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39 minutes ago, billfish said:

any natives in them creeks?

Hi @billfish

No, sorry.   Only Gambusia affinis :mad2: - it's pretty much cattle grazing country. The ones I caught ended up as grass fertilizer.

For @QldMick I think there are some spiny crayfish species way up high in the granite country creeks.  I remember seeing some of those type when I was a kid (possibly too many years ago!) Accommodation Creek is down on the flats and pretty well surrounded by cattle country.  Cherax destructor you think?

Grover

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The Chilly Winds of Winter in Brisvegas...

With the daytime temperature rapidly plummeting and the odd sighting of Ugg boots there can only be one conclusion...

Brrrr !  :scared:   Winter!

This week's exercise for the Billabong was the ceremonial "Installing of the Blue Blanket".  A time-honoured event for the last few years.

You know how it goes, so here are the photos -

1) Billabong in its natural state

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2) Installing the rope at one end (held in place by the star-picket embedded 5ft into the ground)

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3) At the other end, using "truckie hitches" to tension the rope across 9m of pool (being a Boy Scout many years ago helped at this point)

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4) Hooray! Grover remembered to install the floating boxes at this point (ex-fish boxes kindly donated by his LFS - Aquarama, Stafford)

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5) Retrieving the polystyrene pallets from inside the carport roof.

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6) Positioning the pallets carefully on the ropes (Grover tossed them from the side then poked them into place with a barge-pole)

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7) And then with assistance from the house-mate, unfurled the blue cover whilst leaving a gap for the Elephant Ears at the shallow end.

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There's just one tiny gap to allow Grover to feed the GPGs their vegies, pellets, and lettuce.

And the temperature in the Billabong? 

A sunny 25degC ! :)

Cheers,

Grover

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I am blown away with your dedication each time I open this topic. You are persistent!  

Do you have any suspicions as to why they are not breeding? Possibly goldfish being vacuums and sucking up any breeding attempt? 

Just seems strange that you haven't had more success throughout this process and boy do you deserve it! 

Any possible changes/techniques you'll try next in order to get them going? 

Either way, your pool is being utilised much more than most and you have a peaceful place to relax. 

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Hi @hamishh34,

Thanx heaps for your support & interest.  :clap2:

I've got some new ideas that I'll write up later this week.  :ranger:

In the meantime, I sit on the edge of the Billabong and paddle my toes in it to amuse the goldfish. Yes, it is peaceful  :beer:  especially with a R&C (Bundy)  !

(Except for those bl@sted kookaburras :roll: )

Cheers,

Grover

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