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FANTASTIC afternoon/evening! Extreme thanks to the host, michael you were great!

the pavlova was to DIE for, very yummy and wonderfully presented!!!

sausage rolls and mini veggie muffins were very edible hehe.

For a meet from 2-5pm, it stretched very long (but not too long)... i left at eight!!!

Hope everyone who bought my fishies loves them :rofl: Will let you know when my red dragons are ready. And my blacks.

Really looking fwd to another meet.

*lol*

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Yes, definitely all the food was great. The two little Hm I brought home have settled in nicely.

Thanks again to all that showed up.

Here are a few more shots.

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And the procedure performed by Jo Oakly (to remove fluid from the belly of an unfortunate betta)

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee75/axoloto/P4042444.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee75/axoloto/P4042447.jpg

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I'm sure everyone has figured out that the minties were our voting system. I was too lazy to make a judging form. :lol:

And the fish that Jo extracted the fluid from is looking even better than she did last night. I think the swelling has reduced even further. So I don't think I'll need to perform another one. I'm partly disappointed and partly relieved by that. Really would love to know what causes it and why extracting the liquid makes it all better.

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I presume that as the liquid has no where to go, this procedure would relieve the pressure exerted by the build up of the fluid.

She would have to feel a lot better now.

It's great to be able get together and share learning between members.

Quote from Nina Ninoid 12 (my qoute button won't work)

'Hope everyone who bought my fishies loves them Will let you know when my red dragons are ready. And my blacks.'

Sherrie was up pretty early.

They love their new fish, and Sherrie has spent the morning putting assorted water weed into tanks and ponds.

They have both spent lots of time admiring their new fish, and their prize winning boys.

They both sat with them on trays, on their laps, for at least 1/2 an hour this morning.

They are thinking of names now.

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Big thanks to Michael for the afternoon. Hopefully next time I won't have to leave early.

I think I left a bag of plants that I forgot about. Duckweed, water lettuce, and a few little amazon swords. Hope they found good homes.

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Lamob we split the plants up at the end sort of,

thanks form them, they all found good homes

a little oc I am so glad to hear that the girls are happy with the fish

I think we have hocked them on Betta's for life hehe :lol:

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:lol:

You guys obviously had such an awesome time!

I love the mintie voting system!!

Can you please tell me who is who in this picture:

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Sounds like a great night was held by all in Melbourne AND Sydney. Hope this trend, takes off in other states.

a_little_oc how did the joey pull up this morning?

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:P

You guys obviously had such an awesome time!

I love the mintie voting system!!

Can you please tell me who is who in this picture:

P4042420.jpg

Ok, left to right: the half pink shirt is Anne (a_little_oc), the 2 young girls in black & pink shirts are Anne's daughters Carmel & Sherrie (I hope I got that right girls), Louise (be1betta & maker of awesome home made sausage rolls!), Liam (lambo thanks for the posters!), Nina (ninoid12), Stefan (splendidbetta aka the master of pavs), then I think that's Stefan's dad, Colin (jake), seated is Jo (Jo Oakley) & then our gracious host Michael! James is taking the pic & I have no idea where I was at this stage! Probably stuffing my face with all the yummy food! lol

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Here's a rather underexposed shot of James, Ann and Carmel. I really didn't take many photos at all. I don't know how you managed it Holly but you seem to have escaped the camera. Can't find you in any of my pics. You didn't delete them when I wasn't looking did you? :P Maybe James has some of you. Who else had cameras there? We really were a bit too busy yacking.

Here's one with Ann, Louise and Liam. Wait... is that the top of Holly's head in front of the beanie boxes?

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Ahhh yes, the ever elusive Holly. Very hard to capture in her natural habitat! LOL But Michael, that's not the top of my head. I think that's one of Ann's girls.

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Well, I can say I had a great time... Snagged myself a few bargins too... I brought home more fish than I had expected to and had to do some quick re-arranging when I got home to make sure they all had comfy homes. So far so good and all looking happy and healthy. Thanks Michael for being our host and arranging the meet it was wonderful to meet so many of our members that are all "semi-local". And great to have a talk about where we are all heading with our lines and learn so much about show standerds and what sort of things we should be looking for when selecting our breeding stock.

Thanks again it was awesome!

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Yes that was Sherrie's head in front of the beanie boxes.

I didn't get to bed untill 2AM, after adjusting all the bettas back into their tanks and rehoming the assorted ones we took home, including 8 guppies, as well, and sorting out the baby roo.

Had to take 2 headache tablets (only the 2nd time I have had any this year.)

The little joey slept in bed, wrapped up in jumpers, between Peter and I.

She was toasty warm, and we could feel her knitting against us through the night.

We delivered her to the wildlife carer this morning at 8.45am.

Just what I needed, more driving, lucky me!!

Hi Muthoaf5,

The wildlife carer rang back at lunchtime and said she is drinking well, but is very small,

so we hope she keeps doing well.

She dosen't have her eyes open yet.

I will start a new thread with photos in the next couple of days, if she is still doing well.

edited for dyslexic spelling of head (haed)

Edited by a_little_oc

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hey little oc..i wish i have a place like yours

when you came to my place, you have an axo with you, and a bristlenose

and picked up some fish from my place

and now you're getting more fish..sounds like you have a nice animal secret island going on there

if i have my own place, i would love to have my own fish room, breeding bettas,

and have dwarf hamsters..all kinds of animal

how are the fishy doing?

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Winterwhite what are dwarf hamsters?

I have always wanted a Hamster do you know how I could get one

In the UK they are all over the place.

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Winterwhite how on earth did you get hamsters into Australia................................they are illegal here and regarded as vermin ........................coz l was after some a couple of yrs ago ........and l was told they are illegal and regarded as vermin like rats and mice. And its illegal to try and import them.

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it would be totally illegal to have them here.

that why i said i WOULD love to have dwarf hamster..meaning i don't have them yet

and who knows australia might change their custom laws in a few years time

but if you google dwarf hamsters on internet..you'll find them the cutest thing on the planet

awww..i love them

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I was only a Young girl when my mother tried to fine me a hamster here in Oz

every good English girl had a hamster growing up.

I am going to show my age, that was about 33 years ago and still no change in the law

You will get slapped with a big big fine and or prison if you have them,

some one got dune in the 80's.

Some hamsters are brought into the county for lab work(desexed be for entry)

I was hoping that a dwarf hamster was something new we could get here :D

Edited by jo oakley

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Hi Jonathan, (Winterwhite),

Thank you,

The Fishies are doing really well.

I took the two boys to the Melb meeting.

The girls look very good in their display tank.

They are all such lovely fish.

Next step is to breed a pair of them.

Probably the Green Snows.

To qoute you: (my quote button doesn't work)

'sounds like you have a nice animal secret island going on there'

We have 42acres,

8 minis and ponies and a 22yo 15.3hh Appaloosa mare,

a Texas Longhorn Bull,

a Kangaroo

a very fat Black Lab, 3 cats (one was rescued from a farm as she had been run over by a milk tanker )

a tortoise, an Axo, 4 ponds of ass. goldfish,

a 5' tank of tropicals,

we now have baby guppies and platties as well.

mice (the kids get $2ea for them from the pet shop), rabbits and guinea pigs.

ducks, chickens

And of course, a house full of assorted Bettas, holding pride of place in the fish department.

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omg Little OC,

i want to visit you one day. i love places like that

full of animals. and i'm so happy that my fish can resort in that kind of animal heaven.

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Jo. I know every fish, what they are, and what they look like,

lots of observation and attention.

But there is no way I am going to count them.

Far to frightening.

Lots of work to maintain them, but fun..

Most of them were at the Melb meeting,

but we bought more there too.

Also my imports should arrive at Louise's on Thursday.

Can't wait.

I'll be bringing some of them to the next Melb. meeting.

Hopefully there will be some babies from them to bring as well.

Winterwhite, I'll keep you updated on your's.

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