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Hi [MENTION=470]aquaholic99[/MENTION]

No, I'm definitely not giving up on the GPG breeding attempt!

It's just a fairly major hiccup when you have to move yourself,

a housemate, 1 dog, 4 cars (one in bits!), a swimming pool full

of GPGs, assorted furniture & chattels, as well as 70-80 boxes

of accumulated "stuff" in the middle of the attempt :frusty:

Thank goodness it's Spring, heading to Summer temperatures !

Really appreciate the moving offer help - the plan is bit fuzzy still,

but one idea is to get two 10ft pools set up a week or 2 before FMD

(Fish Moving Day), treat with TechDen Supa-Chlor (note to self:

buy another 4litres), throw a pair of plecos in each - I have 8 so I'm

not going to miss a few - except they're now big buggers. The reasoning

is that the plecs are usually fairly tough, they poop a lot, and if I

provide 'zucchini on a rock', with an Aqua CF-1200 filter on each

pool, then maybe I can get the pools cycled to an acceptable point

for the GPGs.

'Zucchini-on-a-rock'

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Here's the "Field of Broken Dreams" (aka the "Top Pool") as of today

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There was a kindly offer yesterday - the LOL (Little-Old-Lady) next door offered to

host a swimming pool for the fish, as long as she didn't have to feed them!

A really sweet & kind offer, but I'd never forgive myself if she fell in and

the Oscars ate her! I set up a wading pool in her backyard for the platies

and assorted duckweed & frogbit - probably will throw anything else I find

in there too. I seem to remember some peppermint bristlenoses and I've

seen the odd clown loach tootling around.

Yes, I try to make myself open to suggestions and opinions!

So any advice from experienced QLDAFers is going to be appreciated.

Hmmm... the filters I have keep the water really clear, which is great to actually

SEE the monsters; but presumably I'm losing out still in the chemistry dept.

When all this excitement is over, I'll try for "GPG Breeding Attempt - The Sequel"

but I don't want to repeat my errors, I feel very capable of making my own

brand-new errors!

And finally,

yeah - I'm not going to fund a lavish $$$ lifestyle raising baby GPGs for sale!

Had that one figured out long ago :-)

For me it's the challenge and the experience of doing it (there's that saying

about the journey being the point rather than the destination). Also, if I

drop-dead along the way, it'll give my daughter a head-ache to solve, as

she's already promised to look after the GPGs if/when I "pop-off".

Really finally,

The GPGs are just cute little so-and-so's :welcome:

(OK already - I know they are around 50-60cm and weigh up to 4kg) :behindsofa:

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Don't forget!

You only have this Saturday left to view the GPG Lake!

26 Swan Terrace Windsor Qld 4030 - House for Sale #118060319 - realestate.com.au

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Lake Inspection Times:

Sat 25 Oct (day after tomorrow) 1.00pm to 1.30pm

Make sure you spin the agent a good story about how wonderful the GPG Lake outback looks,

and that you'd buy the house because it has the Lake, and "Do the fish come with the house???"

"Grover" will be the harassed-looking guy in the downstairs garage surrounded by packing boxes.

See you Saturday :beer:

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Last chance to see the GPG Lake!

Oooohhh and Aaaaahhh at the giant pink gouramis!! :drum:

Tickle the cute 30cm Albino Oscars!

Gawp at the pooping plecos slithering across the bottom!

Amaze the real estate agent with your aquatic knowledge :fish:

Lake Inspection Times:

Sat 25 Oct (tomorrow) 1.00pm to 1.30pm

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Hey @Grover65 start incouraging the kids if there are any if someone will pay $140k for a cat there kids fell in love with imagine what the GPG are worth

Thanx [MENTION=7637]yellows[/MENTION],

But remember in the end joy and pleasure come not in "getting" (securing "profit" from what you do)

- because that will evaporate - but in the journey itself, the life God has given us. As they say -

"Death comes to all alike, but not all live alike".

Here endeth today's lesson!

I did get an offer for me to sell a GPG or two, but after the struggle to get them and keep them alive,

it's like selling your own children :-\

So, after Sunday's auction finished - I'm definitely moving...

Somebody fronted up with a cool $730,000+ for the house (GPG Lake NOT included!)

Will keep you posted on more excitements as they occur

cheers,

Grover and 20 homeless GPGs

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Hey Grover! It has been awhile since I have been on here. I'm sorry to hear about having to move.

I'm happy to help as best I can if you need any help. I'm bummed I missed out on getting to see the epic gpg lake.

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Perfect timing... LOL :black_eyed:

One pair of Oscars have decided to get "clucky" and have taken over a pipe down the bottom.

Somehow, I don't think much of their chances - the fish and I are now on a 3-week countdown.

Boxes have been packed and lugged off to a mini-storage; half the cars are gone; the house-mate

is packing too; and the border collie has a "holiday" booked with a friend!

For those of you who have forgotten what a lake full of GPGs looks like -

There may be a little maintenance required when catching the GPGs to move.

I spotted one with a pea-sized tuft of algae attached to his top fin. Couldn't

see any anywhere else, and he/she's not acting strangely, so we'll perform

algae-trimming during the catch & transport process.

Oh yes... house-hunting!?

I've found a place, and as the agents say "it ticks most of the boxes" !

That is of course, if you want a floor-level like a drunken sailor, the house

smack in the dip in the road - so when it rains the GPGs can swim across the

lawn, and on a reasonably busy road???

Still, I'm desperate - so stay tuned...

Grover

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Nothing wrong with them going for a swim, as long as they come back lol.

Hopefully you can find a more suitable place.

In the meantime I'm on a quarter acre so if they need a temporary home I'm happy to help.

Bit of a journey for your visitation though haha.

Cheers mick

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Thanx [MENTION=885]smicko[/MENTION] !

Appreciate your offer - you are on the list if the elusive :baby: GPGs ever appear !

I'm in negotiations now for setting up x2 10ft temporary pools with a grander scheme in mind.

Gotta wait for a contract to go unconditional ;-)

Cheers,

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Thanx [MENTION=10526]Mistyphoenix[/MENTION]!

As usual, I have a plan - but if it comes off it'll be a wild surprise for QLDAF and even for me!

I've bitten the bullet and put an offer in on a house, so I won't have to explain to the rental agency about the "aquaculture installation" anymore ;-)

"GPG Moving Day" is scheduled, but the troops are still marshalling, and I've got to get nets, boxes, eskies, and other bibs & bobs sorted.

The wading pools are setup next door with the Little-Old-Lady, so they're ready for the hundreds of platies.

And, I've dedicated a whole day of a weekend to giant-fish-moving.

Cheers, for now

Grover

(up to his neck in packing boxes)

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Another update...

The Platy Pools are set and going next door in the Little-Old-Ladies backyard.

Please note that no correspondence will be entered into with sharp-eyed plant

identification experts (let's just say that some of the plants are temporary)!

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In the garage, we have a variety of polystyrene boxes ready to go, just add black bin liner,

water, and a GPG. Who ever suggested wrapping the GPGs in a wet towel and throwing them all

in a box gets their knuckles rapped!!! I know they're air breathers, but that's a last resort option :der:

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Cheers,

Grover

(v.happy with the volunteers who volunteered for GPG Moving Day!)

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Ah well... she's 86+ so I'm not going to begrudge a few platies in her direction! She says she likes the colourful bit they add to her plain green backyard. I think that's the kiddy-wink pools she's referring to ☺

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

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Time is slip slidin' away...

The GPGs have now appeared on my time-line for moving -

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And so, the blue drum bio-filters have been cleaned out and

are ready for moving. Yes, they were a little grotty inside,

perhaps a year is tooooo looong to run them without a spring

clean !

Had to use town water, so these drums won't be running the

new 10ft swimming pools -

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Leaving a 4-5 day starvation window for the GPGs means their final

brekkie will be on Wednesday 19th. How can I stand to look at their

little faces when they come to the side of the pool begging for just

a scrap of lettuce or a grape or two??

Still, I have to be cruel to be kind - they're not going to be impressed

when the water level drops to 25cm and they have to swim sideways :boxing:

Also, one of them has managed to get a couple of spots of black-beard (black-

brush?) algae attached to his top fin. I should be able to remove it during catching

exercise, but do I put some sort of cream on the fin or what?

Any advice (apart from dosing 14,000 litres of water) would be appreciated!

The sump pump and the box filter will stay in place right up until "GPG Moving

Day", as it is going to play a major role in send 14,000 litres down the drain :bolt:

Cheers,

Grover

(now packing GPG ancillary equipment)

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I'm back!

Thanx in huge part to some stalwart members of QLDAF.

And YES! [MENTION=8538]blocka[/MENTION] was on the money. I bought a house with an in ground pool. More details after I recover from the move.

Grover

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

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As a result of the move my Internet access is cactus, so updates may have wonky speling due to the phone. I have the 2 ten foot pools running in the carport and am fiddling with the pool filters atm. My opinion is that I've graduated to "Billabong" status, so it's now called GPG Billabong. Now to work out photo attaching on the mobile ;-)

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

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As a result of the move my Internet access is cactus, so updates may have wonky speling due to the phone. I have the 2 ten foot pools running in the carport and am fiddling with the pool filters atm. My opinion is that I've graduated to "Billabong" status, so it's now called GPG Billabong. Now to work out photo attaching on the mobile ;-)

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

This is funny [MENTION=5372]Grover65k[/MENTION] I was only thinking about you on Friday when I was concreting a driveway for this person at work I looked over and here was this in ground pool just sitting there with nothing in it and I thought I know a bloke who would love that if I could only dig it out for you and it even had the sand filter attached and everything good luck with the billabong

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Another wonky phone-enabled update. Last weekend saw the great GPG SPLASH DOWN occur into the billabong. Ph 7.3, Amm 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10. Still a bit of salt left from its swimming pool days, but not enough to worry them. My water changes are now going to be based on a 2,000 litre water tank. With the Billabong at 40,000 litres that'll give me a 5% water change ;-)

Yes - its gone bright green as I need to swap out the chlorinater for the giant UV light.

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

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Sadly, I lost count while catching and splashing GPGs into the billabong. Let's just say that no-one died in transit. Barry the crocodile and Arthur the alligator are guarding against kookaburras. And no, I have not yet gone "swimming with the fishes " but it can't be too long before I need to :-) Grover. Sorry no photos yet.

Sent from underwater in the "GPG Lake"

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