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  1. Hi, I was wondering if anyone had small marines not wanted anymore ( that'd be suitable for a 3 foot tank). Any help would be muchly appreciated. Thanks
  2. Hey guys marine is a newbie for me and Im curious as to options available for breeding saltwater feeders....I have been reading about people feeding FRESHWATER feeders(people do some funny things) for marines...and obviously this is a NO NO(bad nutrition)...so are there options as far as breeding your own live feeders for lionfish(volitans)...that are realistic to achieve,etc....cheers guys
  3. Hey Guys, I am new to Marine set ups and was wondering about collecting fish from the ocean(obviously nothing large as I respect their freedom and also nothing that clashes like predatory,etc and based on aquarium restrictions)...I am wondering about the legal side of collecting small guys from the ocean,etc...is this legal?...if so what are the restrictions etc?....is a permit required?....some of the better beginner fish to admire /look after?....thanks guys and also any warnings...things I could avoid without learning the hard way!!!....cheers guys and am all ears!!!!!
  4. This is the second collecting trip for aandtsociety show stock. Just another trip to get some nice fish and inverts for the beenliegh show tanks on one of the calmest days imaginable and in the strongest current. The current this day was extrmemly dangerous and had to be handled with a lot of care or end up in New zealand and there are no jesus lines that long! This is how calm it was. A nice little halichoeres chrysus. A shy little dark cardinal. we don't normally bother with moorish idles,but this one will be handy for the show and while Mark looked after it he has gotten attached to it. This one was gotten from a discusting area and there are no corals or much of anything else there really,they are tougher that way and this one eats out of his hand in just few days in the tank. This is the avergae colour of the melanopus clowns around here,its a nice nature so far,not normal for these fish,lives well with the latz, akyndinos and skunk. These wil look great in the tanks.Now mark wants more,the colours will be mixed up in the next ones. There were lots of blue tangs and a couple of latz,but we have some so we didn't bother.
  5. This was the third trip. Didn't even bother doing some spearing while free diving on this trip,the crays that were seen were left for Dave to get. As you can see by the first pic the queenlsand coast is quite ugly,not likely,but some really nice birds on the beaches to check out-lol!! One of the constantly prettiest localy caught damsels,the fiji or (chrisiptera taupou)no matter how old they are in your tank,shame they are so very mean normally,this one isn't,its a little weird. Just thought it would be nice to get a couple of cleaner shrimp (lysmata amboinensis) for the tank at the show,no one even noticed the big female in the tank??why bother!There is this one ledge in 35 to 40 feet deep and behind the bubble anemones and sea urchins there is nearly always four or more there,why i have no idea?I don't like to keep them as all in the tank want to eat them normally. Just one of the many sea stars(blue linkia) we got for the show to have in a tank with some of the stars of the nemo movie we caught.Danny has had one from tiny for two years now and it is 11 inches across now. A couple of these roughies or (trachichthys australis) were caught for mark as he lost his ones he bought off one of the commercial collectors to desease,we used them in the show and heaps of people liked the ugly liitle beggers. They are indemic to our waters here,normally in very deep water to a 1000 feet down and we see heaps of them at one shallow spot that you can snorkel to and as per usual it remains a secret,but normally we wouldn't catch any as they are bit on the ugly side of things to bother with,easy to catch though,you just grab them by hand. Just like a pinneapple fish,no need for a net,oh they grunt very loud just like a pinneapple fish as well. They go into marks tank after the show.He likes them???? I have kept them before,they can be a bit fussy to start with eating,no big deal. Thats it for the trips being copied from our site from me (being the last one to do it) due to personal problems and serious family issues with our oldest daughter towards the end of the year and they have to be focused on,if things go well,i will grab a few of the many trips that were enjoyed in that time,around xmas,there are heaps of trips and if i am around to do it next year i will put them out there for all to enjoy seeing what comes out of the wonderful Q south east on the clubs trips,if not ,i hope some of you enjoyed what we should have had on the net ten years ago at least!!!.
  6. Another great club day out appreciating the beautiful ocean areas we have here in the south east and catching a few aquarium species for our tanks. Now that some of the new memebers are geting more experience with collecting the club sponsored three day rental house on the water in November should be very interesting as to who gets what for their aquarium. There were several other groups doing the same thing yesterday where we were and a couple of us joined in to help another guy for some tang herding for some indemic tangs for his aquarium. The day was warm, the water for this spot was clear, the swell was small, basicly perfect conditions were watched carefully in planning to give us the best spot on the best day. These are a few of us getting our snorkelling gear ready for the day’s activities,in the shade of course. A couple of the keen clubies that got in first. Just a few of the standard clean up crew a few of the clubbies were after. One of the male lawn mower blennies collected on the day. One of the guys likes a few cowries in the tank. A very common algae from the area,looks nice in the tank in the right spot,until it gets eatern. These are the types of corals in the area.lots of ausy acans there. One of the guys in the water first,his spear broke nearly straight away,oh well just collecting for him. A very nice spot as the club has been coming here since the 1930s,of course it is different now. The day was so good we didn't get home until after dark.
  7. we had a lovely sunny day,had all the gear on time for the tide and the water was filthy. It didn't make much difference as the spot we went to had been cleaned out by the commercial guys any way. Who cares we still had fun. A part from have a bit of club fun trip for four of us,we also needed a couple more creatures for the beenleigh show tanks. This is just a juvenile damsel(pomacentrus grammorhynchus)nice looking fish as a juvenile,not the best as an adult or its nature. Just a couple of more akindynos to go with the few we already have for the show. There was a cute little puffer and a couple of anemone shrimp,but i don't have any pics of them.
  8. This was the second main trip of the season and one of the last as this was in mid to late May. The water is dropping in temp now so we won’t be having many snorkelling adventures until the temps start coming back up,but there will always be a few of us that keep hitting the water no matter how cold it gets. This trip we had on May 17 acheived for most of the clubbies that are into collecting,a large smile on faces that will last for ages,for what we had was a perfect day. The water was clear, calm and a nice temp, there was so much life around we were regularly asking each other does any one want this fish or whatever and whoever would swim over to the clubby that would say show me, sometimes it was a yes but mostly we moved on due the vast numbers of each species, we only got what was wanted on the day for our tanks and some for other clubbies that could not be there. The new member Nick was very keen to have a go at collecting his own species and he had a ball, we got him a few lovely fish including a blue angelfish and some others. The big surprise of the day was how fast Colin has gone from finding it hard to get anything to catching the ever elusive cleaner wrasse for us, he has already worked out one of the hardest fish to get, that’s youth of 26 for you, and he will be doing better than us in no time at all,but than again he did propose to his other half the other day so the ball and chain may be put on,maybe not with these two,she loves the water as much as him. Colin was lucky,I had no one to watch or learn off in my early days, I have no doubt with his young lungs and being keen to watch and learn, he will be catching a fish or two for us far better than we can soon. One of the high lights of the day would have to have been our new member Nick being a bit apprehensive of seeing a shark, which is fair enough to as there was an incident by a small shark, black in colour and I haven’t seen this colour type before. I won’t say what happened; it may scare some one unnecessarily. In that area the more experienced stayed ahead of the others, just in case, only four of us went that far anyway, we didn’t stay there long, it can be a bit sharky, we only went there for the prime spot to get a tube worm or two anyway, a young person lost there life to a shark just out from there a while back, though the conditions we were in were as safe as possible for that spot,though it is full of beautiful things, you never trust the marine environment,the fish live there we don't. Later on we found a few dog sharks, these are whaler sharks and except for inflicting a nasty bruise or a suck by there crusher plates, they are more or less harmless and very tasty. I got Danny to pull on a particular smallish ones tail out of the many that were there and as i went down and I waited at the front of the rock formation and grabbed its head as it came out and caught it. They are very strong so nick was called quickly to come and look at his friend, his saw this and you can imagine the reaction. It was all good fun and though the shark would have made some lovely fillets, it was let go. There were a couple of turtles around on the day and one had a little fishing line between it's shell and its neck, which wasn’t noticeable until it just sat on the bottom while it was videoed, the line was cut off as it was being videoed and off it went. I think it apprecialed the help as it came back three times after that and came in once very, very close just casualy swimming around us and watching and seemed to not be scared of us at all,infact the complete opposite, they normally take off when you touch a flpper,but not this one,it was quite intent on being a part of what we were doing,shame we didn't have a jelly fish or something like that for it. Firstly the very bad conditions that followed our very,very nice day out on the ocean snorkelling and sight seeing. This is a brief video of a swimming reserve spot that is normally as smooth as a bath tub as it it is out of the line for most swells,at this time under attack by the intense pressure swells damaging our coastline,the life saving tower in the video is normally in the edge of a sand dune and the beach has been covered by the fallen trees that were up in the many parks along this area,some further up the beach were in the surf,for one of the best family beaches around,it is ruined. We were so lucky to have had our trip when we did as the ocean around here will take weeks to recover its clarity,but it will take many years to fully recoupe its life forms and in some places it may never fully recover! This was a popular park in flood,over the last 17 years of living here it has not flooded this badly and as we all know,all rivers,drains and creeks lead to the ocean and sadly huge coral areas are only several hundred yards away from here. The pics and videos that follow are of the day, beginning with the trip out sunrise, finishing with the trip back sunset. The sun wasn't quite up at this stage. This spot has the most interesting snorkelling and in the crack formations there are heaps of crays and a cave for the very experienced to swim in to. As you can see,even just after sunrise the water was around 10 to 15 metres vis. All around this spot is very nice snorklling and spearing,though the rocks can be a bit unsafe. To the right here there is a very nice secluded beach that never has a current in there. The first fish is a Pomacanthus semicirculatus,heaps around this year!Quite a few tube worms as well. The next is a cute little cole tang(a striatus). Shane wanted this pineapple fish,you have to snorkel a little deeper for them. There have been a few coral beauties this year,as with all the angels. This is one of the heaps of box and puffer fish seen and one or two cowfish. we were all very tired on the way back after some of us had been in the water for 7 hours chasing our new tank creatures and just cruising around having one of the best trips this season. Underwater trip videos Dannys dive photos . 1.The first one is a very common form of nudi for the area. 2.one of the purple sea urchins found in this area. 3.The little whaler dog shark we used to get Nick excited. 4.One of the many fang blennies in the area. 5.This type of urchin accounts for alot injured divers around here. 6.And of course,you wouldn't be in south east queensland and not see many lizardfish. There is so much more to our trip it's rediculous,but there are only so many pics you can put on and there were heaps taken,but the picture that would have told the whole story of the day,would have been if we had a photo of the smiles on all of our faces,as we talked about our adventures on the trip back home! If any one would like to check the regs for what we do these are the links in our water sports section! Marine parks,they are all the same- http://southeastqueenslanda.aforumfree. ... as-t48.htm Any where out side of a marine park- http://southeastqueenslanda.aforumfree. ... nd-t88.htm
  9. These are the fish that were caught out at the wreck on a very nice day. The vis was only around 7 metres and the swell was nearly a metre, but it didn’t prevent a top day out. This wreck is nearly half way from Stradbroke Island to Moreton Island just out behind the surf on the bar. The recent rough seas have exposed a lot of it and it is a reasonable wreck now to have a top snorkel at. The following pics are what was gotten there and a couple of ordinary videos of a swim around the wreck. The only cray seen on the day would have been 3 kilos, missed it by that much!!! There are two more trips in our members section of our forum,the trip two days ago is a mind blower. This is where we were,just next to the wreck,which is just under the water down to 30 plus feet. These are the fish we got. Videos of the wreck.
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