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    smicko got a reaction from hamishh34 in why didn't I do this sooner   
    most people I spoke to about edible fish said they didn't taste too good unless you put them in clean water for a week or two to flush them. My approach is more from a hobby side, if the goldys breed I have feeders and I'm looking at getting some balzanii as they do well up here over winter. I've had some Africans in the system for summer and also have 3 silver perch so I might give one a chew when they're bigger and do a review.
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    smicko reacted to QldMick in why didn't I do this sooner   
    i know someone that had jade perch/barcoo grunter and redclaw, the red claw didn't really grow much but they did breed, the fish grew but weren't nice compared to the fish we catch ourselves and eat.
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    smicko got a reaction from hamishh34 in why didn't I do this sooner   
    I wouldn't survive winter in Warwick lol
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    smicko got a reaction from Grover65k in why didn't I do this sooner   
    I wouldn't survive winter in Warwick lol
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    smicko reacted to QldMick in Cherax albidus blue pearl   
    these guys came today.
    just getting used to artificial plants as these would eat the real ones i had in there.


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    smicko got a reaction from ozmo in why didn't I do this sooner   
    hi all, in the last year I have been running aquaponics. I recommend anyone to give it a go, just feed the fish and add some nutrients. I even dump all my water change water into the system.
    it's got goldfish in the black ibc with bn and guppies in the white/sump ibc. I've mostly grown green leafy Vegetables but I'm experimenting with cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum to name a few.
    anyway, time for pics.
    cheers  mick



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    smicko got a reaction from ageofaquariums in why didn't I do this sooner   
    hi all, in the last year I have been running aquaponics. I recommend anyone to give it a go, just feed the fish and add some nutrients. I even dump all my water change water into the system.
    it's got goldfish in the black ibc with bn and guppies in the white/sump ibc. I've mostly grown green leafy Vegetables but I'm experimenting with cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum to name a few.
    anyway, time for pics.
    cheers  mick



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    smicko got a reaction from msc0433 in why didn't I do this sooner   
    hi mate, I run a luguna 7000lph turned down with a valve. I am setting up a larger system soon and will be experimenting with 12v pumps on a timer so they only run for 20 minutes every hour. if it works I could run the system off grid.
    cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from msc0433 in why didn't I do this sooner   
    hi all, in the last year I have been running aquaponics. I recommend anyone to give it a go, just feed the fish and add some nutrients. I even dump all my water change water into the system.
    it's got goldfish in the black ibc with bn and guppies in the white/sump ibc. I've mostly grown green leafy Vegetables but I'm experimenting with cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum to name a few.
    anyway, time for pics.
    cheers  mick



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    smicko got a reaction from litigator666 in why didn't I do this sooner   
    hi all, in the last year I have been running aquaponics. I recommend anyone to give it a go, just feed the fish and add some nutrients. I even dump all my water change water into the system.
    it's got goldfish in the black ibc with bn and guppies in the white/sump ibc. I've mostly grown green leafy Vegetables but I'm experimenting with cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum to name a few.
    anyway, time for pics.
    cheers  mick



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    smicko got a reaction from Kingo in Reducing TDS with out chemical - an experiment that worked.   
    Tds and ec are two ways of testing the same thing and can be converted to each other depending on which tester you have.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from litigator666 in Clea Helena (assassin snail) care guide   
    Definitely illegal and I guarantee they weren't here before the import ban. Assassin snails like all shrimp except red cherries were brought in over the last 5 or so years. Most, if not all references to tanks getting nuked on skf were deleted the same as Perth cichlid forum. I wouldn't be telling people if I had them just in case fisheries decide to do a crackdown. 
    Cheers mick 
     
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    smicko got a reaction from HereFishieFishie in Pet Barn Fish buying?   
    I try to not blame everything on petbarn but it's hard to argue the numbers, everywhere they open shops smaller shops close.
    It's naive to think that when a company opens over 200 shops in 3-4 years that its not the major influence. But never fear they plan to open another 150+ in the next two years so there not going anywhere soon.
    Greencross vets (owners of petbarn and city farmers) business plans talks about how they are aiming for a larger share of wallets, no mention of customers or animal welfare.
    Maybe I'm overreacting, maybe not.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from HereFishieFishie in Pet Barn Fish buying?   
    Yes there is fish getting traded by hobbyists but most private sales are by people changing tank stocking or changing types of fish kept.
    Very few people have large breeding setups and most of those that do would be lucky to cover costs, these breeders buy tanks, filtration, lights, heaters and food from lfs and in return most independent lfs will buy fish from the breeder and the breeder buys more supplies.
    There is a huge difference between this sort of trading and company that buys out lfs just to close them down or take them over.
    No matter how good the quality or service is a small shop run by hobbyists with 1-2 staff and limited budget can't compete, it's like Coles opening next to an independent corner store.
    There is also the issue of untrained staff in the larger stores that care more about a sale than the welfare of the fish. If a newbie goes and buys a tank then follow the wrong advice and everything dies they probably won't be in the hobby long which doesn't effect a large chain store whereas smaller shops rely on repeat business so they will go out of there way to help and give the right advice.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from HereFishieFishie in Pet Barn Fish buying?   
    I won't buy anything from petbarn because of the affect they have had on small lfs and they don't support the hobby like the true lfs.
    There has been at least 4 lfs that have closed in my local area since petbarn came to town which means an extra half hour or more of travel to get to a store that stocks the quality and variety of fish that used to be local.
    Here's a question,
    If petbarn either caused the forum sponsors to close down or they bought them out does anyone think that petbarn would sponsor or support the forum?
    This place was built and is still free to members because of the small businesses that support it so I will keep spending my money at stores that give back, not only sponsors but shops that support the hobby and have supported hobbyists in the past.
    Petbarn might have sales and lower prices on some things but building a relationship with a lfs will be alot more rewarding in the long run, it could be discounts, better advice or having the ability to source whatever fish you want.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from johnbetta in Pet Barn Fish buying?   
    Yes there is fish getting traded by hobbyists but most private sales are by people changing tank stocking or changing types of fish kept.
    Very few people have large breeding setups and most of those that do would be lucky to cover costs, these breeders buy tanks, filtration, lights, heaters and food from lfs and in return most independent lfs will buy fish from the breeder and the breeder buys more supplies.
    There is a huge difference between this sort of trading and company that buys out lfs just to close them down or take them over.
    No matter how good the quality or service is a small shop run by hobbyists with 1-2 staff and limited budget can't compete, it's like Coles opening next to an independent corner store.
    There is also the issue of untrained staff in the larger stores that care more about a sale than the welfare of the fish. If a newbie goes and buys a tank then follow the wrong advice and everything dies they probably won't be in the hobby long which doesn't effect a large chain store whereas smaller shops rely on repeat business so they will go out of there way to help and give the right advice.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from johnbetta in Pet Barn Fish buying?   
    I won't buy anything from petbarn because of the affect they have had on small lfs and they don't support the hobby like the true lfs.
    There has been at least 4 lfs that have closed in my local area since petbarn came to town which means an extra half hour or more of travel to get to a store that stocks the quality and variety of fish that used to be local.
    Here's a question,
    If petbarn either caused the forum sponsors to close down or they bought them out does anyone think that petbarn would sponsor or support the forum?
    This place was built and is still free to members because of the small businesses that support it so I will keep spending my money at stores that give back, not only sponsors but shops that support the hobby and have supported hobbyists in the past.
    Petbarn might have sales and lower prices on some things but building a relationship with a lfs will be alot more rewarding in the long run, it could be discounts, better advice or having the ability to source whatever fish you want.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from l2h in worst wake up ever   
    Thanks nathan, i had some good come from this happening, my new 3ft display now has 12 crypts and an 8 globe t5 to grow my plants. My daughter has decided that the biggest tank to go in her room is a 1ft cube, she doesn't want to deal with that sort of mess again. I kept telling her to keep her drawers closed when i was working on the tank and she didn't listen, after the tank broke she had to wash every piece of clothing she owns. Maybe she will listen to dad now lol, not likely she is a teenager and knows everything haha.
    Cheers mick
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    smicko got a reaction from TED in Wet pet suggestions.   
    A male umbee or dovii is what i would get. A 40+cm umbee is a great looking fish as is a 2ft dovii, both are very aggressive and are better kept alone.
    Cheers mick 
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    smicko got a reaction from Heintz.G in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Yay thanks @Grover65k i was getting gpg withdrawals lol.
    I only see pics of boys, i hope there is some girls amongst the sausage party or they may be harder to breed.
    Cheers mick 
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    smicko reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    The girls are there. They have gracile chins, unlike the boys. Also, the females are very shy when they surface. Usually you see a graceful face (not the B-movie horror flick denizens), which immediately flicks back down to the depths.  ;- )
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    smicko got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Yay thanks @Grover65k i was getting gpg withdrawals lol.
    I only see pics of boys, i hope there is some girls amongst the sausage party or they may be harder to breed.
    Cheers mick 
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    smicko got a reaction from Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Yay thanks @Grover65k i was getting gpg withdrawals lol.
    I only see pics of boys, i hope there is some girls amongst the sausage party or they may be harder to breed.
    Cheers mick 
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    smicko got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    That pic will do fine for now mate lol. But some gpg footage would be nice as well
    Cheers mick 
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    smicko reacted to Grover65k in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou   
    Ahhh...  well slap me silly !
    I seem to remember some fish swimming around in the Billabong    that must be why I throw a bucket-load of food in every morning!
    GPGs or Giant Pink Gouramis you say?
    Must have a look tomorow morning.
    I thought this post was all about plumbing, plants, baskets, filtration, etc. etc.  
      LOL
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