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How to water change a vase? I was shown with a Betta in a cup.

Tip vase of water and fish into palm of hand with fingers spread to allow water to pass through while Betta is retained in your palm.

Pour new water into vase and gently place Betta back in vase. Bingo done!!

That is how it's done in an importer's fish room. Has to be quick when there are over 3000 cups of water to be changed!

Probably best done over your bathtub. Come to think of it, bathing with a Betta..........food for thought?

I hope he isn't in the vase too much longer, would be happier in a bigger container.

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Hi mbun!

Totally agree with getting a bigger tank! I'm going to leave some peso' s

behind to fund a larger container. :-)

Thanks for the tip on how to do the water change. I think I'll do it over

the bathroom sink with the plug in! :behindsofa:

Cheers,

Grover & Aussie

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Morning update.

Aussie has had his water change and was cradled in my wet hand for a few seconds in transit.

Cheers, Grover

Sent from the Billabong...

PS: I can't do that with the giant gourami LOL

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And what else have I been up to?

OK, "Aussie" had to go to his new owner tonight as I have a silly work

schedule tomorrow morning, and then a 4 hour taxi ride to the Manila

airport (mostly due to being stuck in traffic for 3.5 hours !).

"Aussie" has been given to the lady at the hotel who has shown our

team a happy smile and complimented us as "Sir Grover", "Sir Ian",

and "Sir others" :-) her name is Genevieve or "Gen".

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She has the food and extra pesos to buy "Aussie" a new bigger tank,

and was very excited to receive her very own fighting fish!

Good luck little "Aussie"!

Farewell!

Grover

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Hi everyone,

Came home on the flying kangaroo - scored a business class upgrade - yay!!

Billabong is good; all GPGs present and accounted for.

Sadly though - there was one floaty - I think it was either "Ralph" or "George",

one of the 2 goldfish from [MENTION=6917]hackerlicious[/MENTION]. For consolation he was 24cm long :-(

There will be a short "Billabong Intermission" while Grover gets his work back

on track, the house back in order (after daughter's visit), and he sorts out 2016

with some planning for a variety of life-activities.

Fear not!

Year 2016 will contain exciting squiggly drawings = cunning plans for fishy things,

mucho (macho?) plumbing activities, reports on high GPG excitement & low despair,

and much more stuff. There's the start-up of the Bog Bed Filter planned, even more

plumbing to get the UV clarifiers back online, the barley-straw approach to killing

green algae, and a new pool-cover framework to be built out of 25mm electrical

conduit!

All in glorious techni-colour photos loaded here - 4 at a time !

Stay tuned for more GPG video action (if the water ever goes clear) :eek:

Grover

(very happy to be back in Oz, but missing "Aussie" who's still in Manila)

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Got home from the movies ("Revenant") to see a pectoral fin

waving at me from the far end of the Billabong! Oh ****e !

Closer inspection and retrieval revealed one of the monster

albino Oscars. Looks like he'd suffered "blunt trauma injuries"

as they say. No damage on the left, but a pop-eye and lost

scales on his right. He was just floating on one side under the

water surface (hence the waving of his fin in the air).

Currently he's in the quarantine 8ft pool, but I'm not sure he's

going to survive as Hugh Glass did.

Grover

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Bugger, will be interesting to see how big it is though if you could take some measurements on the slab? Then have a bbq mmmmmmmmm

As my daughter (who's into agri-business and horses in a big way) will tell you -

"Where you've got livestock, you've got dead stock!".

So, no surprises there. But, as [MENTION=6245]crusty76[/MENTION] points out, I wonder who was

the cause of it? Another Oscar? The Toga? It couldn't be a GPG could it?

Courtesy of the Tyne-Tees Area Association of England; their ideas on

Measuring Fish

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You can make your own judgement, but I think he was sizable :-//

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Life goes on... of the other 7 Oscars, 3 look to be the same size, with the

rest being tiddlers of the Oscarami size (which may not be far behind the big boys!).

Cheers,

Grover

PS: This was his most photogenic side...

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That toga was too friendly for its own good for year's i'd owned it , never killed any tank mates!

-- I often witness my giant gourami causing blunt trauma on his oscar tank mate however --

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That toga was too friendly for its own good for year's i'd owned it , never killed any tank mates!

-- I often witness my giant gourami causing blunt trauma on his oscar tank mate however --

Yes, I might have to agree with that - the GPGs weigh quite a few kilos and can throw that weight around when they want too...

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Yeah I think if it was the Toga there wouldn't be much fish left to measure. My guess is he has come too close to a big male gpg's territory and been wooped by 60cm of beast.

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G'day from the Billabong!

And yes, it's been a while since the last post, so thanx to [MENTION=6245]crusty76[/MENTION],

I thought I'd better type a few words. Where to begin?

In-sourced GPG breeding -

The GPGs have not really been behaving themselves - I'm sad to relate

that the death toll of "floaties" in the Billabong has reached 3. One was

one of the v.large Albino Oscars, whilst the other two were goldfish.

Looks like the GPGs are taking out some of their breeding aggression

on the innocent bystanders (byswimmers?).

The count of GPG scales showing up in the Cr*p filter has stayed steady

at just 1 or 2 per week, and I've seen GPG swimming chases occur every

now and then.

On to the breeding possibilities...

There's been a repeat of last years behaviour with the large iris plants.

Here's a photo of the plant that is the main attention of the GPGs, and

the second photo shows a desultory attempt at nest-building. You can

see somebody's nose at the lower left of picture.

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On the topic of out-sourced breeding of GPGs, you'll have to wait a little

for the fruition of this idea. I've discussed it with Sclero P and we've agreed

to put the plan into action in Spring of this year - 2016. Two reasons - 1) I was

a tad busy - what with the Philippines work and all over this Summer, and

2) we figure Spring will give us a longer time period of Spring-Summer-Autumn

to convince the GPGs to "DO SOMETHING" !

Maintenance has been a bit tricky over the last month or so. One of Brissie's

storms managed to alter the shade sail over the Billabong. It now looks a little

worse for wear, but it's going to have to stay that way until it gets pulled down

at the start of Winter. One of the strut connections has also rusted and let go,

so I'll think about buying a new version for next Spring season.

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The BBF ? (Bog Bed Filter) well... I've lost heart in regard to my plumbing skills

and every time I felt vaguely enthusiastic, the heatwave conditions deterred me

from actually tinkering with it. I'm fairly certain that I have all the necessary bits,

just have to get motivated. It has to be completed and waterproof before stage 2.

Stage 2 being the the scoria load. It's all do-able, I just need to borrow a

trailer from Brother #1 to fetch the electric concrete mixer from Brother #2 so

that I can tumble-wash the scoria before filling the BBF.

In the mean-time my house-mate has left for the wilds of Petrie, and I don't think

any LFS will sell me an automatic GPG feeder that feeds half a lettuce, 500gm of peas

& beans, strawberries, and 100gm of pellets per day if I have to travel to Philippines

again :-(((

Mind you, the GPGs scoff down everything I throw at them. The goldfish act as cleanup

crew, the Oscars sniff at the vegie pellets and wait for the protein pellets to appear, the

toga just cruises around looking dis-interested in procedures - but then attacks the odd

pellet, while the monster plecs just quietly demolish zucchinis underwater then flip their

tails at me.

So, there you go, life in the Billabong goes on...

Cheers,

Grover

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PS: This text & photo received last weekend from Brother #2 who went bush-walking with his wife...

Now THAT's a shrimp!

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Just seen the biggest blue craybob in a stream here 2.9klm south of Binna Burra carpark.

C and I are doing the 9 klm walk in the Lamington National Park.

Hope you get the photo.

It was about 8 inches long. Bye.

OK... technically it's a Euastacus sulcatus

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Things have gone from tatty to downright "blown apart".

Trying to figure out if I leave the remains doing an impression of Bob Dylan's "Blowing In the Wind", or what?

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Here's the Billabong cover after a few more windy days...

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PS: the GPGs are still happy!

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Things have gone from tatty to downright "blown apart".

Trying to figure out if I leave the remains doing an impression of Bob Dylan's "Blowing In the Wind", or what?

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Here's the Billabong cover after a few more windy days...

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PS: the GPGs are still happy!

Time for something a bit more permanent Grover?

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