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Death in the Billabong

Sorry cobbers, there no easy way to say this - Grover has lost 8 GPGs over Winter.

It appeared to be a combination of cold (the pool heat exchanger carked it at a critical time) and possibly injudicious choice of  foodstuffs during the cold temperatures.

Please, you can throw things at me, but I feel bad enough already. No pictures, as you all know what it like to lose special fish  - I've had some of these since 2009/2010.

No plans to replace them, but I will talk to some of the other QLDAFers who could take 5 or 6 as a chance to try their own breeding program.

That should leave me with a few (less than 10 ) which might be a better school of fish.

Grover

PS: the bl**dy goldfish are thriving , growing and probably will multiply over Summer. If you want some send me a PM.

 

 

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Hi @billfish,

Looks like one Gummie bear is obviously tired of tyre-kickers ha!

I think I remember paying about $150 each for half a dozen or so littlies back around 2010 - price has obviously gone up a tad.

Mind you, I did also see Brisbane's "Holey" GPG on there as well (but dating back to Nov last year) - maybe I should add him/her to the Billabong. But it would be a big responsibility as he's (?) been around town for quite a few years now. And is reasonably famous !!  :cool:

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Cheers,

Grover

 

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On 20/01/2020 at 7:33 PM, Grover65k said:

Hi @billfish,

Looks like one Gummie bear is obviously tired of tyre-kickers ha!

I think I remember paying about $150 each for half a dozen or so littlies back around 2010 - price has obviously gone up a tad.

Mind you, I did also see Brisbane's "Holey" GPG on there as well (but dating back to Nov last year) - maybe I should add him/her to the Billabong. But it would be a big responsibility as he's (?) been around town for quite a few years now. And is reasonably famous !!  :cool:

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Cheers,

Grover

 

Deeg used to own him many years ago he would be fairly old by now. happy new Grover! good to see ya back! hope your well.

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Rain, rain, rain...

Great time to refresh the Billabong - I re-directed the rainwater tank hoses to go straight into the Billabong!

It overflowed all night and half the next day :D

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Here's one of the v.happy GPGs. (I counted 6 or 7 swirling around & playing in the rain as it was dancing on the water.)

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And no comments please about "Monsters from the Black Lagoon" which I received from my brother when this posted on Instagram :smash:

Cheers,

Grover

( takes a fair amount of H2O to refresh 40,000 litres! )

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Inspiration while walking The Dog!

Brisbanites on the north-side will know that Kedron Brook is a great place to run your dogs. It also a great place for inspiration after the recent flooding rain.

Kedron Brook in flood - Feb 2020

As the creek banks are lined with reeds, tall grasses, and Elephant Ear plants; all of this was washed downstream and into great mucky piles of vegetation. Just perfect for GPGs to use as nest building materials!

This had me thinking (at 1.30am in the morning !) of how I can make the shallow end of the Billabong more nest-friendly for the GPGs.

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All those years of ‘Technical Drawing’ have paid off as you can see in the above diagrams. I seem to remember that my middle-of-the-night idea was to put the large cane baskets back on the edge interspersed with lily plants in pots, and to invent “something” (in grey) to make the pool shallow at this end, but not “something" that would trap a GPG under it. The floating islands could then form a loose barricade at the surface. I’ve learnt from experience, meaning that the plant pots, cane baskets, and anything else will have stainless steel cables ensuring that they don’t end up (down!) 1-2 meters down in the depths.

Also, I would have to source either long grass or hay (straw, lucerne, or sugar cane) or something like the mucky vegetation from Kedron Brook and give up trying to make the Billabong ­un-green.

So… any comments / suggestions from the ½ dozen QLDAFers who actually read these posts?

Cheers,

Grover

(once more – he tries to give the giant pink gouramis an environment like their S.E. Asian home)

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Ha ha!

Rumours of Grover's demise have been greatly exaggerated :shock:

He's currently in Sydney, for a few weeks of work, and has left the GPGs in the care of a new housemate. Fully detailed instructions about feeding peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, and the tearing apart of lettuces with your bare hands were provided. Also, the fishy filters were cleaned and water plant islands reviewed. New housemate looks to be a very reliable lady and is not fazed by giant monsters in the Billabong, nor by The Dog. Actually The Dog quite approves of her if the tail-wagging is any guide.

Grover has been a good procrastinator lately. He's decided that re-building the Big Box Filter can wait til Easter. Taking some work leave then to do the plumbing job properly ( = expensively).

Thanx for the vote of confidence, I only write this because I know there's at least 6 people who read it !!

Cheers, Grover

(We want less about him and more about the fish ) :blah:  :focus:

Edited by Grover65k
Spellling, as usual...

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Good Evening Gentlemen 

That's you @Pepperbris and @wadedidit

I do appreciate that there are the silent readers coming along on the GPG ride, although it's best if I just keep puddling along and don't remember that the Billabong posts are heading for 130,000 views in total... 

FYI - Daughter #1 has a partner and is living/farming on 67 acres near Gympie. She has a fish tank with a GNF, but says it needs a clean before you see any photos. She also has a number of dams that they want to stock with Redclaw yabbies and possibly Silver Perch, so I think the fishy-bug has been successfully passed on..  I'll be back in Brisvegas with time to clean the filters before flinging off to Synney again next week. 

Discovered last week that the local greengrocer had giant cos-type lettuce. Tall, long-leaved ones like spinach, but actually lettuce. He sold me a box of slightly droopy ones that had started wilting in his cold room for $10 (I've been buying Icebergs at $4 ea); the gouramis just smash them as I sprinkle leaves on the surface. No wonder the goldfish suffer the odd casualty on occasion, as the GPG just ram the lettuce and swirl back under with a huge splash.

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Ha! It only LOOKS like a video, but it does show some v.happy GPGs.

Cheers from Grover still stuck in Sydney

:cool:

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