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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from mungor in Brine shrimp eggs   
    Eggs can get too moist in 24 hours. The very best way to store opened eggs is in the freezer as moisture/humidity turns to ice so it's much drier than a fridge. 
    I put the eggs into an air tight zip lock plastic bag and into the freezer. When you remove, don't open the zip lock bag for at least 15 minutes. This lets the bag warm to room temperature slowly. Otherwise you get water condensation when cold dry eggs hits warm moist air.
    Another reliable method is to store eggs in a saturated brine solution (so salty that salt crystals can't dissolve). Salt dehydrates even though its in water. Wierd but true. The disadvantage of this method is you need to soak these eggs in fresh water at least 90 minutes to re-hydrate them. 
    Artemia is one of the wonders of aquarium fish breeding. I'd rate it as highly as silicon and glass for revolutionising fish keeping. If you are keen, dig deeper as there is a lot more to discover. 
     
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from QldMick in Brine shrimp eggs   
    Eggs can get too moist in 24 hours. The very best way to store opened eggs is in the freezer as moisture/humidity turns to ice so it's much drier than a fridge. 
    I put the eggs into an air tight zip lock plastic bag and into the freezer. When you remove, don't open the zip lock bag for at least 15 minutes. This lets the bag warm to room temperature slowly. Otherwise you get water condensation when cold dry eggs hits warm moist air.
    Another reliable method is to store eggs in a saturated brine solution (so salty that salt crystals can't dissolve). Salt dehydrates even though its in water. Wierd but true. The disadvantage of this method is you need to soak these eggs in fresh water at least 90 minutes to re-hydrate them. 
    Artemia is one of the wonders of aquarium fish breeding. I'd rate it as highly as silicon and glass for revolutionising fish keeping. If you are keen, dig deeper as there is a lot more to discover. 
     
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from B_Man in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in Ghost knife fish   
    If you have two in the same tank, one is going to get a hard time. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in Stainless steel pipes   
    You could also use clear acrylic or glass tubes but don't as they will quickly show biofilm and sludge and look like crap. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in Go the Zebra Danios!!!   
    I did some work in Japan with freezing using magnetic deep freezers. Water molecules are polar and can be aligned with magnets, controlling the amount of tissue damage from expanding when frozen. Worked well for sashimi but not sure it would work for eggs /embryos .
    Bio securities would have a nightmare trying to stop exotic species importation if this technology worked. You could buy tigers by mail order very economically ! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from ageofaquariums in Stainless steel pipes   
    If you going to this much effort, I would put the canister through the bottom glass (totally hidden) with double taps so you can easily remove /clean the canister. Drilling the base is very easy but you would have to drain the tank for an hour. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Slipshodman in QLDAF need to change this   
    Suggestions, not negative criticism below. Feel free to ignore or delete or modify everyone... 
    There are  several distinct business forces (drivers) at play. Why not recognise this and treat them differently? Cant the forum be split up to handle these better?
    "I need some help please" - Make this a separate forum area and desperate fish keepers that receive help can donate to the forum appreciatively and voluntarily as they see fit. Making it easy to donate and putting the proceeds back to the forum community transparently will encourage both help seekers and experienced advice givers to participate more readily. - One standout message I recieved as a founding forum member and mod/admin is that a sense of community is key to success. No better way to do this than arranging fish room tours, fish farm visits, social BBQs and collection trips. Any money raised should go towards market  branding (T shirts - hats - mugs - decals - etc) and worthwhile fish projects. I'm not talking about fund raising for the sake of rainy days but setting targets for worthwhile community ideas. 
    "I want to sell my fish" - There are already multiple free sites to sell fish. Guntree, petlink, facebook, fish forums etc. The success of ebay shows how important seller reviews are. I suggest the forum charge sellers to advertise. This will weed out the fly by nighters which will hugely benefit the dedicated sellers. Good business is win - win so sellers will quickly realise the value of a screened selling platform. And unethical sellers can be removed which encourages buyers. 
    "I want to buy/know something" is a powerful incentive and attracts traffic/visits. Keep the forum open read but registration to post (as it currently is). Having forum members share sourcing tips and ideas will bring more visitors and enhance the forum. Silent and long time lurkers may be more willing to post and help out if this aspect was made more obvious. And although local help & expertise is great, we have a lot of unique native fish here and litetally millions of international fish keepers. It wouldn't hurt to encourage reciprocal rights and cross link affiliations to international fish forums. And being more welcoming & tolerant of international and interstate guests 
    "I want to share my ideas & experience & photos". So different from the other forum needs even though the same  fish keeper may use them all at different times. Why don't we just have one excellent Australian fish forum for this? If QLDAF is not very successful in this area then encourage our members to visit another forum that is. I often see some members posting exactly the same wording & images at multiple forums. Why? I'm not really sure. There isn't anything wrong with one forum being a standout for catfish species and another forum famous for fanatical fish keepers. 
    And some parting words to consider.
    Generally speaking - things that are free and easy to come by aren't as appreciated as much as things that we struggle for or sacrifice to achieve. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from crusty76 in Go the Zebra Danios!!!   
    I did some work in Japan with freezing using magnetic deep freezers. Water molecules are polar and can be aligned with magnets, controlling the amount of tissue damage from expanding when frozen. Worked well for sashimi but not sure it would work for eggs /embryos .
    Bio securities would have a nightmare trying to stop exotic species importation if this technology worked. You could buy tigers by mail order very economically ! 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Kingo in Guppys in outdoor pond NO heater?   
    Deeper ponds dont fluctuate in daily temperature as much as large volume ponds which dont fluctuate as much as shallow or small ponds.
    At the start and end of brisbane winter, day temperature can be 30 degrees and night temperature can be 10 degrees. A 20 degree rapid change is hard for all fish,  cold water, cool water ir tropical.
    I have salmon tail catfish outdoors. I use a heater set to 18 degrees at start and end of winter to stop the fluctuations and turn heater off once the weather settles. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Gilbaisland in Stainless steel pipes   
    If you going to this much effort, I would put the canister through the bottom glass (totally hidden) with double taps so you can easily remove /clean the canister. Drilling the base is very easy but you would have to drain the tank for an hour. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Kingo in Numpty filtration - micro particles   
    Looking at your photo, the particles are mostly at the top. The water near the substrate doesnt have them. ... so look at micro bubbles.
    If you turn the filter off for an hour does the tank clear? If so, a bubble trap on the filter would fix this. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Nazegoreng in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from TheAquaHolic001 in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Rod in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Harris. in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Grover65k in QLDAF need to change this   
    Looking far forward,  what are the goals of this forum? Is there one person or a group of persons who know? Because if you don't know where you want to be, its impossible to know how to get there or when you arrive. 
    I don't think aquarium sponsors get a good deal. So many professional but un registered back yard breeders, fish on- sellers and un sponsored shops and business owners selling publicly and less publicly but not very privately. A simple fix would be to get non aquarium sponsorship or remove all sponsors and charge subscriptions for forum access. (Or for trader section access). 
    An over whelming majority of posts are "want to buy". Or "want to sell". Or " I need some urgent help".  If this is good for the forum then no changes are needed. However i suspect a lot of fish keepers come here to learn, share and help others to enjoy the hobby they love. Why are there so few old veteran fish keepers on the forum? Why don't the ones left post anymore?  
    How many active members are there? Assuming one post in last 3 months is active? 
    Don't try to copy or keep up with facebook. Whats the point of duplication?  Why can we LIKE posts but not un-like? Why cant QLDAF accounts get deleted?  Whats the point of a post count? I dont think layout has much to do with anything. Like everything online, the real problem is information overload or mis information overload. Someone with a small amount of information thinking they know everything without any accountability is a real danger. 
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Sparks in NOOB OIL FILM HELP   
    1) Turn off all air and water pumps to get a still surface.
    2) Absorbent hand paper towel or newspaper laid flat over the water to absorb the oil.
    3) Then slide/whisk off into a large ice cream container. 
    Repeat until all the oil is gone. 
     
    If the oil scum is really thick, use the ice cream container to surface skim the majority off initially
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Cam07 in Over filling Tank   
    I modified a smoke alarm with a speaker wire hung to your fill line. When tank is  full, water completes the battery circuit and the alarm goes off. The smoke alarm will still work as a smoke alarm. 
    Very simple mod. Google will have instructions no doubt.
    Or if you have a big tank, use a dedicated drain line to waste and drill an overflow hole on sump. The drainline can run above the floor but below floor is neater. If you can't get a wide drain line,  use a bell siphon that auto starts when water is too high and auto stops when low. Siphon having more throughout than a gravity drain. Again google aquaponic for bell siphons. 
    Or give me a call/email. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from Jaymes in Air blower recomendations   
    You can buy piston (linear) air pumps, diaphram air pumps or blowers. 
    The piston air pumps and blowers are the most noisy and can get hot since they have metal moving parts. Generally speaking they have higher air pressure and can pump air down deeper into the water with the blower having high volume and high pressure. Electrical running costs also higher. Some linear piston pumps need to be oiled. 
    Piston air pump looks like this 
    Blower looks like this 
    I would use a diaphram air pump which is high volume, lower pressure as they are cheaper to run and quiet. All the bigger ones will give many years of reliable service without blowing diaphrams if you don't restrict air flow and create back pressure. There are lots of ways to do this. Google and other threads on this forum will help. Also quite a few brands, some sold as septic tank agitators, some sold for ponds. 
     
    Diaphram pump looks like this  
     
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from mungor in Over filling Tank   
    I modified a smoke alarm with a speaker wire hung to your fill line. When tank is  full, water completes the battery circuit and the alarm goes off. The smoke alarm will still work as a smoke alarm. 
    Very simple mod. Google will have instructions no doubt.
    Or if you have a big tank, use a dedicated drain line to waste and drill an overflow hole on sump. The drainline can run above the floor but below floor is neater. If you can't get a wide drain line,  use a bell siphon that auto starts when water is too high and auto stops when low. Siphon having more throughout than a gravity drain. Again google aquaponic for bell siphons. 
    Or give me a call/email. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from inkevnito in NOOB OIL FILM HELP   
    Sounds like it is an algae film. These look very similar to an oil slick. It's just a process of elimination. 
     
    Sometimes increasing surface agitation (to dissolve) can visually remove surface film. 
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from gingerbeer in NOOB OIL FILM HELP   
    1) Turn off all air and water pumps to get a still surface.
    2) Absorbent hand paper towel or newspaper laid flat over the water to absorb the oil.
    3) Then slide/whisk off into a large ice cream container. 
    Repeat until all the oil is gone. 
     
    If the oil scum is really thick, use the ice cream container to surface skim the majority off initially
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    aquaholic99 got a reaction from gingerbeer in NOOB OIL FILM HELP   
    Sounds like it is an algae film. These look very similar to an oil slick. It's just a process of elimination. 
     
    Sometimes increasing surface agitation (to dissolve) can visually remove surface film. 
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