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  1. I'm looking for plants to populate my native 3' tank. It currently has rainbows, empire gudgeons and shrimp. The only plant in there is val. Anyone able to suggest other nice plants native to SEQ, with links to photos and suppliers?
  2. Are the blood lines of fish coming out of Brisbane and surrounds that bad ,that breeder's are putting crap in amoungst the stuff they are sending interstate ,just to move fish ,or give them a bad name. Just been through my grow out tanks ( fry I've brought interstate) and all I can say is my turtle is going to be well fed. From ob zebs to being ugly black and smudgey to yellow with no spots on them at all, to Lithos with gill curl problems( at least I'm hoping that the Lithos will turn out Lithos ). I'll try and put some pics up soon.
  3. This is just one example of what our numbers related global warming is doing to our corals. We lost approximately half of the close in reefs sps corals this year and roughly ninety eight percent of all shoreline sps corals were wiped out in 2011. This was alive just a few months back and this is what we see in many areas these days.
  4. More from the south east of Queenslands ocean areas and the sport hobby combo the aandtsociety participates in. Firstly just a couple off useless facts. Over fishing of edible species, which on average are predators to near all aquarium fish, results in more than a reef can handle of popular aquarium fish species inhabiting the reefs and subsequently eating the corals/anemones at a greater rate, most angelfish and all chaetodons/butterfly fish eat corals/anemones, others do as well but they are the main culprits, hence the need for balance with reef regulations. Over collection of aquarium species actually enhances the reefs invertebrate content a great deal, predators will find foods other than the food chain popular aquarium fish species! Here are a few examples of what is around the south east that we get to see, take home and a few oceanic facts. Some of the club members went for a collecting trip out wide, a few weeks back, sadly I couldn’t make that trip,but one of the guys likes this thing in particular he collected from the day,yuk,only a mother could love that face,lol,some like the frog and angler fish types, not all of us though. This is an actual anglerfish out of three main types we find around the southeast. When you take them out of the water at all, you have to literally burp them by rubbing their lower organ cavity area upwards while submersed in their new home or they get an air bubble blockage inside that will kill them via not being able to eat, its easy to fix this issue! Its like something the commercial guys and us at rare times have to do, with more so the two local types of pomacanthus angel fish, they are the worst, the latezonatus clown fish are prone as well in particular that are brought up to quick or the water temps are below 20c,this slows down their swim bladder functions and they get bent we call it, the swim bladder can not expel the oxygen they take from the water quick enough as you come to the surface with them. The swim bladder expands far quicker then they can expel the trapped oxygen with in it,ours are never this bad but its sought of the same as the more xtreme example of a fish type with a swim bladder brought up from great depths on a fishing line,the bladder may show pertruding from their backside,they puff up and their eyes may bulge,not a pretty sight with line caught fish from waters over a hundred feet deep. The first for me was around 26 years back when I was free diving and caught an adult pomacanthus imperator angel fish,in just over 40 feet of water, it was in winter and winter water temps back then were regularly 14c to 16c, so its swim bladder couldn’t expel as quick as I assended,so it got bent,luckily the commercial guy I was diving with (,I had finished my time on hookah and went off for some free diving to not get sick in the boat at anchor,) had a hyperthermic and iodine on board, it was dipped and has to be inserted the right way and extract the air and they are fine, it went to a Melbourne business and started life with the owners other already 35 year old imperator! These are the recent adult imperator and semicirculatus pomacanthus that are quite easy to get bent,seen on our trips.
  5. Another rewarding and down right fun month of aandtsociety free diving marine fish and invert collecting trips in Brisbanes south of Aus and some scuba diving as well. We got some video of friendly manta ray we swam with and a shy leopard shark and heaps of underwater pics. There were five trips we have actually completed threads on this month and two were simply fantastic conditions. Two trips were in Open Ocean,one standard depth trip at 7 to 17 metres deep, one low tide trip and the other to a very lovely club spot in only 1 to 3 metres of water alive with fish and corals. These are just a small amount of the pics copied over from the clubs site for all to see some of our collecting trip and fun dive pics for March.
  6. This month has been nicer than February and two excelent trips of life filled blue warm water were had out of the four to get our own marine aquarium life forms as the club has done since the 1920s. We took underwater pics and a lot of fantastic videos of all kinds of marine life in some very nice conditions for the collecting trip threads. These are just a couple of the pics copied from the clubs site collecting trips to promote the club and show how lucky we are here in the south east to catch our own marine aquarium fish and inverts,plus catch a cray or two and spear a few eating fish for dinner as we go along sometimes. The interacting with marine life on scuba to look or snorkel to collect is not just to make our marine aquarium hobby very cheap,but gives us an insite into how these creatures actualy live their lives to give us a broad understanding of how to keep them and acheive excelent out comes for our display tanks. If it wasn't for clubbies adding more tanks to the hobby,toxic substances,equipment and power failures along the way our collecting trips would be far less to the places where the roughly 12 local commercial collectors go to and some that we know of and they do not,to supply the shops with unlike us,what you buy. On average this month the water was extremely good with at best 40 metres down to 8 metres vis, 26c average water temps and with some very careful planning and watching on coming conditions and some connections at these spots to give us the exact conditions at the time and their changes helps us work out some top trips amongst conditions where you would not normally think you could get it this good. These are a few pics from this month which included a cyclone copied over to here. The water this day was so warm at 26c that there was no need for wesuits. A couple of the clubbies in very early on this trip. A slightly unusual akindinos,heaps around this year as well as many latezonatus. A very young moorish idle just out of its transparent stage,we don't normally bother with these but when we find one in a no coral area they are very easy to keep in the aquarium. Another semi,that a clubby brought the cake and bickies as a swap to the next meeting for this one caught for him. A nice humbug pic,no one wanted it as with most of these unless some one is starting a tank and we don't use these for that anyway. One of three bannana wrasse seen this month in one very easy spot to collect them,the single was taken and the pair near by was left behind,next time one of the clubbies may want another so they will stil be there,some spots we go to,very few people know of. A few of the many millions of tube worms we have seen this year so far,no one is botherd propergating (breeding) them at the moment. Several imperators this year are around but few to no one wants them as they are not a good idea in a reef tank. A puffer (bloat) not happy with being out of the water,no one wanted it so it was put back,we got mark one a while back but he has a huge tank. The smallest blue tang seen that day so it was enough of them. A cute little volitan,lots around again especialy the zebras,we must have seen two to three hundred this month. The smaller ocy of the two collected recently. One of the local frogfish,only a mother could love that face.
  7. The month of February hasn’t been that great with the weather and all, but we still got a couple of trips in at a few of the fantastic spots we frequent here in Queenslands South East near Brisbane. There has been heaps of rain and it has wiped out more or less half of all the aquarium life in the estuaries around here, in one or two all quality aquarium life is dead and gone from the rains. This happens quite a lot,the best we have had for many years was about 10 years back,there were two years with in that drought time that the estuaries had two years to build up life and it was something to see. We had excellent reef life in common estuaries to enjoy and collect, sadly it was all killed off again as usual by rains that exceed a certain level over a 24 hour period reducing salinity not letting the tide come in and wiping out billions of beautiful life forms. Out of the few trips we did our trip threads on a few pics have been selected and put in this thread to just show a bit of what has been done as an extra thing with in our aquarium club apart from just keeping the fish and inverts we collect for our tanks and subsequently learn so much about how they live in the wild ever since the club started trips like this in the late 1920s to use this info in the keeping of them. There are quite a few underwater pics and videos but this will show a little of what we get to do in the south east on our trips. Whether we get them for mates or fellow clubbies or our own tanks this is a small amount of what we do over each month. Just a few of the tank creatures collected. One of the clubbies relaxing on a discarded seat between collecting and spearing.
  8. There has been 3 trips by some of us not all trips were for collecting, a couple of boats went out and i am not sure exactly how many were on one of the other trips, i will just put on a nice pic from each trip. The first pic is of some marine species collected on a trip to by Daves and kens boats and another in just kens boat,i think? While on the first trip both boat loads had a three hour snorkel for some fish and inverts for our tanks. The water was nice and clear and this pic is one of the 10 pics of the day including the area as well(it looked like a perfect day),over all a very nice day out collecting and just general ocean water activities. This is an underwater pic of a clown trigger from a trip to frazer island and the day was very calm and the water very clear,this is one of nine photos from the day and it was a boat trip to a reef off frazer very few have been to because of it's extreme openness as it is 2 hours of open ocean off frazer isl,it is one metre deep on top and a hundred and thirty plus feet deep around it. This place has far more life than even flinders reef,you put your fin or hand on this reef and a clam will most likely close on it(no it won't)there are just so many life forms on this reef there is no room to stand on it. There was one group of snorkellers chasing and spearing(you should see the fish they got,nice fillets) and one group on scuba with a good camera,not like mine,sad! The reef in this photo is flinders reef and has one of the most concentrated amounts of corals and reef life in queensland and is just over an hours trip in the boat from home.The life here is rediculasly spectacular.There were nineteen pics from that day and the conditions that day were like being in bath tub with the barrier reef in there with you and a couple of nice fish to be chased as well.There were a few blue tangs,some coral beauties,anthias,all the best coloured chaetodons,you get the idea! The collecting here is limited so check in our (snorkelling,boating----forum section) if you want exact info on what not to do. Basicly the northern third of the reef is open to all activities(conservation zone,in yellow),but limited to 5 creatures per person and 10 per boat per 28 days and as with anywhere(no coral creatures to be taken)that includes anemones. This is the point at moreton,than towards yellow patch. This area has some amazing snorkelling in certain spots,from 8 feet to 25 feet deep,some spots have all wrasse,blue angels and others,all tangs,oh and of course a cray ot two,very few places rival a couple of spots here for beautiful snorkelling,one spot in particular has the bath tub calm feel to it with barrier reef life in with you and you just swim off the shore to it if you want.There is a rock there that i have looked at several times over the last 20 plus years (last time a month ago)and it always has hundreds of tube worms in and on it,if you counted them it would most likely be more and we found a cluster of black tube worms once there,no not sea apples,actual black headed feather duster worms.
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