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Grover65k last won the day on October 5

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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

    Price Drop !!!! Only $550 now :-) Grover (exciting, isn't it !)
  2. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Ooohh... I am humbled before the mighty opinions of all of QLDAF Trust me; I'm going to be potting up more miniature papyrus plants as they seem to be the most attractive plant to the GPGs who build the nests. I have heavily invested in (= bought more of) the stainless steel boat motor leads used to stop outboards motors from dropping overboard. These will be attached to the aforementioned papyrus plants to stop them being lost to the bottom of the billabong. Then, I'll throw in all sorts of crappy Elephant Ear leaves and stems... to give them something to work with in the nest building. The Billaboing can stay solid green for all I care! And the BCF (Big Cr@p Filter) may have to work overtime. I do see the the Giant Gouramis when they surface (being the cute, little, cuddly anabatoids that they are). Stay tuned for Spring-time developments. Grover (Baby the GPG: "By my count, he's had about 6 years now of trying to breed us... surely, he must get it right one year..." )
  3. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Coming out of Winter, & into Spring A GPG's thoughts turn to.... FOOD ! As you can see, the food bucket has been supa-sized! Grover
  4. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Take 2 on Goldfish Catching... If you grew up with Road Runner cartoons, then you'll know that Wile E. Coyote had a great supplier - ACME Corporation! I too, have a great supplier - eBay ! After the slightly abject failure with the Protable Folded Fishing Net Small Fish Shrimp Minnow Crab Baits Cast Mesh Net My next Wile E. Coyote purchase is... 12 Holes Square Foldable Fisho larger with...ing Trap Cast Net Nylon Stainless Closed Shrimp Net Wonder Net I read the blurb, and how could I not be swayed by such magnificent persuasive literacy and features ?? Features: Square design with twelve enters. With six solid steel bars, make the net stay strong. Zipper design makes it be more easier to take out what you caught. Can be folded,convenient to carry and easy to use. Wow! 12 "enters", oh - the net "stay strong", and a zipper ! And wait, there's more... ! For a simple person like me, yes! yes! I need release from complex installation problems, please. Grover (sending his Paypal $$$ off into the ether)
  5. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    She's Still There... Been a few days and the GPG is still holding on $600... Ooooo... the suspense and 74 views on GumFree...
  6. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    A New GPG Addition ? Thanx for the opinions and support. Although a "GoFundMe" https://www.gofundme.com/ project might be a bit over-the-top. Perhaps "Go-Rescue-A-GPG" would be a better approach LOL No need for donations, just yet! At a price point of $600, I think I can wait a few days, then offer a reasonable amount and provide a quality home. You'll also be glad to know that Daughter #2 has rescinded the $50 'daughter-tax' that I had to pay her if I bought anymore GPGs... Yay! The GPG in question looks like a female, so it would be remiss of me in my attempt to breed giant gouramis if I failed to acquire her. Hmm..... Grover
  7. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Well done you two !! I do admit that this one fits the criteria - usually they are about $10 per cm, so 60cm x $10/cm = $600 Do you think I should offer a slightly lower price? I'm thinking of starting at $450 ?? It is GUMTREE, and they obviously aren't on QLDAF. Opinions pls. Grover
  8. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    The Great Goldfish Game... or "Catch Me If You Can!" Hmmm... @crusty76 is just gunna have to wait. Grover
  9. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Billabong Mark 2 ??? Fear not! The Giant Pink Gouramis are safe in their swimming pool - this Clarke Rubber $29 purchase is a temporary holding pen for whatever goldfish I can catch with my new wonder net - the "PROTABLE FOLDED FISHING NET" Grover (stay tuned for the goldfish removal exercise...)
  10. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Wanderings through the Burnett Region... Took the weekend off and went up to Kingaroy for some R&R. During a Sunday drive I found one of the native fish hatcheries we have in Qld. Freshwater Fish Stocking Didn't have time to visit, but I'd love to throw some silver perch hatchlings in the Billabong to take out the goldfish... Ha! No Murray Cod - as I figure they are apex predators and would take out the Giant Gouramis ! Bit further up the road was the Bjelke-Petersen Dam, with Lake Barambah, so of course had to have a quick squiz. This was the most interesting bit, as the dam is currently just under 18% full. A few water skiers and boaters were puddling around, but they looked along way down the slope from Yallakool Tourist Park where the long-weekend campers were. Grover (on fish safari in the great SE of Qld)
  11. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Yes! The poly-tarp one just disintegrated in what seemed like nothing-flat time. This is a 5m x 5m shade sail from Bunnings - your Friendly Giant Gourami Aquarium Hardware Store ( = GPG LFS) Cheers, Grover
  12. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Weekend Work in the Billabong... Sorry folks - no goldfish catching What did happen was that the Winter pool cover fully disappeared, and the Summer shade cover went up. The EPS pallets are now safely roped up under the tin roof of the carport - providing a small degree of insulation for the multiple cars underneath. The blue cover is waiting for Daughter No1 (or #2 or #3) to return so I have some assistance in folding it up to shove in the shed. How difficult was the shade cover construction?, you ask? Well !! 1) Read instructions, then throw them away. Every thing is colour-coordinated - not very helpful if you're colour-blind or at least colour-impaired. 2) Work out what goes where on the basis of geometry that you learnt in high school. E.g. the short, curvy bits go in the middle, leaving the long bits that probably go on the long-sides. 3) Now take the shade cover and attach with UV-resistant cable zip ties. Lean the result on the pool fence. 4) Manhandle the resulting 5m x 5m thingie single-handedly into position over the pool - remembering to attach legs to it before doing this step. Optional: Swear words, manual struggles, and dropping the whole cover thingie on your head are optional extras - please insert your choice of bad language at this point. TA DA ! One completed shade cover over the Billabong to stop the GPGs from getting a sun-tan and to prevent predation by low-flying pelicans. Grover (goldfish catching re-scheduled for Daughter #1's return)
  13. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Action Stations ! ! ! Look what arrived in the mail today! Obviously a rough trip thru the postal system - with a gaffer-taped repair job. Now how do I work this? No, that can't be right. Oh, hang on the rod thingies slide independently.... Yes, that's better. Roll on the weekend! Grover (on the hunt for goldfish tomorrow)
  14. Polyester filter wool on sale at Spotlight

    Great! I used to use these in the giant filter for the GPGs, except I went through one whole sheet every week! Had to upgrade to full sheets of Matala instead. Grover
  15. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hooray for Spring ! In anticipation of a warm weekend, Daughter No 1 and I peeled back the blue pool cover and started removing the support structure. That large double swirl in the second photo above was caused by two large GPGs showing their displeasure at having a nice, warm cover removed ! In addition, there was a lot of noisy splashing going on after we did this... Ha! Grover (Happily gawking at a flock of GPGs now) (and not to be outdone, the 16kg of Aquaholics fish-food arrived yesterday ! It really arrived last Monday, but the message F***way sent to my phone showed a tracking number of lf0000____, and of course I read it as IF0000___, whereas it was really LF0000____. Bl**dy LOWER CASE vs UPPER CASE. No wonder no-one could find it in the computer system ! Oh well - it arrived OK )