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  1. As people are probably aware of by now, if it's not simple, I don't do it - in regards to my fish keeping I'm happy enough to put in an effort to begin with to make things easy later on - big believer in doing things right the first time. So, I'm not particularly keen on keeping jarred out individuals in separate beanie boxes or take-away containers etc. I went out and got one of those little three bay things that has no sump or anything, and doesn't share water (holds a touch over 2L in each compartment) and heated it from underneath with a reptile heating cord. But I'm over having t
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  2. Congratulations you have skipped directly to fishkeeping level 5 which was to conscript your spouse to your hobby. You now have 67 levels opened up for you. Good job!
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  3. Lovers, enthusiasts and quite honestly addicts of all things Betta Splendens...
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  4. Just sharing some of our endler guppy hybruids. tehy are really hard to photograph and theres so many names its a bit confusing but im planning to do a bit more research on patterns and colour genetics so maybe that will tidy it up a bit Pink platinums also sometimes called a blonde scarlet.. I got these from a breeder in queensland the first lot of fry were hybridised with gold leaopard which resulted in a fair few neon oranges or 'pink' leopards. cute but not what i was going for. so a melbournite has the offspring. theyve recently dropped new fry though which should be more like the p
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  5. The limitation of 5 photos per post has now been lifted. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while. It was first put in place when people were having trouble with their bandwidth. At first we tried adding "image heavy" warnings to the title but then chose to place a limit on photos. Technology has advanced since then and I think the limit isn't necessary any longer. Let me know if you have any questions or still experience problems.
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  6. I've been known to take a hundred shots to get one I can use. Good lighting is the key. Helps your camera focus. The other thing is getting used to the delay in your camera's reaction time. With bettas you can sometimes anticipate when they're going to start or stop. With guppies OMG remove sharp objects to prevent self-harm.
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  7. This is not my idea, originally, but one I've altered from other posts I've seen here and elsewhere (cant actually remember the thread I saw it on here - sorry, memory like a sieve). The one's I've seen before allowed for the fish to see each other, I wanted them isolated, but still able to share water, and take advantage of the bigger volume of water to help keep parameters stable. I've come to the conclusion that cutting the bottles a little bigger, (so they hold a litre if free standing - around 18cm on a 1.5L bottle), and then drill a ring of holes around the bottle 8cm up from the
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  8. Thanks for the info. Obviously I am still finding my feet. Thanks for that. This is several days later. About 18 fry visible.Mainly on the l/h side
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  9. Sometimes fishkeeping doesn’t quite look like you expected. But here’s a tip that I really need to record for myself more than anything—get Bunnings (or whichever hardware store you use) to cut your wood for you. Unless you’re a skilled carpenter with all the tools and knowledge on how to use them, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. After cutting all the bits I’d bought I discover I needed more. This time I used their cutting service. He did in 10 minutes what would have taken me a month of Sundays. Doing it myself with only a handheld power saw takes so long to setup, measure, clamp, measu
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  10. Wow! How slack am I? My last post in this thread was 24/07/2013 and I never took the final photos. Of course "final" is completely misleading. It just means the point where I had to stop building and start fishkeeping. So let's do a bit of catch up on what's been happening in here. I did finish the final central rack and it held my beanie boxes for jarring males. I did not set up a recirculating filtration system for the beanie boxes. So I just had to do individual water changes and we all know how tough that is. I had planned to set up two big tubs for ageing water. This did not get done
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  11. Hi Yulianto! How did you go with your cross? I think a Nemo Copper will look amazing
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  12. That's awful that your tank got poisoned. I'm glad you're back into it now.
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  13. This is Yobbo. I did a few tank mods.
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  14. That is a very upsetting story. I think the out of date food is most likely the cause. It could happen in any aquarium shop though. Even in our own homes. We buy food. Take longer to use it than we thought and it can go off without us noticing. It's a very sobering story and I think everyone should be wary.
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  15. That's very sad to hear. Sounds really unusual as well.
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  16. Powerhead vacuum looks like a great idea. Hmmm.... must put it on the project list.
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  18. Welcome Joe. Great to have an experienced breeder join us. Threesome spawning sounds interesting.
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  19. thanks for the welcome! i wonder why my profile pic is broken... maybe cuz i joined in Facebook. yeah once i get *time* to start thinking about getting a tank going i will definitely share!!!
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  20. had some old 10mm glass in the shed from a few years ago when i was a glazier , decided on the weekend gone that i'ld use it to make a new tank as i've already done the main structure i'll show a quick run down on how i was taught as an apprentice obviously draw your design , then cut the glass / get it cut allowing for silicone joints ( that depends on size generally between 2-5mm ) and deducting the width of the glass for the ends so the front runs through and the ends but up to the front ( maybe confusing pitures below will show then i drew out the tank some timber and screwed down bl
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  21. Welcome the forum Tye.
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  22. another one not my photo. this is a young male from a multicolour from a line by arakwat from thailand
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  23. Here's a bit of a cheat for ppl who don't have a macro lens or a high power zoom camera with adjustable shutter speed - If you have a quality camera that takes high quality video, it's a lot easier to shoot a 2 minute video of said fish and then scroll/pause/screenshot the best shots That's how I get most of my shots oh and welcome to the Betta addiction! Oh! And coburg usually has some nice Betta's too. Great variety of everything and anything in store! I have a few fish from that store :)
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  24. Nope, A mate of mine used to add Plaster of Paris to catfish Grow out tank tanks to increase calcium for bone growth If you don't believe me get a bucket of water....take pH Put in sculpture and wait a week....then take pH again.... if sculpture is plastic then I'm wrong....but I bet it's not....
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  25. Is that a mermaids tail? :gasp: :faints:
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  26. Test the pH of the bottled water and the rain water separately. Rain water should be completely soft with no hardness at all. But depending on how it was collected and stored it may have picked up the hardness from elsewhere. Aquarium salts will raise the hardness a little bit. But should really buffer it. Could you be adding too much?
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  27. Hi b00f, Dont be put off by the forum's pace, The old grey mare, she ain't what she used to be... but having said that - trawl back through old threads and you've got a genetic gold mine. I thought I might let you know that there's an upcoming Victoria Betta meeting at Clifton Hill on the 27th, you are most welcome to come along - you can even show your fish if you like (love the red/salamander guy!) or you can check out the Facebook page for more details. It's pretty casual, but lots of people will be there, with a table show, talks, food and more. Cheers, Ness
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  28. Hi everyone, I bred pk and hmpk in NZ but now I'm about to move to Australia in just over a week and cant wait to get my hands on some bettas again! Wouldnt mind getting into wild bettas as well, we arent allowed them in NZ for some reason... What are the best places around Brisbane to get good bettas? Cheers Lol just noticed the little betta stickers! I love them!
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  29. Hi Bec. Welcome to ausaqua. We'd love to see you at the next Vic Betta meet. Do come along.
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  30. Very interesting design. Should work well. I love how all the filtration is hidden. Will look great when it's all scaped.
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  31. Again, experience - nothing can be rushed in this hobby, but lots of trial and error will help. If you have a pair that you want to breed, condition them up (this is the most important part of the breeding process). Read the logs on here, ask the questions in the breeding forums, etc - and give it a try. The more times you try, the more experienced you will become, and the more the Betta bug will bite The intro forum is probably not the place to continue this though...
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  32. Victoria Betta website. And their facebook page. Defs visit holger he's absolutely lovely and keeps some awesome fish. If you head to the coast same thing goes for jaylee of course It's in Melbourne but its open to anyone who wants to attend and all the international and some local entrants get auctioned off so there's some great fish and we will be trying to make the auction interstate friendly :)
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  33. Hey everyone! I am Mel, I am from Tassie, which makes it quite hard to get quality betta here. I have been on the fb page for a while, but hadn't been on the forum before. I am a betta lover, and recently started to decide to breed bettas. This morning I woke up to find tails for my CTPK spawn. Cant wait to learn and chat to other breeders and Betta lovers. I have a love for all fish, and even though I don't know much about some species I am so interested to learn about them.
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  34. Hello everybody, Rowland from Brisbane here, introducing myself. I currently have a pair of B. burdigala & a trio of B. smagadina and am raising a spawn from each. Nice to be here.
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  35. this is some acronyms around for shimp. some species the acronyms are rarely used or theres no acronym available. eg riffle shrimp... AFS = African Filter Shrimp AS = Amano Shrimp BB = Blue bolt BBS = Blue Bee Shrimp BCS = Blue Cherry Shrimp BCS = Brown Camo Shrimp BKKS = Black King Kong Shrimp BPS = Blue Pearl Shrimp BS = Bamboo Shrimp BS = Bee Shrimp BTS = Black Tiger Shrimp BPS = Blue Pearl Shrimp BTS = Blue Tiger Shrimp CBS = Cystal black shrimp CS = Cardinal Shrimp CRS = Crystal Red Shrimp FRS = Fire Red Shrimp DAE = Darwin Algae Eater DAS = Darwin Algae Shrimp DGS = Dark
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  36. I use very similar small sponge filters I get from Hong Kong for zero postage. No issues Bacteria will be fine during water changes. When you give the filters an occasional rinse, use treated water - not straight from the tap.
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  37. They are especially gorgeous. And great shots of them. Did you take the pics?
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  38. I just call ALL of them FF = fish food *lol*
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  39. Welcome Jason. Brenton will be very excited about the increase in SA members we've had lately.
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  40. Welcome! I'm sure Brenton is over the moon having someone else from SA on here. We all love seeing fish pictures, so don't hesitate to post any. And if you want to breed there is heaps of info in peoples spawn logs.
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  41. Jenny - does you kit test for Ammonia and Nitrites? If everything looks ok, but you're suddenly losing fish, it could be an ammonia spike. Jame's suggestion would be the immediate fix for that. If you don't have a test kit that does those tests...you need to get one
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  42. Kanga....You have far more patience than I or perhaps its my age showing....;)
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  43. I am sorry but it is impossible to compile a list of Wingei and Endlers keepers in Australia as the Wingei keepers will just not going to distributed their fish freely just becuase of $ as they fear that as soon as they releasing their "Jewels" fish will immedaitelly get hybridise and "Evil" keepers will just keep on cheat and lies about the purity of stocks as per Europe and US. If you dont like the infor on the net then My only sugeestion to you is to Go to EndlersUSA forum and read the whole site start from the begining....there is no movie version for this...hihihi...
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  45. It was confirmed today that the IBC has sanctioned the first Betta Australis International show of 2014! Fire up your spawn tanks and get ready! The Betta Show will be held alongside the QFAS Caboolture Markets Show on Sunday April 6th, an aquarium show open to all types of aquarium fish in what promises to be a huge show with something for everyone The Betta show is still in the planning stages, so further details won't be available for a couple of months. Watch this space for details!
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  46. : dumbo : Since lavender works so well with dumbo i updated the HM PK to be a red dragon!
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  47. A small break from wilds, these are easier/quicker to edit my other ones so im gonna fill in some missing tail types! : doubletail :
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  48. See? I liked your post AND posted a comment...lol
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  49. I actually like the "like" button. I have used it and I am also posting. Personally, I will not let a button dictate whether or not I will post a comment. Sometimes I felt that I was posting to myself in my spawn logs and a few "likes" here and there would have let me know people were following my posts and just not commenting...
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  50. Hey Tallee, You will also want to consider thickness of the glass as well. Even though its a small tank you will want to make sure its sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear and tear (especially since its a work tank). The following link is a useful calculator if you plan to make your own aquariums. I would recommend using 3.8 safety factor or above. Probably even 5 for a work tank if it will get bumped alot. http://www.theaquatools.com/building-your-aquarium I would say a 25cm cube would be ideal for keeping a betta in a low maintenance situation but due to size constraints I would
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