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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    What Grover Really Wanted George to Look Like...
    These 4 photos show what the Giant Pink Gourami 'whale-watching' experience is all about. Grover wants to know if anyone else has the same problems in seeing the fish that they carefully look after and feed, but never seem to see. 




    Ha! Blowing bubbles is a GPG party trick!
    Grover
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    Grover65k reacted to crusty76 in Stick on window plush plecos   
    My 2 little girls have decided to sell their 4 plush window plush plecos they have been washed and are ready to go from non smoking home ready for their new homes, $50 the lot and sorry I can only sell as a lot as they are going halves on the sale.
    I can post if you wish to pay for post that should be around $12 to post or pick up is Highland park Gold Coast.
    I'm not on here as much as I used to be so please be patient, I will get back to you as soon as I can, thanks  




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    Grover65k reacted to crusty76 in Stick on window plush plecos   
    Sold pending thanks
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Lazy Sunday...

    Oi! Mr @billfish 
    Grover wants to know "Who put Lime Cordial into the Billabong overnight?"

     
    Grover  
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Aqua Gardening Sunday...
    What did Grover actually do on Sunday (apart from the BBB maintenance) ?
    Planted out the new water iris plants from Watergarden Paradise
    (You'll need a wiiiiiiiiiiide screen)

    Cheers,
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    More Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour...
    Grover would dearly like to know what is happening under those Elephant Ear leaves.
    Here is "Knobbly Headed One" who was seen out & about , while his girlfriends are inspecting the cosy nook.

     
    And, for BONUS points, another short video of gouramis doing...  something ???
    VIDEO:   GPG UW Billabong26

     
    Grover
    (the suspense is thrilling  )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Busy Saturday...
    If you are following Grover on Instagram, then you've seen some of today's excitement already !
    INSTAGRAM:        giantpinkgourami
     
    The blue cover has come off.



     
    Although the GPGs weren't too pleased and they all took off in the other direction!

     
    But "Knobbly Headed One" who looks very much a male of the gourami species, chased them away again from the Elephant Ear island, so Grover rummaged around in the back shed to find these.

     
    And of course they required a degree of fixing to ensure the ceramic sinkers underneath didn't fall off. This was accomplished with new UV resistant Zip ties. In addition there was a trip to one of Grover's more esoteric LFS - Whitworth's Marine! This was to buy 'Motor Safety Cables', aka coated stainless steel rope with a loop and a spring-link end. These usually stop your tinnie's outboard from plunging 30m straight down when you are tinkering with the bits holding it to the stern of your boat. But in the case of the Billabong, they are used to keep the islands in place and also sit things (like these baskets) on the side ledge without losing them 3m down!
    As a bonus find, the 2nd island appeared from under the blue cover. Sadly all the plants look somewhat spindly and etiolated. With a bit of Qld sun, they should spring back to life. Now is the time to float the 3rd island back into the water - possibly some waterlilies might survive so they will be given a test-run.

     
    Lastly, another trip to a different LFS (Bunnings) for a 350W sump pump as the Aquael pump finally ground to a halt and threw an electrical hissy fit and tripped the circuit breaker. Bunnings Newstead has moved - just lucky it was visible from the Whitworth's store. This afternoon's effort was digging the old strainer/mesh out of the scoria, building a new one from a spare laundry basket, and then carefully (!@%!<{!^=^!!%&*@) fitting the new one in place, and piling the scoria back around it.    Done!
    (Oh... and replacing one of the UV bulbs in the Blagdon UVs - only $65 ea  )
     
    And tonight?
    Tonight Grover leans on the pool fence and watches GPGs lazily cruise around the Billabong in the moonlight   

    Alright... so it's not moonlight, just your standard pool floodlight, but we are trying to set a mood here thanx!
     
    Grover
    (Tomorrow the weekend will be back to normal - giving the matala sheets in the 'BBB' {Big Blue Barrels} their fortnightly clean & rinse)
    (Breaking News:
    "G for George" the Grey Giant Gourami {aka GGG} has been seen and confirmed as alive & kicking - we are still waiting for photographic proof.   He is the 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Billabong) 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Can only hope....  it's only been 11 or 12 years since "Tiddles" arrived in the blow-up pond !
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    More Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour...
    Grover would dearly like to know what is happening under those Elephant Ear leaves.
    Here is "Knobbly Headed One" who was seen out & about , while his girlfriends are inspecting the cosy nook.

     
    And, for BONUS points, another short video of gouramis doing...  something ???
    VIDEO:   GPG UW Billabong26

     
    Grover
    (the suspense is thrilling  )
  10. Haha
    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    It was green ginger wine and i would blame the golfish
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Busy Saturday...
    If you are following Grover on Instagram, then you've seen some of today's excitement already !
    INSTAGRAM:        giantpinkgourami
     
    The blue cover has come off.



     
    Although the GPGs weren't too pleased and they all took off in the other direction!

     
    But "Knobbly Headed One" who looks very much a male of the gourami species, chased them away again from the Elephant Ear island, so Grover rummaged around in the back shed to find these.

     
    And of course they required a degree of fixing to ensure the ceramic sinkers underneath didn't fall off. This was accomplished with new UV resistant Zip ties. In addition there was a trip to one of Grover's more esoteric LFS - Whitworth's Marine! This was to buy 'Motor Safety Cables', aka coated stainless steel rope with a loop and a spring-link end. These usually stop your tinnie's outboard from plunging 30m straight down when you are tinkering with the bits holding it to the stern of your boat. But in the case of the Billabong, they are used to keep the islands in place and also sit things (like these baskets) on the side ledge without losing them 3m down!
    As a bonus find, the 2nd island appeared from under the blue cover. Sadly all the plants look somewhat spindly and etiolated. With a bit of Qld sun, they should spring back to life. Now is the time to float the 3rd island back into the water - possibly some waterlilies might survive so they will be given a test-run.

     
    Lastly, another trip to a different LFS (Bunnings) for a 350W sump pump as the Aquael pump finally ground to a halt and threw an electrical hissy fit and tripped the circuit breaker. Bunnings Newstead has moved - just lucky it was visible from the Whitworth's store. This afternoon's effort was digging the old strainer/mesh out of the scoria, building a new one from a spare laundry basket, and then carefully (!@%!<{!^=^!!%&*@) fitting the new one in place, and piling the scoria back around it.    Done!
    (Oh... and replacing one of the UV bulbs in the Blagdon UVs - only $65 ea  )
     
    And tonight?
    Tonight Grover leans on the pool fence and watches GPGs lazily cruise around the Billabong in the moonlight   

    Alright... so it's not moonlight, just your standard pool floodlight, but we are trying to set a mood here thanx!
     
    Grover
    (Tomorrow the weekend will be back to normal - giving the matala sheets in the 'BBB' {Big Blue Barrels} their fortnightly clean & rinse)
    (Breaking News:
    "G for George" the Grey Giant Gourami {aka GGG} has been seen and confirmed as alive & kicking - we are still waiting for photographic proof.   He is the 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Billabong) 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Aqua Gardening Sunday...
    What did Grover actually do on Sunday (apart from the BBB maintenance) ?
    Planted out the new water iris plants from Watergarden Paradise
    (You'll need a wiiiiiiiiiiide screen)

    Cheers,
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Lazy Sunday...

    Oi! Mr @billfish 
    Grover wants to know "Who put Lime Cordial into the Billabong overnight?"

     
    Grover  
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hi @MFF
    I sympathise with your canister filter problems!   Have a look at what needs doing for the Billabong.

    Basically, the same, just bigger and more of them  !
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Busy Saturday...
    If you are following Grover on Instagram, then you've seen some of today's excitement already !
    INSTAGRAM:        giantpinkgourami
     
    The blue cover has come off.



     
    Although the GPGs weren't too pleased and they all took off in the other direction!

     
    But "Knobbly Headed One" who looks very much a male of the gourami species, chased them away again from the Elephant Ear island, so Grover rummaged around in the back shed to find these.

     
    And of course they required a degree of fixing to ensure the ceramic sinkers underneath didn't fall off. This was accomplished with new UV resistant Zip ties. In addition there was a trip to one of Grover's more esoteric LFS - Whitworth's Marine! This was to buy 'Motor Safety Cables', aka coated stainless steel rope with a loop and a spring-link end. These usually stop your tinnie's outboard from plunging 30m straight down when you are tinkering with the bits holding it to the stern of your boat. But in the case of the Billabong, they are used to keep the islands in place and also sit things (like these baskets) on the side ledge without losing them 3m down!
    As a bonus find, the 2nd island appeared from under the blue cover. Sadly all the plants look somewhat spindly and etiolated. With a bit of Qld sun, they should spring back to life. Now is the time to float the 3rd island back into the water - possibly some waterlilies might survive so they will be given a test-run.

     
    Lastly, another trip to a different LFS (Bunnings) for a 350W sump pump as the Aquael pump finally ground to a halt and threw an electrical hissy fit and tripped the circuit breaker. Bunnings Newstead has moved - just lucky it was visible from the Whitworth's store. This afternoon's effort was digging the old strainer/mesh out of the scoria, building a new one from a spare laundry basket, and then carefully (!@%!<{!^=^!!%&*@) fitting the new one in place, and piling the scoria back around it.    Done!
    (Oh... and replacing one of the UV bulbs in the Blagdon UVs - only $65 ea  )
     
    And tonight?
    Tonight Grover leans on the pool fence and watches GPGs lazily cruise around the Billabong in the moonlight   

    Alright... so it's not moonlight, just your standard pool floodlight, but we are trying to set a mood here thanx!
     
    Grover
    (Tomorrow the weekend will be back to normal - giving the matala sheets in the 'BBB' {Big Blue Barrels} their fortnightly clean & rinse)
    (Breaking News:
    "G for George" the Grey Giant Gourami {aka GGG} has been seen and confirmed as alive & kicking - we are still waiting for photographic proof.   He is the 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Billabong) 
  16. Haha
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Video Evidence...
    Again this morning Grover saw GPGs swanning around under the Elephant Ears.
    This male was seen leaving at a great rate of knots (he is at the end of the 2nd video).

     
    Today's post brings you two videos (below are links to YouTube):
    GPG UW Billabong25 (a)
    GPG UW Billabong25 (b)
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (now to get the underwater camera operating and see what's happening under there...)
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from MFF in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Video Evidence...
    Again this morning Grover saw GPGs swanning around under the Elephant Ears.
    This male was seen leaving at a great rate of knots (he is at the end of the 2nd video).

     
    Today's post brings you two videos (below are links to YouTube):
    GPG UW Billabong25 (a)
    GPG UW Billabong25 (b)
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (now to get the underwater camera operating and see what's happening under there...)
     
     
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Time for a submersible speaker and a bit of Barry White
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour
    Now that Grover has peeled back the blue cover around the huge Elephant Ear growth, he has noticed some of the GPGs regularly inspecting underneath the island base. The swimming pool has a ledge the whole circumference of the pool - it's about 30-40cm down and about the same width. So, the Elephant Ear island is creating a cosy little nook for (hopefully) amorous giant gouramis.
    Grover has sat there for a while and seen both lumpy-headed GPGs along with the smoothies swimming gently in and out of this area.  
    Not that he's getting excited, but it's nice to see possible behaviour that can be encouraged with more plants and a much messier Billabong (in terms of plant debris to be made available for any nest building ideas they might have!).
    Here's today's photo of a gourami swimming in to inspect.

     
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (one day it might happen... one day... )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Talking of Huge...
    Grover finally noticed that the Elephant Ears on an island are huge!
    He'd stuck this island up at the shallow end of the Billabong and folded back the blue cover to let it have a tiny bit of room...

    The whole lot is now about 3-4m wide...   Ooops!
    Cheers, Grover
    PS: With the warmth in the Brisbane air, it's probably time for the blue cover to be removed next weekend.
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Sent from mobile
    You've got to admit they are huge now...

     
    Video:   GPG feeding in early morning
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour
    Now that Grover has peeled back the blue cover around the huge Elephant Ear growth, he has noticed some of the GPGs regularly inspecting underneath the island base. The swimming pool has a ledge the whole circumference of the pool - it's about 30-40cm down and about the same width. So, the Elephant Ear island is creating a cosy little nook for (hopefully) amorous giant gouramis.
    Grover has sat there for a while and seen both lumpy-headed GPGs along with the smoothies swimming gently in and out of this area.  
    Not that he's getting excited, but it's nice to see possible behaviour that can be encouraged with more plants and a much messier Billabong (in terms of plant debris to be made available for any nest building ideas they might have!).
    Here's today's photo of a gourami swimming in to inspect.

     
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (one day it might happen... one day... )
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Saratoga growth rate? and feedng?   
    A better Vid, feeding on a cricket. He's now getting feed medium crickets 7 days a week at lunch and 5 days at night with the other 2 nights being frozen Mysis shrimp. He could just stop being a pest and eat pellets but he wasn't even eating them when only getting Mysis shrimp twice a week.
     
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Saratoga growth rate? and feedng?   
    Still needs to double in size before it hits the big tank,
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