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Continuing the plant theme...

Yesterday Grover rescued some tiny plantlets from the flower stalks of his Giant Amazon Sword plants. They are now resident in the Bog Bed Filter and look reasonably happy. As they are semi-emergent plants that can grow under and above the water line they should do OK.

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Grover

(pottering around the aquatic garden)

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Late Breaking Weekend News...

"G for George" update !

  • In somewhat shocking news... "G for George" has been actually identified as "G for Georgina" !  :drum:     This means that Grover's fish-sexing skills leave a lot to be desired. 
  • :fish:
  • And secondly, "G for Georgina" has defied the Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions and gone on holiday. She is now residing in sunny Cairns where it is hoped that she will contribute baby GGGs to the QLD hobbyist aquarium world.

Below is a holiday snap of Georgina.  The long travel trip from Brisbane resulted in some fin damage and a generally un-enthusiastic arrival, but she is improving every day and we hope she'll settle in with the other GGGs who already live in the 20,000 litre pool in a Cairns backyard.

Grover would like to thank @aquaholic99 for his assistance in negotiating Georgina's holiday transfer, as she was always a bit of a loner in with the Billabong GPGs.

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Georgina is front & centre; one of her new GGG friends is in the background along with a ubiquitous plecostomas!

This leaves Grover free to focus on his pinks from a breeding perspective. Now he's planning new gardening exploits - so keep looking for future updates on plants around the Billabong :pop2:.    Primary focus will be on plants useful for GPG nest building - 

  1. Edible Pandanus (Pandanus amaryllifolius), and
  2. Mat rushes (Lomandra species) - all sorts.
  3. :typing:

And also the re-building of the shade cloth cover to prevent possible pelican-attacks  Pelican.jpg.d55e8bc3ddd2b810289901a163bacc48.jpg  :focus:

Cheers!

Grover

(not that he's ever seen a pelican anywhere near the Billabong, but you can't be too careful... hey @billfish ?? )

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6 hours ago, Slipshodman said:

Is that a real pic with the pelican and pleco .... ?

Umm... I'd like to think it's a photoshopping exercise, but sadly it might be real (as found on Google Image search).

Grover.

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Gourami Gardening

No... not planting gouramis in the garden :nono:

Bit more like your normal garden-variety gardening!

As Grover has been encouraged by @aquaholic99 and his friend in Cairns, went shopping at Oxley Nursery for some Lomandra (Mat Rushes).  And, as it was on route, Grover had to visit the Red Dragon Aquarium in Ashridge Road, Darra to spot interesting fish!

After buying a dozen Lomandra longifolia, it was back to the Billabong for major earthworks.

Out with the tatty old agapanthus plants; refurbish site with new potting mix - 

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In with the Lomandras - 

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Much mulch was padded down for them - 

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And here's the happy result - 

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In a few months Grover expects they'll look like this -

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At that point he'll be trimming off the fine leaves and hurling them into the Billabong for the GPGs to start building nests!

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Picture as supplied by FAO in their online propagation guide.

http://www.fao.org/3/ac742e/AC742E10.htm

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Grover

(ever hopeful, ever cheerful, ever possible that breeding might happen one day)  :dance:

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Billabong Wildlife

Had a visitor this morning - an Eastern Water Dragon came to investigate the Billabong. He/she is a long way from Kedron Brook! 

Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueur)

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Had to persuade the Dog that this was an "approved" visitor and was not to be chased or barked at  :D

Grover

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18 minutes ago, Grover65k said:

Billabong Wildlife

Had a visitor this morning - an Eastern Water Dragon came to investigate the Billabong. He/she is a long way from Kedron Brook! 

Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueur)

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Had to persuade the Dog that this was an "approved" visitor and was not to be chased or barked at  :D

Grover

Nice. I had to chase off a big Bearded Dragon off the middle of the road that was sun bathing the other day, he tried to attack too, in the end I flipped him up a bit with my hat (he was trying to bite me) and he took off over the other side of the road, all this between traffic.

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