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Grover65k

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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Those non standard connections are a trap. Maybe you could use a DEKs connector? Multiple diameters available and some able to step up or down pipe sizes. 
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/bathroom-plumbing/plumbing/pipe-fittings/flexible-couplings
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    Grover65k reacted to MFF in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Champion!  I admire your dedication.
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65kwhat about 1 of these.  apparently will do up to 100 000 litre pool
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hi @aquaholic99
    Appreciate your thoughts & experience 
    With a little luck the Brisbane minimum temperature should be on its way back up. I'll try setting the heat pump for 23/24 and monitor the behaviour of the GPGs.
    I've been a tad worried as the food gets eaten, but they don't want to be seen (either by day or night) which is somewhat unusual.
    Cheers,
    Grover
     

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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hello Grover,
    Warm fish! Happy days indeed.
    I run my big tanks at 23.5 degrees for two reasons.
    1) For me, it is cheaper to maintain 23.5 degrees than 26 degrees, even with a heat pump.
    2) If my heater were to fail during mid-winter, it would take 3 days to drop my large water mass from 23.5 degrees to 18 degrees which gives me 3 days to find a suitable repair or replacement. Fish would take a slow 5.5 degree drop then several days for it to warm back up again. However,  it would take same 3 days for it to drop from 26 degrees to 18 degrees (during a week long trial for my tank/situation) which may be fast enough to create some health issues.
    Heat pump malfunction may not occur. Fish may not get sick from an eight degree drop. Definitely cheaper to maintain 23.5 degrees than 26 degrees. Just my thoughts on the matter.
    Also on large tanks, the heat pump reaching 26 degrees and shutting off probably means your pond is 27 degrees but you can accomodate for that easily.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Heater Update #2...
    24degC
    Late night torch-spotting in the Billabong...
    1 GPG 2 Plecostomus multiple goldfish Cheers,
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Heater Update...
    Huge vote of thanx to Scotty today (of All Spa Repairs - down Beenleigh way).  By the way, Scotty needs a supply of funny jokes from his customer to get his maximum work ethic happening ha ha! 
    The EvoHeat Force i-9 is installed 

     
    And the temperature is gradually rising again - 

     
    Only 23.5degC today - decided that I should raise the temperature gently for the GPGs over 2-3 days, so they have a chance to adjust.
    The eventual aim is to get the Billabong up to 26degC.  Most of the internet web sites quote 20-30degC as a temperature range;  but being tropical giants, I feel that 26degC and above gives them a better outlook on life  
    Grover,
    (might go for a swim when it does hit 26!)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Heater Update...
    Huge vote of thanx to Scotty today (of All Spa Repairs - down Beenleigh way).  By the way, Scotty needs a supply of funny jokes from his customer to get his maximum work ethic happening ha ha! 
    The EvoHeat Force i-9 is installed 

     
    And the temperature is gradually rising again - 

     
    Only 23.5degC today - decided that I should raise the temperature gently for the GPGs over 2-3 days, so they have a chance to adjust.
    The eventual aim is to get the Billabong up to 26degC.  Most of the internet web sites quote 20-30degC as a temperature range;  but being tropical giants, I feel that 26degC and above gives them a better outlook on life  
    Grover,
    (might go for a swim when it does hit 26!)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good observation @billfish !
    Yes, the Bog Bed Filter is eventually going to be the grow bed for oodles of cherry tomato plants.
    There's a couple of reasons - 
    They grow like mad and self-seed (so I don't really have to do much gardening work), The cherry tomatoes will get recycled  as GPG fish food along with the peas, beans, grapes, zucchini, and lettuce they already get, I figure the root systems are pretty weak, so I can pull them out and turf them when they die off, and Last but not least - YES! Remove nitrates and other left over filter-stuff, before the water trickles back into the Billabong !
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65k
    as its a bog filter does it eventually get plants placed in it to suck up sIme of the nitrares and stuff?
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    Grover65k reacted to kehw in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    This is my favourite part of this forum
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Sludge & Scoria Update...
    Over the weekend the Cetus Sieve was observed in action - 

     
    And the scoria is starting to look a little fuller in the Bog Bed Filter - 

     
    Grover
    (still has many, many bags of scoria to go...)
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Flippers   
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    Grunters can be flippers
    Grunters are a widespread group of fishes in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats mostly found in tropical Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific islands. Last year coal grunters (attire: black body, gold flecks) were observed moving and flipping objects in search of prey. Obviously sequels rarely live up to the hype of the original, so in this case scientists have enlisted two fresh heroes for the full bill.
    Coal grunters cruising loosely in a shoal (Photo: B. C. Ebner) Hot off the press, juveniles of the silver grunter (dressed in horizontal stripes) and the barred grunter (sporting vertical bands) display dexterity rarely seen in freshwater fishes. Several individuals of these species were observed in north Queensland rolling, shifting and lifting stones, leaves and wood to get at prey that hides on the underside of these objects during the day.
    A juvenile silver grunter. (Photos: B. C. Ebner) A group of barred grunter juveniles.  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Scientist Stuart Welsh, whilst visiting TropWATER recently from the West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, declared that ‘These recent findings of grunters flipping stuff bares similarity to the feeding biology of logperches in streams of the USA’. Dr Welsh was out here teaching Ebner some snorkel based fish observation skills. To access the GIF files of this behaviour go check out the links in the respective
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    Grover65k got a reaction from jc12 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Heating...
    What can I say?

     
    The EvoHeat thingie has not arrived and I've been forced to throw more electricity into the Billabong!
    Not literally of course - I don't need electro-cooked gouramis   
     
    As a temporary measure...
    Grover has been able to run the Aquael pump water through a single blue barrel and mount a 200litre electric heater in it.
     
     
    He doesn't really want to know the $$$ of electricity that's running out the door 24/7 now  
    Hopefully the pool heat pump will arrive and be installed this weekend or next week at latest !
    Grover
    (Thankful that he has 6kW of solar on the roof, but he just needs the sun to shine all through the night as well) 
     
    UPDATE:  It's actually working!  The Billabong is back up 20degC   :-)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Scoria Washing (Photographic evidence!)
    If it hasn't been photographed, it hasn't been done!
      
        
     
    And as a bonus, the Billabong temperature has hit 22degC - Hooray!

    Grover
    (How did he take photo #2?  Does he have a spare arm?  Or a self-stick & timer?)
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Finally... (photographic evidence of GPGs)
    It's been a worrying time with the temperature dipping, so I am now glad to report both an increase in Billabong temperature (up to 21degC) and the sighting of at least 2 GPGs.
     
    Yes, I know there's only 1 in the photo - I was trying to hold a flashlight, lift the blue cover, take a photograph - and not drop an expensive mobile phone into the 6ft depths...  
    Grover
    (wandering around the Billabong at night is rather an unusual occupation...)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Tempting...
    Just happened to browse casually through Gumtree...
    And I found "Bash" currently owned by Bob who needs an offer. He's probably called Bash for a very good reason - he looks to have a nuchal hump developing. Wonder if he would fit in the Billabong??

     
    Grover
    (tell Grover in a post - Tell Him He's Dreamin' ) 
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Heating...
    What can I say?

     
    The EvoHeat thingie has not arrived and I've been forced to throw more electricity into the Billabong!
    Not literally of course - I don't need electro-cooked gouramis   
     
    As a temporary measure...
    Grover has been able to run the Aquael pump water through a single blue barrel and mount a 200litre electric heater in it.
     
     
    He doesn't really want to know the $$$ of electricity that's running out the door 24/7 now  
    Hopefully the pool heat pump will arrive and be installed this weekend or next week at latest !
    Grover
    (Thankful that he has 6kW of solar on the roof, but he just needs the sun to shine all through the night as well) 
     
    UPDATE:  It's actually working!  The Billabong is back up 20degC   :-)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Ha !
    No, Bash hasn't joined the school of GPGs!
    Grover thought it best to leave some of the pink giant gouramis for others to enjoy.  He specialises in rescue operations - where owners have a 2ft fish in a 4ft tank   Then he leaps into action with $$$ to give them a good home in 40,000 litres.
    PS: the temperature is still climbing - 21.5degC - this morning, and I'm looking to try scoria washing again this arvo. Will let you know how that goes (whether my arm operation complains or not).
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (He still can't wait for Summer to roll around and the temperature to hit 30+degC)
    EDIT: Scoria washing was a success - another 2 bags done! 
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65k
    did bash become part of the billabong adoption agency
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    LOL I didn't realize I had to post that and a bloke turned up with a bucket to pick up this.

    I had a foam box on me that I gave to him, but some common sense would of been good.
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    Grover65k reacted to MFF in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    LOL - "will not fit in a bucket"!!
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Congrats on 100 replys!
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    Grover65k got a reaction from litigator666 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong "Still Water Rescue" Craft
    You've seen them on the news....
    SES Flood and Swift Water Rescue Team

    Volunteers admiring the raging waters of the Billabong during extreme flood times...
     
    Now  thrill with admiration for the new Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft (BSWRC) !

     
    It's mounted on the back fence ready to launch into the Billabong and rescue fool-hardy fishermen trying to snaffle the GPGs.
    (Not to mention anyone e.g. Bill Fishy)
    Grover
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