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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Night photo
    Looks like the floating islands of Elephant Ears have already got themselves sorted for my Billabong make-over!

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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Death in the Billabong
    Sorry cobbers, there no easy way to say this - Grover has lost 8 GPGs over Winter.
    It appeared to be a combination of cold (the pool heat exchanger carked it at a critical time) and possibly injudicious choice of  foodstuffs during the cold temperatures.
    Please, you can throw things at me, but I feel bad enough already. No pictures, as you all know what it like to lose special fish  - I've had some of these since 2009/2010.
    No plans to replace them, but I will talk to some of the other QLDAFers who could take 5 or 6 as a chance to try their own breeding program.
    That should leave me with a few (less than 10 ) which might be a better school of fish.
    PS: the bl**dy goldfish are thriving , growing and probably will multiply over Summer. If you want some send me a PM.
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    l2h got a reaction from raycam01_au in 150 W metal halide? 2ft?   
    Awww you are such a nice guy Ray   
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Cetus Sieve Update...
    The good news is I'm still keen to get to the pumbing exercise.   
    The bad news is you're going to have to wait for while.   
    As this is new technology (along with the BBF- Bog Bed Filter), I 've decided to wait for Winter. The cover will go on (for warmth) and the bioload of algae drops off remarkably. So my guess is that this would be the best time to rebuild the Billabong filter system. 

    Also, in reference to the personal note above, I'm somewhat busy dismantling my life. The nieces and nephews along with Daughter #1, have scored quite a collection of artwork and family history, and I'm just getting started. In the aquarium front, Crusty has scored a variety of equipment as well as the goldfish. And as soon as I master net-casting, there will be more goldies up for free give-away - stay tuned.  You are warned that I have a range of things planned to implement the new concept of "1 Life / 5 Years", so apologies in advance if I tend to mix some of this with the GPG updates. Truth be told, you are not going to get one without the other.
    I will endeavour to stay on the fishy-straight-and-narrow, so just feed me out a bit more fishing line along the way.
    Bonus artwork tonight is one of my Mum's art drawings from the family history files.
    (you've been where I am, and you know what it's like)
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    The personal note…
    Hello @Heintz.G ,
        I understand that you might be concerned, but for me it is a change of outlook on life. When you discover that the person you loved does not see a future for the two of you then you re-assess everything in your life. Already the changes are underway – these include a withdrawal from social life, renouncing church attendance, and the ongoing removal of un-necessary “things”.
        Unfortunately, the GPGs are also in the firing line, albeit within a 5-year time-frame. So, fear not, the Billabong stories will continue for a little while yet. As recompense for some wonderful online supporters, I have broadened the reach of the Billabong from QLDAF to include Instagram and Facebook (much as I might detest the business morality of these platforms).
    Thank you to all my family and friends for their support over the Christmas & New Year period just past.

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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    How Many Goldfish in the Billabong?
    Not really sure Mick!
    About this many...

    Or if you want to count them in the video... 
    GPG UW Billabong21
    (Ha! The Insta-fish hordes are flocking to Instagram - I have 6 followers!  Does that make me an "Influencer" yet??)
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    l2h reacted to Mackayman in Diy sponge media   
    Couldn't agree more.
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    l2h reacted to Slipshodman in Diy sponge media   
    personally Freddy i wouldn't risk something from a cheapo shop, you have no idea what chemicals lie within.
    A lot of sponges etc have antibacterials which will not be very good for your fish
    The sites sponsors have pretty good prices, i would suggest just buying from them either online or in store (you get 10% off being a QLDAF member) 
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Christmas Time !!
    Here's a bargain at Bunnings for the Billabong:- ))

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    l2h got a reaction from wadedidit in South American setup - Angelfish companions   
    Festivum are a good companion species
    Keyholes are a very placid species
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    l2h got a reaction from Craigo in 3 foot verse 4   
    as soon as you go to 60cm high you go up in glass size and the price increases
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    l2h reacted to Sephiroth in 800L Rainbow Display and Freshwater Pipefish   
    Hey all, recently moved and delving into the hobby a bit more, started the fish room under the new house and have about 12 ponds out back.
    I've got the bug again so i'm starting to upload videos again like i used to, have a looky if you like your Natives n such
    Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PrecisionAquaticz/
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Technological Update
    Hmm... based on some LinkedIn learning videos 80% of all content consumed on the internet is video.
    This means that Grover's photos and words might be un-trendy, out-of-date, and positively un-hip! 
    So, you will see a determined effort for more video to attract more visitors. Who knows? Hollywood may come knocking for a screenplay of "GPG: The Movie" 
    Video Grover
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    l2h reacted to tdj5 in Loungerooms are for tanks right?   
    When I met the wife I have 10 4fters in my bed room she hated it  27 years later she's still here and so are the fish 
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    A Real Update  :-)
    Yes, you've all been very patient with Grover while he is distracted.
    It's also a "good thing" that she has been patient with me too :- ))
    The recent cold snap in Brissie galvanised me into action to cover the Billabong. Didn't even stop to pull down the Summer cover - just got the polyfoam pallets out onto the guy ropes then dragged the blue cover on!  The GPGs were impressed at my speed!
    It was late afternoon sunlight when I started, but obviously dark at the finish ha!

    (now to fire up the heat exchanger on the old pool pump)
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    l2h reacted to ageofaquariums in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Still a better love story than twilight!

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    l2h reacted to raycam01_au in Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg Tank   
    fishless, we have plenty of cycled media from other tanks to use in the sumps, we feed Amonia in and on occassions use Dr Tims
    sexy cycling, 
    sexy fishlings
    sexy me
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    l2h got a reaction from Fishybuisness in Hi everyone   
    Need 10 posts be able to access the classified section
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    l2h got a reaction from Rod in Juvinile Guppy Sex Identification   
    looks female to me
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    The good news is that I now know that Loctite GO2 Gel (Tm of Henkel PL) and purchased from your friendly LFS (aka "Bunnings") joins Ag pipe with a piece of PVC pipe that has rock-hard blue glue already welded into it (a la the above picture).
    So it's all systems back to filtering :-)
    (He's also starting to see more GPGs in the Billabong - up to a dozen at one time! Photos to come .)
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    l2h reacted to HaydnRex in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    I reckon you need to raise the sides of the billabong and build in some viewing Windows! 
    That way you don't have to move to a place with a bigger pool annnnd you might get to see the gpg's more often!
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    l2h reacted to tdj5 in What are my fish babies called ???   
    Or live food 
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    l2h reacted to Shell&shane in Hi from down south   
    Hi all used to be an active member but 2.5 Years ago moved out of town on to a bit of land and had a bit of a break from fish. Just starting to get back into the hobby.
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    l2h reacted to DFishkeeper in Can someone please tell me what my baby fish are called   
    You can call your fish hybrids or crossbreeds
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    l2h reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Hi @Slipshodman,
    Wot about an RC Battleship?

    The GPGs would love chasing it round and round and trying to eat it!
    Or perhaps a Torpedo Boat, so I could chase the GPGs??

    The water is still too green for an RC submarine with in-built camera, but maybe one day it'll appear in the Billabong...

    (still a big kid at heart!)
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