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  1. big thanks to [MENTION=323]fishking[/MENTION] for the excellent quality fish
  2. What do you think. I have mixed views. some deformities could be caused by water conditions. if I breed and raise in good water will that address? What can and cannot be bred out of a line? Thoughts?
  3. Quick query - what cord lengths are there available in some of the more reasonable quality 200-300w heaters. I am having difficulty tracking down info. I believe Aqua one brand is 1.8 m. What about others? The longer the better Thanks all
  4. Hi all, I've seen some great and some not so great shrimp around lately. So i thought I would start a thread where people can show off their shrimp. I will start with a red cherry, how they should be. Pair My boys One of the girls that bred my boys(daydreams reds)
  5. Does anybody know of someone around building display quality timber stands ! I know about Gary Maher - he does not deal with the public so I do not deal with him ! Then there is Aquariums'r'us - cheap and cheerful , will last for years but I am hoping for something a bit prettier . After a pair of identical 24x18 stands 700mm or 800 mm high ! At this stage it is looking like I will buy from 'r'us unless I can find something better .
  6. Had a bit more of a read up on API and Advancing Fish Nutrition and it did bring a few more points to the table with food. Often we will look at ingredients to determine how good a food is but perhaps we should look a little further. This is the document and well worth a read. http://www.apifishcare.com/pdf/Food_Science_Inside-5.pdf Personally I did not think that API had such a large research facility and was interesting it was staffed by fish nutritionists as well as aquarists, aquatic technicians and biologists so they do get more involved with the research of the food and the effects. Hope you enjoy the read and personally I liked the part - Discussion - it invokes a bit of thought when it comes to fish food in general with water parameters.
  7. I'm needing some bloodworms and been buying packets from shops and noticing that some cubes contains a big portion of water instead of full worms. Anybody know of good brands to buy at reasonable pricing? Places to get them? Alternatives to bloodworms? Feeding them to my rays and bichirs as treats and they just swallow one cube at a time so will need to buy in bulk. Have current stocks now on the fridge but looking for cheaper / good quality alternatives.
  8. Ok, I have done a summary of the project. Personally I would like to see these moved from sticky threads as they are pretty dead. see below. I do however think they are a great idea, but perhaps need a bit more thought into the execution & clarity to see future projects survive & prosper. I would be keen to see a new group of projects launched & this also might breath some life into the species specific sections...? I myself would prefer a more varied species list, all the Malawi's were mbuna. Nothing wrong with it just saying, and the Tangs seemed to be out of everybodys reach. or maybe that is the point of the 'rare' project, everybody wants some but few have the $$... What does everybody think? Metraclima sp. 'zebra gold'"Charo" Last post  09-04-2013 Matt A – acquired some, nobody else replied. Fish appears available but not prevalent. [h=2]Cynotilapia zebroides "cobue"[/h] Last post  18-10-2013 Steveandjules had fry available  17-10-2013 Nobody else replied. [h=2]Cynotilapia zebroides "chewere"[/h] Last post  27-11-2013 No body obtained the fish. Appears the fish is lost? [h=2]Metriaclima pulpican[/h] Last post  07-08-2014 No body on the thread obtained the fish. Stated that the fish was prevalent but needed some quality control. [h=2]Neolamprologus kungweensis[/h] Last post  09-04-2015 No body in the thread obtained the fish Stated that the fish were being breed in Sydney, still appears rare. [h=2]Altolamprologus compressiceps "Muzu"[/h] Last post  06-05-2015 Too much reading about the collection location & what is actually available & what fish this ‘project’ was supposed to be targeting. From a quick skim, Waltec breed them, Shon knew a bloke with 2 pairs & Ian had some, I could be wrong, I quickly skimmed through (looked at piccies) [h=2]Cynotilapia sp 'hara'[/h] Last post  29-06-2015  Michael_M had fry available -  28-03-2014 These fish are available interstate (perhaps locally) in small numbers, I cannot speak for quality. [MENTION=231]gingerbeer[/MENTION]?
  9. Hi Guys Can anyone recommend good quality **** if possible see through *** plastic tubs to be used as small plant growing tanks. im going to setup a project in the cavity above my main tank ( its in a cupboard) will build a solid shelf to take the weight of a few maybe 20L tubs and ill have main tank water pumping up into them then gravity fed through them back out to my main tank. Will have LED lighting for them. Just want to know if anyone is using plastic tubs as sumps or fuges or even small tanks.. Regards Aron
  10. Welcome guys. We had 6 members indicate that they desired to work with this fish so here is your section to discuss your work. The success of this project is in their hands. This fish is commonly known as Cynotilapia Hara "Gallifry Reef", however I am told the above name is correct and beleive we should try and use the correct name. (Thanks matt). I suspect the challange will be seeking fish (I think there is a few colonies in NSW?) and ensuring we have fish from different sources, and sharing the details of how to breed successfully, how to raise successfully and the required culling to ensure that Quality fish are produced. If the 6 members could all introduce themselves and there involvement with the fish as a starting point. Any other members are free to join, and ofcourse members are free to leave at any time. Steve
  11. FOR SALE Pairs of Halfmoon Betta from Quality Imported stock. Both parents are Mustard gas (yellow fins and blue body) $40 per pair - Sibling male and female 5 pairs on offer. Variation in young available from mustard gas to blue black butterfly. EXTRAVAGANT BETTA'S (on Facebook) Home of quality Halfmoons, Halfmoon Plakats and Wild betta. $40 per pair - Sibling male and female 5 pairs on offer.
  12. I am chasing a couple of good quality Sajica Females to buy. Show me what you got.
  13. I am keen to revamp the quality fish project, and am looking for ideas on how we can do it better. What can the forum do to help promote breeding of quality fish only?
  14. Welcome guys. We had 8 members indicate that they desired to work with this fish so here is your section to discuss your work. The success of this project is in their hands. The biggest challenge is going to be to find this fish, as they have became very rare. Last I saw were at Pet City about 4 years ago...... If the members could all introduce themselves and there involvement with the fish as a starting point. Any other members are free to join, and ofcourse members are free to leave at any time. Steve
  15. Hey guys just wondering where the best places are to get quality discus? has anyone ever bought from pet city? Or living reef aquariums?
  16. .will be breeding electric yellow /blues(80 females of each..14 males),and veil tail angels..must be a bit special (4 pair)Will be doing in line breeding also..But looking for the best to start with..any professional assistance appreciated..Ta!
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  18. All the threads are raised for the fish that members have elected to work with as our named projects. Altolamprologus compressiceps "Muzi" Boulenger, 1898 Betta macrostoma Regan, 1910 Gymnogeophagus balzanii Perugia, 1981 Cynotilapia sp. 'hara' Not yet described Neolamprologus kungweensis Poll, 1956 Metriaclima sp. 'zebra gold' "Charo" Not yet described Cynotilapia zebroides "Chewere" Johnson, 1975 Cynotilapia zebroides "Cobue" Johnson, 1975 Metriaclima pulpican Tawil, 2002 The first challenge is sourcing fish, and preferably fish from different lines, and then ensuring that our practices are producing quality, maybe by trading spare males, maybe swapping fry. I thought I would raise this as some members have had some interesting things to say to me about hwo to approach this project. This is a member driven project so I thought we could allow this section for a general discussion of ways to progress and ideas. Steve
  19. Welcome guys. We had 5 members indicate that they desired to work with this fish so here is your section to discuss your work. The success of this project is in their hands. This fish is commonly known as Kingsizie, however I am told the above name is correct and beleive we should try and use the correct name. (Thanks matt). If the members could all introduce themselves and there involvement with the fish as a starting point. Any other members are free to join, and ofcourse members are free to leave at any time. Steve
  20. hi guys. i have my 2 year old male Lwanda, i wouldn't mind trying a little bit of breeding since my tank is an all male display. but my i think my male Lwanda is really good quality and i could probably start with him? whats your thoughts on his quality and should i try breed with this guy? sorry for the bad pics he doesn't like me getting my DSLR out, so phone it was.
  21. Hi guys just wanting to know if there are any good places for goldfish up here? Just set up a 4ft with 2 lionheads on gold And one red and white I am looking for Ranchu or pearl scales but can't seem to find them Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
  22. Probably not said it the right way, not quite 100% sure what they are named, But after some quality air line suction caps, the things that hold your excess airline firmly against the glass ??? Where would someone buy these ?
  23. G'day all. I had an opportunity a couple months ago to (hopefully) get a clean line of Convicts crackin I took 1 of my Uncle's old males, nice old fella (his stock came from an old school breeder down south I think) & 1 of my cousin's females (nicest I've ever seen, sooo much orange, his stock came from a Tweed LFS), threw them together & got these guys: (Please excuse crappy pics, only have iPhone cam) [ATTACH=CONFIG]48026[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]48027[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]48028[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]48029[/ATTACH] I haven't much idea on what to look for in nice convicts (let me know if they're crap & they can be feeders) but I think these are nicely shaped, barred & even some colour coming through (they're only 10-15mm long atm). For anyone who may be trying to get them back to what they used to be or something close, these younguns may come in handy Since my phone was smashed for a while I didn't get a chance to get snaps of the parents (which are now in a pond in Bundaberg breeding feeders for turtles) but those who know me know I don't BS. Mother was bout 6cm, no broken bars, no imperfections (that I could see) & really orange on the sides & plenty through the fins. Male was bout 15-16cm, again no broken bars or imperfections I could see & had a nice green tinge to him. I only kept bout 30-40 out of the 100s they had (no room to grow that many convicts >_<) but if anybody wants a couple, let me know (not after $$$ or trade, they will be free when ready to go to new homes, just had the opportunity to maybe help a few convict enthusiasts ) More pics to come as they grow
  24. There are numerous posts on the forum indicating where to go for good quality tank builds. From a laypersons perspective, if I was looking at buying a tank, what am I looking for to determine a good tank build from a bad/average built tank. I know one thing is to look at the silicone bead and see that it has been applied consistently - but other than that, I'm not too sure. What is the line between using too much silicone and not enough? One thing I've seen around is lids etc where silicone on cross pieces look like a sample between two glass microscope slides. Should the silicone be equally applied and cover all of the cross pieces or is it OK if it looks like its from Dexter's blood sample collection?
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