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  1. Ok so for you that know me I've spent the last 18 months setting up my latest meter fish room, build pic are on another post. That is now Finished. Well 95% which is close enough. Next project is a 5000litre tank No pics yet but plans are well underway- I will post progress once started Basics Tank will be 9x4x5h foot 4860litres Engineered steel frame Walls and base marine ply Rubber membrane sealer internal and external ( spillage and splashes) Power coated frame 40mm 2400x1200 viewing window, External sump ( tank build is enough for now) Stock -some of my large nimbochromis and frontosa and some exotics ( could end up all exotics) Stay tuned. 😊
  2. Hi guys i have seen it before. Bamboo breeding logs for bn and plecos. So i have decided to chop some bamboo and try make them. I thought i would come here to see if i am doing everything right. First problem is they are green... I am gling to boil them but i am not sure how it would go if i bake them to suck the moisture out? Ill post some pics but does anyone know if green bamboo has bad toxins that can hurt my fish? Ty!
  3. As anyone knows quality fish food is ridiculously expensive 50 plus per kg. Very easy and cheap method it making your own is to buy a cheap grinder, mine came from Kmart for $35. Last night I done a 4kg batch of food they go nuts for for less than 12 per kg. I have been doing this for the last year without any issues, recipe always varies but always similar Get Zucchini Carrot Fish filets Garlic Prawn Marinara mix Salt And use some of your usual pellets to improve consistancy Food Grinder [ATTACH=CONFIG] From here it about half an hours work, the smaller you cut the meat up the quicker the grinder will work Befor you know it you have this Then product ready to freeze
  4. Yes, I know, this isn't anything to do with aquarium, fish, shrimp, aquatic plants, but didn't know where else to put this, so hush it, ha. So I took Mum down the shops earlier and she saw a small bowl all done up with a variety of succulent plants for $60, Mum was going to buy it and I said no, why buy it when we can grab most of the plants from our backyard and plant them into a small vintage depression glass bowl, here is the end result. Not sure of what everything is, but I know there is a Haworthia in there, a long with Sedum, Aloe, Echeveria, Graptopetalum, Aeoniums, Crassula and not sure what the others are, used normal soil, with 3 AquaGreen Dinosaur Dung pellets mixed in, topped with black aquarium gravel, will be lightly misted each day, currently sitting in the bathroom on the window sill.
  5. Thought I'd give another DSM (Dry Start Method) tank a crack, so after receiving the plants in the mail this morning that I ordered online, I went down to Mitre 10 and got a bag of NatureGrow Cow & Compost, $7.70, can't complain about that, mind you, it was the only compost I could get in store, but should be fine though. Pulled out the AquaTopia Aura 25L aquarium, put down about 1.5cm layer of compost, then a 1.5/2cm layer of RichGro Play Sand, hoping that this will be fine and realise it could be some months until the tank is flooded, IF I decided to actually flood it, might keep it as a DSM tank, next was the Malaysian Driftwood, was going to go with the Seiryu Stone I have but decided against an Iwagumi, once I was happy with the layers and driftwood, I placed in the Lilaeopsis brisbanensis, I bought 4 lots of this, just broke each lot into pieces and placed at the back of the tank, then I placed in the Hydrocotyle tripartita, I actually should have ordered more as I only ordered 2 lots, but oh well, then I added in the Glossostigma elatinoides, this stuff was the probably the most healthy Glosso I have ever seen, was super green, super thick, looked great, but not for long as I separated it all into smaller blocks and planted it in, had a bit left over so that is now planted in the grow out tub down the side of the house, so will everything now placed in and planted, I got a 1l spray bottle and filled it was rain water and placed a cap full of Seasol Seaweed Fertilizer and heavily sprayed the plants, substrate, sides of the aquarium, but not to the point where it was flooded though, placed a couple sheets of cling wrap over the top of the tank and then placed the cover on. Was thinking of running it inside with a light period of 10 to 12 hours, but then thought, why not just give it natural light outside, so is now placed in the open and will be bought indoors or under cover at night, thoughts on this? Is this OK? I know this will take some months to get the required result, but that's OK, I'll be spraying the tank once or twice a day, depending on moisture in the tank, humidity, and will let fresh air into the tank every 1 or 2 days, again, thoughts on this? Anyway, here are details and photos of each stage below, cheers, all comments, feedback, suggestions, sledges welcome, haha. Aquarium: AquaTopia Aura 20L Light: Natural Heating: Natural Substrate: NatureGrow Cow & Compost (1.5cm) & RichGro Play Sand (1.5/2cm) Flora: Lilaeopsis brisbanensis (4 Pots), Hydrocotyle tripartita (2 Pots), Glossostigma elatinoides (2 Pots) Hardscape: Malaysian Driftwood (1) Fertilizer: Seasol Seaweed Fertilizer (10ml per 1l Rainwater)
  6. Nice idea when you stuck without air stone
  7. I have just bought a 3ft X 18 X 18 tank that I intend to use as a well-planted community tank. I have decided to make my own light structure using LED floodlights from eBay like these http://m.ebay.com.au/itm/2X-50W-LED-SMD-AU-Plug-220V-240V-Flood-Light-Outdoor-Floodlight-Cool-White-IP65-/221939847231?nav=SEARCH and just make a basic stand from wood to go on top of the tank to hang them from. I can't afford a CO2 canister setup, but apart from that I'm willing to do a fair bit to get the tank well planted and looking nice. I've calculated that I need about 100-130w of light for decent plant growth in my tank My question is, for a tank of my size is it better for plant growth for me to buy 4 X 30w led floodlights, 2 X 50w led floodlights, or a different combination? The prices are all pretty similar.
  8. Hello - are there any forum members in brisbane/ipswich/gold coast area able to bend hollow aluminium rod neatly into rectangular net shape using 10mm or 12mm rod? I'd like to make some custom dip nets. 60cm x 45 cm rectangular. I'm able to do this with a hand bender but not very well. I just need the rod shaped. I can do my own netting. Would like 4 or 5 of these. If you know someone who could help, please post or PM. Happy to pay off course. Winston
  9. i've been looking at building a new 4ft fluoro light.reasons: 1 - tank is slightly smaller than the bulb including pins (~1.5cm, normal light would have to rest on bulb which is dangerous) 2 - slimmer so light uses less space, as it will be a separate layer between tank and plastic hood which i don't want to cut it. 3 - bulbs i want (orsam-biolux and fluora only come in 4ft, 3ft no longer made) basically want it to be similar to: http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com/aquainfo/fluorescent_light.html probably won't but might go with the ballast in: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/diy-aquarium/how-get-more-light-cheaply-diy-90585/ i personally found it hard to search for the parts and it took me a while to find the sockets in the first link which happened to be from an overseas website. i personally would to get it locally but can't find any. so if anyone knows where i could get em it would be appreciated. where i found em: http://www.svetila.com/en/electrical-components-973/lampholders-975/lampholders-g13-t8-1117/lampholder-g13-107958-screw-ring-and-foot-9547.html what material would be best (for price) as a reflector? im looking at: http://www.bunnings.com.au/consolidated-alloys-150-x-0-3mm-x-10m-weatherflash_p1100453 are there any better options? before i commit to buying the parts i would like to know if there are better options. so any info will be appreciated. also, are starters needed along with a ballast?
  10. Hey guys im thinking about making some bamboo breeding caves for some L's and bn. Does anyone know where to find large bamboo? There is a park near me but i dont think i can go and cut down a some as its in the middle of Ipswich and kinda the Japanese gardens
  11. HI,Has anyone used those DIY root tablets,the ones they fill a capsule with slow release fertilizer balls then push them into the gravel or substrate.As i've got angels,clown loaches etc just not sure how safe they are.Or am i better off to buy pre made ones through an aquarium store. cheers
  12. Im going to try some diy co2 wondering if anyone else does this. Im just getting ideas.
  13. Hi all, As some of you may know, after 3 years of breeding a variety of Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids I sold off what remained of my breeder and fry at the end of 2014 as I was finishing my last year of school and moving off to University and college the following year. Now being halfway through 2015 I am studying a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marine Science, at the University of Queensland and living in a college room that’s around 3m by 4m in size, not ideal for my old 6ft tanks. I have to admit I had more then a few looks over the forum to see what has been going on and what’s getting around. However 6 months was as long as I could last without a tank and sure enough after some searching around on gumtree and identifying some space behind my bed, I’m back. For the last weeks we have been on our mid-year UNI break and during that time I bought a nice 3ft display tank with a nice varnished stand and hood. With some extra time up my sleave, I decided I would make a DIY 3D background for it. I found a Youtube channel called the ‘The King of DIY’ by a guy named Joey living in Canada. He has some awesome videos on all sorts of DIY aquarium projects, including how to make a DIY 3D background, and I would highly suggest a look. So after that I decided that’s what I wanted to do and set out to get my materials and equipment. Materials - 1200mm x 600mm x 50mm sheet of Styrofoam - 10kg bag of cement from bunning - Selleys aquarium and window silicone. Equipment - Silicon gun - Wooden spoon (for mixing cement) - Bucket (to mix cement in) - A variety of sharp knives for carving - Wire foam cutter (or the cheap mans option which I used is a filleting knife or Stanley knife as their sharp and thin so foam doesn’t go everywhere when your cutting) - Large paint brush for general use - Small paint brush for edges and hard to reach places - Cloth (to wipe cement off glass) - Its handy to grow your nails out a bit first to I found because you can scrape and thin out the Styrofoam adding a more natural look and saving time. After I gathered everything up the first thing I did was measure up the inside of my tank and workout how I could most effectively use the foam sheet I bought. It worked out that I had enough foam to do the whole back of the tank and one of the sides; which would both be up against the wall in one of the corners in my room. Since my tank is relatively small and thin I opted to go for Styrofoam that was 50mm thick as I wanted it to bulge out a bit, but not too much as it would take up to much of my tank space. The tank I got has a centre bracing across the top which made things a lot more difficult then they needed to be. This is because without it I could have basically slid the whole thing in one piece but because of the bracing I had to cut 8 individual pieces in order to fit them in and then re-assemble it inside the tank. The reason I needed 8 is because I need 3 sheets for the back wall and 1 for the side wall, then an additional 4 for the base. This is because I wanted the background to gradually taper off into the centre of the tank. I made sure to leave an extra centimetre or so while setting it all out as I would loose some length while cutting the Styrofoam. After I had all my individual pieces cut out I tested all my measurements out by assembling the block in the tank which is crucial to do throughout the process to make sure it all fits perfectly and you can make alterations. After making necessary adjustments I set it all up on my building table and decided to draw a rough outline of the shape I wanted on the wall and making sure it looked like everything looked like one piece. After that I begun carving with a few different knives until I found one I liked most. I found by the end that its important to be aggressive in the amounts you take off at the start otherwise you’ll be spending days carving. I think all up I would’ve spent about 10-12 hours of just carving out my background and making sure the structures matched up on one piece to the next. Sounds like a lot of time but to be honest with some good music going at the same time I found it very enjoyable and relaxing. I do however have a lot of admiration for those who make backgrounds for 6-8ft tanks as I’d hate to think how many ours that would take.
  14. Had the day off due to rain so knocked up the trickle filter for my live shrimp breeding Ibc. They will be used as feeders for my toga and bass and for bass fishing. Had most of the gear in the garage and bought the rest of what I needed. A few containers with holes drilled, Perspex drip tray powered by a 4500lph pump. I utilized an Ibc from the four I use for collecting rainwater. Added some seeded media so just have to let things run in for a while and then I'll start adding some shrimp. Pictures are self explanatory.
  15. this is not aquarium equipment, although I use one bench to access the tank. after looking at outdoor furniture I decided that 3k for something close to what I want but not really I decided to build my own. After a rough mud map in my mind and a cut list I orded the timber. $600 for wood, not bad! Service in Bundaberg is terrible though, after a week of waiting. I decided to build the bench seats first with wood from Bunnings, 500 all up for three seats, sorry photos are all on their side! No idea how to rotate, next time I'd make the legs out of 75x75, still strong enough as they are.just look funky. Each stool can hold 4-5 overweight bundabergians no drama!
  16. I want to make some bristlenose/L number caves and am wanting to see if anyone has made any before? I was really wanting some like those clay round ones you see but have no idea where to start. i am not really interested in the terracotta ones or bamboo ones though. thanks.
  17. I ran across a thread on another site that suggested the use of kangaroo fillet instead of beefheart when making diy fish food (most commonly discus food). Beefheart is used because of its low fat content (when meticulously trimmed) and high protein content. Kangaroo fillet also has very low fat content and high protein. Beefheart can be hard to find and costly compared to the readily available and cheap kangaroo fillet. here is some nutritional info on kangaroo fillet Nutrition Facts per 100g Kilojoules 410 kj Calories 98 kcal Protein 22.9 g Fat 0.2 g Carbohydrate 1.5 g Anyone got any thoughts on this one? I'm about to make up a new batch of fish food and i'm thinking of giving it a go. Thanks Matt
  18. My stand for my 6x2x2 was quite low, so decided to build a stand to raise it up a bit. Watched a video on youtube of a bloke Joey DIY aquarist on youtube so decided to copy his video and give it a crack. Im no handyman by any stretch but the build turned out OK. Bought a cheap drill and mitre saw and away I went, with some help. Stand is now 900mm high, so once tank is on it should sit roughly at eye level. Put some aluminium tube on the back to hang my light between also. Should have enough room to put a hospital tank under main tank also. Few pics
  19. Hi everyone, After some one advice and assistance. I saw a small tank at a shop which was around 2-3 feet long and only about 15 cm high and wide and thought that would look good with some shellies in it. So so I want to make this my first DIY aquarium project. So decisions: Size? 3x1/2x1/2? Dimensions? Exact glass measurements? Glass thinkness, the glass shop said they can do 6mm or 10mm, so I'm unsure. Filtration, heat etc! so many questions, any help would be awesome.
  20. Can anyone point me in the right direction on this. I am going to set up three of those 240 litres plastic pots I bought at Masters as ponds, I have power heads on them to agitate the water, but I think I may have to set up some sort of filtration system. Anyone got any good Aquaponic or diy canister solutions that I can build ? Thanks, Phil By the way, after having some Moggil creek Crimsons that I caught on Saturday kamikaze on me I decided to cover the whole pond. It was set up with a shade cloth over 50% of the tub in a tent like fashion, but using gutter guard (the cheap bunnings one) and cable ties I have managed to jump/bird proof the whole pond and installed a removable section for maintenance .
  21. .Hey guys just wondering if anyone has any diy k1 filters they would like to share some pictures of? I'm going to make one out of some spare 300mm pipe I had from work, but thought I'd get some pointers first.
  22. So, I've been looking around at LEDs for my tank. However, they're pretty expensive still and so I got to thinking it's probably going to be cheaper to build one myself. Questions though: - Can I use normal 6500k white LEDs or do I need to go with Red, Green and Blue with an even amount of each to create a white light for the tank. - For a 4x2x2 tank.. will be sitting on top of the tank, How many am I going to be looking at for a medium - high light level, I am currently using C02 and attempting to grow HM, HG, and HC.
  23. How many days does a DIY mix need to be renewed?
  24. Scott's diy internal air powered k1 filter. Materials needed: Car washing sponge (IT HAS TO BE NEW) This sponge is for the mechanical side of the filtration and will be explained later in this instructable. Water Bottle - food safe This can be any water bottle but preferably like this this bottle of aloe water is available in most woolworths stores, i like this as the bottle has not glue types on it, the label is simply held on with tension. It is also safe to use as this is what i have used in my tank for the past month. Kitchen Fork this will be used in making holes for air outlet. Airline obviously and Air pump setup (no airstone required) Suckers (minimum 2) Method 1. Take your water bottle, now remove the cap and small piece that the cap is connected to when new. take a pair of scissors and remove the label, now rinse with hot water. 2. take your sponge and cut a hexagonal shape, its hard to get it prefectly circular, even a square shape will do. It is best to cut this with large scissors used for cutting wallpaper. now rip a small circular hole out of the center of the sponge, this must be smaller than the bottle opening. You are now practicaly done with the sponge. 3. Take your fork and bottle, heat the fork up over an open flame, any flame is fine, now heat until very hot, you will not be able to go around the rim of the top of the bottle with the fork to create small holes for the air to exit. 4. take a drill or plaster piercing screwdriver, and make some holes in the back for the suckers, these should be smaller than the suckers to allow a tight but firm fit. now push the suckers into the holes. these should be located on the center of the bottle if two, and if four use one in each corner. 5. now take a drill or plaster piecing screwdriver and make a small hole for the airline to fit, make it smaller than the airline for a snug fit, and it should just sit in there with no problem. this should be located at the bottom of the bottle towards the cap. 6. take your K1 media and place it into the bottle, it took ages for me, i placed it in one by one but you may have a better idea please leave it below (note: a funnel does not work) ONLY USE A QUARTER OF THE SPACE AVAILABLE IN THE BOTTLE TO START WITH otherwise there is not enough room for the media to move. 7. for the finishing touch add the sponge onto the end by pushing and twisting, now you will be able to place this into the aquarium as it is ready to go! heres mine:
  25. I have started a 25liter planted tank and right now I'm using the DSM. I read some things about people saying DIY is good and I've also heard the same about a small kit like fluval mini pressurized 20g. My question is... Is DIY co2 better ( as in price and growth) compared to a kit?
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