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Grover65k last won the day on March 2

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About 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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    Fast Cars. Large Fish
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    IT Consultant to earn the $$ necessary to keep large fish!

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  1. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Sort of Update... Fellow QLDAFers... it has been a while since you last had a GPG update. Let's just say that the GPGs are all OK, that the year is gradually sliding towards Winter and the appropriate preparations thereof, that Grover is negotiating with AoA to procure a Cetus Sieve, that Crusty's great idea (see above) is still a great idea but has not yet been actioned, & That Grover is more interested in his new lady friend (who reads this blog/forum/post) than the GPGs. There I said it! Shocking though it may be, you'll all just have to live with it. Regards, Grover (he won't be far away and he continues the Billabong story, but he will be mightily distracted)
  2. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Goldfish Moving Day ! Ahh... memories of the Ekka! Every child (and really keen adult !) wins a prize goldfish to take home. @crusty76 brought some assistant "goldfish wranglers" and went home a happy Vegemite with 32 assorted goldies today! In exchange, he came up with an excellent lifehack for the Billabong (i.e. some practical and adaptable knowledge dedicated to improving the visibility of the GPGs 4 to 5 ft down!). Here's the link - Pond Pump Prefilter and one photo from the site - His bright idea was to put a prefilter milk crate on the pump that powers the spray bar, and to cover it in disposable Dacron / white filter wool pads to help in filtering out the fine particles in the water. The GPGs are now visible down to 1-2 feet, but I'm sure all our Billabong aficionados want more underwater video with some clarity !! Yay crusty!! Thank you very much. Cheers, Grover (apologies for being gone for a while but he has a new lady friend... & the GPGs are taking second place )
  3. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Success !! At catching goldfish ! The new super-exotic and expensive (AUD$12) net from eBay is worth its weight in fish food! Ha Ha! Here are today's results... @crusty76 will be pleased :-) As soon as the "agisted" goldfish go off to my lady-friend, it'll be on to goldie capture LOL Grover (Proviso: No Oscars or GPGs were harmed in the capture of these goldies.)
  4. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    To all you eagle-eyed "GPG-for-sale" spotters, There may be a few more GPGs coming on the market. But believe me when I say I've had first dibs, but instead have to blow $$$ on fixing the clutch of Mazda RX-8. Sadly, too many burnouts, and drifting all over the country-side. So, thank you, but I really can't take any more into the Billabong. Errr... ditto for togas too Cheers, Grover (he really thinks he does have 25+ GPGs in there somewhere...)
  5. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Here's me with a GPG... Not sure why he's coloured orange tho... that's usually one of the Red Oscars, and I'm sure they're not that large ! Grover (I seem to remember that "Otto" ends up in a swimming pool. How bizarre!)
  6. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi @Yodapwnsasmurf I'll send you a PM :-) The reason for me wanting to catch a few (!) goldfish is that I promised @crusty76 a bunch ages ago and I still haven't delivered on this promise. Basically, I've run out of pool space in that I'm "agisting" about 25 goldfish for a lady friend who is moving house and building a new pond/pool. And until they "clear the deck", I've got nowhere to put any that I can catch from the Billabong. So, the goldies continue their merry life in the green waters and try to avoid getting smashed by the multitude of 7kg+ GPGs ... LOL ! The goldies also appreciate the 40,000 litres and plenteous food - they show this appreciation by growing ever larger. Umm... I think it's a real-life example of - This appears to be a cautionary tale for budding aquarium enthusiasts Grover (and a cautionary tale for GPG keepers too ! )
  7. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Back to the Goldfish Removal Dept ... Sadly, it seems that the "Minnow/Bait/Shrimp/Net is just too small. Some of the goldfish are now at least 20cm. Maybe one of these will work... Grover (Able to breed goldfish no worries, GPGs are proving slightly trickier to multiply ! )
  8. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    However... 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 :-) Grover (He's also starting to see more GPGs in the Billabong - up to a dozen at one time! Photos to come .)
  9. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Aaargles. .. Of course the plumbing blows a major leak as you're trying to leave for work!!!
  10. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thanx @QldMick !! That's wot I thought too. Really, there's not a big call for another Australian Icon - "The Big Gourami" to go with the "Big Prawn", the "Big Banana", and the "Big Trout". I think I'll stop at 25 and just try to keep entertaining you lot with the trials and tribulations of a swimming-pool full of fish. Grover (swearing off buying another GPG for the moment)
  11. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    @billfish At some point I'm going to need a bigger Billabong... Hang on? Isn't that the same as "Honey, I just need another temporary 4 ft tank ." ? ? ? Grover (has to find another house with a bigger swimming pool)
  12. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hmm... I get the hint LOL
  13. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thanx ! @HaydnRex @wadedidit you two are a f@t lot of help! LOL
  14. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Guys! Guys! (and Ladies!) How to say this??? I counted 24 or 25 as the water is clearing - so perhaps I've been greedy? Or I can't count very well, and double-counted some! We need to take a vote over the weekend - results Monday! Who thinks I need more GPGs and Who thinx I have enough ? Grover (mind you, Mt Cotton is only a short drive away from Stafford... umm... )
  15. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Yep! As soon as the water clears enough I'll break out the camera-on-a-stick for more GPG videos. I'm looking forward to this too :- ))) Grover (Gone to Kingaroy for the weekend, so Daughter #1 gets to feed the giant gouramis)