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DFishkeeper

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  1. Its always the way mate, murphy's law I'll let you know if things don't go smoothly
  2. Placidochromis phenochilus mdoka "white lips" Fry available at 5 - 6cm $25.00 each or 10 for $220 Pickup only from Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Qld Will be waiting bagged individually with oxygen for pickup Contact by PM
  3. Hi Winston, no longer having a big fishroom will definately decrease my stress levels as well as the strain on my dodgy old knees and back As far as my favourite memories about the hobby, these are my top few memories : (i) ~ I really enjoyed the personal contact and camaraderie in the hobby in pre-internet days, particularly the 1980's and 1990's when attending fish club meetings and auctions was the only way to meet experienced breeders and obtain information and hard to get fish. Most weekends I had lots of visitors who I enjoyed showing around my garage fishroom and talking about fishkeeping and breeding. Unfortunately the advent of the internet and facebook has changed the hobby and people in general, and in the last 12 years or so I found myself no longer willing to entertain strangers in my fishroom and home. (ii) I can't remember the exact date but a few months after the restrictions on importing Frontosa were lifted I managed to buy one of the very first imported wild caught groups of Ikola frontosa. I bought 7 young fish at around 12cm or so from Bay Fish and ended up with a nice colony of 2m 5f. After only having access to Burundi and Kigoma variants in Australia prior to this, the Ikola were a stunning contrast and were my favourite fish for many years. (iii) Around 20 years or so ago I managed to obtain an adult breeding colony 1m 3f of cuckoo catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus) at a time when they were quite scarce and expensive in Australia. I was fascinated by their breeding method and bred them in good numbers for quite a few years with a variety of hosts and never got sick of them, they have remained one of my favourite fish right to the end. (iv) In 2007/2008 my children finished school and became relatively independant, so I was able to get my wife's support to build a 12 x 4 metre shed in the backyard to setup as a dedicated breeding room. My old fishroom in the garage had evolved over the years and was made up of piecemeal racking systems and tanks, including some home made tanks. It was a dream come true for me to be able to design and build a purpose built fishroom from scratch and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole exercise. When I built the fishroom I planned to be using it well into my 70's, but the universe has different ideas, at least I got 12 great years out of it. Cheers, Doug
  4. Thanks mate, no regrets so far about closing down and I am looking forward to a fish free future at this stage
  5. Thanks mate, I am pleased also The first person to actually come and have a look at it snapped it up, it was really good value for what I was asking Deposit is paid, now just need to finish growing out and selling off the remaining fry and then the tanks, racks and equipment can go. Will be a big job taking out all the tanks, racks and other equipment, buyer plans on doing it in 3 big loads. Should all be gone in 3 - 4 months.
  6. Hi John, I'm good mate I have a few people interested in buying the fishroom, including some from NSW, just waiting for lockdown restrictions to ease enough that they can travel to come and have a look at it in person.
  7. So what has happened to the QLDAF facebook group? Has it been deleted by the facebook police?
  8. Also included with the fishroom is a custom built water change tank that sits on top of the middle racks and holds 1250 litres, and a genuine Honda 4500 watt generator for backup power. As the fishroom is heated by an airconditioner during the cooler months, the water in this tank is warmed by the rising air to enable water changes with water the same temperature as the system during winter.
  9. This fishroom was designed and built 12 years ago specifically to meet my needs as a breeder of Lake Malawi cichlids. All tanks and racks were professionally custom made, racks are hot dip galvanised with adjustable feet. Pictures below are of a fry tank I had custom built to sit on one of the racks and it is plumbed into the system so fry are always in the same water as parents. This tank is 6 feet long x 600 wide and 200 high, with crossbraces set on their edge siliconed in every 200mm to enable flexibility with handling of fry. It currently holds the last few fry I will be growing out. I have used a mix of containers including Ziss fry savers and ice cream containers to hold new fry until they are transferred to a growout tank. I also use Ziss egg tumblers in some of the growout tanks to hatch eggs. All breeding equipment will be sold with the fishroom.
  10. lol Ray, I can just see your wheels turning and Sarah's eyes flashing Sad as it is after so long, I know I'm making the right call at the right time mate
  11. Thanks mate, I enjoyed showing my fishroom to yourself and other good people in that time when we were game to let people into our homes and fishrooms. Different world nowadays I'm afraid, not many people have been inside my fishroom in the last 10 years or so. Cheers, Doug
  12. yes mate, the universe is telling me its time I would be open to selling the whole room to 2 or more people together to split up between them, there is plenty there to go around and a few people will be needed to dissemble it and lift those big tanks down. I have knee and back issues and won't be able to help with any heavy lifting myself. Ideally it would be easy to split into two rows of 3 racks each as it is set up and plumbed that way now with a common sump. Would just have to fight over who takes the sump and Nexus If sold as a whole package will also include all breeding equipment, O2 regulator, backup generator (4500 watt Honda), 1250 litre custom waterchange tank made to fit on top of middle racks, spare pumps and lots of other stuff I can't think of. Everything needed to run a breeding room. I have never scrimped and always bought quality equipment, no cheap Chinese rubbish. Cheers, Doug
  13. Thanks Matt, just getting older and the old football injuries are kicking in and the body is finding it harder to manage the workload in a large breeding room. My lovely wife has been very patient and understanding about my hobby for many years and now we are about to become grandparents I have promised her I will take a complete break from fish for a year or two so we can enjoy being retired grandparents together and make lots of trips down to Sydney after the lockouts to visit our daughter and grandchild without having to worry about the fish and fishroom. If I find I am missing fish too much in the future I can always wall off a section of my shed and put in a few smaller tanks that won't require much maintenance, so keeping my options open down the track. Cheers, Doug
  14. Thanks mate, just getting older and the old football injuries are kicking in and the body is finding it harder to manage the workload in a large breeding room. My lovely wife has been very patient and understanding about my hobby for many years and now we are about to become grandparents I have promised her I will take a complete break from fish for a year or two so we can enjoy being retired grandparents together and make lots of trips down to Sydney after the lockouts to visit our daughter and grandchild without having to worry about the fish and fishroom. If I find I am missing fish too much in the future I can always wall off a section of my shed and put in a few smaller tanks that won't require much maintenance, so keeping my options open down the track. Cheers, Doug
  15. I'm 65yo now and have been keeping and breeding fish for a very long time. For a combination of health, financial and family reasons I have decided to close down and sell off my fishroom many years sooner than I had planned. This is a very large breeding room that fills a 12 x 4 metre shed to the roof, all tanks and equipment are in good condition and room is currently running. All tanks and equipment will be available for removal towards the end of the year. Located Gold Coast, Qld. At this initial stage I am looking for interest on the whole setup. If I need to split it to sell I will look at that later in the year. Anybody who has serious interest in the whole setup can contact me via PM to discuss and obtain further photos and details. Cheers, Doug
  16. Thanks for the wrap @hamishh34 but I'm afraid I'm no longer breeding and currently in the process of closing down and selling off my fishroom. Cheers, Doug
  17. Please note guys, these fish are actually called Saulosi, not Salousi. According to my references they were named after a native porter, Saulos, who was present when they were first discovered in the lake. Ad Konings has also noted that he has observed on occasion older dominant female fish in the Lake displaying a paler version of male colouration and territorial behaviour in some species, including Saulosi. Are you sure the eggs being held are fertilised? Have you vent sexed your trio? All 3 are possibly females and the eggs may not be fertilised?
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