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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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Elephant Ears Bounce Back!

You have to think that in the wild along the banks of rivers the Elephant Ears are going to be flattened by floods occasionally.

And they need to recover fast to hold onto their prime position.

So, it should not be a surprise that the Billabong ones have bounced back so fast! The Elephant Ear Island turned turtle earlier this month, but by today a number of large leaves have sprouted in the vertical position, leaving all the old parts horizontal. 

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And on the bottom left corner of the photo above is Elephant Ear Island #2 which was hidden under the blue Winter cover.

It has recovered swiftly and doesn't look at all like the previous spindly little plants - 

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Grover

(thanx also to @aquaholic99 there are a few trial  Pandanus amaryllifolius  now in the BBF to see how they go)

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Billabong Shade Sail (BSS)…

This morning’s Billabong task was to put up the Billabong Shade Sail (BSS). You may remember the last one suffered the fate of broken struts in another Brissie summer storm, but Grover had rescued the legs and the shade sail part.

Gumtree has come to the recue and Grover managed to find another Oztrail Festival 15 to build the new BSS for this Summer.

Here is the frame under construction –

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Then, the careful draping of a shade sail (previously bought at Bunnings as usual ! ) –

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Tensioning of the sail thanx to to UV-proof electrical zip ties (x44) –

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And the final top frame finished –

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Now Grover needs to rustle up some friends to “walk” the top frame over the pool fence, attach the legs, and then drop into the water.  He’s learnt a lesson from today’s (Sun 25-Oct, Brisbane) mini-summer storm that the tie-down attachments need to be rock-solid and immovable else the BSS will take-off for the blue skies and land at Brisbane Airport (without any landing clearance by the airport tower whatsoever!).

The intent is to reduce some of the solar input currently producing green water, and yet still let rain through so that the water bill remains manageable.

Cheers,

Grover

(yes, he's done all this before and the job went well, but it almost went pear-shaped in this afternoon's storm !)  :eek:

 

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Hi Grover,

Ive been following your post for the last 6months, I must say you have one amazing set up!!  I thought I'd show you my GPG Bella :) she is nearly 12yrs old, I've had her since she was 3months old and only 5cm fully stretched!! She is now close to 70cm. Last measure December 2017 when I moved house and she was 65cm then. The 1st pic is her now in her 6'x2.5'x2' (LxWxH) and 2nd photo is when she was about 1.5yrs old in a 4'x18"x18" before I moved her to a 4x2x2. 

Keep up the posts :)

Thanks

Tim

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Hi @Merkinater !

Bella looks great!

Nicely shaped and you obviously feed her all sorts of vegetarian goodies. Can I ask what her diet is? 

Ha !  GPGs are also so sleek looking at a young age with pointy noses :lie:

And the excitement of moving house is great fun with one GPG - you can multiply that by about x12 for me back in 2014!  I'm still so very grateful to a group of QLDAFers who turned up to help catch, bag, and then transport the then-current school of gouramis. Even now I can't remember how many there were - 12?  15?

Really excellent that Bella is over 10 years old - you've done a v.good job of giving her a large environment. A few of my GPG "rescue" purchases were living in much smaller tanks.

What is she like in temperament? Does she keep the pleco on his toes?

Cheers :dance:

Grover 

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Hi @Grover65k

She is very placid most of the time :) she does get her knickers in a twist but normally at people or if I'm taking too long to do a tank clean haha. She has a friendly personality and isn't phased by the 3 plecos or hordes of Bristlenose. She was 1 of 15 babies (from one of your favourite shops at Darren, I still refer to it as the same name as you do :ewink:) & she was hiding behind the filter, so I figured she would make a good community fish 8-)

She eats Pea's, Zuchinni, Hikari Wafers, Sera Flora Flake. I can hand feed her which is awesome... she's only bitten me twice and one of my kidlets once haha.. but that's because we got distracted and didn't drop the food and she decided to take it from our fingers :razz:

I can imagine moving your lot would be exhausting!! I've moved Bella, her friends and tank set-up 3x now (bought my current house so I dont plan on moving again!!) And its 6-8hrs and a minimum of 3 adults (her tank is 168kg of glass & she travels in a 120L esky) to move her.. so I have an understanding how yours would go!! I did have the opportunity probably 7yrs ago to buy a Redtail GG but I simply didn't have room to grow it out.. if I had a pool to convert, I would have haha.

Thanks

Tim

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@Merkinater

Oh dear!!

You've been bitten by a GPG !  You would have discovered they actually have teeth too :nono:

So far, so good with mine - I haven't come close to being nibbled. Mind you, don't go for a swim in the Billabong wearing a lettuce-leaf cozzie :banplease:

I'd love to see a video - you're very welcome to add it on to the Billabong stories.

Cheers,

Grover

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Yeah the teeth aren't a problem, its more the bite force and surprise because you aren't expecting it haha. The teeth kinda graze, not skin breaking. She is camera shy and this is a cropped video of her finally taking the peas :)

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