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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in Chasing PH   
    pH is actually a remnant from the early fish keeping pioneering days when hobbyists did not know or understand the science behind fish keeping. While they weren't aware of the nitrogen cycle, they knew it was best to keep as much old water as possible, only adding new water reluctantly when the pH started to crash. pH also being easy to test for. Nowadays, there is a lot more known and the realisation there is so much more to know but the tradition of measuring pH has ingrained itself into fish keeping. When asked why pH is still important, the story shifted to trying to match original biotype conditions despite most wild environments having a very large fluctuating range with location and season. Old literature and fish collectors making an important point to record data and often changing it when it conflicted with expectations  
    Some food for thought. It was not that long ago that the civilised world knew the earth was flat and dragons existed at the boundaries. I wonder what fish keepers will think of pH in  another hundred years?
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in Chasing PH   
    pH is actually a remnant from the early fish keeping pioneering days when hobbyists did not know or understand the science behind fish keeping. While they weren't aware of the nitrogen cycle, they knew it was best to keep as much old water as possible, only adding new water reluctantly when the pH started to crash. pH also being easy to test for. Nowadays, there is a lot more known and the realisation there is so much more to know but the tradition of measuring pH has ingrained itself into fish keeping. When asked why pH is still important, the story shifted to trying to match original biotype conditions despite most wild environments having a very large fluctuating range with location and season. Old literature and fish collectors making an important point to record data and often changing it when it conflicted with expectations  
    Some food for thought. It was not that long ago that the civilised world knew the earth was flat and dragons existed at the boundaries. I wonder what fish keepers will think of pH in  another hundred years?
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from PeterH in Chasing PH   
    pH is actually a remnant from the early fish keeping pioneering days when hobbyists did not know or understand the science behind fish keeping. While they weren't aware of the nitrogen cycle, they knew it was best to keep as much old water as possible, only adding new water reluctantly when the pH started to crash. pH also being easy to test for. Nowadays, there is a lot more known and the realisation there is so much more to know but the tradition of measuring pH has ingrained itself into fish keeping. When asked why pH is still important, the story shifted to trying to match original biotype conditions despite most wild environments having a very large fluctuating range with location and season. Old literature and fish collectors making an important point to record data and often changing it when it conflicted with expectations  
    Some food for thought. It was not that long ago that the civilised world knew the earth was flat and dragons existed at the boundaries. I wonder what fish keepers will think of pH in  another hundred years?
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from blindfreddy in Chasing PH   
    pH is actually a remnant from the early fish keeping pioneering days when hobbyists did not know or understand the science behind fish keeping. While they weren't aware of the nitrogen cycle, they knew it was best to keep as much old water as possible, only adding new water reluctantly when the pH started to crash. pH also being easy to test for. Nowadays, there is a lot more known and the realisation there is so much more to know but the tradition of measuring pH has ingrained itself into fish keeping. When asked why pH is still important, the story shifted to trying to match original biotype conditions despite most wild environments having a very large fluctuating range with location and season. Old literature and fish collectors making an important point to record data and often changing it when it conflicted with expectations  
    Some food for thought. It was not that long ago that the civilised world knew the earth was flat and dragons existed at the boundaries. I wonder what fish keepers will think of pH in  another hundred years?
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Toad Tadpoles   
    All stages of Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) life cycle are poisonous including tadpoles. The lake near my workplace had thousands of tadpoles when I was leaving for christmas holidays and when I returned in the new year, the ground was literally black and and a moving seething mass of tiny baby toads.
    You can trap tadpoles in a small pond. They are attracted to the toxin adults have. 
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/cane-toad-toxin-used-to-lure-in-and-trap-tadpoles-20160613-gphsj7.html
    Or if it's easier, net out the goldfish and white clouds and lightly bleach pond to kill off the tadpoles. Your plants will be okay and fish can be returned in a day or two even if you don't chlorine neutralise.
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from mungor in Toad Tadpoles   
    All stages of Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) life cycle are poisonous including tadpoles. The lake near my workplace had thousands of tadpoles when I was leaving for christmas holidays and when I returned in the new year, the ground was literally black and and a moving seething mass of tiny baby toads.
    You can trap tadpoles in a small pond. They are attracted to the toxin adults have. 
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/cane-toad-toxin-used-to-lure-in-and-trap-tadpoles-20160613-gphsj7.html
    Or if it's easier, net out the goldfish and white clouds and lightly bleach pond to kill off the tadpoles. Your plants will be okay and fish can be returned in a day or two even if you don't chlorine neutralise.
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in Loosing eggs in tumbler   
    I'm a fish breeder, not a hobbyist but the best way to hatch fish eggs is to monitor the actual egg development (not the hatcher) and constantly adjust accordingly. I use a torch to guage the sheen/lustre on eggs to monitor development. Smaller eggs are less likely to bruise than bigger eggs. Older eggs are more developed and easier to hatch than newly laid eggs. 
    You only need to turn eggs to stop the embryo sticking to the egg wall so once every 3- hours is fine, and less often as they mature. Eggs can be hatched in a wine glass, tea strainer, bare bottom tank, etc. Use live black worm or add some slightly older hatched fish wrigglers in amongst the eggs if you don't want to turn eggs manually. Increased temp will speed up development. Oxygen demand increases as egg matures. Just work out what is best for you. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from burningfyra in Qld should follow nsw lead   
    Why does the government or fish societies have to be involved? If you want to propogate the species then just do it... 
    And while you can't buy honey blue eyes,  I'm sure you will find people selling "plastic bags and water" which come with free fish. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Elwctrical Count down timer - Suggestions?   
    Thanks for the reply. I've found a couple of digital electric timers online but they are all similar to the one you linked to. They seem to be hard to program and look hard to select Count Down mode. I found a pnumatic push button switch that looks good but it was $60 and needed to be hard wired.
    I decided to use a garden tap timer instead. The typical 2 hour mechanical dial type and will control air flow as a bypass, not direct shut off. So when i want to feed artemia, turn on garden timer for say 30 minutes. The air escapes through the timer instead of going to tanks because that's the least pressure to escape. And returns back to tanks when timer closes shut. I prefer this simplicity and since the air pump doesn't have to stop and start, it should be more reliable. Plus I have garden timers laying around. 
    Seems to work but I'll watch for a week before calling this a success. 
    Winston 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    What about uaibg sisal or hemp rope? Tie a knot at one end might be easier ?
    I'm sure the fish won't mind what's available when breeding. In thailand I noticed one nest built around a disposable baby nappy!! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Joshwd in 1000L pod/ibc project   
    Wow. .. that bucket filter is a lot more complicated than it needs to be...
    If your air pump cant reach 1 m deep, pull your sponge filters up. The water will still circulate through the IBC. Or if you really really want your sponges on the bottom then add a tall PVC pipe  (uplift) and put the airline half way down.
    I second using a power head on sponge filter. Or attach pipe to output of power head, bury the powerhead under a bucket load of coarse gravel and throw the bucket in. (Simpler version of bucket filter). I tie a rope to bucket to retrieve. I don't trust the wire handles.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Ha ha ha!  Classic. I always wondered how many other people keep a fridge or two just for fish. Are you growing cherry tomatoes, chokos or green beans?
    Have you tried cooked rice, half a jar of garlic & peas? Squeeze rice mix when cooled into fist sized balls and throw around the pool liberally. In case the smaller fish don't get anything. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Ha ha ha!  Classic. I always wondered how many other people keep a fridge or two just for fish. Are you growing cherry tomatoes, chokos or green beans?
    Have you tried cooked rice, half a jar of garlic & peas? Squeeze rice mix when cooled into fist sized balls and throw around the pool liberally. In case the smaller fish don't get anything. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in DIY Clay Cave - Aquarium safe clay?   
    If you want DIY caves to breed then the 50 cent terracotta saucers (for under the pots) are what I use. Use pliers to nibble part of the lip out and flip it upside down. Make the hole only slighly bigger than the male so he finds it easy to defend. The bigger space lets him incubate several egg clutches at once. And very easy to see what stage eggs are on glass bare bottom tanks.  Just peek from underneath. 
    Another penny pinching option is to use a house brick. Silicon a tile or glass or slate to one side and you have either 3 big holes or 10 small holes (depending on type of brick you use) for $1.50 .
    I prefer the terracotta saucers over log caves as they stack for storage and much easier to artificially hatch eggs with. Just tilt sideways with an airstone in an ice cream container. So babies can be poured out easily. 
     
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from JB in Water mixing containers   
    I just use the fish tank to mix water. The fish don't  seem to mind. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from TheAquaHolic001 in WTF is it with PICS   
    Online shopping is the way the world is heading and fish keeping is no different. If you stand in your local aquarium store and watch how many people have a look at various fish and then don't buy anything or perhaps one or two fish then that will give you an idea of how many times you need to show photos before someone decides to buy something.
    You could text pics to each query but positing them online once is a bit easier for seller and potential buyers. 
     
    Time wasting is why most people keep fish... take it as a compliment. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Donny@ageofaquariums in WTF is it with PICS   
    Online shopping is the way the world is heading and fish keeping is no different. If you stand in your local aquarium store and watch how many people have a look at various fish and then don't buy anything or perhaps one or two fish then that will give you an idea of how many times you need to show photos before someone decides to buy something.
    You could text pics to each query but positing them online once is a bit easier for seller and potential buyers. 
     
    Time wasting is why most people keep fish... take it as a compliment. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in WTF is it with PICS   
    Online shopping is the way the world is heading and fish keeping is no different. If you stand in your local aquarium store and watch how many people have a look at various fish and then don't buy anything or perhaps one or two fish then that will give you an idea of how many times you need to show photos before someone decides to buy something.
    You could text pics to each query but positing them online once is a bit easier for seller and potential buyers. 
     
    Time wasting is why most people keep fish... take it as a compliment. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Hello Grover,
    I've got several pink GG lurking around if you wanted more.
    Currently in a pool too but I'm not intending to do much with them so you could borrow or keep them. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Heintz.G in Fancy Goldfish   
    What would you like to know? I don't consider myself an expert, I only run a few tanks but I know what fish I like. 
    Winston
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ghe in red devil fishing   
    It's amazing the colour fish get when pond raised.
    Some juvenile giant gourami raised from pale pink (white) parents. 


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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Craigo in PHOTO THREAD please post photos of your ponds and Aquaponics ONLY   
    Turtle pond on deck
     



     
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from P4rker in Needing some advice   
    Nally Megabins are another option which are easily available. They hold shape well when full of water and have optional lid. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Paul_cad44 in Breeding calvus when to remove shell   
    What Chris (l2h) is saying is to put the shell on an upturned terracotta pot or house brick. When baby fry venture out for food, they instinctively go down for safety, never up. So after a couple of days, all your fry can be separated from shell and it can be returned. Otherwise it's almost impossible to get them out later. 
    * Live baby brine is better than frozen. * * Large snails can help clean over feeding without risk to baby fish.
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from BristlenoseGirl in PHOTO THREAD please post photos of your ponds and Aquaponics ONLY   
    POOL pond I saw today.
     

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