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About DFishkeeper

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  • Birthday 07/02/55

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    Palm Beach, Gold Coast
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  1. Looking for a tank builder

    I suggest you speak with Michael Ellis at Gold Coast Fish Tanks, and Stands. He is at Pacific Pines. He has been making tanks on the Gold Coast for many years and has made many tanks for me over the years, including making all the tanks for my new fishroom 9 years ago, the majority custom sizes. You can find him on facebook either on his personal or business pages.
  2. Is The Hobby in trouble?

    I have found the secret to not getting bored with the hobby is to grow older. Now that I have a head full of grey hair, I can't remember the details of keeping fish I kept 20 years ago, so I can start keeping them again and it is all new Another few years and I won't be able to remember fish I kept last week
  3. goldfish

    That is what got me into fishkeeping in 1963 at the ripe old age of 8, a goldfish from the Japanese cultured pearl pavilion at the Ekka.
  4. QLDAF need to change this

    You could bring back the breeders register. It was a good way for a breeder to build up a profile over time including feedback from other forum members.
  5. I think you mean Darren Thomson, he is on facebook as Gold Coast Discus, I think he is at Robina. There is also Living Reef Aquarium at Varsity Lakes who are discus specialists, they have a website and are also on facebook
  6. Most expensive fish

    Back in around 2006 I bought a colony of the first lot of wild caught Ikola Blue Lightning frontosa imported by Bayfish following the relaxing of import restrictions on frontosa. They were around 12-14cm and I bought 7, lucking out and ending up with 2m 5f. I found them to not be good holders and difficult to breed consistently, but I did get enough fry from them over the years to pay off my initial investment and then some. I sold the colony to James Rastinger 2-3 years ago as fully grown adults and the dominant male was and still is the biggest male frontosa I have personally seen. The females were all around 35cm and he dwarfed them and made the 10 x 2 x 2 they were in look like a 4 footer. I told so many lies to my wife at the time about how much they cost that I honestly cannot remember how much I actually paid for them, but it was enough to cause me a few sleepless nights until it was obvious they had settled into my fishroom and were eating well and probably going to survive
  7. Try people in plastic, they are at Rocklea : https://peopleinplastic.com.au
  8. My first Africans arrive

    If you are planning on breeding Lake Malawi mouthbrooding cichlids, you need to do it in species only tanks, not in a community tank. They will and do crossbreed readily intentionally, plus their milt can be carried by the current in a tank resulting in unintentional crossbreeding. Your tank is prefect for a mixed community of these cichlids, but do not keep or sell any fry produced in the community tank as they will be highly likely to be crossbreeds.
  9. QLDAF Rumours

    specially on April 1
  10. LP60 Help

    Sounds like it might just need new diaphragms and/or valves. Pull it apart and see if diaphragms are split. Link below for purchase of parts online : http://www.rockaroundtheblock.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=lp60+pond+air+pump
  11. Saw this advertised and thought it might interest some forum members who like fishing and helping cleanse out waterways of noxious fish. "Gold Coast Fishing Fanatics and the City of Gold Coast are hosting a day of family fun at South and West Lake on 1 April 2017. Commencing at 6am, the day aims to remove Tilapia and other introduced fish (Goldfish, Koi and European carp) from the lakes while raising awareness of further issues effecting water quality." Link below for further info if you are interested : http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/west-lake-tilapia-busters-30799.html
  12. tank set up help

    My advice on the nitrogen cycle was kept simple as it was targeted at a person setting up their first ever fish tank and planning to keep freshwater goldfish. No need to confuse a newbie with too much detail, keep it nice & simple to start with and get them into good habits
  13. tank set up help

    Hi Monique, welcome to QLDAF. As a first time fishkeeper, the first thing you need to get your head around is filtration and the nitrogen cycle. In simple terms, you feed your fish who then excrete waste which creates ammonia in the water which is toxic to fish in high concentrations. Bacteria live in your filter which feed on ammonia and convert it to nitrites which are still toxic to fish in high concentrations but not as toxic as ammonia. A different type of bacteria that also live in your filter then feed on the nitrites and convert them to nitrates which are far less toxic than ammonia and nitrites but still need to be diluted and minimised by regular partial water changes. A newly set up tank and filter needs time for the two types of bacteria to establish themselves. This process is called cycling and takes between 4 and 6 weeks before your filters are fully established. Whenever you clean your filters, use only a bucket of water taken from the tank, DO NOT use tap water as it contains chlorine which will kill the bacteria in your filter and you will have to start cycling the filter all over again. If you take the time to understand this basic process you will have far fewer problems with your fish. If you look after the water and create a healthy environment for your fish they won't get sick. If you can, keep the old filter from your mothers tank running and put it in the tank to help keep the water healthy while your new filter is cycling. I wouldn't think about adding any more fish until your tank is set up and your new filter cycled. If you are using tap water you will need a dechloriniser to remove the chlorine before you put it in the tank with the fish. I see you are located in Gympie? The forum has sponsors who sell aquarium equipment and supplies online with low cost shipping and give a discount to forum members. Their logos are at the top of the page, click on the logo to access their websites. If you contact one of them they will advise you on a suitable filter for your tank and any other equipment/food etc you will need. Cheers, Doug
  14. 1st timer.. help needed! :)

    Hi Monique, welcome to QLDAF. As a first time fishkeeper, the first thing you need to get your head around is filtration and the nitrogen cycle. In simple terms, you feed your fish who then excrete waste which creates ammonia in the water which is toxic to fish in high concentrations. Bacteria live in your filter which feed on ammonia and convert it to nitrites which are still toxic to fish in high concentrations but not as toxic as ammonia. A different type of bacteria that also live in your filter then feed on the nitrites and convert them to nitrates which are far less toxic than ammonia and nitrites but still need to be diluted and minimised by regular partial water changes. A newly set up tank and filter needs time for the two types of bacteria to establish themselves. This process is called cycling and takes between 4 and 6 weeks before your filters are fully established. Whenever you clean your filters, use only a bucket of water taken from the tank, DO NOT use tap water as it contains chlorine which will kill the bacteria in your filter and you will have to start cycling the filter all over again. If you take the time to understand this basic process you will have far fewer problems with your fish. If you look after the water and create a healthy environment for your fish they won't get sick. If you can, keep the old filter from your mothers tank running and put it in the tank to help keep the water healthy while your new filter is cycling. I wouldn't think about adding any more fish until your tank is set up and your new filter cycled. If you are using tap water you will need a dechloriniser to remove the chlorine before you put it in the tank with the fish. I see you are located in Gympie? The forum has sponsors who sell aquarium equipment and supplies online with low cost shipping and give a discount to forum members. Their logos are at the top of the page, click on the logos to access their websites. If you contact one of them they will advise you on a suitable filter for your tank and any other equipment/food etc you will need. Cheers, Doug
  15. Tank builders?

    Look up Michael Ellis on facebook, he is at Pacific Pines on the northern Gold Coast, he used to have a lfs at Southport & has been making quality tanks for reasonable prices for many years. Has made many tanks for me over the last 12 years or so including some big custom tanks and always happy with the quality & price.
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