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  3. You may pay more in shops but the fact is, they have a variety of goods ready to sell as soon as you walk in the door. And that's what you pay for - the convenience. But I agree with Ray, there's a lot of tight asses on this forum. Whenever I go to sell my E.Yellows I'm selling excellent quality at less than a quarter of the shop price. But I still get tight wads asking for a deal cheaper than $4 each!!! I get people offering to buy bulk "if it's a good price". . . Mate, $4.00 each is already an unbelievable price considering they sell $15 - $25 in the shop! I usually end up offering a better deal anyway, to the first buyer that turns up, for less than the "each price". Just irks me when people actually upfront ask for something less than the good price on offer. Sure, you can take the aggressive (or ridiculous) approach in trying to make a deal, breeders won't sell them to you and you can go get them from the shop for +400%. People just need to chill. When I buy fish from a breeder I first make the commitment then see what happens when I go visit them. 9/10 I get a better deal than they advertised. Same goes for shop owners. You get to know them, are friendly and not too pushy, they usually end up giving you good deals also.
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  5. Clown Loaches are the way to go, as mentioned, and the easiest fix. Conde's Crystals are good for dipping new plants into before adding to a tank, but doing the whole tank can be tricky as it's quite caustic (I'd wear gloves) and a bit of effort. Basically it's the "sledgehammer method" of getting rid of snails infestations, so make sure you give all your stuff a good rinse. Myself, I used to do the tank seperate and give it a good wash down afterwards and I ditched all the rocks and gravel for new. But that was before I found out about Clown Loaches.
  6. The only experience I have is with the Fishmate feeder (lost the box but think it's made by Eheim?) . . . http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/catalogue_products.php?prodID=3980 I used flake once but with the QLD humidity, flake food easily clogs the wheel and stops it from rotating. This happened the second day of holidays, so my fish starved for a week. So I always use pellets only, but you also have to take extra caution you don't bump the wheel off kilter, 'cause then it won't work. The new Eheim model is supposedly better. But look for a feeder that a.) runs on battery in case your power goes out, and b.) the food can't somehow clog the thing from working.
  7. Not a great night for the Lake Malawi enthusiasts, seemed to be a lot of buyers and not many sellers. My best buy was 4 excellent quality Demasoni for $15 - although the runner didn't realise I was the winning bidder and I was given the last bag of three available - cheeky buggers those other buyers who didn't win the bid but happily took first choice anyway! :irked: Just as well they were good fish regardless, but next time I'll take all three bags! My worst buy, one Kingsizei with a deformed tail for $16. Don't you just love it when people throw their unwanted rubbish into the auction. Not QLDAF's fault mind you, very hard to inspect fish in those blue covered bags.
  8. . My wishlist for the night, adult males of the following: Ps Elongatus any variety Cobalt Blue Red Zebra Neon Spot Maingano Ps Flavus C. Afra anything Ps. socolofi or Pindani Tropheops any variety Albino Zebras (as in Metriaclima variety, and a bag of juvies) Here's hoping!
  9. Exactly, so be sure to have a spare cooler bag or two for keeping your new fish as I think weatherwise it's going to be a warm evening. Plus the insulated dark environment keeps them calm and not too stressed.
  10. Anyone can attend the auction and QFAS usually get a good sized crowd. So anyways: Tips for the first timers . . . Tip #1: They won't necessarily advertise how many bags they have, they might drop a hint but will only ever hold up one bag and you bid on that one bag. They only announce how many are available after the bidding has ended. So if you win the bid on any one auction, and there's 3 lots, you're entitled to take all them being the winner. Or just one bag or two bags, being the winner you have first dibs on what you please. Tip #2: Further to tip #1, often you see two bidders will go at it for a while and up goes the price, only for the winner to be told there's actually three bags of that fish available. If the winner only wants one bag the second bidder has dibs on what's left. If the second bidder also only wants one bag they ask the remaining bidders or audience who wants the last bag. And all bags are at the winning bid price. Tip #3: However, quite often you see two or three bidders go at it for a while and someone might pull out thinking there's perhaps two or three bags available, only to be told there's just one bag .Or the winner takes all three bags and they miss out. Tip #4: They will have a projection screen on stage and will display a photo from the Net of the species currently up for auction, but generally you won't be able to stop the auction and inspect the fish up close as QFAS want to keep it moving along at a good pace. So bear in mind it's a minor gamble as you're bidding on something more or less "sight unseen". Tip #5: Sometimes they will invite people to come up to the stage to inspect but only on the big ticket items such as something quite rare. And anyway, by the time you've taken the time to rush up to the stage to take a closer look the bidding has ended! Tip #6: As the winning bidder the runner will get you to inspect the bag before accepting it, so you can still decline a lot if you don't like what you see in the end - the caveat being, rejection is because you think the stock is unhealthy, disfigured or not what is advertised. Other than that it doesn't go down well if you decline to buy something just because you've changed your mind - you must have a good reason. Tip #7: Also bear in mind QFAS inspects all lots before they go into the auction and this includes the auctioneers themselves. So anything dodgy or unacceptable gets picked up. Tip #8: Regards to Tip # 4 and any doubts about not knowing the quality of the fish on offer, it's a tough call but I've learnt it's better to bid on something I'm really keen for, and get it home for cheap. Then I can decide whether it's worth holding on to or try make my money back by selling it on later. Tip #9: Don't hold off on a fish you really want, thinking more will come up later. Maybe they will, but maybe that fish won't come up for the rest of night. So if something comes up that you want, don't hold back because at the end of the day the stock is cheaper than retail and you will kick yourself the next day if you miss out! Tip #10: The auction moves fast - as per previous tip, don't hold off on something you want. While you're deciding on whether to bid it's ended and the next lot has started. Tip #11: Bring and esky or polystyrene box, regardless of your intention to buy anything. It can be a long hot night and you may end up with fish sitting exposed for a long time before they make it home. Tip #12: Usually the fish have been sitting in their bags for quite a few hours prior to the start of the auction. Sometimes the QFAS have an O2 bottle on hand where you can get your fish re-bagged. I always take some spare bags or a bucket or two, plus a bottle of Prime and a battery operated air pump, just in case. At the very least, having a bottle of Prime handy and some spare bags will get you out of any trouble. Tip #13: They have well priced food on hand such as hot dogs, BBQ sausages, cold drinks etc. So don't worry about missing out on dinner and starving. Tip #14: It can be a long night. So settle in for the long haul and enjoy the spectacle that an auction is.
  11. They usually have stacks and stacks of boxes to get through, and it's all volunteers who run the auction, but they work their butts off to get through the lots as quickly as possible. However sheer volume of stock usually means at the very least it will be midnight. QFAS try to break up the lots where possible, but there's generally no predetermined plan as to the order, other than how stock is received from sellers - Lot 1 Africans, Lot 2 Catfish, Lot 3 Plants and so on. Sometimes a seller might enter 20 lots of the one thing in one hit, plants for example, so if the QFAS don't spot it, we end up with half an hour of plants. But like I say, they make every effort to break them up for variety. But at the end of the day, QFAS do an amazing job to pull it all off.
  12. Be at least 'till midnight. And they have the Brisbane one about every 6 months.
  13. My experience with Lake Malawi, having the one, large dominant male is key to a successful display as far as aggression goes. The Alpha male keeps all the others in tow, generally puts an immediate halt to any fighting and does this usually without injuring any tankmates (because hey, they're the boss). The trick is finding that one good Alpha male. Usually finding the biggest works, depending on species. If you have several males all similar size competing, more aggressive species wanting to dominate will attack any perceived threats and deaths usually result. Usually the juvies and smaller fish are left alone. Sometimes however, I've ended up with a "hyper-dominant" male that attacks everything with intent to harm. Best thing is remove them to a jail tank for a week or so, and rearrange the tank before returning them. But the one big boss will usually keep it all in order. Your compressicep should fill the role nicely. The best tank bosses I've had have been a big male Venustus for a few years, a big Ps Crabro and a big Electric Blue. All were a good size bigger than any other fish. In their time, they kept the rabble under control and I had fantastic, harmonious tank displays with happy fish. And another trick with Mbuna, have plenty of numbers. This creates a bit of confusion on who's who, except for who the tank boss is.
  14. . Hey MoBro! Can't help you if you're chasing a lift sorry, but I'll be be there, me and my Mo. I can't wait. My Africans have been beating each other up and had some casualties. So any sellers bringing Lake Malawi, let us know. :nosey:
  15. You should also consider getting along to the auction the following weekend. Huge range of aquarium livestock at unreal prices. Worth the effort if you're shopping around for your aquarium. 4pm, Saturday November 21 St Josephs College Basketball Stadium Gregory Terrace Spring Hill (near Centenary Pool) Enter Car Park at bottom of school from Roger or Victoria Streets Goes all night. Plenty of seating, food and drinks available, just bring an esky in case you see something you like.
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