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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    I recently washed 12 bags of scoria from bunnings. Each bag contained a lot of red sludge mud.
    I bought a 6mm seive from bunnings which was a huge time saver, just sieve a little at a time.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/icon-plastics-395mm-garden-sieve-with-hand-grips_p2961023
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from danfishy84 in airline piping for large air pumps.   
    ohhhhh... I don't know as that doesn't look very secure.
    The pump will vibrate around and the empty drain pipe would act like a drum.
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in How do i connect Acrylic panels to stand?   
    As you already have the acrylic panels and you want light in, I would screw in an aluminium U channel at top and bottom to make sliding rails. I thinkyou can get single or double rails depending on how you want to slide panels. Allow gap - room to lift the panels out when needed. The acrylic will bend with time and letting light in may cause an algae issue. 
    Could try plastic channel but aluminium will withstand rough treatment much better. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Age of Aquariums   
    One would think higher domestic prices would make Australian aquarium businesses more profitable. Perhaps not? 
    On a related note, the sponsor section of forum is very quiet. Does it need to be closed? Some of the last posts are 2016.. I don't think QLDAF gets any discount from those stores listed there anymore. Understandable. 
     
    On an unrelated note,  has anyone been to the public aquarium at EX Mouth WA recently? It had a rocky start. Just wondering if it's worth visiting since the Corona virus has made me re-think visiting some of the public aquariums in Asia. 
    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/was-unsafe-11m-ningaloo-aquarium-sits-empty-ng-c85adfc476afa744b9be77a08f1f7182
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in How good is this rain !!   
    Counted five bright green frogs, that's FIVE repeat F - I - V E, five big fat green frogs around my turtle pond recently. Just hope the carpet snakes stay away. 
    And the creek along my back boundary has swollen up to become a river. I saw a smashed up spa bath floating past so I roped it off and dragged it out. I'd gestimate about $300 worth 40mm & 50mm fittings I can reuse. Check valves, barrel unions, venturi's, ribbed hoses, taps etc. 
    HGIT !! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in How good is this rain !!   
    On the topic of trawler nets, does anyone have friends in the prawn fishing industry? When a net gets tangled, snagged or ripped up,  they often cut out the damaged section if there are too many holes to repair and the unwanted net waste goes into the industrial waste bins beside the docks. A few years ago I scored two caged trailers full but I'm in need of more. 
    It would be greatly appreciated if someone could tell me whenever a bin gets netting either on Sunny Coast, Gold Coast or Northern NSW. 
    The netting makes fantastic bio media as you can crush it down as little or as much as you need. Light weight and easy to pull out one handed to rinse clean. It can be used submerged like hanging brushes for settling chambers or packed tight as static media for mechanical. If used for wet /dry trickle, the water runs nicely along the twisted strands.  
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Eh man in How good is this rain !!   
    Last night the SE QLD combined dam water levels passed 61% which was the touted magic number needed to avoid water restrictions by April for Brisbane. Although it has been a wet week, not much has fallen in the Wivenhoe - Somerset catchment but yesterday Wivenhoe has risen to 46% capacity. 
    How good is that !! 
    I have 5 x 22,500 L rain tanks, all full. 
    How good is that !!
    Many of the cory species in my corydoras rack have been spawning due to barometric pressure changes and temperature drops. Often they stick eggs right onto my hands in their frenzy. 
    How good is that !! 
    And I finally figured out my password to this forum. . so looking forward to any rain related replies. 
    HGIT !! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in How good is this rain !!   
    Last night the SE QLD combined dam water levels passed 61% which was the touted magic number needed to avoid water restrictions by April for Brisbane. Although it has been a wet week, not much has fallen in the Wivenhoe - Somerset catchment but yesterday Wivenhoe has risen to 46% capacity. 
    How good is that !! 
    I have 5 x 22,500 L rain tanks, all full. 
    How good is that !!
    Many of the cory species in my corydoras rack have been spawning due to barometric pressure changes and temperature drops. Often they stick eggs right onto my hands in their frenzy. 
    How good is that !! 
    And I finally figured out my password to this forum. . so looking forward to any rain related replies. 
    HGIT !! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Jase86uxb in How good is this rain !!   
    Yes... Grover56K doesn't know it but I will be lurking downstream from the billabong with an extremely large net during the next big downpour.
    HGIT !!
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Jase86uxb in How good is this rain !!   
    Last night the SE QLD combined dam water levels passed 61% which was the touted magic number needed to avoid water restrictions by April for Brisbane. Although it has been a wet week, not much has fallen in the Wivenhoe - Somerset catchment but yesterday Wivenhoe has risen to 46% capacity. 
    How good is that !! 
    I have 5 x 22,500 L rain tanks, all full. 
    How good is that !!
    Many of the cory species in my corydoras rack have been spawning due to barometric pressure changes and temperature drops. Often they stick eggs right onto my hands in their frenzy. 
    How good is that !! 
    And I finally figured out my password to this forum. . so looking forward to any rain related replies. 
    HGIT !! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in How good is this rain !!   
    Yes... Grover56K doesn't know it but I will be lurking downstream from the billabong with an extremely large net during the next big downpour.
    HGIT !!
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in How good is this rain !!   
    Last night the SE QLD combined dam water levels passed 61% which was the touted magic number needed to avoid water restrictions by April for Brisbane. Although it has been a wet week, not much has fallen in the Wivenhoe - Somerset catchment but yesterday Wivenhoe has risen to 46% capacity. 
    How good is that !! 
    I have 5 x 22,500 L rain tanks, all full. 
    How good is that !!
    Many of the cory species in my corydoras rack have been spawning due to barometric pressure changes and temperature drops. Often they stick eggs right onto my hands in their frenzy. 
    How good is that !! 
    And I finally figured out my password to this forum. . so looking forward to any rain related replies. 
    HGIT !! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Enlargee79 in Aquarium salt Vs other salts   
    For artemia, any salt will do but and for most fish keepers even a terrible hatch rate is sufficient. However to get the optimal hatch rate, the best conditions will depend on the strain of artemia. Temp, light & pH being more important than salinity. 
    I use a weak seawater salinity as this re-hydrates the cyst faster so artemia hatches faster so artemia spend less time struggling to get out and have more nutrition (egg reserves) and are smaller. For bigger fish fry like cichlids, the artemia size or strain won't matter.  Growing artemia is a waste of time IMO as larger shrimp are mostly water unless you are growing to breed. 
    I also decapsulate the cysts so I can feed the unhatched cysts too. 
    If breeding, I recommend using a circular tank with very slow circulation and a flat baffle in center so they don't pile up im middle and crush. Childs shallow wading pool is perfect. The colonies will crash so set up two. Feeding the artemia consistently is a tricky art that I find challenging. 
     
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Eh man in L046 eggs (very small batches)   
    There is a big difference between over feeding and increased feeding. Your tank stability shouldn't change with heavy feeding but your maintenance probably will.  Live black worm might be an option depending on your substrate. Keeping a smaller tank volume is a lot more effort than a bigger tank volume in my experience.  
    Does the female lay more eggs at breeding? Perhaps it's a problem of fertility? or a problem of incubation? Or perhaps just enjoy 2 or 3 babies per batch? 
    Successful fish keeping is mostly problem solving but perseverence helps
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in L046 eggs (very small batches)   
    There is a big difference between over feeding and increased feeding. Your tank stability shouldn't change with heavy feeding but your maintenance probably will.  Live black worm might be an option depending on your substrate. Keeping a smaller tank volume is a lot more effort than a bigger tank volume in my experience.  
    Does the female lay more eggs at breeding? Perhaps it's a problem of fertility? or a problem of incubation? Or perhaps just enjoy 2 or 3 babies per batch? 
    Successful fish keeping is mostly problem solving but perseverence helps
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in micro foods   
    Very welcome. 
    If you have lots of baby fish or want to feed VE intensively, a culture takes about 10 - 14  days for the population to boom. So set up ten to fourteen numbered cultures and rob a different one each day in orderly staggered rotation. 
    I sandwich a stretched ladies stocking between 90mm pvc pipe and a pipe fitting then trim to 25mm pipe length  in a dropsaw to create a palm sized plate sieve for harvest. An adult worm is about 1.5mm long and the stocking is about 400 micron  (0.4mm) which is a good harvest size  for bigger fish babies. Don't forget to return the seived VE solution back to the culture as this has all the smaller worm sizes and eggs to grow for next harvest. You could also use a small net frame or coat hanger to make a stocking scoop net but it's best to stretch the stocking. 
     
    Plenty of other ways to harvest if you google. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in micro foods   
    I have vinegar eels. Sent me a private message with your postal address and I'll mail you a starter amount. (No charge). 
    And same for anyone else who would like some. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in L046 eggs (very small batches)   
    I would increase protein in diet. More shrimp or fish fillet. Just work out what they like and feed a lot more. This will encourage body size growth as well as gonadal activity, both will improve egg production. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from jc12 in micro foods   
    I have vinegar eels. Sent me a private message with your postal address and I'll mail you a starter amount. (No charge). 
    And same for anyone else who would like some. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in why didn't I do this sooner   
    If budget permits, you can also use two independent systems which come on half as often to give the same overall result. So if/when one fails, the other will continue at half what you require until you notice. 
    Twice the cost and one could argue this would double that chance of something going wrong. 
    Clever design is the key. Send me a PM if you like. Happy to bounce ideas. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in Staff tip of the day.   
    Some very good tips on axylotyl keeping there. It's a difficult topic. 
    I'd lIke to add that keeping the tank in a coolest closed part of house, perhaps on the floor will help if you don't have any air conditioned rooms. When summer air temperatures reach 32 - 35 degrees for days it becomes very hard but I've had good results slow trickling water down a vertical flat fish sponge wall to get evaporative cooling (and a trickle bio filter). I cable tie the sponge directly to egg crate as a frame and use a small internal power filter with a spray bar to supply water along the top edge of the sponge wall. Take tank kids off. On extremely hot days, use a fan over the tank and sponge too. 
    Frozen bottles of ice are a waste of time. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Munruben1 in Air line ring main   
    Scott, a ring line is definitely better. It ensures even pressure to all 4mm airline which reduces fiddling and constantly adjusting air valves. The even pressure is also easier on air pump if you have a diaphragm pump. If you use a wide diameter rigid line (50mm PVC pipe) his acts like a pressure tank which can be good for larger setups although I personally use 19mm or 25mm polypipe if less than 150 tanks but wirh polypipe, I don't use a main ring, rather  multiple joined ring lines above each tank tier. This lets me use the same length 4mm airline tube everywhere so much easier to set up / hot swap or skip using air valves altogether  (if all tanks have same water depth ).
    I also use 2 air pumps on the same ring for redundancy. If one air pump fails, air is still provided to all tanks but with noticibly less volume. I try to keep all air pumps the same make & model to reduce spare parts and easier to swap out. The air pumps are on a dedicated electrical circuit which is backed up.  I stick all my pumps high up out of the way to avoid any back flow as even a little water in the line changes air distribution dramatically. 
    Also with air pump, don't have any constriction or elbow in the hose to air ring. Increasing diameter or if a corner is needed then use a Tee piece (increase diameter). Use a flexible air hose if possible to reduce vibration and noise. Diaphragm air pumps are high volume - low pressure which is good for less noise and electrical consumption.
    If you have a blower, the ring main is still better for ease of use but if you have good air valves, the ring main isn't as necessary. Blowers are high volume - high pressure pumps. Noisy, hot and expensive to run but great if you have 1.5 - 2m deep tanks or 500 - 1000 tanks. I'd still have a spare (second one) available though. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Has anyone made a DIY magnet glass cleaner for thick glass?   
    Hi Crusty,
    If you look up the magnetic strength requirement, you can make your own DIY set. For example https://www.kjmagnetics.com/blog.asp?p=aquarium
    I bought a commerical floating rare earth magnet called Tiger Shark (has fake wood housing) for around AUD$145 which is quite powerful and handles 20mm acrylic panels well. Just make sure it floats or you will get particles between which will scratch your glass. I will be making my own magnets for 60mm glass later this year as I can't buy commercial models this size. Microfibre cloth which is easily replaced.
    If you want a cheap effective glass cleaning option, I use 30 x cheap chinese algae eaters (sucking cats) on a 10 x 3 x 3 size tank with predatory catfish. They are very fast and eat fish poo (which has undigested food) as well as clean the glass. It takes 3 -4 years for them to eventually get eaten but you can add more each year and some do grow big enough to last. I prefer the gold morph as they are extremely fast and difficult to net out. The gold form is easier to see & catch at night when they sleep.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in Racked tanks water changers   
    If you are trying to squeeze as many tank levels as ceiling height allows, you can stagger your tanks on each  rack to get more clearance above each tank.
    On my earlier racks I used a water bridge to join adjacent tanks (12 tanks per level) so filling one would fill them all. 
     
    From your brief description, I would fashion a bucket with drain hose at bottom. Just hang the bucket with hose in the tank you want to fill and pour the new water into the bucket. Just like a big funnel. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Kaihime in thanks donney and dean aoa   
    Yes. Such a consistent & high level of service, it's easy to forget. 
    +1 for help & advice from me.
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