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  1. Windy day again today, so looked at a few other creeks, Tibrogargan, Mellum and Bluegum but all were way too dirty to have a chance of filming anything, Ended up at Malenys Gardners Falls on Obi Obi Creek, Some interesting Australian natives and great to see no feral fish at all.
  2. Another month or so has past since the last thread to promote our Brisbane marine aquarium club and as usual we have had some wonderful low tide walks and free dive collection trips for our marine aquarium pets. The aandtsociety.org.au has had some top adventures over the years with in the clubs organised field trips and has been doing these fields trips for both freshwater species and reef life since 1927 from when the club was first formed. As most know we are only marine/reef keepers these days, though a few of us keep fresh water as well and over recent years the trips have become totally directed at enjoying the marine diversity that is achieved by the rare convergence of both tropical and temperate marine life forms here allowing us to get our own, sometimes a little unique marine life for the hobby of reef keeping. This is a little more of what we do on organised club trips. The south east sites we go to normally have some friendly stone fish to greet us on trips. One of the many varied zoanthids seen and collected,some of the guys like to keep them in the display tanks. This year will be called a year of copper bands-chelmon rostratus, they seem to be everywhere from this breeding season. Of course the global warming temps these days around the south east are contributing to the enormity of marine aquarium life over recent years,unlike the past From low tide rock pool club trips and some times at free dive trips, there are always heaps of lawn mower blennies-istiblennius meleagris around to choose that particular one or three for the tank to help with clean up, they are good workers!
  3. Some rainbowfish and other native fish in Cedar Creek just NW of Brisbane, the place was still riddled with gambusia and a few swordtails
  4. Checked a few places out today around the Sunshine coast, found rhads, M duboulayi, different gudgeons and crayfish, was only one location worth filming tho due to dirty water and even that had very tannin stained water
  5. Underwater footage of Australian native species (and some feral) from North Pine River upstream from Lake Samsonvale, Crimson spot rainbows, Pacific blue eyes, bass, turtles and more.
  6. Went for a short hike to a couple of waterfalls in Lamington NP and found these amazing critters, very feisty and curious critters they be. I found alot more than I expected. Some incredible colours in them too
  7. 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
  8. first of a few videos to come from different locations in Tasmania
  9. As always I have had "words" lol, with supposed guru morons saying this is wrong, that mag is not incredibly important and does not control so much so easily for the hobby, oh and for our health as well. I take it, my tank takes it, all up for over 15 years now and the twits still do not or wont, realise how much it actually does! This substance can be over dosed with no harm as well, I just chuck some in each other day. It was only earlier this year again, a few gurus reckon all this is wrong, so from that, what is the average reef guru, an idiot!!! Hey I always get that sort of thing thrown at me, so here are a few links to put it straight about mag. http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-benefits/what-is-function/ http://pets.thenest.com/happens-magnesium-low-aquarium-12901.html http://marineplantbook.com/marinebookpage10.htm http://www.wetwebmedia.com/plantedtkssubwebindex/majmicrnutrplts.htm http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-the-lamp-of-life
  10. Just wondering if any one has changed over to the new Algae Max instead of the normal Cichlid Formula or Thera A pellets for there Mbuna African Cichlids and what changes have you noticed
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  12. Been organising some pics for info threads and found my old pics of my hybrid of a lat and clarkii and saw the date of that trip and one of my latz I collected that day, which is one of only three that hung in there and survived Oswald of five I had all up including the hybrid, it turned 4 around now for tank life. Out of the three that survived cyclone Oswald’s power outage of 4 days at my place that I still have, the little guy is 4 years in tank as of last month and the imperator is 3 years! This lat that has a mate from back then that survived as well, has only grown maybe 4 mill in that time, but now it is colder in there it is showing a little more its striking dark chocolate colouration and blue lips that defines a lat adult, its tail gold is gone and soon its pectoral fins will be basically clear as they are already losing much of the signature gold that defines immature latz. A full adult has the golden dark brown back to near black body and very wide middle band and no striking gold any more. As with most of my fish, it will be very small at full adult! What may have been a painfully rare hybrid died and the largest of my latz died as well during those 4 days of no power, so I was lucky to have three survive those four horror days for my hobby. I won’t put in the bottom tank imperator, it’s already had its nori birthday cake, lol. The day I got the lat. Earlier tonight, while trimming algae.
  13. Today we had notification that New Life Spectrum are going to increase their pricing in the next week which will be across the entire range. If you want to beat the price increase or if you are running a little low on your favourite food it might be an ideal time to grab some before it goes up in price. With the way that the Australian Dollar is performing we are noticing a number of price increases lately so a perfect time to grab some. Here is the link to all the New Life Spectrum Food we have. New Life Spectrum
  14. Went for a run up to Rainbow Beach for a stay overnite and for a look around the 4wd tracks. Had a look at Double Island Point, Freshwater Lake, Frankis Gulch and my favourite Searys Creek There was no fish in Freshwater lake that I could see when snorkeling apparently due to it drying out in drought, but there was plenty of tadpoles, crayfish and shrimp. Frankis Gulch had Ornate Rainbowfish but would be same as Teewah creek Noosa River strain as runs into Teewah creek The lower reaches of Searys creek is nice but plenty of Sandflies. I can see why it is protected Such a beautiful area with great wildlife above and below the water.
  15. Was sad to see the gambusia and also saw tilapia but couldn't get them on video, at least they seemed confined to the lower reaches as I didnt see any further up the mountain
  16. I purchased a tub of nls nutri gel today from [MENTION=1338]The Tech Den[/MENTION] and thought I would post a review for others to get an idea of the product! It was simple enough to mix, 3:1 ratio of water to nls powder. Stick in the fridge for 20 minutes and you get this... mmm tasty. As you can see i cut a slice out and then halved it. I tried to stick the jelly like food onto the glass, which failed miserably although the fish (mbuna) didn't seem to care! I'm trying to figure out the best way of feeding so that it is distributed evenly between the fish and will post updates as I do so, thanks for reading.
  17. as stated, ive heard lots about how much people love it. is there any one who thinks its just another name brand? for the record i do use nls thera with no problems, just curious. cheers.
  18. hi all, ok i bought easy life as it seems to basically do everything, i only bought it as a dechlorintor but it seems that the back of the bottle says a lot more than that. just wanted to hear peoples thoughts on the product???
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  20. Went for a drive up to Maleny today and kept going towards Kenilworth where we ended up going for a swim at Booloumba Creek part of the Mary river catchment in the Sunshine coast Hinterland. We only saw 4 species, Crimson spot rainbowfish, Pacific Blue eyes, Australian Smelts and Unspecked Hardyheads. Would have been so easy to catch them in this spot.
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  22. Just looking back on some underwater pics this arvo. This little bat wing sea slug is one of the first underwater photos that I have taken and I took it badly. It was approximately 6 mill in size and so cute. I was hunting crays and as I came up this little guy/spec was mid stream swimming along and after a lot of bobbing up and down I got a few hundred pics and this was the best of them, I couldn't focus on just it. Not a great pic and I have taken it down to not many kilobytes to use on the net, but what can you do while free diving and trying to take a pic of a tiny marine creature in motion, in that way.
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