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    G’day to all.

    Welcome Griff! How big is the tank? And what kind of fish are you generally interested in? You could do a nice planted display if it also came with lights.
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    Summer Plans...

    Amazing how resilient they are. Would never dare try that in Melbourne.
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    New Spawns Lined Up...

    Love the crowntail plans. I've unfortunately lost my recently purchased crowntail females. I'll have to find more.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    The fry are doing alright. It's actually time to start thinning them out. There are some with deformities which need to be removed. Some of the swim bladder problems have resolved themselves which is going to make it harder to do the cull. I started weaning them off bbs about 10 days ago and I think they might be ok to go completely on NLS Grow pellets.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    It’s been a long time since my last spawn. Everything was just getting too much for a while there. Quite a while. More than three years. It’s good to be back. The parents of this spawn were bred by Shane and Joel of Betta Spectra. I’m told to expect a lolly bag. Pair introduced very late at night on Wednesday 17/10/2018 after only about 3-4 days conditioning. Didn’t use a chimney they were in adjacent tanks and I simply uncarded them. They were put together before I went to bed and the lights turned off. It had been raining for a couple of days and the moon was waxing (1st quarter). Not sure exactly when they spawned. I only noticed the eggs on Friday night and there were tails on Saturday. Made a little YouTube to celebrate hahaha.
  6. It seems the old Photobucket hosted pics are appearing again. Not sure what's going on.
  7. Some of you will have noticed that photobucket no longer allows linking to your photos. This has resulted in lots of the broken image links you see in the forum. I’ve just signed up to postimage.org and will start hosting my forum photos there. Seems to be a pretty straightforward site and signing up and uploading a couple of pics has been pretty painless. After uploading, click on the share icon and grab the hotline for forums. Just paste this into your post and voila works just like photobucket used to. I’ll admit that I haven’t done a whole lot of research so if you have any further information about postimage I’d be interested to hear it. I’m not planning on uploading anything particularly private or personally identifiable.
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    Any earth eater breeders ?

    Hello from Melbourne. Thanks for the pics! Tank looks awesome. You need a little person standing next to it to give us a sense of scale. This forum has had a predominance of betta keepers on it but most of us keep or are interested in other fish. After all, every betta breeder needs a monster fish to dispatch the ugly ones lol. We encourage discussion on any species. In the Coffee Shop forum people discuss whatever the hell they like. Well... we try to avoid hugely controversial topics.
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    Any earth eater breeders ?

    I haven't kept geos. They are beautiful fish but probably too big for my setup. Largest tank I have is a 3 foot 😄 Would love to see a pic of your 6x2x2. A tank that size would take up half my fish room hahaha.
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    That’s really interesting. I didn’t realise that about Brisbane tap water.
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    Yay for crown tails. Need more self-bred crowntails in the shows.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    I seem to have a few swim bladder issues among the larger fry. And there is a huge range of sizes. I’ve been adding green water occasionally to help the smaller ones. I forgot to log when I moved them from the unfiltered 8 litre spawn tank to a 10 litre with sponge filter. Not that it’s a huge difference. I’ve been doing water changes twice a day. In the morning before work and when I get home. That’s also when I feed them. I’m going to move them into a 2 foot tank in the next few days. AND I still don’t have pics of the parents or the fry!
  13. A couple of years ago one of the guest speakers at the Aquarium Society of Victoria mentioned that after harvesting from his bbs hatcher he didn’t chuck out the remnants. Instead he would put all the leftovers, unhatched eggs, the salt water that had been strained into a container outdoors. This was how he grew adult brine shrimp. So I tried it too but only halfheartedly and of course didn’t succeed. Now I was talking to Jan Kleyn yesterday and he was at the same talk and he also tried it but he did succeed. So I’m going to try again. This time I’m putting the bucket by the laundry door where it will be a little closer and I’m more likely to remember it’s there. I’m just using a 10 litre bucket. Apparently Jan never fed them or did anything other than top up with fresh water when the water level dropped from evaporation. Let’s see what happens.
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    Growing adult brine shrimp experiment

    Ugh! The recent rains in Melbourne diluted the bucket and and cold weather killed off any remaining brine shrimp. I'll have to start again.
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    30 is a reasonable number to raise. Do some longfin halfmoon spawns goddammit! hahahahaha
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    Hi plippy. Welcome to the forum. We’re you at the Victoria Betta Show this weekend? They sound like great little tanks you’ve got there. Just be careful with introducing a betta to your shrimp tank. Bettas would see shrimps as food and even if they aren’t able to take a whole one, they will often take nips at legs and feelers.
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    Hi, some advice please?

    Hi ganaM. I think the problem is that the fish food doesn’t break down in a controlled way. But I would expect a week to be about right for a tank to cycle. Using substrate and filter media from established tanks will also have sped up the process. Check the nitrates. I think you’ll find you’re good to go. Of course things can change once you add fish. So I would continue taking readings and doing partial water changes after the fish are added. What species of fish will you be adding?
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    Betta emoji!! I’d forgotten about them! Interesting that the fry are smaller. Good luck with the fry numbers. Got some green water for them?
  19. Hmm I wonder if it’s just a matter of relinking? I’ll need to take a closer look.
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    I didn’t have vinegar eels. It was probably a mistake. I will have to get myself more organised for the next spawn.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    The fry numbers seem to have dropped a lot. I didn’t have as much plant matter as I usually do so I think there simply weren’t enough micro organisms for them. And I think I might be overfeeding with bbs and need to do more water changes. I feel I’m being so clumsy with this spawn. I really wasn’t quite ready for it. But the fish were ready so whatcha gonna do, eh?
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    There will be other events. Usually 2 big show/auction events a year. Although this we’ve only done one.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    So my quick and cheap diy brine shrimp hatcher consists of an upside down Berri juice bottle sliced to the right length and an airline coming in from above and resting in the cap. I discovered that it fits nicely in a beanie box which is what I’m using to hold the bottles upright and I’m also using the beanie box lid to control the splashes.
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    Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

    Awesome project! I really do love the look of wild splendens. Haven’t ever seen a longfin halfmoon with that colouring. Surely someone must have tried it by now.
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    Red Cambodian pair

    Hatchery is going well. Will take some pictures.