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  1. with the package I got was an aqua one aquanano marine 36 for quarantine. so second marine tank...... rule is fire goby must be in the tank.... What ideas you got. also an Aquaray led light.... are they any good?
  2. 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!
  3. I have opened up some space in my breeding tank and am interested in starting up another colony. I am looking for something a little different or rare......I was thinking of getting a group of young phenochilus Tanzania (ie mirror ball hap) as not many good quality ones in sydney. Any other suggestions you can throw at me to consider (something interesting).
  4. i cant decide what size cube to go. 2ft, 2.5ft or 3ft. love a 3ft but cleaning could be abit of a problem. 2ft is looking abit small. im thinking 2.5ft would be the best size. what is peoples ideas? the next problem would be stocking ideas, throw them in too.
  5. I'm looking to actually start actively caring for an corner style, triangular aquarium I inherited from a friend (about 50cm x 50cm x 70cm). Note that until now, it's basically been a box of water in an ignored corner of the house with 1 anubia on driftwood, and random java moss. Only a couple of platys and guppies which must be pretty hardy, as I rarely take any interest in them, and a few cherry shrimp. No filtration or aeration at all, and a dodgy little underpowered warm coloured LED light which means I can hardly see in the tank anyway. The substrate is just multi-coloured 10-20mm gravel. I'm at a crossroads - either get rid of the tank, or have a decent crack at setting it up and getting some enjoyment for both myself and the inhabitants. I've moved it to my office right next to my desk, so hopefully I'll get to enjoy it and give it the time/energy it deserves. I'm basically just after a nice looking tank, with bugger all maintenance/interaction (which in itself might be impossible). I'm happy to buy a better LED light so I can actually see what's in there, and can accept that a filter might be necessary, but would like to keep this as low maintenance and cost as possible. Don't really care what fish are in there, again so long as they're hardy, cheap, and don't take much work. IMHO plants make the aquarium, so I'm after advice about what species to plant where. Being stuck in a corner, I'm thinking tall plants towards the back, moving down to shorter plants towards the front. I'd really appreciate advice, including what to plant where. Once again, you guessed it, they must be hardy, and require little maintenance. Due to competing priorities, I'd be lucky to have an hour per week to spend on caring for this tank. Perhaps if I get more enjoyment out of it, I'll rearrange these priorities. I can accept that I might be wanting the impossible, and if so I'll walk away from it. Feel free to be brutally honest - I can take it! So, any advice from the ground up - substrate, plants, fish, equipment?
  6. Imagine your only tank is a one foot cube. How would you make it the ultimate display. Stick to fish available in Australia. If you have the ultimate one foot display please post pictures.
  7. i'm having my front fountain cleaned up with the front yard landscaped. Any suggestion on what fish I can put there. currently it has platys and goldfish. Less maintenance the better, the fountain won't run as well as I cut the motor out so it'll be a stagnant water. should I stick with the goldfish and platys? Anyone selling so I can stock it. Will need it in two weeks time. The base is about 5-ft in diameter so enough room for the fish to wonder.
  8. Hi all, just looking for some info on how to keep fish disease free in an outdoors pond, obviously water quality, but is there something I can throw in say every couple weeks or so to make sure the fish are all good? Fish in the pond being set up at the moment will either be Murray River Rainbow or Desert Rainbow, will look at starting with 5 or 6 in a almost 200l bathtub, will also have a solar aerator working in there as well as a number of Australian native plants. The 3 Desert Gobies are in a 109l tub with a handful of Glass Shrimp, no aeration, filled with Ambulia, Water Lilies, Water Milfoil. The other bathtub that I am to pick up is slightly smaller than the one I have, not sure what to keep in there though, suggestions would be great in regards to that, Rhads perhaps? Empire Gudgeons? Threadfin Rainbows? This tub too will have a solar aerator in there with a number of Australian native plants.
  9. Hi Guys and Gals, So here is the idea, I am going to set up a native tank with whatever I can get my hands on or already have so this will be a no (or next to no) cost set up…. I hope. I live right near the Nepean River in NSW (Penrith Area) that runs into the Hawkesbury River. I want to try and replicate that environment and will hopefully be catching some local natives to live in the tank. I hope to be able to gain everything from substrate, plants, drift wood and stock from this river. Obviously I will ensure I am compliant by all legal boundaries here. I have a 3ft tank that currently houses a handful of little Koi, they will get a new home in a pond of some sort so two stage approach, pond then native tank. Or the Koi will get a new home with someone else. So a bit of planning before I jump in and proof of concept, I am really hoping some of the experienced native owners/breeders here will be able to point me in the right direction. I don’t intend on this being super quick, slow and steady as they say. 1- The tank The tank I have is 90 x 40 x 40 (so 144 litres, or 38 Gallon). This is an outdoor set up that is situated in a covered BBQ area. Tank sits on top of a 3ft high cabinet that holds all my BBQ gear. The tank has no glass lids, just the centre cross member to support the tank structure. The tank is topped with gutter guard to stop birds trying to get to the fishes. The tank has a hole for an over flow one end 5cm from the top of the tank wall so that will be taken advantage of when looking at Filtration and Water Volume. The tank will get a revamp during the whole process. 2- Water volume So water volume for a tank that size is a problem, 144 ltr tank will have some huge fluctuating temps as the water volume is just not enough. I think I need to double the volume of water at least to get some temperature stability . so …. I am tossing around 2 ideas, a mate has a 55 gallon drum out in his shed, If I can get my hands on that and link it to the tank total water volume will be around 350 litres, that hopefully will be enough, or I have a 100ltr drum that will bring it to 250 ltr, not as big but getting there. (Happy for input here…..) 3- Filtration Current filtration is a HMF style filter with the last 10cm of the tank blocked off with a 40 x 40 sponge 1 inch think, behind it lives a 200ltr p/h pump that runs a hose to the other end of the tank about 5 cm above the water line so the water splashes back into the tank giving agitation and aeration. This will be removed as I want to use the full tank size for the native tank (and it looks a bit um, how to put it nicely….carp) Pardon the pun. So with whatever I use as a Water Volume extender (what else would you call it) I will be adding some mechanical and Biological filtration to that, I also have an old Canister Filter that will pump the water from the Drum back to the tank that I will also add bio filtration media too. May sound a bit of over kill but I need to extend the water volume for temp stability anyway so why not make the most of it, the drum will be reasonably easy to clean and I would expect that I would barely ever have to touch the canister filter as all the mechanical work will have been done in the drum. 4- Lighting Where the tank is situated it does not get any direct sunlight, only ambient light. Plenty bright enough ambient light to light the tank enough to easily see the current occupants inside, but as no direct sunlight there is basically no algae issues at all. I don’t know if this may be an issue, maybe more light is required, if so I will have to dig around the shed to see what I have. (Comments please on lighting required) Lighting will probably depend most on planting… 5- Heating Well I am hoping that there may be no heating required. With the extra water volume temp shouldn’t fluctuate too much on a day to day basis but my concern will be over the winter period… Thoughts.. Do I need to heat the tank during winter ? 6- Substrate Well I probably have to consider a few things here, what are the plants going to be, what fish will be in the tank…..So to replicate the river environment… Um need help on this one , the river is mostly a muddy/river rock bed, this may be where I go off my theory of collecting everything from the river itself…… The river rocks I can collect, but a muddy substrate, not sure of that … Ideas ? 7- Plants This definitely links with the substrate and lighting but I do want this to be a planted tank, No CO2 or any of that jazz so I may be limited, but may also go with plants from the river and see how they go with very little light, something like Vallisneria, or whatever reed type plants live in the river .. Just not sure on their lighting demands 8- Stock So I got my hands on the NSW DPI report from 2007 (I know it’s a bit old now) about Fish communities in the Nepean River. My problem is the majority of the study was 100 + klm up river from my area so inhabitants may vary but with a bit of luck not too much. The study states that 60.3 % of individuals caught were Gambusia holbrooki, a non native…… But 21.9% of Australian smelt…not exciting there though but anyway, Mountain galaxias (Galaxias olidus), Australian bass (Macquaria novemeculeata), firetail gudgeon (Hypseleotris galii) and freshwater catfish (Tandanus tandanus) also up stream Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica) I could go on about the other species sampled from different areas of the river but won’t as it would probably bore everyone to tears and the reading gets very tedious, the one interesting thing I did pick up on during my reading was that the Weirs introduced to the Nepean river system acted as migration barriers for our native species…. So once again Man inhibits nature So I put my attention to the fish I would consider local to me and maybe the right fit empire gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa), firetail gudgeon (Hypseleotris galii), Stripped Gudgeon , Flat head Gudgeon and maybe the humble Australian Smelt Empire Gudgeon is the obvious choice as it is a beautiful fish , so may try and do a couple of test runs around the river and see what I may be able to catch … or not catch, that may determine what the tank will be for So please comment with ideas and knowledge, I know this is a lot of reading but you native lovers I am sure will have some useful information for me. I apologise for the long winded post but want to get all my ideas out for comment. Cheers
  10. Have been cleaning some tanks the past days as I have a SNAIL infestation on some tanks. I was thinking of buying a chemical (snail rid) from the shops and was wondering if its worthwhile to treat it with this (if ALL snails will die). Any alternative and proven products? I have trumpet snails, normal round looking snails. The tanks doesn't have fish but still have some wood and plants as well as the filter running. Would I need to take everything out or just add the chemical and bomb it. I'll need to lower the tank water as well otherwise i'll need a LOT of the chem for this exercise. When done, what do you do? do a major water change and rinse before adding fish or the chem will just dilute itself overtime? Any suggestions and tips? what to avoid/watch out?
  11. Hi guys, I have recently set up a build that I started a long long time ago due to not having the time to finish it sooner with work! It now has water in it and now the partner and I can't decide what we want to put in there. The tank has black quartz gravel and a black background and we want to put driftwood and either real or fake plants to make the colour. My partner was thinking discus but I don't like the idea of keeping a tank at 30 degrees throughout winter and getting a power bill.... I suggested a peacock display? can anyone help suggest a stocking list with plenty of color? Filtration is 2 fluval fx5s. thanks in advance chris
  12. Gday people I was just wondering if anyone used different kinds of mechanical filtration instead of filter sponge to trap all the poo? Just wondering if anyone had some better system than cleaning sponge Every week Thanks for any input and happy new year Also interested in learning abit more about bead filters and were you can get them from thanks
  13. Hopefully setting up a 4ft aquarium (unsure of exact measurements) for a macleays water snake, planning on doing a Northern territory billabong biotype with driftwood, live plants, fish and invertebrates. Could anyone give some plant suggestions? Water will be slightly alkaline
  14. Hi all, I have an Mr Aqua 12g 45l Bookshelf tank that I'm going to dust off and set up seeing I don't have the room for a larger tank and I'm just wondering what people would suggest for a filter, I used to run an Eheim 2213 which ended up shatting itself and I ended up smashing. Should I run with another canister, or something else, not looking to spend a lot either.
  15. I just set up my 5x2x800 last week and I'm still quite unsure what I'm going to put in it, want some ideas I want a larger more aggressive fish
  16. 7x2.5x2.5 if I remember correctly but it's a bayfront style tank Just has a basic sump underneath and and a Hagen GLO T5 light above This is how it used to be when it was a marine tank This is how it is at the moment - couple of tangs and malawi cichlids Now I need some ideas because I'm getting a bit bored with it... Only requirement is low maintenance because I rarely do water changes on this setup at the moment - though water parameters are good, I do them every 2-3 months Couple of ideas I had was - American cichlids? just add some driftwood into the tank and ditch the plants? Peacock bass or silver dollars and stingray? but I want it to be an easy maintenance tank South american/amazon tank? add driftwood, heaps of easy to keep plants and fill with loaches, corys, tetras, gouramis, swordtails(?), maybe a geos but would rather lots of small fish, and apistos or other suggestions for that kind of style tank Sell the tank and do a nano marine tank? Or any other suggestions guys? I've got a native pond, so rather not natives And my breeding tanks have tanganyikans - I could do a better tanganyikan tank but I like other fish too WHAT ABOUT FRONTOSA MAYBE?! Cheers!
  17. I've got a wedding coming up and thought it could be interesting to have a bunch of fighter fish on the tables. I've never been a fan of them in such small jars but they live like that in fish stores and its only for a night. Has anyone seen/done this before? Just trying to work out the practicality of the transport, tank and what to do with them after. I'm guessing it would be 5-10 fish in total, maybe i could rent them from someone? Does anyone have an opinion/suggestion on what i could do? Also, before anyone flames me about it being a bad idea , that's why i am asking first.
  18. I will be setting up an 8ft tanganyika tank soon and I was going for the biotype/display look I love the natural look does anyone have any ideas on what background substrate and rocks use I like the 3d backgrounds share your tanks and ideas
  19. Hi everyone, We had our first glimpse of what the summer holds today and it reminded me that I had to get my butt into gear and insulate the garage door. I have read a few posts that mention the use of styrofoam or foil insulation but wondered if anyone had any other ideas. I also need to know where to buy the stuff. Styrofoam is easy (Clark Rubber) but other insulation not so easy. I went to Bunnings and Masters and they just looked at me blankly. Although the Bunnings guy did show me stuff imported from the US which just resembled thin tin foil you would buy from Coles with an extremely large price increase. So I guess I am asking if anyone has some really good insulation ideas and most importantly where to buy it. Thanks in advance.
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  21. Just wondering if anyone can tell me if I have M/F, Best pics I could take Thanks First fish Second fish
  22. Hey all. Just escaped my display tank a few days ago after I spilt a pot full of crypts and soil in the tank Anyway this is it, what else plant wise would look good ? I am running T5 lights soon to be 3 x 50w led floodlights. DIY co2 and as well liquid ferts. Cheers, Troy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Hey guys, I recently split my apisto trio of cacatudous into their own 2 foot, and have moved 3/4 bristle noses into my Central tank, so now all I have left in my South American tank is 2 keyholes, 2 neons, a bn and a royal whiptail. I keep looking at the tank and feel as though tank mates are needed! I'm about to start a geo tank, so I won't be looking into them and I wanna keep the apistos in their own environments, I'm just stuck for ideas to add more tank mates to it. The tank is a 4x15x18 and has coralmax planted substrate with plenty of plants and filled with driftwood. I was thinking of some rams, but none of the balloon ones as IMO they are ugly. Just wondering what ideas others may have? Regards, Nathan
  24. Any ideas on easy ways to remove brown fuzzy algae from my plants? Type of fish or particular chems??!
  25. Hey all I've had 5 of my beloved yellow cherries die over the day and two of my reds I wanted to ask for some advice early before everybody disappears Here's the deal I have a 2ft tank with a BN pair and colony of shrimp in each side Everything was going well until recently so what i've changed in the last couple of days is I have added 2 bristlenose (I accidentally had 4 males [the 'females' were sub-dom], now i have 2 pairs) These guys are from a reliable breeder and the BN behavior is normal. I yesterdays replaced two aquaclears with a fluval 306 with bottom-sponge middle-chock full of seachem matrix top-1 unit of chemipure half on each side and filled the rest with seachem matrix (All washed) Intake is a sponge (not washed, whoops) I know this sets warning bells off for no good bacteria but i have 2 seeded sponges (small) and the gravel and put in good bacteria with water changes when i'm ****ing around with filters Regardless my readings were Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-low(i forget the reading) One thing i can think of was the water got to 29 degrees because of a 100w jager that's being dodgy, it was set to 25 and the calibrator was set to 27 (as far up as possible), would that be the cause, though 2 more deaths came after this was recified back to 26-27 degrees Any ideas as to what it could be and what i could do to stop my beloved ycs dying and anything bad spreading to the BN would be greatly appreciated Thanks for reading if you did, and [MENTION=5455]Donny[/MENTION] I can have the 306 at full flow in there Also help with my heater would be great Whew big post Crappy phone pic of crappy tank incoming, haven't managed to scape it yet
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