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Still testing...

The siphon gurgles but doesn't seem to want to do the siphon-action and suck out the water faster than it comes in.

Hmm...

Time for fine-tuning:

a) adjust the Aquael pump flow (either up or down)

b) add an elbow on the bottom pipe to encourage formation of a solid flow of water

c) alter the height at which the siphon is supposed to start (ie. lower the level) as there's a good 10+cm of water above the scoria.

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Urgles...  watching the water level change is worse than watching grass grow !

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Grover

( is going to ignore the siphon on the weekend and re-pot water iris plants for the GPGs instead )

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Billabong Re-vegetation

After deciding to ignore the BBF & siphon (as seen above), Grover resurrected one of the Elephant Ear Islands today - 

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This will be planted up with Elephant Ears and floated on the Billabong when the blue cover comes off in Spring.

Theoretically, Spring is already here in BrisVegas, but the EVO is still running on & off to keep the temperature at 26degC. 

So don't mind me if I keep the cover on for a little longer...

Cheers,

Grover

(will be getting some new varieties of water iris from Watergarden Paradise Nursery some time soon)

Water Iris Varieties

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Right... back to the Siphon...

A combination of tinkering with the actual plastic of the siphon (adding the 90deg bend at the bottom, and using silicone to seal the top cap of the "bell" part), then  adjusting the flow rate from the Aquael pump, and temporarily setting the timer seems to have gone close to getting it sorted today!

It not the sort of thing Grover is going to video as the entire cycle takes about 65min, and he realizes there's only one exciting bit in the whole thing - where the siphon suction actually breaks and the water stops gurgling. Thrilling it ain't :?

 

Here's the BBF in mid-cycle, as proof that the water actually does rise and fall -

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and here's the scientific documentation recording the parameters used for experimental purposes (the numbers are in minutes that Grover stood there, bored, but watching) -

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As you can see, this is well-documented for future budding siphon-builders :typing:

Grover has rejected the "Fast" timing in favour of the "Mid". Some of the technical terms may be hard to follow, but 'gurgle' is clear; 'fill & stop' or 'fill & down' are a bit tricky; and 'empty break' you'll need a science degree to master :yield:

Cheers,

Grover

 

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Talking of Huge...

Grover finally noticed that the Elephant Ears on an island are huge!

He'd stuck this island up at the shallow end of the Billabong and folded back the blue cover to let it have a tiny bit of room...

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The whole lot is now about 3-4m wide...   Ooops!

Cheers, Grover

PS: With the warmth in the Brisbane air, it's probably time for the blue cover to be removed next weekend.

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Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour

Now that Grover has peeled back the blue cover around the huge Elephant Ear growth, he has noticed some of the GPGs regularly inspecting underneath the island base. The swimming pool has a ledge the whole circumference of the pool - it's about 30-40cm down and about the same width. So, the Elephant Ear island is creating a cosy little nook for (hopefully) amorous giant gouramis.

Grover has sat there for a while and seen both lumpy-headed GPGs along with the smoothies swimming gently in and out of this area.  

Not that he's getting excited, but it's nice to see possible behaviour that can be encouraged with more plants and a much messier Billabong (in terms of plant debris to be made available for any nest building ideas they might have!).

Here's today's photo of a gourami swimming in to inspect.

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Cheers,

Grover

(one day it might happen... one day... )

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Video Evidence...

Again this morning Grover saw GPGs swanning around under the Elephant Ears.

This male was seen leaving at a great rate of knots (he is at the end of the 2nd video).

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Today's post brings you two videos (below are links to YouTube):

GPG UW Billabong25 (a)

GPG UW Billabong25 (b)

Cheers,

Grover

(now to get the underwater camera operating and see what's happening under there...)

 

 

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2 hours ago, Grover65k said:

Video Evidence...

Again this morning Grover saw GPGs swanning around under the Elephant Ears.

This male was seen leaving at a great rate of knots (he is at the end of the 2nd video).

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Today's post brings you two videos (below are links to YouTube):

GPG UW Billabong25 (a)

GPG UW Billabong25 (b)

Cheers,

Grover

(now to get the underwater camera operating and see what's happening under there...)

ill tell you whats going in under there

the goldfish have formed a union and want better food and a larger amount of your attention 

the 2 largest plecos have decided enough is enough and are planning an assassination of the lead goldfish

the rest of the plecs just want that bloody person that rocks up everyday to just stop messing with the lifestyle theyve become accustomed to 

and as for the gpgs...now the water isnt a shade of lime and can see are happy....cos now they will stop running into things and the bumps on their heads will finally go down

 

 

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Busy Saturday...

If you are following Grover on Instagram, then you've seen some of today's excitement already !

INSTAGRAM:        giantpinkgourami

 

The blue cover has come off.

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Although the GPGs weren't too pleased and they all took off in the other direction!

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But "Knobbly Headed One" who looks very much a male of the gourami species, chased them away again from the Elephant Ear island, so Grover rummaged around in the back shed to find these.

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And of course they required a degree of fixing to ensure the ceramic sinkers underneath didn't fall off. This was accomplished with new UV resistant Zip ties. In addition there was a trip to one of Grover's more esoteric LFS - Whitworth's Marine! This was to buy 'Motor Safety Cables', aka coated stainless steel rope with a loop and a spring-link end. These usually stop your tinnie's outboard from plunging 30m straight down when you are tinkering with the bits holding it to the stern of your boat. But in the case of the Billabong, they are used to keep the islands in place and also sit things (like these baskets) on the side ledge without losing them 3m down!

As a bonus find, the 2nd island appeared from under the blue cover. Sadly all the plants look somewhat spindly and etiolated. With a bit of Qld sun, they should spring back to life. Now is the time to float the 3rd island back into the water - possibly some waterlilies might survive so they will be given a test-run.

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Lastly, another trip to a different LFS (Bunnings) for a 350W sump pump as the Aquael pump finally ground to a halt and threw an electrical hissy fit and tripped the circuit breaker. Bunnings Newstead has moved - just lucky it was visible from the Whitworth's store. This afternoon's effort was digging the old strainer/mesh out of the scoria, building a new one from a spare laundry basket, and then carefully (!@%!<{!^=^!!%&*@) fitting the new one in place, and piling the scoria back around it.    Done!

(Oh... and replacing one of the UV bulbs in the Blagdon UVs - only $65 ea :yield: )

 

And tonight?

Tonight Grover leans on the pool fence and watches GPGs lazily cruise around the Billabong in the moonlight   :amen:

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Alright... so it's not moonlight, just your standard pool floodlight, but we are trying to set a mood here thanx!

 

Grover

(Tomorrow the weekend will be back to normal - giving the matala sheets in the 'BBB' {Big Blue Barrels} their fortnightly clean & rinse)

(Breaking News:

"G for George" the Grey Giant Gourami {aka GGG} has been seen and confirmed as alive & kicking - we are still waiting for photographic proof.   He is the 'Loch Ness Monster' of the Billabong) 

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9 hours ago, MFF said:

Inspirational.  I have enough trouble with my canister filters.

Hi @MFF

I sympathise with your canister filter problems!   Have a look at what needs doing for the Billabong.

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Basically, the same, just bigger and more of them :mrgreen: !

Grover

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More Suspicious Spring-time Behaviour...

Grover would dearly like to know what is happening under those Elephant Ear leaves.

Here is "Knobbly Headed One" who was seen out & about , while his girlfriends are inspecting the cosy nook.

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And, for BONUS points, another short video of gouramis doing...  something ???

VIDEO:   GPG UW Billabong26

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Grover

(the suspense is thrilling :? )

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What Grover Really Wanted George to Look Like...

These 4 photos show what the Giant Pink Gourami 'whale-watching' experience is all about. Grover wants to know if anyone else has the same problems in seeing the fish that they carefully look after and feed, but never seem to see. 

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Ha! Blowing bubbles is a GPG party trick!

Grover

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Almost Full Moon for a GFG...

And "G For George" finally comes out to play - Hooray!

Grover has figured that he has 18 (or 19) GPGs, and 1 (one) special GFG - "G For George"

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Grover also discovers why George is so elusive.

Whilst leaping around the Billabong edges with camera in one hand, and torch in the other, it was discovered that George (otherwise herein also known as "GFG") likes to hide behind the pool ladder steps! With his colour, he's a perfect match for the green/grey sidewalls of the pool and, Who looks behind pool ladder steps anyway?

Here are the best photos from tonight's montage.

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His head has a small lump and is not really white - the camera flash has washed out most of his grey head.

This one's out of focus (he was way too close to the camera!), but shows his 5 - 6 cm wide head 

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Now Grover can go back to worrying about the GPGs:  feeding, plumbing, and encouraging any and all possible breeding activities.

One of the Elephant Ears was sacrificed this morning. Sliced up and the leaves chopped off and the remains sprinkled in the Billabong to provide nesting materials.

Cheers,

Grover

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