestions.
    Also very easy to add a siphon or other device at later date if you wanted to try a prolonged flood first. It may be harder to retrofit drain lines so design for the worst. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hello Grover,
    Successful fill test is good news. Surprised you did not do this before adding the scoria but good update regardless.
    Sorrry only have time for a brief post. The photo you posted is an Affanan bell. There are other designs including non bell siphons to achieve rise and fall cycles.
    Q1) What are your primary objectives? - More mechanical, more biological, more nitrate removal?
    Q2) What are your secondary objectives? - free healthy veges for you/fish? frog and bird haven?
    Q3) Will you be bypassing this filter over winter months to reduce heat loss?
    Aquaponics commonly use rise and fall (flood) grow beds so these must be better for terrestial plant growth. Not all aquaponics use flood cycles in grow beds though. I know fish and have an agricultural science degree but I am not an aquaponics expert.
    Some initial thoughts below, without knowing your objectives. I can expand later when I have time. 
    * Faster and more frequent flood cycles means better oxygenation with more mechanical & biological filtration aspects. Biological including nitrifying and denitrifying aspects, you do not need anerobic conditions to achieve denitrification. The water gets more filtration per single cycle with a rising and falling event than a prolonged flood cycle when you track a single water particle movement (in theory).
    * More vigorous plant mass/growth equals more nitrate removal, more GG food and a wider safety margin.
    * While increased frequency of flood cycles would not improve on zero levels of ammonia and nitrite, you can still improve on denitrification and mechanical aspects.
    * A longer submerged time could be detrimental to terrestial plants (species dependent), increase in media channelling and create potential overflow/flood issues if your low capacity drains got clogged. Bog or emersed plant species like Iris would do well but I believe these species would do well with cyclic drain periods as well. Tomatos are prone to phytophera (root rot).
    * I do suggest you add an emergency overflow back to pool regardless
    Negatives:
    * increased plant growth may give you additional work if that's an issue. Species selection would make a difference. Dwarf papyrus is an excellent nitrate sponge and be fed to fish or re-potted and sold for revenue towards fish pellets. I am sure there are plenty of other plant species.
    * water noise during drain cycle may be an issue?
    * Bell siphons can suffer from the dreaded steady state issue, where outgoing water under siphon matches the incoming flow rate so a steady level of water occurs instead of cyclic fluctuations. This can be overcome in several ways, a breather tube to break vacume, ensuring the incoming flow is much lower than the pipe diameter capacity, short pipe length after siphon, using 2 separate siphons. or a closed loop siphon could be used instead of a bell siphon. A timed solenoid drain tap or timed water pump are other suggestions.
    Also very easy to add a siphon or other device at later date if you wanted to try a prolonged flood first. It may be harder to retrofit drain lines so design for the worst. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Tegan11 in Betta display tank wanted   
    The example you showed is for sale. You may have to arrange transport though.
    https://www.amazingamazon.com.au/betta-display-tanks.html
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good write up as always, thanks for sharing. 
    You did miss one major acronym however ;
    MP.... for Money Pit. (Ha ha).
    I'm sure the gourami appreciate your efforts. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from jc12 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good write up as always, thanks for sharing. 
    You did miss one major acronym however ;
    MP.... for Money Pit. (Ha ha).
    I'm sure the gourami appreciate your efforts. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good write up as always, thanks for sharing. 
    You did miss one major acronym however ;
    MP.... for Money Pit. (Ha ha).
    I'm sure the gourami appreciate your efforts. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good write up as always, thanks for sharing. 
    You did miss one major acronym however ;
    MP.... for Money Pit. (Ha ha).
    I'm sure the gourami appreciate your efforts. 
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