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Grover65k

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About Grover65k

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  • Biography
    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. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    And around the corner... was where I am staying. Apparently, it's an area famous for cuttlefish breeding. I've never seen any in a marine aquarium, only the white internal cuttlefish "shell" that you pick up on the beach and take home for the Budgie to sharpen its beak on. Grover (back in Brissie to the Billabong at the end of the week)
  2. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    So... this is where I am working this week.
  3. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Just quietly, I may get to see the inside of the steelworks... THRILL !!! The accommodation is down by the beach - the Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn (I'm taking some good books to read whilst sitting and overlooking the pristine blue waters and sandy beaches; I expect it'll be just like sunny, tropical Qld beaches eh?). And an update on the AFFGPG Island is tipped over just waiting for GPG munching. Cheers, Grover (Off to the exotic locale of beach-side Whyalla - where it's only 41+ deg C )
  4. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Automatic Fish Feeders... (for the Billabong???) Yes ! I think I've solved the problem of how to feed Giant Pink Gouramis (GPGs) for at least a week, while I gallivant all over Australia for an IT project (alright - so it's only South Australia as a destination, and even then it's the exciting, tourist-catchy town of... Whyalla ! ) The answer came to me (as most do) in the disguise of a problem. Sometime ago I reported that one of the islands had tried to turn turtle, but only got half-way and was lying on its side with the Elephant Ear leaves in the water. Inspiration strikes!!! The GPGs happily munched off most of the leaves over the next month or so - here is how it looks now. And, you can see that it is still very attractive to a hungry gourami! The plant root systems are embedded in the island structure, so if I get it floating flat again the plants should recover. Now for the bright idea - I have a second island with plants standing tall and proud. So, before I leave for sunny Adelaide (and the Wilds of Whyalla) tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to tip the island on its side and let the GPGs hoe into the plants while I'm away. Daughter #1 is busy and my niece can be a bit erratic in the feeding dept. at times. Ta Da ! = Automatic Fish Feeder for Giant Pink Gouramis (AFFGPG) Remember cobbers! You saw it here first! Grover (OK... now hit those Thanks, Ha Ha, Like, or even Confused icons... we need to up the ratings please :-) EDIT: Thank you crusty (Numero One supporter of GPGs); everyone just thinks the GPGs are clickbait... ha ha!
  5. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Ha ha! That's awesome! Can you just run over there and get me some free samples? About 4-5 kilograms would do nicely
  6. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    And the view of Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg?... That's it on the right wreathed in clouds...
  7. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thanx @Slipshodman & @the cichlid kid The first half of 2019 is going to see a refurbishment of the entire Billabong filtration system (when the Cetus Sieve arrives... hint hint @ageofaquariums) The Bog Bed Filter (BBF) will finally get a load of scoria, and together with the Cetus Sieve, this will hopefully make a difference to the "Kermit" green colour. Here's a memory from South Africa that I'm aiming for... Doreen Falls, on what I think is the Mhlonhlo Creek flowing into the uMlambonja River. Cathedral Peak and Didima Camp Map Cheers, Grover (the water from the top of the Drakensberg range was clear, clean, and cool)
  8. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thanx @HaydnRex Looks very interesting... Q: What is in Splosht? A: Splosht is a unique blend of baccilus strains that naturally grow and: – Reduce nitrates and phosphates – Reduce sludge levels – Clarify the water – Reduce ammonia levels Splosht International Pty Ltd Level 1, 234 Curtis RdMunno Para, South Australia 5115 Just question to all QLDAFers... (and any of our visiting readers from South Australia !) Has anybody else had experience with this? It says "Safe for fish", but as I've got a quite few $$$ swimming in the Billabong, you won't want to hear that I've killed them all by SPLOSHTing them!! Any and all observations or advice listened to, and then Grover will make up his own mind Cheers Grover (the photos do look tempting tho...)
  9. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Technicalities in the Billabong... The GPGs are all fine, but the old swimming pool pump has had a coronary while I was away in Melbourne - oh dear! And the spare pump? - the Davey Silensor which I've had in a box for 4 years waiting for just this occasion ??? Of course! The fittings to the pipe work are different from the dead Onga!! Aaaaarrgghh!! Off to my plumbing shop - Reece Plumbing tomorrow. Grover (Grrrrrrrrr........) Stop Press: Change of plans! Can't be bothered with re-doing the plumbing, so have ordered online a new Onga PPP 1.0hp for a straight-forward swap-out/swap-in exercise. Much easier on my plumbing skills
  10. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Gotta Love Google ! Found this - with a bit of luck I can clear out (and give away) a bunch of Goldies !! Hmm... Now how do I persuade the Border Collie to hold the other end of the net and run it thru the Billabong with me ??? Grover (Temporarily puzzled... and head-less... and it looks like one of his legs has been eaten by the Border Collie !! )
  11. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Thought so... All the places I went were closed :- ( So instead, I went for a drive in the countryside and ended up at Mount Macedon - visiting the Remembrance Cross. My Grandfather was at Gallipoli from February 1915 for a number of months (he survived that, and then got sent to Passchendaele, Flanders, and Ypres in France). He made it back to Australia OK, otherwise I wouldn't be here now :- ) Anyway, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross commemorates those who gave their lives in the 1914 – 1918 War so it was worth the visit to remember Grandad Charlie B there. Daughter Number #1 reports the GPGs are all happy - I'm still planning / wondering how to net out the bl**dy goldfish which seem to be taking over. Ha! That's a job for when I get back to Brissie. Have to re-appear at Melbourne work tomorrow and be somewhat productive. Cheers, Grover
  12. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    OK... So now it's New Year's Eve and I'm stuck in Melbourne for work. Best I can do is watch the fireworks from the balcony of the B&B, then go touring Melbourne aquarium stores on 01-Jan. From Williamstown Aquarium to the Coburg shop and any inbetween :- )) (except they'll probably be closed - uurgles) We'll see who's open and if they have any baby GPGs ha ha.! If they do, I'd have to stuff them in my Qantas carry-on bags. Cheers, and Happy Fishy New Year Grover
  13. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Happy Christmas to all the Billabong & GPG readers out there in WWW-land. Grover and the Giant Pink Gouramis will be back in 2019 ! Cheers, Grover
  14. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    And.... Just in case your tanks don't run to the size requiring a Cetus Sieve... They look like this - Although obviously not with one of the sides missing, and it's intended to replace this... (the BCF - aka Big Cr@p Filter) Cheers, Grover (he'll be back into plumbing in the New Year)
  15. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Ahh... Good News ! AoA found my Cetus Sieve :-) Looking forward to more exciting plumbing Grover
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