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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    sweet @Grover65kchange of target now i can sneak onto the billabong and catch some plecos unless them killer wood and fibreglass eating goldfish are still sharpening their teeth
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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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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman 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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    Grover65k got a reaction from MFF 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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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Ha! @billfish
    For one, you'll need a surf-casting rod to reel in 8-10+ kilos - the fly rod might bend a bit  
    Two, you'll need to get past the ferocious guard Border Collie that will lick you to death.
    And three, the blue cover is solidly attached and backed by polystyrene pallets underneath!!!

     
    The EvoHeat people sent me an updated overhead photo when analysing what heat pump would suit.
    I just figured that the car port roof (18m x 3m) would hold another bunch of solar panels facing North...   hmm...
    Best Regards, 
    Grover
    (fiddling with the picture in Paint, I think I could probably squeeze another 17 panels on the carport :-)

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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    PS:
    Just in case you've forgotten what GPGs look like, here are some expensive 7cm babies on Gumtree...

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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Less Plumbing, More GPGs...
    The ag pipe plumbing is somewhat finished - the last bits are now underwater. As proof, I give you the dribble that wet the scoria after going through the Blagdon UVs and the Big Blue Barrels. (Grover still hasn't managed to wash all the scoria...)

     
    On the GPG side, I spotted two of them cruising around the edges today. They are looking forward to the EvoHeat arriving and an increase in temperature. Unfortunately, the cold weather is dropping the Billabong temperatures to 18/19 deg C which I think is just too cold. The aquatic budget has been bent wildly outta shape and one of these is arriving ASAP.

    EvoHeat EVO Force-i9 Inverter Heat Pump
    Cheers,
    Grover
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    i havent forgotten what they look like, ive been eyeing yours off over the fence,bloody hard to use a fly rod to retrieve them with that cover on it,,,maybe wait til summer once the water is. rystal clear
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65k why not have the system hooked up to  tarriff 33  then it runs for about 15 hrs a day and costs you 18c per kw instead of 28, or is that not a viable option cos of the scoria bed
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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in Facebook QLDAF The Revival   
    I do not see the value in attracting people primarily interested in buying or selling fish. If this forum did not have a buy/sell section, only visitors needing meaningful information or information exchange would join. Is that a good thing ? I guess it depends on this forums expectations and goals. Not having a sales section would increase interest in the breeders register and hppefully fish quality. Perhaps having a species swap (no sales) might promote community spirit. 
    Another aspect is the disputes that often arise from buying and selling. Bringing disrepute to a forum which has little or no control on someone who wants to be malicious. Or not being able to mention non sponsor shops. Such a bad conflict of interest. Gumtree does Want to Buy & Sales very well. 
    If a report was generated in the number of members that used the buy & sell section only, it would be revealing. 
    It's getting easier to foster an online interactive community with technology improvements. Perhaps a weekly virtual chat session so people can recognise faces or create belonging. 
     
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    Grover65k reacted to MFF in Facebook QLDAF The Revival   
    I'm not on FB and will not join, so the FB group is totally irrelevant to me.  For the forum - I agree it must NOT be primarily about buying & selling fish.  The information sharing and community is where I get value from the forum.  Being able to ask any (stupid) question and get reasonable answers without offensive remarks.  Asking for suggestions on various things (e.g. tankmates for a fish, or how one could do a certain type of tank).  Where to obtain hard to find species, whether certain species even occur in Australia.  The knowledge here is fantastic.
    The sales section is nevertheless a key part.  I've purchased numerous fish from people I've found on the forum, and also sold a few.  Passing on some fish you've lost interest in, or fish that will no longer work in a re-designed tank, should remain a part of the forum.  I'd much prefer to sell a fish to someone I've met on the forum rather than some random on Gumtree.  Where to draw the line between such legitimate "hobby-based trading" and "selling for profit without contributing to the hobby" is difficult.
    For me personally, the message board format works better than any fixed-schedule face-time session.  In general, in other forums, positive initiatives seem to work better than negative ones.  I.e. things like "tank of the month" work better than "banning the mention of non-sponsors".
    Just my 2c.
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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Pretty expensive sludge!
    I'm glad everything is working as planned.
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    Grover65k reacted to MFF in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Well done Grover!  Always a pleasure when a plan comes together.
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Thar she blows !
    The Cetus Sieve fired up this morning, and just as promptly shut down.
    Turns out the old sump pump had sprung an electrical short, picked up by the circuit breaker, which shut-down the house electricity, just as housemate was trying to make a cup of tea. Oh well.
    Take 2:  (After a trip to Bunnings for a new Ryobi 750W Stainless steel sump pump) Cetus Sieve fired up again this morning, ran happily for a minute then started filling the sludge overflow with clean water. We pause here for some analysis of the problem and associated head-scratching.  Grover then figures out that guiding the outflow thru the UVs, into the Big Blue Barrels and then back to the Billabong was creating too much resistance. And besides, one of the crummy joints from the Blagdon UV to the 50mm ag pipe had let loose.

     
    More plumbing:   Disconnected the UV filter pumps and re-plumbed the spare ag pipe to run straight from the Cetus Sieve back to the Billabong.
    Take 3:  Fire up Cetus Sieve again (third time's a charm?)
    Hooray !!   Works a treat !

     
    Sludge! What a wonderful sight!  
    What a wonderful sight it was disappearing down the sludge hole, while clean water was heading back to the GPGs.
    Now to clean the sludge out of 40,000 litres - Grover will be back in a few weeks  
    Grover
    (He's still here...  it's just that a 750W sump pump running all day is going to inflate the electricity bill and he has to earn some $$$ to cover it)
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Thar she blows !
    The Cetus Sieve fired up this morning, and just as promptly shut down.
    Turns out the old sump pump had sprung an electrical short, picked up by the circuit breaker, which shut-down the house electricity, just as housemate was trying to make a cup of tea. Oh well.
    Take 2:  (After a trip to Bunnings for a new Ryobi 750W Stainless steel sump pump) Cetus Sieve fired up again this morning, ran happily for a minute then started filling the sludge overflow with clean water. We pause here for some analysis of the problem and associated head-scratching.  Grover then figures out that guiding the outflow thru the UVs, into the Big Blue Barrels and then back to the Billabong was creating too much resistance. And besides, one of the crummy joints from the Blagdon UV to the 50mm ag pipe had let loose.

     
    More plumbing:   Disconnected the UV filter pumps and re-plumbed the spare ag pipe to run straight from the Cetus Sieve back to the Billabong.
    Take 3:  Fire up Cetus Sieve again (third time's a charm?)
    Hooray !!   Works a treat !

     
    Sludge! What a wonderful sight!  
    What a wonderful sight it was disappearing down the sludge hole, while clean water was heading back to the GPGs.
    Now to clean the sludge out of 40,000 litres - Grover will be back in a few weeks  
    Grover
    (He's still here...  it's just that a 750W sump pump running all day is going to inflate the electricity bill and he has to earn some $$$ to cover it)
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hmmm....
    Slight hiccup - all of my tubes of silicone have set hard 
    Time for another Bunnings visit for some fresh stuff.
    Grover
    (not a very well-prepared plumber after all) 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Only You Can Save the Billabong (By Being a Plumber...): If Not You, Who Else?
    Thrill to the excitement of joining things together...
    Marvel at your ability to bend ag pipe with your bare hands...
    Stick your fingers together with silicone sealant...
    All in a days work for an ex-pert plumber - I should know, I've been studying the "EyeHandy"experts on YouTube  - especially "How-To Solder Copper Pipe With Tara".  
     
    Back to reality!  
    Tara wasn't available, so the Dog helped (somewhat). Today's effort saw 90% of the plumbing dry connected, then began using plumbers tape (ran out of plumbers tape = quick trip to Bunnings for more pink tape) to connect the corners, T-pieces, and piping together. It started like this - 

     
    Then progressed to this - 

     
    The pooleyes had been installed (as per first photo), but I course I dropped the wrench in the bottom of the Cetus Sieve, and it's a loooong way down - 

     
    But late afternoon brings that Qld Winter arvo glow, and the inner glow of achieving most of the connections!  Only the emergency overflow drains to connect, and then slather silicone sealant around the pooleyes tomorrow   
      
     
    Cheers, Grover
    (Apologies to Terry Pratchett:
    "Only You Can Save Mankind: If Not You, Then Who Else?")
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Only You Can Save the Billabong (By Being a Plumber...): If Not You, Who Else?
    Thrill to the excitement of joining things together...
    Marvel at your ability to bend ag pipe with your bare hands...
    Stick your fingers together with silicone sealant...
    All in a days work for an ex-pert plumber - I should know, I've been studying the "EyeHandy"experts on YouTube  - especially "How-To Solder Copper Pipe With Tara".  
     
    Back to reality!  
    Tara wasn't available, so the Dog helped (somewhat). Today's effort saw 90% of the plumbing dry connected, then began using plumbers tape (ran out of plumbers tape = quick trip to Bunnings for more pink tape) to connect the corners, T-pieces, and piping together. It started like this - 

     
    Then progressed to this - 

     
    The pooleyes had been installed (as per first photo), but I course I dropped the wrench in the bottom of the Cetus Sieve, and it's a loooong way down - 

     
    But late afternoon brings that Qld Winter arvo glow, and the inner glow of achieving most of the connections!  Only the emergency overflow drains to connect, and then slather silicone sealant around the pooleyes tomorrow   
      
     
    Cheers, Grover
    (Apologies to Terry Pratchett:
    "Only You Can Save Mankind: If Not You, Then Who Else?")
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Hmmm....
    Slight hiccup - all of my tubes of silicone have set hard 
    Time for another Bunnings visit for some fresh stuff.
    Grover
    (not a very well-prepared plumber after all) 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Rise of the CST...
    And now, the all NEW! and EXCITING! Cetus Sieve Thingie !!!
    With a little help from a Seth Afrikaan friend, the Cetus Sieve has been installed in lieu of the BCF.  (It's only been a year or two since I bought it - you can't hurry these things.)

     
     
    And yes, it's rather BIG !
    I've lowered the frame it sits on (weight rating of the frame is 1,000kg - it should hold up), and tomorrow I'll restart the plumbing installation. The timber panel is marine plywood to spread the weight, and it'll get a coat of outdoor varnish to encourage longer life.
    Similar to before  - the water flow will be through the CST, down to the Blagdon UVs, then up in the BBB (Big Blue Barrels), and then off to the BBF (Bog Bed Filter) which is still being (slowly) filled as I wash the scoria. From there it should trickle back as CLEAN water to the Billabong. Did another bag today, so only 30+ to go       And the housemate wants to plant cherry tomatoes in the scoria !
    Small technical alteration to the CST.
    The clean water drain was only a single 45mm outlet, so I re-drilled that hole to 50mm and added a second 50mm one on the other side to install the Pool Eyes (reference: a couple of posts prior).  This way I can split the water between the 4 Blagdon UV pairs.

     
    The other thing I've learnt in plumbing is to connect all the ag pipe first and leave the pool eye install right at the end. This is because you are always screwing or twisting the ag pipe connectors and right-angled bends to get a minimum of kinks in the hose path, and the very last bit should be the attaching of the pool eye which is then slathered in silicone and stuck where it is supposed to go (meaning no screwing things into the pool eye which would break the silicone seal).
    That's it for today.
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (Billabong temperature has dropped to 21degC - no cause for alarm yet but he is a lert.
    Also alert, but basically he's one of the "lert" variety of aquariusists)
     
     
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Rise of the CST...
    And now, the all NEW! and EXCITING! Cetus Sieve Thingie !!!
    With a little help from a Seth Afrikaan friend, the Cetus Sieve has been installed in lieu of the BCF.  (It's only been a year or two since I bought it - you can't hurry these things.)

     
     
    And yes, it's rather BIG !
    I've lowered the frame it sits on (weight rating of the frame is 1,000kg - it should hold up), and tomorrow I'll restart the plumbing installation. The timber panel is marine plywood to spread the weight, and it'll get a coat of outdoor varnish to encourage longer life.
    Similar to before  - the water flow will be through the CST, down to the Blagdon UVs, then up in the BBB (Big Blue Barrels), and then off to the BBF (Bog Bed Filter) which is still being (slowly) filled as I wash the scoria. From there it should trickle back as CLEAN water to the Billabong. Did another bag today, so only 30+ to go       And the housemate wants to plant cherry tomatoes in the scoria !
    Small technical alteration to the CST.
    The clean water drain was only a single 45mm outlet, so I re-drilled that hole to 50mm and added a second 50mm one on the other side to install the Pool Eyes (reference: a couple of posts prior).  This way I can split the water between the 4 Blagdon UV pairs.

     
    The other thing I've learnt in plumbing is to connect all the ag pipe first and leave the pool eye install right at the end. This is because you are always screwing or twisting the ag pipe connectors and right-angled bends to get a minimum of kinks in the hose path, and the very last bit should be the attaching of the pool eye which is then slathered in silicone and stuck where it is supposed to go (meaning no screwing things into the pool eye which would break the silicone seal).
    That's it for today.
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (Billabong temperature has dropped to 21degC - no cause for alarm yet but he is a lert.
    Also alert, but basically he's one of the "lert" variety of aquariusists)
     
     
     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Ha ha!
    Just like the Royal Family - you never put the all the family members on one airplane!
    So too with GPGs, you gotta let other people own one or two just in case the Billabong gets visited by a flock of hungry pelicans  
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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in heater time!   
    I would upsize, especially if you are using solar electricity during the day.  The three things I looked for were:
    * Titanium heat exchanger
    * Quiet to run
    * C.O.P. (energy conversion ). 
    * Thermostat. 
    * Easy to use/set. 
    * Long warranty.
    Okay that's more than 3 but those were the most important to me. 
    The latest EvoHeat has 16.28 C.O.P. So 1 kilowatt energy produces 16.28 kilowatts of heat !! And they are in Brisbane so onsite support is easy. They sometimes have slightly dented stock with full warranty. Unfortunately I bought last year so I only have 6.57 C.O.P. but it's working well. 
    It's highly recommended to filter before heat pump. And a monthly flush with chlorine to remove bio film build up. So stick in a 3 way tap arrangement when plumbing up. 
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in heater time!   
    Wonder if I can get the "extra" if I buy a heat pump from this mob?

     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in heater time!   
    The Billabong has just dropped to 23degC.
    Anybody want to swap a few Jager or Eheim heaters for what I might need in the Billabong?

    Grover
     
    PS: 13.5kW might be overkill - I think I'll look at 8-10kW ones.... $$$$$
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