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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. Hi all. I live on the Central Coast of NSW and have been in the Hobby for a bit over 25 years. I started out with a mixed STH American Chiclid aquarium and have since tried most other locations. I think i peaked a few years ago with a 200Gal High Tech Planted Discus tank but this burnt me out. Have always had tanks but the last few years it was back to basics and only kept 1 Tanganyika 4 foot and another 4 foot with Rainbows. In the last year or so i have really taken a liking to Nano tanks and their inhabitants and currently have 3 Nano tanks a 3 foot Bookshelf that i
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  10. That's awful that your tank got poisoned. I'm glad you're back into it now.
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  11. 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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  12. That's very sad to hear. Sounds really unusual as well.
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  13. Corydoras make good tank mates. And there are some very cute ones you can get these days. I prefer getting groups of at least 3 but usually aim for 4-5. For that size tank you want to stick to the smaller varieties like the panda cory. But they're not particularly dirty and you've got a massive filter. They'll add some activity to the bottom of the tank. You could possibly have them coexist with the shrimp. Steer away from tetras as tank mates. I always find them nippy.
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  15. Welcome Joe. Great to have an experienced breeder join us. Threesome spawning sounds interesting.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. I have quite a few at the moment if I get around to it, I will take some pics. Love the tiger ones above
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  19. .. basically, I should pull my finger out and charge my DSLR!
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  20. Very nice. 1st - not sure? 2nd - Crowntail 3rd - Veiltail? 4th - Halfmoon 5th - Veiltail I'm probably wrong on 3 & 5 LOL.
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  21. Oh wow! I think this is the first time we've actually had a glazier show us how it's done. Thank you! I have to admit I didn't entirely follow all of it. I think I need to read again slowly. So how big is this tank?
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  22. 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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  23. Is that a mermaids tail? :gasp: :faints:
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  24. Mmmm....James is correct! that sculpture is no doubt made of Paster of Paris....calcium sulfate hemihydrate that is the cause of the pH increase....for sure... Plant looks like a sword of some sort
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  25. 8.4 pH is not dangerous to guppies They are one of the few fish that I would add NaCl to their tank Do you know that pH can fluctuate quite a bit in the Wild During the day plants convert co2 to o2 and reverse at night reducing co2 makes water more alkaline whilst adding it increases acidity Best practise is to observe the fish....if they are stressed they will show it Trying to chase a specific pH can be dangerous What do you mean cycled twice?? Do you have any live plants? I recommend Anubias, Java fern, guppy grass Give the tank time to settle down....it's very N
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  26. Guppies like water with high conductivity (total dissolved solids) My guess is water with high ph is also likely to be hard and have high conductivity Personally....I wouldn't change it I'd bet it's not worrying the guppies....;)
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  27. Hey all. About to start building a small barrack tank(?), bunker(?) thing. Just a cheap and nasty tank i picked up years ago for 15 buck brand new, but its square and holds water so all good. Years ago i had it set up as 3-bay barracks with a weir at the back with an internat filter plumbed(badly) to each bay, wasnt pretty and was a sketchy design so i gutted it. So its back to an empty 2x1x1ft tank. The new plan will have it divided into 3 barracks, a bit over 11L each with the hardware tucked away behind the middle barrack and between the 2 end ones. So each barrack will have holes
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  28. 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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  29. Hi & welcome.
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  30. 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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  32. Hi Andrew, welcome to the forum! I think your tank is really too small for danios. Most of the commonly traded varieties of danio such as leopard and zebra, are extremely active swimmers and while they are not large fish, a tank of around 2-3ft is recommended by most of the better reference sites. It sounds like your plants are terrestrial plants that were sold as aquatic, if you were told they would only last 2-3 months. If they are, I would remove them now as they will eventually die off if kept fully submerged, and this can cause issues with water quality. You are better going fo
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  33. Thanks for the welcome :-) Oooh I've seen Fish Chicks videos on youtube and I fall in love every time, Im definitely going to get a lot of fish from her in the future! The betta scene in nz is quite small but its slowly growing. The main problem is that we cant import what we want, so its just down to luck what the importers get in...which is usually vt and other countries culls. We dont have any shows down here but theres a small, but growing group of us now who are trying to breed towards show standards. So hopefully, one day nz will finally have betta shows.
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  34. Wow. I`ve never seen this type of setup, looks really good!! Good luck in finishing it.
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  35. Not selling at the moment, but will be giving away a few in about three weeks at the cost of postage - mainly females though. I didn't get many males in the current two spawns (at least not many making through to maturity ). I'll be selling them from F2 onwards when I think they are worthy of me asking a price for them. Shipping is by overnight parcel express and is around $15, I think...stay tuned if you're after females carrying the CT or PK genes...plus a few others
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  36. Hi Brenton, Thanks for your reply! I'll keep those numbers in mind when I'm picking out individuals this week. I'm not looking to breed them and thanks for letting me know that they might not have much longer. I don't mind so much if they are getting on with age, it's just a bit sad to see them in the lab tank because they won't be used in experiments again and I'd much rather they had a loving home even if only for a few more months. I'll think of my tank as their retirement home
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  37. If you speak to Leslie dear on Facebook his planning to become an accredited guppy judge so he may be good to answer your questions.
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  38. When you take the frozen bag from the freezer, rinse it with some treated water and then place in the tank. The fish will be curious and come over for a look, but as you've rinsed it already, there will be nothing on the outside to affect them, and as soon as it's in the water, it will begin to melt, so your fish should have any issues when brushing against the bag. With the current in the tank provided by your sponge filter (or equivalent), then it wont take long for the cooler water around the bag to be dispersed...so it should all be fine. As for air - transference at the water surface
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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. Welcome Jenny plenty of option if microworms didn't start try vinegar eels the culture doesnt need as much checking and they are great for your fry(ragged yolk or liquidfry is also good for freshly hatced fry in a push) As for bbs hatching is always best but some times that's difficult Substitutes are decaps. Baby brine/instant bbs, golden pearls, fine dry foods or even frozen Rotifers or bbs (blister pack) defrosted and used sparingly Plenty of info on here :)have a look around and hopefully we will see spawn log or your bubs soon :P
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  43. Yes, you are correct James....please ignore my posts.....
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  44. 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. Hi Ronny, Welcome to the nuthouse.... I mean AusAqua forums. Please enjoy our free hospitality... Yada yada yada. In all seriouseness, nice pair but I would be looking at the anal fin within the fry. The males is a bit long :)
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  46. Most are hybrids...
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  48. : dumbo : Since lavender works so well with dumbo i updated the HM PK to be a red dragon!
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  49. right when the forum was upgraded Razzi also got the option to turn on or off the 'like this' button on each post. i begged him not to since i hate it, it makes it like facebook and i like how with out 'likes' people actually respond but eh. so heres a poll for who likes and dislikes the like this button
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  50. Thanks! And everyone needs more corys!
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