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  1. Hey guys! I'm a new shrimp keeper and loving it so far, and really enjoyed looking through some of the photos on this forum I came across Thai micro crabs on some articles from overseas and they seem so adorable. But sadly AFAIK not available in Australia. Seems we have a native crab that's very similar: http://www.aabio.com.au/research-continues-on-the-false-spider-crab-amarinus-lacustris/ Anyone happen to have had any luck finding them or buying them? When I lived in remote NSW as a little kid I used to find them (or something that looked like them) but I can't really travel 700km to the old spots to go looking haha.
  2. .WorX Freshwater Planted 6500K Led's have arrived at AOA that are exceptionally well priced. This is the unit you have been waiting for to replace your tired old Fluro T8 / T5 lighting unit for your aquarium. Link - Age of Aquariums - WorX Led Super bright 6500K white LEDs and rich 460nm blue LEDs come together in an amazingly sleek fixture that’s dialed-in for freshwater aquariums. Great for display also over a Cichlid display or non planted aquarium. 24w - 48w depending on size of fixture Leg mounts included Low profile ( 2cm high and 8cm wide ) Silver in Colour 12 month replacement warranty Priced at $89.00 for the 60cm unit up to $129.00 for the 120cm unit. I have posted a few pics of these units over a dry display in store. We will be setting up a new freshwater planted display in store and will post up pictures as it progresses. These units are exceptionally bright and really need to be seen in person to be appreciated. Very sturdy build quality and does not feel cheap and flimsy compared to other units on the market. Ben
  3. Hey guys, Ive just started up a tank after months of thinking on it so I don't know a lot about the technical sides of what species go with what other fish. I know all the basic's. But James from Caramel's Fishy Friends @ Flinders View referred me here. Anyways, for the last week I've cycled the water and got the Ph levels right at about 7.8-8.6. Water temp at 24 degrees. Using a AQUA ONE filter doing 2000L per hour, very big for the tank but thought id go all out I will attach photo of my set up. At the moment I have 2 clown loaches, 1 peppermint bristlenose, 1 red top zebra. I'm wanting to add 5-6 iceberg blue cichlids and 5-6 electric yellow cichlids and maybe have a couple of others like mpangas, flamebacks, peacocks. Is this an okay set up? Will i be facing any issues or if this isn't a good set up what is an example because I've done a lot of research and can't really find out too much help with this.
  4. Hi, I have a small tank set up as a tropical tank. Are there any dealers in SEQ selling fish that have been genetically engineered. I am a huge science fan and skeptic and would love to be able to own a GMO pet fish. Thanks
  5. Hi, I recently bought an aquarium and would like some advice on how to stock it. I like the look of cichlids but want it to be a planted aquarium, any tips? I am leaning towards picking discus.
  6. I have a 4' / 200L freshwater community with the following inhabitants: * 1 x RTBS * 1 x Veiltail Betta * 15 x neon tetra * 6 x male guppies * 2 x corydoras julii * 2 x otocinclus It has been running for two months using pre-established gravel. Inhabitants have been added sporadically, and there has been no fish loss. Tank is unplanted, gravel substrate, plenty of driftwood. Current filtration is a 1000L/hr internal power filter using the ace venturi system, with 25% weekly water change. This approach seems to be holding water, so to speak. I've decided to move to an external canister (Eheim 2213), for a number of reasons, but mainly because the internal power filter is unsightly, awkward to clean (weekly), the venturi is loud, and the smallest bubbles it produces seem to stay in suspension and give the water a cloudy appearance. My concern is that the low water throughput of the Eheim compared to the internal power filter w/ venturi will result in reduced oxygenation of the water column, and reduced circulation of the water (around the heater etc). So it's taken a while, but I'm almost ready to ask a question. I wondered if one of those low power "wavemaker" style power heads would be an appropriate partner for the Eheim 2213. I realise these are not true wavemakers that you would use in a marine environment, rather a power head with a different diffusion pattern. Of that style of power head, the weakest I've seen is a 2000L/hr (2.5W) version. Using a regular power head, my understanding is that volume of throughput would be undesirably excessive for a 200L tank, but the "wavemaker" style power head apparently has more diffuse water disturbance characteristics. I also wonder how it could move 2000L/hr using only 2.5W. Does anyone have any experience using that style of power head in a 200L tropical tank, as an adjunct to an external canister filter? Would the type of water disturbance / circulation be helpful, or just overwhelming? There it was, a question...
  7. It could be a sad sad day if this does go ahead and comes to fruition and the damming of Amazon, Congo and Mekong basins. 450 additional dams being planned or under construction. The we season plays a integral role. Interesting article in Practical Fishkeeping http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=6983
  8. Hi. A few months back i tripped over a product which I've being trying to find out more about. Catch being, i can't remember the name, brand or where i found it, but i'm pretty sure it was a LFS. It was basically a live bacterial culture for freshwater, along the lines of API QuickStart. Rather than being to help cycle a tank though, it specifically included bacteria that target phosphates. Does anyone know what this might've been, or similar preparations suitable for fresh water? I know Red Sea do a phosphate/nitrate product for marine but i don't know about it's suitability for fresh water. And yes, i know there are a million synthetic phosphate absorbers. I've used a number of them. But i have ongoing phosphate issues steming from my source water so i'm looking for options more sustainable over the longer term. Cheers.
  9. Hi, i am starting up a 300 liter planted aquarium. What fertilizers and what brands are best for plant growth? Also what equipment is needed for plants? I am planning on purchasing a Co2 system and fluorescent tubing for lights.
  10. Hi guys Heard freshwater sole are like a poor mans stingray (I read it, I didn't make it up) Are they easy to keep? Compatible with Americans? Do they poo like a pleco or okay? Any opinions are welcome as I could write a book on what I don't know about them They look cool, but as we know, research first Thanks
  11. I'm attempting to breed these bumblebee gobies in freshwater I'm going to give them a few months in this tank if no luck I'll do a bit of a change up and try them in something smaller with white sand and less distractions. All seem to be fairly active and even though most things I've read say that they are territorial these ones all seem to like to hang out. I have a peppermint an oto and a couple of harlequin rasboras in there but they seem to leave each other alone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. .Hi all, I am looking to buy some blue plattys, blue rams and danios and other nice coloured freshwater fish. I live in Gold Coast. Thanks in advance.
  13. Amazing the amount of life in such small systems running onto the beach A creek running into Sleepy Bay I cant find a name for and Rangers Creek running into Coles Bay
  14. first of a few videos to come from different locations in Tasmania
  15. I just got these 2 and would like to find out more about them. Any ideas as to species?
  16. Hey, I'm a new member here, as I have recently bought a Motoro stingray. Everything has been going fine with him, he's in a huge tank (400lt) for a still very small guy. I do 2 water changes and week and make sure to give him a decent feed every day. His tank is heated with nothing sharp or potentially harmful in it with him. Today I noticed on his belly he has a single little red spot. This is the first I've seen it, and it's definitely appeared either yesterday or today. He is still swimming actively, eating all his food and acting normally but I'm worried as its just come up. Has anyone seen this before? Or have any tips on what it is, is it harmful or do I need to worry or anything? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
  17. Sensational Deal of the Day - Worx Freshwater Planted Led 90cm 6500k - Today only $69.00 !!!. We received a pallet of 90cm units when we actually ordered 60cm so we are now overstocked. Our problem is your gain so if you have been waiting to purchase a top planted LED at a crazy price Today is your chance !!. Link - Age of Aquariums - Worx Freshwater Planted Led 90cm 6500K Ben
  18. Trying to get my hands on a few longtom, has anyone owned them before or any ideas where to get them? Any info would be awesome. Cheers
  19. Does anyone know if it is possible to get these legally? I assume they would also need a chiller?
  20. ..Anyone know much about this guy? Was given to me for the kids but iv never had one before, done some general care research but cant really find a name for him hes 20cm
  21. The latest Giesemann Futura-S Led's have hit Australia in both Marine & Tropic Individually programmable and dimmable colour channels on a per-module basis Available in 2/3/4/5/6 module sizes Up to 4320 programmable set points over the light period Wireless data transfer via Bluetooth The smallest version already has 10 individually programmable and dimmable colour channels on a per-module basis Loss-free secondary optics narrow-angle/wide-angle Made in Germany 2 year warranty LINK TO TECHNICAL DATA ON FUTURA-S LED MARINE & TROPIC Pure White in Colour. Other Colours available on request. Please contact sales@aquariumproducts.com.au for pricing / availability. Unique to the FUTURA-S is the ability to adjust levels on a 'per-module' basis, meaning that different light saturation levels may be programmed for different areas within the same aquarium dependent on the stock requirements in that particular area. Experiences of more than 20 years With more than 20 years of experience and product development, we were able to raise the quality of light from LED lighting to a new level. Precision is important to us: the light-emitting diodes used are highly color stable and guarantee a homogeneous and clear color perception. In addition to the high light output and a balanced distribution of light, our systems offer a long service life and avoid any maintenance. High end components LED - "light emitting diodes" - are even electronic components and need, as well as all other types of lamps, in the form of an electronic control gear. The in-house development of electronic modules gives us the freedom in the design of form and function and the ability to respond quickly to innovative changes. With its own board layout, equipped exclusively with carefully selected CREE® LED, GIESEMANN guarantees optimal light output and color rendition. Maximum life by perfect temperature management Design measures to keep the LED modules in the uncritical temperature range. Every one of our LED lamps is fitted with high-capacity microcontrollers that, in addition to the function control, monitor the internal operating temperature of the LED. Sophisticated cooling elements combined with an electronically controlled active cooling ensure operation under ideal conditions. Only they can provide their high performance over the entire operating time. Intelligent light network The integrated networking of our lighting systems generated from individual light modules, an intelligent lighting network. Only with the hardware and software of the light control system allows to exploit the potential of LED technology fully. All luminaires and lighting control components from GIESEMANN contain their own microprocessors in order to appropriate programs to realize the so-called firmware, all kinds of functions. Therefore, in addition to our lighting technicians and electricians and computer scientists are among the development team. Useful functions instead of useless gimmicks In the development of LED lighting for aquariums, it is the same as everywhere: innovations benefit not alone - they must be meaningful. Means for driving the LED, for example: not increased GIESEMANN just going to continue the current consumption of each LED - we make sure that every technological advance brings a noticeable improvement. With our lighting systems, you can feel the difference in every respect, the highest power output and long life of each light point. Optimum light output Even with the best LEDs on the market is able to benefit even more - if you have the right technologie: our driver technology optimizes light output, color and power of each LED - without harming the material. * System requirements: Android 3.0 or higher (recommended), WindowsXP, Vista, 7, 8 or Apple Mac OS X; Bluetooth. Priced from $1799.00 Link - Age of Aquariums - Giesemann Futura LED's Ben
  22. .Hi there, About a month ago I caught this little fella from a creek out Bilambil way and was curious to know more about him. From end to end it's about 4cm long. The front two leg pairs have have 'fluffy' fans instead of nippers which I thought was interesting. Is this normal for this species or was it born with serious abnormalities? The stripe down the back is usually beige but i've seen it turn really yellow too. Any further information would be heaps appreciated. I've never kept shrimp before, Ghost-Knife eats them all, but this guy is a master evader.
  23. .Hi A freind of mine has saltwater fish tank and feeds Nori seedweed all the time can I feed this too my community tropical tank for a change already feeding zucchini ,peas,flakes,bloodworms ,algae wafers ,NLS Thera A. Thanks
  24. Does anyone keep Archerfish in complete freshwater successfully? Has it affected their growth rate at all or lifespan? I believe the ones in my lfs are already in pure freshwater...
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