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Leema!! Darnit! I'll be out of town that week... why couldn't you come a week earlier or later?? I haven't done a fish crawl in awhile.. would've been good to do one. Let me know if you want the list of aquariums :cheer:

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I just did an aquarium crawl two week ago it was fun went to Amazing Amazon, Aquarius Dreams, Fish R Us, Cranbourne Aquarium, Mentone Aquarium, Hi Fin Aqurium, Bunarong Aquarium, Bayswater, Boronia Aquarium Aqua Force in Hallem, Jade Aquarium, the two new ones in Dandanong, Regency Aquarium and Reef Reflection

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I had the best time with Mishy (and Nam & Steve) last year in Melbourne! I saw fish I could only fantasise about!! As soon as I came home, poor Mark was dragged along to so many shops within days so I could stock up on more species :)

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St Kilda and say hello to my friend the giant black Pacu. Then hop along to subscape and check out namezmud's killies (if he has any in there).. If you're into cichlids, visit fishy business on Mooroondah Hwy.. actually plans have changed.. I *might* be in town after all... :) Melb is suffering through a shortage of good bettas at the moment so if you're in the market for good bettas, you'll be disappointed.

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G'day my fellows, I was led to this post by Leema with regards to him coming to Melbourne and wanting to do a "fish crawl". In Melbourne, to my knowledge, we are the only club that gathers on a periodic basis to visit most of the aquariums in Melbourne. Leema, I dont think you will be able to visit most of the aquariums in Melbourne as there are a few good ones, but they tend to require considerable travelling. I suggest to visit the aquariums that are closeby to where you will be staying. I'll name a few aquariums that you can visit and are close proximity to the city. Subscape Aquarium in Richmond has a large selection or rare L-numbers, they are a sight to behold and puts most State owned aquariums attempt at tropical fish to shame. The pricetage is also an eye opener. If you're in the hunt for a nice "cattie" don't forget your credit card. They also have an excellent range of discus, south americans and a large range of other fish of interest. What to not miss: Their giant display tanks of some of the rarest fish and most difficult to keep. A school of wild altums. Upmarket aquarium is nestled in Queen Victoria market and holds a large variety of fish. However, due to being in a market, they are extremely busy and having no room to move in their on a Sunday would not surprise me. They seem to offer a little bit of everything and seem to have a few tanks set aside for natives. Look out for the rainbow display tank by the entrance. They also have a reptile section for the "cold-blooded" inclined. Staunch Aqua is a small store and has recently moved. He will be specialising in Dwarf cichlids, so if you are interested in these delightful gems from the Amazon, he will definitely be worth visiting. He should be opening early September and I for one will be visiting him a few times before the 17th comes around. He also has a marine section and is a man full of knowledge. Definitely worth popping in and having a chat if you're a local. St. Kilda Aquarium as previously mentioned has a couple of nice tank-buster tanks at the door entrance. Nestled in the hustle bustle city of St. Kilda, the parking available is surprising. Definitely a nice aquarium. They have an outdoor setup where you can browse the ponds they have there. They have BETTAS. From memory, I thought their setup for the bettas were extremely clever. Able to segregate the bettas and also provide them with enough filtration and water volume. What is a blue dempsey? That is something you can ask at the store. They have a pair of Jack Dempseys which seem to have an electric blue mosaics jutting on their bodies. It would be interesting to see if they do breed and produce viable fry. An extremely interesting fish and will probably be a first sighting for many people. Other aquariums that I regularly visit are All Aquariums Supplies, in Mulgrave. Owned by Heinz and is arguably very famous within the fish circle. This man has bred over 300 species from the last account. He is active in ANGFA. His shop, though old, has a very large selection of fish. Oakleigh Aquarium is basically a Discus Aquarium. Definitely for the fish addict with plate-szied eyes. Rayonne Aquarium in Preston specialises in Africans and large american cichlids. His umbriferum, nicknamed "Conan", has reportedly broken his hand! A story you can confirm with the owner for its merits? The fish and chips next door has the best potatoe cakes! My personal favourite is definitely Subscape Aquarium. They have an extremely clean setup. The setup is new and modern and they have a range of staff with different fields of expertise. Their prices are reasonable and I always think I've picked up a bargain because the quality of their fish is always topnotched. One day, I shall save up enough money to open a bank account, then maybe get a homeloan and buy some of those catfish. :cheer: Cheers, Vien.

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Lol, I don't smoke. I figured the money is better spent on my other addiction. :D

Yeah, I'm on A2F. A great bunch of people and you have to love the free bbq

every so often!

Another thing that you can do while in Victoria is visit Hazelwood.

It is a warm-water lake, heated by the nearby coal electric plant. It is inhabited my some american cichlids. The following picture is me with a red-devil.

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I liked that beanie. Lost it though :D

Cheers,

Vien.

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Only about two species that we have caught have not hybridised. However all the fish are catch and release or destroyed. I release them as the water is unnatural, warm like your indoor aquariums. The colours on these fish are utterly amazing and puts to shame many of our fish kept in tanks. It just shows what a large body of water and natural live food can do. It definitely is an experience and would be the closest for me from going to Africa or visiting central america for cichlids. Next project, indoor heated pond with cichlids? :scared: Cheers, Vien.

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