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About Bec

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    Mangrove Jack
  • Birthday 12/30/1970

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    Bettas (dah)
  1. OK, Not hard at all if you are not to fussed on fancy appearances. Firstly, anything with wood is all about precise cuts. So long as the pieces are the same length and cut square wood work is not hard. The good news is Bunnings will cut all your wood for you for 50c a cut (if you wear a short skirt, flutter your eyelids and look pathetic / useless they usually do it for free ). Secondly, pre drill all holes and use screws to secure the frame ... it costs a tiny bit more for screws than nails but it is easier, stronger and more precise when you have little skill. Thirdly, make a good plan. I have two wood stands that each hold four 45cm cubes that I bought of eBay ages ago and they are rock solid, very basic and were used by a breeder who bred cichilds for a living. I will go downstairs tomorrow and take a photo to give you an idea (its to dark now). They are good, but there are a few things I would change... Consider the height between the top of the tank that sits on the bottom tier, and the base of the second tier. Leave enough room to maneuver nets, heaters etc. leave room to put in hooks so you can hang cords so they from drip loops, or for hanging air pumps or what ever. Do you want an exact fit, or a little room in front or on the side to put food containers, chemicals etc for easy access. I found it handy to keep the stuff I was using right near the tank, and my shelf did not allow room for this. It is rewarding to do it yourself, and you can make it the exact size you want
  2. Bec

    Pink butterflys

    Wow, very impressive :applaud:
  3. OHhh, ohhh and I don't have that colour either (well, not exactly), Razz, pal, buddy, friend? :)
  4. Bec

    Super Blue

    Razz, pal, buddy, I don't have any THAT colour! More cats, more cats, more cats (I'm stealing the first one)
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    Fickle female

    I'm that fickle ... :whistling:
  6. Hey Les, Thanks for the compliment , not only do I get to see all the fish together, I get a constantly changing flare display as they see different fish swim past. And it is cheaper in terms of heating ... one heater vs 14 I had going before. I really do need to get the plants worked out though, some are even upside down and add the rest of the sand mix to cover the base properly. Re the percheron: Even though she is a really big horse I actually bought her for my youngest daughter to learn to ride on two. Her temperament is so gentle, friendly and personable and she is unflappable! The perfect beginner horse (a bit lazy, but that is OK, I don't have to worry about bolting, bucking etc, it would just be to much effort for her to bothered with). She will be put to stud for the 'second' horse this spring, and what ever she drops will no doubt suit her for anything she decides to do. Percheron's are now listed on the rare breed list, so I have a goal to promote them as much as I can, they really have a lot to offer the horse world and were once used widely to improve Aussie stock horses! :yes:
  7. Ohhh...I want a baby that is the same colour as that pink one, is it really that colour? :drool:
  8. I can only see half the pics ... berry nice though! Did you breed any of these fellows (love big red, I lost my two red males and I loved them) :drool:
  9. You see the problem is I have only ever had girl babies, I come from a family of girls ... my biggest fear is 300 baby boys, all at once ... AGHHHHHHH :scared:
  10. How rude, you can just stick that up your QLD XXXX, rabble indeed! That will be Queen Vic Betta to you! Lets have a fish-off ... a state of origin for betta, a mighty betta challenge (OK, I have been into the vodka, cause we all know, vodka's betta ) What about Betta Victoria, or Victoria...a betta place Soemthing worth a thought ... if someone googled people in Victoria who have betta, what would they enter? I reckon the best way to expand the club is to encourage newbies to come along. Once we have them captivated at a meeting (with all the lovely colours) we can infect them with betta mania (Mwhahahaha).
  11. Oh wow Joan, you've done a great job ... and look at those BN's, are they the babies I saw at your place last time? They are so big! I get rid of duckweed with gold fish, but I guess that is not really going to be very helpful advice now is it... When I get moved I intend to set up my plants nicely (no point now, they will all need to be packed up soon) and I shall have to pick your brain for techniques.
  12. I hadn't thought about the sponge filters and bubble nests, but that would make sense now that I think about it. But that is OK, I really don't think I want a spawn in a jar, that would be very hard to manage (I don't think I will ever breed, I just don't have the time). Mind you, I did get the big cubes drilled and bought a pump, so maybe if I get a barrack built by next summer I might have a go! I even drew up a plan if I remember rightly (somewhere on goggle sketch up). Getting bqack on this site could prove dangerous Hey Neffy, sorry to hear that boy didn't spawn for you ... he is a pretty boy and would make some nice babies. How did your lavender girls go? They were lovely, when my girls start to dwindle in numbers I'd love some like those, such lovely bright colour and amazing size! And this is Tiffany, she is my latest neddy!
  13. I'll tell you what Wayne, that tank and stand weighs as much as that big horse of my daughters ... if you tried to hijack it you would definitely GET hurt (broken back a the least ). Actually, I got smart and put little slides on the underside of the frame so it can kinda be shoved around the room when it is half full. It has moved three times in the last few months (a woman's prerogative to change her mind). I don't think I can part with it in reality, I think if I get rid of all the other tanks I can easily manage the horses and the one big one ... I love to turn on the light at night and watch the various fishy interactions. It’s like watching the bold and the beautiful as they dart around in their little cliques, flirting with one fish or another and chasing the less popular girls! By the way, that lavender girl is the biggest tart of the lot. She is constantly teasing the boys … one day I have a good mind to pick her up and dump her in one of the jars just for a laugh . I have had one occasion when one girl jumped into a boys jar. I came home from work to find both happily waiting for dinner. Neither seemed to care about the other, there was no bubble nest or eggs and neither appeared to have attacked each other. I still have not got around to putting lids on the jars (slack).
  14. The jars all have glass jigs siliconed onto their bases ... male. These secure into glass channels on the inside bottom of the tank ... female (also siliconed). They twist lock into place so they do not move around when you do water changes. All can be removed if there should be a need to do so! Was an absolute pain to put together as each jar has a different amount of angle to the base and so required much fiddling. The kids have a good laugh at me and say when all the fish die (actually, they say "when you have killed them all" ) we can have lovely flower displays everywhere and if they are plastic you won't be able to kill them Oh my goodness... there is a pack of possums dancing on my roof ATM! It sounds like a heard of elephants skydiving on the roof :scared:
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