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  1. Hi everyone, just wondering how long you should quarantine wild caught feeder fish/shrimp before feeding them to your fish? I have an American display tank setup and would like to start giving them occasional feeder guedgon and shrimp from a local creek any sugestions
  2. Are you keeping fish that like soft water? Well, we have the product for you!!! Macropore Gold.... it's the Ion-exchange resin that softens your water!! It will also remove hydrated lime, polish your water and remove tannins!!! Wow!!! Perfect for fish like Discus, Apisto's, L-Number Catfish, Angels, Barbs, South American Dwarf species, Tetra's and Rams. It's fantastic for your shrimp tanks too!! Just place it in a media bag and put it somewhere water will flow through it like an internal filter or a canister. Can be recharged. This product really is amazing. It would also work really well being run in conjunction with Macropore White. Click on the link below to add one to your shopping cart today!! http://www.thetechden.com.au/Macropore_Gold_Water_Softener_1Litre_p/mpg1l.htm
  3. Last week I started construction of a plywood fish tank the same as "greenterra" aka brent smith. Firstly I would like to thank him for putting up the plans and for such a detailed post on his build. I followed his plans to the mm and all the pieces worked perfectly so far I have worked on it for one day on the weekend and 2 hours every day after work and I should be ready to start the fibreglassing early next week. I will post up some photos as I go. The measurements for this tank are 2.7m x 1.2m x1.0m high or 9ft x 4ft x 3.5ft.
  4. I got back on to Facebook last week (much to my disgust) as my mate is getting married tomorrow and all the photos are going to be put up into a private page for all invited to see, so now that I have created an account again, I thought I'd use it to suss out pages, groups on native Australian fish, shrimp, plants that are getting around, can people suggest a few off the top of their heads? [MENTION=17713]LukeEggler[/MENTION]?
  5. So my wants finally got the better of me and i decided that i needed to build myself a Fish Room and to do it properly to avoid disappointment in the future. First of all i have limited time for my hobby and while i love my fish, i wanted to ensurer that i kept things manageable. Six tanks + fry grow-out is the initial aim with the ability to add another two tanks (and only two tanks) in the future. The room is to be heavily automated to minimise maintenance and maximise viewing pleasure. Stock I'm Tropheus mad so that room will be designed for 5x2x2 tanks which i have come to believe is the perfect size for a colony of around 20 T's. Heating & Cooling Living in the western suburbs of Brisbane means that both heating and cooling are a necessary part of keeping African Cichlids. Knowing that the room will be heavily insulated once complete the obvious choice is a highly efficient reverse cycle inverter A/C. After much research i settled on the Daikin Ururu Sarara - One of the only 7 star energy efficient split systems on the market and with WiFi control to boot. Insulation I really didn't want to skimp in the insulation department so i ensured i had lots of wall depth and ceiling room and went with Bradford R5 batts (240mm thick) in the ceiling and EarthWool R3.5 batts (140mm thick) in the walls. There's a bit of capital cost involved in decent insulation, however i truly believe it pays for itself in both energy bills and room comfort. Internal Cladding Being a fish room i wanted to sheet the walls with something a little more moisture resistant than plasterboard, so went with Villaboard (fibro cement) on all four walls with plasterboard only on the ceiling. For paint i went with Dulux Wash and Wear Kitchen and Bathroom for it's anti-mould and anti-bacterial properties. Automation I'm hoping to completely automate water changes using a Neptune Apex and a few solonoid valves which i recently purchased from one of the brilliant sponsors here of QLDAF. I also purchased a 1,000L tank to stand in the corner of the room for pre-mixing water to ensure adequate hardness and temperature prior to water changes. Power I ensured that i had a least two GPO's on each wall with data wired through to where the Apex will be positioned. I also had an Isolator switch wired up outside to allow easy installation of the air-con when it comes time. So things are progressing fairly well, however as always there is still lots to do. A few progress photos below: Wall Insulation in and villaboard being installed with a little help from the father-in-law More sheeting installed Top-hat going up to fix the ceiling: R5 Bradford batts going in: The all-important power and data: Isolation switch for Air-Con: The AC unit that i am eagerly wanting to install ASAP: Water tank to go in corner of room: Paint - for when the time comes: I'll try to post some updates once the ceiling is in and the plastering complete. Then it's paint time and i can start moving in the tanks :-)
  6. What's the most expensive fish you have ever bought? and how much did it cost? Mines only 30 bucks for a 1 foot Long eel tailed catfish.
  7. Hey guys and girls, Lately i've noticed Petbarn's prices and stock varieties of tropical fish have been quite good compared to fancy aquarium shops around Brisbane. What are peoples thoughts on shopping and buying fish at a petbarn rather then their LFS? They have a policy if the fish dies and your waters ok they will replace or give u a discount on your replace fish within a few weeks apparently. I know you'd never go there for the advice but the fish stock seem 90% healthy not to many dead or sickies in there and pretty clean tanks. Curious who shops there for fish or aquarium products bc of price or shorter travel times and their thoughts on how it compares to their LFS cheers,
  8. Does anyone have a favourite or really informative fish book? I have a few books i really like but my favourite right now is "Loaches Natural History and Aquarium Care". Cheers Stace
  9. Hey guys and gals. surprised I couldnt find one of these threads already. Thought this would be a good opportunity for members to show us their pride and joy. I get my computer next week so my little friends photos will have to wait. Feel free to show off more than one if you wish.. would love to see great pics of a wide range of species. Hope you all have a good weekend and i look forward to some spectacular fish photos.
  10. just wanting to know what others thoughts are on this matter, at the auction there were some guppies that were marked as feeders, the auctioneer said its illegal in qld to feed live fish to your fish, so he sold them as mixed guppies, now i see all the LFS have tanks full of feeder fish, shrimp, goldfish and yabbies, if its illegal how can they openly advertise feeder fish................ i know from keeping reptiles its illegal to feed live food unless you can prove they won't eat dead, due to the fact that starving animals was more illegal then feeding live,
  11. I quite enjoy watching my common guppies, mollies and shrimp go about their business. Was wondering what other fish people find interesting, fun or amusing to watch, and why?
  12. Hi members! I'm thinking of purchasing some fish that my local pet stores don't stock from online live fish retailers. Have been looking at Fish Tank Fish in particular. I would appreciate any feedback from members who have past dealings with them, also any other suggestion for a good online live fish retailer. Thanks in advance!
  13. I loved this discussion, because it really points out why we are in it for the hobby
  14. So finally finished building the stand today for the new rack. The rack is 16ft long with 3 tiers. Top and middle levels are going to hold 8 4x2x18 tanks, bottom level is going to hold 9 2x15x18 tanks and a 5x18x18 sump. Tanks are getting built by Mick at pacific pines. Tomorrows mission is to paint the rack and install the air header. I will keep you guys up to date with the build as it progresses.
  15. Sup guys Im travelling from oxley to woodford to collect some fish today at 11:30 am and expecting to arrive around 1pm. Just a thort , if any one is in need of some fish of either destinations leme no and the items can hitch a ride to or from with me. Loading up point would be "the ox" oxley pub and collection point up woodford would be opposite the cop shop. Just an idea for those who arent able to travel so far for a few spicimen that near each direction. P.m if ur keen. Of course u have to supply ur own buckets and pumps Cheers yo
  16. Hey guys kind of an open question but i am starting up a little three foot 150L tank and cant decide on what fish to put in it. i am cycleing it now but i love tropical tanks with plants so anyone got suggestions for a pretty and interesting fish that gets along with others doent get to big and wont eat plants...oh and wont cost me an arm and a leg per fish ( eg $200 per fish)
  17. Problem I have a Juwel Lido 120 which I have set up as a planted community tank. you know the usual stuff cardinals, yellow tail congos, rummy nose etc. I have a mixed school of Hatchet fish. I started with four Marbled Hatchets that i got from Pet City, 2 large Silvers from Annerly and a trio of small Silvers from Paul at Oxley. Since then I have lost 2 Marbled and 2 silvers and it looks like another is on the way out. It seems to be a swim bladder type of issue or possibly bloat. They all end up swimming upside down disoriented and then check out. The rest of the hatchets are fine, it just seems to pick the odd one off one at a time. All the other fish in thank are healthy and fact they are robustly healthy. All my water parameters are good and the Hatchets even have their own quiet slow water zone to swim in with surface plants. Its got me stumped. Anyone got any clues or experienced this issue. Thanks, Phil
  18. Hi guys anyone know if you can get Monocirrhus polyacanthus (South American Leaf fish) in Australia?
  19. Does any one know what this fella is? Found him in a small stream with some mosquito fish. My best guess is a mosquito hybrid of some sort.
  20. Good evening ladies and gents, After years of not having a fish tank, I have finally decided to get back into it (my wife bought me one for my birthday ). I am looking for some inspiration on which way to go with my new fish tank, as I am second guessing if I want to go down the African Cichlid road again (I used to have Malawi colonies), as I would like to cultivate a more plant orientated aquarium. My wife and myself were looking at the African Cichlids, as my wife loves their colors, but I am still hoping to find a fish combination that will allow me to have a planted tank. I would love to take her to a show / display of various aquarium set ups and I am wondering if the upcoming Ekka will have a good variety of different types of aquariums setups for inspiration. Otherwise are there any other upcoming Aquarium displays / competitions in the Brisbane area that would be worth while going to? Otherwise feel free to post your planted aquarium set ups and fish combinations By the way my new aquarium is a 180l Octagon fish tank with 60cm height (small foot print for ground dwelling plants) and would need fish combination that would occupy all levels. Thank you everyone!
  21. I have been using sera discus granulate and they love it but I'm looking at Sera Vipagran Staple Diet from the techden would it be good for them the fish I have for now r Nicaraguens /Geo. Brachybranchus /neets /Neon Blue Acara / jd or what would u use for them thanks
  22. Your wives may try to hurt you if you try this in your house, but I had an old salt and pepper grinder that stopped working a long time ago so I've repurposed it to feed my fish fry. I'm in a sling at the moment so I'm limited to building small things at the moment. Introducing the fish food grinder!!!! https://vimeo.com/169651369 I mixed fish flake, fluval shrimp granules and some algae wafers in there and it grinds it all up haha Tell me what you think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. hi all just wanting to know where and when the next fish auction is in brisbane cheers johno
  24. Hi all, Hope this finds you well. We just bought another 4 foot fish tank that came with some fish. Some I can't seem to find what breed they are or tell their sex. The ones in question are these catfish/sucker fish that are 4-5" long and there seems to be both male and females of them (2 females, 2 males) from different patterns/colours etc. The is also a type of Angel fish that I am not sure of breed. There was supposed to be a breeding pair but when we went to pick up the tank, she said one of them had died due to being picked on by the cichlids that were in there (they passed on last night thanks to big bad Barry the 250mm Oscar (we have decided to trade him in at the LFS as we are sick of loosing expensive fish due to his bad attitude.)) Anyway, here are some photos of the fish in question that I'm trying to find out what they are; Thanks for the help and advice in advance!
  25. The last few weeks have seen beautiful visibility and an even better clear water event is on the horizon! During these clear water days I actually found a latezonatus family, not just one, but a few in an aurora crispa anemone. The latz out off here are a dime a dozen, but a group of latz in an aurora, cool! The links to youtube do not work on here so put in the google search bar, starting with a capital l for like "liquidg marine life-youtube", then look for that video.
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