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Grover65k

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    Grew up in a large family with multiple fish tanks that Dad had made out of old window panes, did a Biology Degree, joined Q.NPWS, became an IT consultant, decided to keep Oscars and more recently GPGs.
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  1. 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. Grover PS: the bl**dy goldfish are thriving , growing and probably will multiply over Summer. If you want some send me a PM.
  2. GPG Spot-lighting at Night (Part 1) Went for a wander with the torch last night, and see who I found floating next to a filter outlet - Yes! "G for George" in all his his grey glory ! He seems happy enough, but is extremely shy during the day. Grover (fish hunting by torch-light again later in the week)
  3. Robo-Gourami Wanted... Saw this today - Robotic Fish and thought the GPGs could give robo-fish "What For" in the Billabong. Grover (on the hunt for fishie technological advances) Another article in "WIRED" has this quote (ha ha) - "Thus the fluid energizes the fish. But it also acts as a traditional hydraulic fluid, in that it transmits force in the tail and pectoral fins. When the pumps push the fluid to the fins, they bend back and forth to propel the robot. The pectoral fins work in the same way to steer the fish left and right.This doesn’t move the robot particularly quickly, mind you: The fish can cover about one and a half body lengths per minute. “It would definitely get eaten if it were in the ocean,” says Shepherd."
  4. Border Collie meets Goldfish Small problem today.... the BC went for a long throw ball in the backyard and hit the wading pool. As its been in the sun for 2years the pool promptly split washing flappy goldfish at the Dog. Who just as fast turned tail and ran from the deluge. I now have 6 free large pond goldfish to go to good home. Send me a PM, else I will throw them back in the Billabong with the GPGs. Cheers. Grover
  5. Very slow month.... The heat exchange pump needs repair, and I spotted one solitary fish on display where i worked in Sydney last week. Cheers, Grover (He's slightly frozen at the moment)
  6. Not sure what they did with it. Would be a waste to spike it, but with our strict quarantine.... ABC News on 14-Apr-2019 Ah bugger, it was humanely euthanised Spotted this tooo The man was then arrested and is expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on May 15. so let's see if he makes the news reports next Wednesday 15 in Adelaide Court list for Monday 13-Apr (dunno if he would be criminal or civil - criminal you think?) List
  7. Another week, another trip This time to Melb - cold, wet. and raining but I did find a new aquarium store at Keysborough, Melb. Walked in and the front was full of goldfish: some lovely black & gold Ranchus. Then thru doors to the back area of tropicals.... whew 30deg temp. Absolutely Great. Good selection of Africans and the usual tropicals. No giant gouramis tho. :- (( Left the GPGs in care of the housemate - all OK so far. Grover PS: Doesn't look much from the outside, but impressed as really well-run on the inside.
  8. Ha! In Synney again this week! Maybe I can hang a Giant gourami around my neck and fly home tomorrow night. Wont be a fully red arowana with certificate Cheers, Grover
  9. Notes from Synney... Wandered around the Harbour, and missed Brisbane warmth. Back to the GPGs on Friday. Grover
  10. Winter Prep... (Take #2) There was something slightly wrong with the last photo above... It came to me this morning that the cover was un-naturally flat. In my hurry to get everything done on the weekend - I had forgotten these - I had forgotten to tuck these under the ropes in the center of the Billabong to hold the poly pallets further out of the water and give the GPGs a lot more breathing space. So... With the final result mid-morning today looking much better! Grover (Anybody have any spare marbles for Grover who is losing his?)
  11. Winter Preparation... This week is another exciting (?!) trip to Sydney for work, so I'm leaving the GPGs in the capable hands of a new house-mate. She's been trained in the tricky art of de-frosting peas & beans, as well as tearing lettuce heads apart with her bare hands. I'm confident the fish will survive; just hope the Dog likes her at feeding time. Seeing as how my time with the Billabong is going to be somewhat curtailed by work trips and a trip to down-town Gunnedah, I thought it best to get motivated this week with the Billabong cover. Otherwise, nothing will happen until May - and by then the poor GPGs will be swimming in 10degC water - not a good look. Here's the action photos... Getting the poly pallets out of the roof of the carport, and stringing the ropes... Poly pallets in, and wrestling with the blue cover... Final result: the poly pallets sitting on the ropes provide breathable air-pockets for the gouramis. The blue cover holds the heat in and keeps the water temperature up as the outside temp drops. Cheers, Grover (PS: the Dinosaur skeleton is still for sale - Grover is open to offers !) Dry Goods: Garden Frame / Pool Cover / Dinosaur Skeleton
  12. Clean-up Mode... In the run-down (?) to Winter, I've decided to clean-up the yard as well as re-doing the filtration. Dry Goods: Garden Frame / Pool Cover / Dinosaur Skeleton Cheers, Grover ( What! a Garden Frame / Pool Cover / Dinosaur Skeleton ? )
  13. Cetus Sieve Update... Well? 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. Cheers, Grover (you've been where I am, and you know what it's like)
  14. Rescuing the Elephant Ears This morning I found that the Elephant Ears had been well and truly munched by the GPGs. So, I've hooked the island up to the side of the pool to stop it lying on its side. This should let the plants recover and grow new leaves. Grover (I really need to throw more lettuce leaves in the Billabong)
  15. How to make a Billabong... Ha! Found this online today! Natural Pools Work Swimmingly Grover
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