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  1. The Billabong Year(s) in Review – 2016 to 2018 “Dedicated to @Pepperbris and the Billabong GPGs” Welcome to Grover’s second “Year-in-Review”. This post in “Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping” gives the ‘Wiki-whatever’ short version to save you from having to read 3 years’ worth of 850 posts over 2 different threads! Mind you, there are a whole bucket-load of previous posts for “Giant Pink Gouramis” to be read if you’re interested. The GPG posts have been going since September 2012, so if you want to catch up by reading 1,537 posts over 3 threads to cover 2012 to 2015 try these: www.qldaf.com/topic/68504-giant-pink-gourami-baby-updates/ www.qldaf.com/topic/99658-giant-pink-gourami-breeding-venture/ www.qldaf.com/topic/107014-giant-pink-gourami-the-billabong-adventures/ 2016 (mostly): As a bonus, the “Jolly Swagman” thread post starts with the first GPG “Year-in-Review”. Grover then travels to the Philippines for work and visits ‘Las Farolas’, experiences Typhoon Koppu, and keeps a blue fighting fish, “Aussie”, in his hotel room. Later, back at the Billabong, repairs are made to the shade sail, and attempts are made to catch the giant Plecostomus. The GPGs start nesting – by building balls of plant material in the papyrus plants, but sadly no egg laying occurs. Plumbing plays a major role with the investigation of bell siphons & Cetus sieves; and another attempt is made at a Winter cover made from electrical conduit. Because this is Oz, the name of the post commemorates Banjo Paterson’s “Waltzing Matilda” - www.qldaf.com/topic/116965-giant-pink-gourami-the-jolly-swagman-and-co/ 2017 – 2018 (basically): These two years fly past with several gaps in the official record. The conduit-built skeleton for the pool cover is abandoned in favour of EPC pallet covers. These are strung on a center rope with the blue pool cover draped over. This works a treat! A giant spray bar is installed to agitate the water for aeration purposes. Not absolutely necessary, as the GPGs are air-breathers – they gulp the air at the water's surface, which passes through the mouth into an extra respiratory organ that carries oxygen through a labyrinth into the gourami's bloodstream. The floating plant islands finally reach maturity, and promptly fall over – providing a decent food-fest for the GPGs and saving me from having to feed them. Last year ends with a trip to South Africa where Grover tries valiantly to find aquarium fish, but only succeeds in spotting one lonely freshwater crab at Doreen Falls, high in the Drakensberg escarpment, KwaZulu-Natal. www.qldaf.com/topic/121830-giant-pink-gourami-billabong-bayou/ 2019: Billabong Ontknoping? Australian & Afrikaans: The final part of a narrative about the Billabong in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained, resolved, or finalised. Why the title? Because you are now following the final chapters of the “Billabong” and of Grover. Best Regards, Grover (I forgot to add that The Billabong is now on Instagram & Facebook which both link back to here for the full update) (And, don't expect that you'll ever see the Billabong on Twitter ha!) https://www.instagram.com/giantpinkgourami/ Only 4 followers so far, so get in early :-) https://www.facebook.com/grover65k FB with 10 friends... Oh well... I've succumbed to social media persuasion :-(
  2. Rescuing the Elephant Ears This morning I found that the Elephant Ears had been well and truly munched by the GPGs. So, I've hooked the island up to the side of the pool to stop it lying on its side. This should let the plants recover and grow new leaves. Grover (I really need to throw more lettuce leaves in the Billabong)
  3. How to make a Billabong... Ha! Found this online today! Natural Pools Work Swimmingly Grover
  4. How Many Goldfish in the Billabong? Not really sure Mick! About this many... Or if you want to count them in the video... GPG UW Billabong21 Cheers, Grover (Ha! The Insta-fish hordes are flocking to Instagram - I have 6 followers! Does that make me an "Influencer" yet??)
  5. Goldie Removal - part 2 Many thanx to @crusty76 for his visit with his family today! The Billabong has fewer goldies than yesterday - Hooray! Here's the live action shots (as also seen 5 min ago on Instagram & FB). Insta-fish Face-fish On QLDAF you get the longer story than the Insta's and FBers. Crusty arrived this morning with the full kit, and a 9ft circular throw net (weighted with sinkers around the circumference). Grover's role was to entice the goldies with splashing and food, then stand back. Crusty's first mumbled comments as he was about to throw? "Hope I don't catch a gourami"... (famous first words...) Once Nelson was out of the net, we discovered about 20 decent sized goldies had stuck around in the net. Well done!! Grover now has a chance to practice his 'casting' technique on the lawn first, then on the goldies. So, drop me a PM if you'd like some, and it looks like I might just be abke to deliver now. Cheers, Grover (The Dog did help, by mostly getting underfoot just as the net was being thrown!) https://www.instagram.com/giantpinkgourami/ Wow! I have 5 followers now! You can still get in early :-)
  6. Goldie Removal - part 1 Set up a wading pool for all the goldies I expect to catch - caught The Dog instead! Ha ha! Grover
  7. The personal note… Hello @Heintz.G , I understand that you might be concerned, but for me it is a change of outlook on life. When you discover that the person you loved does not see a future for the two of you then you re-assess everything in your life. Already the changes are underway – these include a withdrawal from social life, renouncing church attendance, and the ongoing removal of un-necessary “things”. Unfortunately, the GPGs are also in the firing line, albeit within a 5-year time-frame. So, fear not, the Billabong stories will continue for a little while yet. As recompense for some wonderful online supporters, I have broadened the reach of the Billabong from QLDAF to include Instagram and Facebook (much as I might detest the business morality of these platforms). Thank you to all my family and friends for their support over the Christmas & New Year period just past. Grover
  8. Welcome to the Billabong-Bayou Summer of 2016 in Oz... Here in "Billabong" land the days are getting longer, and warmer. The fish are getting larger and feistier! And Grover is getting out the board shorts to go in paddling with the GPGs, the Albino Oscars, the odd Goldfish, and the monster Plecostomus. When you last tuned in to the previous Billabong post, Giant Pink Gourami - The "Jolly Swagman" and Co. , I had just finished up a hectic Saturday getting all the non-essential stuff done around the place, so that I could focus on the reason for this post - the Giant Pink Gouramis - all 20+ of them. We had some technical difficulties with regard to rather large photos that I stuck up on the site; I'm fairly certain this is fixed now. There was also an interesting (if off-topic) snippet about Border Collies and Tennis Ball Quality, but if you missed it - sorry, no re-plays. To get you up-to-speed, the blue cover has come off the Billabong, a new shade cover is being sourced, and the water iris plants have multiplied immensely over winter and now need re-potting. Here is the first plant being plopped in with the fish. For those of you who have only just found the GPGs in the Billabong-Bayou, you do realise that it is an ex- swimming pool given over to monster fish? Good! Glad that's out of the way. The water iris plants are in pots that are 12inch (30cm) diameter and the plants are 'large". There are more to be 'plopped' later! On the potential breeding side - the GPGs have been just that - potential :-( . This Spring/Summer will see my approach altered from trying to make the pool clear so I can see them, to: "what the heck!" leave the pool green, flood it with as many plants as possible in the shallow end, and rather than cleaning out the dead/dying iris plant leaves - leave them floating around for some excited male gourami to use in building nests. This may create a total mess in the Billabong, but as it's just me and the dog viewing it, I can live with that. I have a range of "dirty water" sump pumps to power water out and through the various filter 'thingies', so I expect they can cope with any left-over leafy material. If not, I go and buy another more powerful sump pump (Bunnings is my aquarium hardware LFS !). My plan is to create pockets at the shallow end with as many plants that I can pot up. At this point, long-time readers will expect to see a "Wile E. Coyote" drawing, and who am I to disappoint you ? Yes, the green blobs are meant to represent iris plants, and you can see the rough idea of 'pockets'. I do know that this is not the best way to approach successful breeding of giant pink gouramis - I'd rather have separate 15,000 litre pools for a male and 2 females, but if I fill the entire backyard with ponds, then the afore-mentioned Border Collie will have nowhere to play (although lotsa places to swim! LOL). The Billabong adventure continues! And the benefits are possibly only visible to one-eyed monster fish-keepers ?! I spotted one male this afternoon coming up for pellets, and honest-to-goodness (would I exaggerate?) his lower chin was the size of a tennis ball (refer previous dog story). With a chin that size the rest of him was in proportion!!!! If I have no success breeding, then I aim to have the bl**dy biggest Giant Pink Gouramis in sub-tropical Brisbane! Cheers, Grover (off and running in the springtime)
  9. Grover65k

    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Farewell to the Bayou thread… Obviously you’ve arrived here in fine form, so to continue --> Cheers, Grover
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    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Warning: Plumbing related photos ahead... Thank you @ageofaquariums Grover
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    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    Oh no... That's not good. Send in Thunderbird 4 as a rescue mission....
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    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)
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    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

    So... this is where I am working this week.
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    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 )
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    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!
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    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
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    Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

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