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

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  1. Ha ha! You'll need a bigger net - the GPGs are cracking 80cm in length Grover
  2. Night photo Looks like the floating islands of Elephant Ears have already got themselves sorted for my Billabong make-over!
  3. Inspiration while walking The Dog! Brisbanites on the north-side will know that Kedron Brook is a great place to run your dogs. It also a great place for inspiration after the recent flooding rain. Kedron Brook in flood - Feb 2020 As the creek banks are lined with reeds, tall grasses, and Elephant Ear plants; all of this was washed downstream and into great mucky piles of vegetation. Just perfect for GPGs to use as nest building materials! This had me thinking (at 1.30am in the morning !) of how I can make the shallow end of the Billabong more nest-friendly for the GPGs. All those years of ‘Technical Drawing’ have paid off as you can see in the above diagrams. I seem to remember that my middle-of-the-night idea was to put the large cane baskets back on the edge interspersed with lily plants in pots, and to invent “something” (in grey) to make the pool shallow at this end, but not “something" that would trap a GPG under it. The floating islands could then form a loose barricade at the surface. I’ve learnt from experience, meaning that the plant pots, cane baskets, and anything else will have stainless steel cables ensuring that they don’t end up (down!) 1-2 meters down in the depths. Also, I would have to source either long grass or hay (straw, lucerne, or sugar cane) or something like the mucky vegetation from Kedron Brook and give up trying to make the Billabong ­un-green. So… any comments / suggestions from the ½ dozen QLDAFers who actually read these posts? Cheers, Grover (once more – he tries to give the giant pink gouramis an environment like their S.E. Asian home)
  4. Rain, rain, rain... Great time to refresh the Billabong - I re-directed the rainwater tank hoses to go straight into the Billabong! It overflowed all night and half the next day Here's one of the v.happy GPGs. (I counted 6 or 7 swirling around & playing in the rain as it was dancing on the water.) And no comments please about "Monsters from the Black Lagoon" which I received from my brother when this posted on Instagram Cheers, Grover ( takes a fair amount of H2O to refresh 40,000 litres! )
  5. Hi @billfish, Looks like one Gummie bear is obviously tired of tyre-kickers ha! I think I remember paying about $150 each for half a dozen or so littlies back around 2010 - price has obviously gone up a tad. Mind you, I did also see Brisbane's "Holey" GPG on there as well (but dating back to Nov last year) - maybe I should add him/her to the Billabong. But it would be a big responsibility as he's (?) been around town for quite a few years now. And is reasonably famous !! Cheers, Grover
  6. Bl**dy Expensive GPG Even I can't afford this one! Grover (he's back !)
  7. Time to re-liven this thread! Can anybody recommend a good commercial source of Red Claw craylings near Gympie? #1 Daughter is trying her hand (foot?) at aquaculture in a couple of dams on her property south of Gympie. Maybe she just wants a change in the menu - from fish & chips to Cray & chips. Any ideas appreciated! I see that "Cherax Park" is nearby, but she wants craylings, not adults! Grover
  8. Its official The Billabong has gone green for summer, photo to come. So Grover is back to whale-watching as the GPGs surface to gulp air. Grover (Author of "How Green Was My Billabong")
  9. Ha! Discovered why there are so many goldfish in the Billabong. Found this little blighter in the filter box. Cheers, Grover
  10. Nighttime in the Billabong With the cover blown off, the GPGs are a bit more visible at night time. Video here - Billabong at Night Cheers, Grover (has to get his act together and put up another pool cover to stop predatory attacks by pelicans and sea-eagles )
  11. Small hiccup at the Billabong thanx to that wind storm the other day!
  12. To QLDAFers, Thanx for all your commiserations, now with Spring bouncing around it's time to peel off the blue cover and restart the Billabong to-do list. Ha! Cheers, Grover (Doesn't know what he's in for does he?)
  13. 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.
  14. 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)
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