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Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Bayou

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Yes Cobbers... 

A successful dip in the Billabong to rescue the giant pleco cave  - hooking it up from the depths with my foot, then submerging to grab it and slide back up to the ledge.

The GPGs all kept their distance; but annoyingly, I was nibbled on tender parts by hungry goldfish!

Absolutely NO photos !

Cheers,

Grover

(adds a whole new meaning to "Swimming with the fishes" ! )

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Weekend Update...

It was the usual cleaning of filters this weekend, along with GPG-watching.

The gouramis are back to their usual habit of surfacing to take a mouthful of air before retiring to the depths. We have to report an uncorroborated sighting of "G For George" - he was spotted surfacing. I saw a pink GPG rise and gulp air, and immediately after a grey head did the same just to the side. Because they were both close together there was an obvious colour difference. Hooray! "G fer" lives!

As it is coming up to my 4-year anniversary with the Billabong, I thought to research how long does a Giant Pink Gourami actually live. I do remember wandering down this theoretical path before, but thought it was worth re-visiting.

 

Anyway, found this from NZ...

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Courtesy of Otago Daily Times (2015)

 

His name was "Eric", which is probably OK for a Kiwi GPG ! And they liked him so much that when he died (of natural causes), they sent him to a taxidermist. Yes, he's stuffed! And mounted at the Otago Museum Search Centre   :angel:

The report notes that Eric was at least 3+ when he turned up to the museum, and was there for 10 years = 14 years all up. By my records of fishy arrivals, "Baby" is still swimming as the oldest living GPG in my care - she was 3yro on arrival from  @Funkychicken85 back in July 2011, which means she's probably just over 10yro now!

 

So, somewhere in here is "Baby"...

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How many GPGs can you count?

 

Cheers,

Grover

(He'll have to go swimming again. Saw another 2 of the giant pleco caves shoved off the pool shelf and down in the depths! )

 

 

Edited by Grover65k
Eric was 14! Ooops!

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Islands in the Stream...

Not quite what the Bee Gees had in mind, or for that matter what Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton would want to sing about.

Still the Billabong islands have come a long way since the idea was first floated (pun intended).

To re-visit their creation - they are built of pool noodles, expandable plastic plumbing pipe , and garden mesh.

And looked like this - 

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Thanx to nutrient-rich water (from the GPGs), the other two original islands now look like this -

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With the entire Billabong starting to look a little more pleasant for fish & human!

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Cheers,

Grover

(it might be wet & windy, but  "Sail away with me to another world")

Islands in the Stream

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Technological Update

Hmm... based on some LinkedIn learning videos 80% of all content consumed on the internet is video.

This means that Grover's photos and words might be un-trendy, out-of-date, and positively un-hip! 

So, you will see a determined effort for more video to attract more visitors. Who knows? Hollywood may come knocking for a screenplay of "GPG: The Movie" 8)

Cheers

Video Grover

 

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1 hour ago, Grover65k said:

Technological Update

Hmm... based on some LinkedIn learning videos 80% of all content consumed on the internet is video.

This means that Grover's photos and words might be un-trendy, out-of-date, and positively un-hip! 

So, you will see a determined effort for more video to attract more visitors. Who knows? Hollywood may come knocking for a screenplay of "GPG: The Movie" 8)

Cheers

Video Grover

Thats cos porn isnt any good unless its on video

 

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1 hour ago, Grover65k said:

Technological Update

Hmm... based on some LinkedIn learning videos 80% of all content consumed on the internet is video.

This means that Grover's photos and words might be un-trendy, out-of-date, and positively un-hip! 

So, you will see a determined effort for more video to attract more visitors. Who knows? Hollywood may come knocking for a screenplay of "GPG: The Movie" 8)

Cheers

Video Grover

Hey grover maybe gpg stands for greedy pink goldfish,gotta cut them screen hogs out .as well as the fish eyeballing you ,not sure what it is .

Them bloody plecos look huge

 

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8 hours ago, benno87 said:

Love how clear the billabong is looking these days. Good work mate 

Thanx @benno87

I can't take all the credit tho. During Winter with the cover on the water clears really well and x4 750W UVCs also blast the green water!

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Now I just have to stop it going green in the Spring & Summer weather.

Cheers,

Grover

 

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3 hours ago, Grover65k said:

Thanx @benno87

I can't take all the credit tho. During Winter with the cover on the water clears really well and x4 750W UVCs also blast the green water!

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Now I just have to stop it going green in the Spring & Summer weather.

Cheers,

Grover

They tell me chlorine gets rid of green water....... hahahaaaaaa

 

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"G For George" is Alive!!!!

Late breaking news!

We have photographic proof that "G fer" is alive and swimming! Last seen some years ago when rescued; I decided to fire up the pool floodlights late tonight and "G fer" appeared in view!

Hooray!

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Celebrations!

Grover

(But wait... there's grainy, dark, and wobbly video to come!)

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10 hours ago, Slipshodman said:

@Grover, love your work as always, had a bit of a disappearance myself but glad to be back following the GPG adventures 

Good to "see" you back again! Thanx  :-)

Talking of which, the Billabong has gone green once more in the summery heat, so the videos above are probably all I'll be producing for this year! Ha!

I'll get my act together and whip up another update soon.

Cheers, Grover

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Techno Update

Well... the videos are a hit (sortof).

The most recent ones have "surged" into double figures...

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Number 17 has scored  36  views  :clap2:

The GPGs are stars!

 

Oh well - YouTube fame is not what floats my boat anyway   :fish:

Still only 2 subscribers...

 

Click here -->  Video Grover  <-- Click here

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