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Grover65k last won the day on July 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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    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

    Hi @billfish No way you are getting my chockie fish ha ha! And on a sad note we report a kamikaze Billabong death... Obviously the goldie was trying out his land legs Grover
  2. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    You're right! I'd be happy to give some away if I can catch them. Last time I used the eBay fish trap all I caught were the Chocolate Cichlids LOL. Had to throw them back in :- ) When Spring appears and the covers come off I'll have another attempt at goldie catching. Cheers, Grover
  3. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hooray! My non-fishy lady has come back from Canberra , and look what's she's given me. Can anyone identify the species - a rare Chocolate Barramundi perhaps ¿ Grover Ah Ha! I turned it over and found it's a Murray Cod! Well done Haigh's
  4. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Inspired Videos... The Uni of Western Australia has now got to come up to my scintillating video standards Today there was muchos sunshine, so again the camera pod went down into the depths of the wild Billabong! More GPGs !!! and much fewer goldfish !! Two videos now for your pleasure - a shorty (#16) at 1min 42 secs and a thrilling long-play one (#17) at nearly 5 minutes! (PS: gouramis at 2:20 onwards - sorry about the goldfish again!) Enjoy! Cheers, Grover (also checkout the original "GPG UW Lakenn" series still on YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query="gpg"+lake+uw
  5. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Ha ha! Not likely @QldMick !!
  6. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Hi @jc12 That's really awesome video - obviously I have to improve somewhat ha! Grover (wonders if the Western Australia Uni will lend him one of their camera setups!)
  7. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Video Update... So, here's two videos - one from when the Billabong was solid green (obviously only here for fun). The other video is from today when the sun was sortof shining, but my camera position only captures them head-standing - must do better next time! The middle of Winter, and the water is clearer. Apologies for all the goldfish - they breed like rabbits! You'll see a pair of chocolate cichlids in there too (around 0:58). GPGs appear around the 2:15 mark, but the battery runs out at 3:25 :-( Cheers, Grover
  8. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Ha Ha! You're right @QldMick , Warwick is bl**dy freezing! Brass monkey thingie territory! Cheers :- )
  9. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Umm... It's been over a month since I last posted an update - my bad (still distracted). Anyway, the Billabong is sitting nicely on 20degC so the GPGs are happy. The green algae has all been killed by lack of sunlight and and the 4 monster UVC units running full-bore all day. Which reminds me that I must send down the underwater camera for another video - the water is clear - just need some morning sunlight. Will wait til the gouramis are very hungry, then try videoing them. Also in my defence, work keeps sending me around the countryside, Winter is Brissie is cold (anything under 20degC is freezing!), and the days are too short. You're going to have to wait for Spring Cheers, Grover (that's his excuse and he's sticking to it - you'll get clobbered with a knobkierie if you beg to differ...)
  10. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    A Real Update :-) Yes, you've all been very patient with Grover while he is distracted. It's also a "good thing" that she has been patient with me too :- )) The recent cold snap in Brissie galvanised me into action to cover the Billabong. Didn't even stop to pull down the Summer cover - just got the polyfoam pallets out onto the guy ropes then dragged the blue cover on! The GPGs were impressed at my speed! It was late afternoon sunlight when I started, but obviously dark at the finish ha! Grover (now to fire up the heat exchanger on the old pool pump)
  11. Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Another Bit of an Update... Actually, he was further away than he thought, and had left the GPGs in the care of his capable Daughter #1. Came back to find a "floatie"... no, no, not a GPG, but a Bronzewing Pigeon! By Gum!, the GPGs must be a ferocious lot! You'll be pleased to know that his lady friend has seen the Billabong and thinks it's a major project which shows devotion (and possibly some 'mal' as well). The denizens all decided to lurk in the depths and only the goldfish hordes + the odd Oscar or two put in appearances. She believes me tho, when I tell her there are 25+ giant submarines of up 7kg each cruising in the green water. Temperatures are starting to cool, so the Summer shade will come off, and the Winter cover will go on. Not sure about allocating time to this as I would much prefer to allocate precious hours elsewhere... sigh... Grover ( Wow! a whole month and only a sketchy update of his love life and 1 dead pigeon... wot's happening? where are the fishie stories? ? ? )
  12. 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)
  13. 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 )
  14. 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.)
  15. 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...)