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Grover65k last won the day on January 12

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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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    IT Consultant to earn the $$ necessary to keep large fish!

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  1. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thanx @HaydnRex Must be time for me to give myself a late Christmas present. LOL Grover
  2. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi @wadedidit Actually, they're not too bad - I did score a bunch of spare cash 3years ago and put 6kW of solar panels on the roof. Of course, the elec companys pay peanuts for any electricity you send to the grid , so instead I try to use all I generate during the day on the fish - either on the filters all year round or on the heat exchange pump during Winter. In the future, the carport roof is 6m x 18m so I could probably squeeze at least another 6kW on it. I'll have to wait for the price to drop a bit more, then buy a Tesla 2 battery pack ;-) Cheers, Grover ( ~~~~~~ bzzzzztt, bzzzzztt ~~~~~~~ )
  3. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Almost a week later... Consensus between No.1 Daughter and I is that you can see at lease 6 inches further down into the Billabong green water. Now you can spot the GPGs swimming under the surface, rather than just whale-watching and waiting for them to blow bubbles at the surface. Hooray! The UVCs have been running non-stop now for 6 days - I think I'll let them run another 3 weeks ! Grover (during the day is OK with the solar panels, but at night he expects the electrickery bill to be exciting! )
  4. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi @wadedidit, Yes, the Oscars are still cruising around with the giant gouramis. I was expecting them to clean out the baby goldfish, but instead the goldfish are getting massive as well (hang in there @crusty76, a bunch of them'll be heading your way this year for sure). Interestingly, the Oscars seem to inhabit the edge of the pool, usually cruising around in pairs. They only swim in the central area if there is food available; maybe they like the comfort of the pool sides?? I did lose one or two over last year - so I'm really not sure how many I have - hopefully if/when the water clears I'll be able to count them. I've seen at least 3 at once, but I'm sure there's more in there somewhere. And, the Plecostomus are still demolishing the zucchinis I sink to the bottom, so while they aren't visible, they are definitely down there. Regards, Grover Final UVC Plumbing update... As of 11.13am, Friday 5th January 2018 the UVCs are "up and running". To all our valued readers, come back in 2 weeks time !
  5. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    G'day @wadedidit, You'll be wanting one of those "The Year In Review" TV specials eh? Let me work on a potted history on the weekend - I'm still struggling with the plumbing today! And yes, survived the floods. Just quietly, I think the 20+ GPGs are too big to fit thru the pool fencing now, and the water came to within about 6 inchs height of the pool edge. Cheers, Grover
  6. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi Eric ! Thanx muchly - that's a great piece of technology that I wasn't aware of The Philmac weblink has now been added to my useful-things-to-know-exist Bookmark directory They look a quality product - "Built to withstand the toughest conditions to ensure longevity and durability, Philmac UTC® has a 50 year+ design life." Obviously, that time period will run neck & neck with the GPG's lifetime ha! Grover
  7. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    GPG UVC Plumbing - Part 5 The recalcitrant connector has been given "what for" and reconnected to the ag pipe fitting with green PVC weld cement plus a slathering of silicone on the outside as well as on the inside joint. I even remembered to add the green screw thingie before gluing it all back together. Bonus points! Grover (able to wield a caulking gun full of "Roof and Gutter" silicone with the best of the tradies ! ) PS: the reply from UK was, "No, we don't stock those bits". Therefore it's back to contriving Rube Goldberg mechanisms...
  8. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    GPG UVC Plumbing - Part 4 At least 4 dripping leaks were spotted this morning and then slathered with silicone. Another update tomorrow after the silicone sets ... Grover (not the world's best plumber, and he's no Albert Einstein either! ) Update @ 9pm: OK - I couldn't wait - 3 of the leaks have stopped, but the 4th is a major blow-out. It's an Outlet one where there's not a lot of join width to play with, so I've pulled it apart and will attempt to PVC weld solvent glue it tomorrow... Aaargh - this delays the UVC startup!
  9. To ALL the QLDAFers who have followed the trials and tribulations of the Giant Pink Gouramis From the solitary GPG "Tiddles" who arrived in October 2009 to the 20+ inhabitants of January 2018 Living in assorted accommodation - Originally, the "Top Pool" - a 10ft 'Bestway' splasher pool with a blow-up ring approx. 4,000 litres, then the interim "GPG Lake" - a 4.5m diameter metal-walled above ground pool - approx. 13,000 litres, and finally, the "GPG Billabong" - 26ft (9m x 5m) pebblecrete swimming pool - approx. 40,000 litres. I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the 100,000 views across all 5 threads. The fact that so many people out there are intrigued, amused, or just bewildered by, the GPG adventures is very motivating - thank you ! Cheers, and Happy New Year in 2018 ! ! Grover
  10. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Billabong UVC Plumbing ... (part 3) Option #4 Being the impatient aquarist I am, obviously I can't wait for advice from the UK, so I launch myself feet-first into OPTION #4... ta da! Which is ... Bite the bullet and re-use the multi-hose tails, by chopping off the skinny bits and leaving a 38mm hole - what the heck - close enough! And attach these as the inlet pipes because they now fit well enough to be silicone -glued to the 40mm:40mm joiner, this gives the Inlet pipe water somewhere to go! Chop the PVC pipe off the existing connectors and leave about 5cm of white ring which has now been silicone-glued to a 50mm:40mm connector, thus allowing the run of 40mm plumbing from then on for the Outlets. The whole exercise is mounted under the BCF, so gravity flow will be the speed of the water flow. To cater for the "just-in-case" options, I used 'Hose Nut & Tails - 40mm BSP x 40mm Poly'... umm... basically these let you connect the pipework to the plumbing bits with a collar which screws on without having to rotate the pipe. Anyway, they are easier to get on & off again than all the other bits of plumbing connections! Thus allowing for any major stuff-up I might face in the future. As a side thought I do realise these UVCs are now at the lowest point in the flow-path and might be subject to an accumulation of gunge. My space round the filters is somewhat limited and I would have preferred to have mounted them vertically in the drop height space between the BCF and the BBBs. Alas, no space; no clearance; very complicated plumbing (you watch - I'll probably regret this decision in a month or three) . To actively combat the possibility of crud in the UVCs, I intend to clean all the filters on a 2-3 daily basis. This will allow me to run hose pressure water through the UVCs to flush any gunk. (See also Point 7. above - for easy removal of UVC for cleaning purposes!) There you have it - "Plumbing by Grover" The GPGs and I are waiting for the silicone to set, and tomorrow will be leak-spotting & fixing (more silicone). Once the leaks are down to drip-status, I'll fire up the pumps, filters, and the UVCs and let it run continuously 24/7 (barring cleaning stops) for a few weeks and see what is the result. Grover PS: If I really had to I could probably lift the UVCs up about 15cm, which would put them level with the bottom inlets on the BBB. It's great having these "bright" ideas after you've slaved away the whole day building stuff - oh well :-/ (insert motivational picture here...)
  11. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Billabong UVC Plumbing ... (part 2) After we "went to press" with yesterday's post, a 4th bright idea bubbled to the surface (in amongst the green algae water!). Seeing as today is a public holiday and I need Reece Plumbing Pty Ltd, you'll all have to wait until tomorrow. Cheers, Grover (inspired every day by Wile E. Coyote)
  12. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Billabong UVC Plumbing… OK! So, the plumbing is boring – I get it! But without the plumbing there’d be no Giant Pink Gouramis swimming freely and happily in 40,000 litres of (at the moment) green water. Which brings me round the filter circuit to the 36w Blagdon Pro UVC. Last time I plumbed them into the filter system you might remember that I connected them to the ex-swimming pool pump. This wasn’t considered a great success as the water flow was way too fast for the UV light to be effective (and/or efficient!). This time I’m hooking them in-between the Big Cr@p Filter (BCF) and the Big Blue Barrels (BBB). The water flow here is positively, gravity-fed, “walking pace” which should improve the result. Technically though, there is a problem. The UVCs come with a female solvent waste 1.5" socket which of course I glued into 1.5” PVC pipe – like that’s going to come apart! The natty multi hose tails aren’t really a lot of use when your main plumbing material is 40mm ag pipe. The sockets themselves are like no other type of Australian fitting – they have a wide flange which sits against a rubber “O” ring. And I checked the thread – it’s a smidgen (technical term for “just enough to stuff things up”) bigger than the 55mm outside thread on 50mm pipe (on the Blagdon contact chamber body they are 60mm diameter across the outside thread). The intent is to end up with something like this - In addition, the Blagdon spare parts department - Blagdon Spares Dept. - (Azpack Limited, 24 Kernan Drive, Swingbridge Trading Estate, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 5JF, England. (01509) 261256) doesn’t show the PVC weld pipe socket as a spare part. Hmmm… what to do ? Option 1: Find the factory in China that makes these and plead for 4 sockets out of their working supply parts bin, or Option 2: Email Azpack and ask nicely if they have four of them for purchase (done !), or Option 3: Just came to me this morning as a bright (albeit expensive) idea. Buy 2 new 36W UVCs from AoA, and combine with my existing two UVCs to build two 72w dual-module UVCs. This way I get a total of 144w blasting away at the algae, another 4 new sockets, I re-use my modular connection kit – one connector at the bottom of each pair, then hacksaw the old PVC pipes apart to save the green ring nuts. Why the hacksaw job? Well, another Blagdon design excitement is that the green nuts at the top need to be smaller that than green nuts at the bottom, so you need two different sizes – cr@p ! Therefore, I have to rescue the old ones! I’m at the stage of waiting for an email from Azpack – I do understand that it’s Winter in the UK and New Year’s Eve as well, so don’t wait up for an answer just yet. Grover (learns more about plumbing than he really ever wanted to know…)
  13. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi Cam, It'd it be more of a tourist trap, than a fully fledged wildlife park LOL Sadly, I'm not the "Steve Irwin" variety of Aussie, although I did share his enthusiasm. My wildlife park would be on par with the "League of Gentlemen's" Roundabout Zoo in Royston Vasey. Ha! You have to see the episode to appreciate the black humour. Grover
  14. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Quick Billabong update... The spray bar came adrift yesterday arvo - ha ha ! I'd just pushed the white PVC pipe into the 40mm ag-pipe joiner and figured that friction would hold them there! FAIL ! No photo's as it was just embarrassing - still the zipties with the hooks from Bunnings saved the spray arm from plummeting 6ft down into the green; so this time I used PVC cement and those arms aren't getting a second chance to fall off. Also, a big shout out to @aquaholic99 for his recent advice and encouragement. I visited AoA {@ageofaquariums} just now and purchased two Blagdon 36w UVC Replacement Lamp Tubes, and am re-plumbing the Big Blue Barrel filters to mount the UVC units for some active duty over the next few months. Will let everyone know if I start to see GPGs again (and not just at the surface blowing bubbles and kisses at me!) Cheers, Grover
  15. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi again, An update from the BBC --> Crocodile found walking Melbourne street on Christmas Day Apparently in Victoria, pet owners in Victoria are allowed to keep crocodiles up to 2.5m in length. Anybody know what the Qld rules are ??? Grover (truth be told, the GPGs would probably not appreciate a snappy, top-end predator, fish-eating vertebrate as a potential Billabong inhabitant) Update: Just found this - it's a LOL thread-ful of info! https://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/threads/crocodiles-in-qld.218249/