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  1. Lol beany haha, somehow I don't think so But good thinkin!
  2. Thanks guys I was going to call them Blackfella and Whitefella in qld aboriginal, except I can't find the translation of Blackfella Something will come up eventually!
  3. So I haven't been round much lately.. *smacks self* and in a couple of days I go back to uni, no sleep and just try to remain alive! But today I decided to go on a 'fish shop adventure' as I call it, I like to drag people with me but rarely does anyone come willingly so I end up going alone... I only had 2 goldfish up until now and I downgraded (shock horror!!) to a 60gallon from my 110gallon. I wanted to have a go at a planted tank but I now realise I'll never be able to give up the goldies!! But anywho, I went into my local LFS, the oldest and longest running in Brisbane, which I hadn't been into in, oh I reckon a year or so at least! They had the usual, comets, commons, fantails, tele's, all healthy as always, but they also had a few select black, white and white/red ranchu's!! I've always wanted a white or a black ranchu and today I got to have both! It was like a sign, also the guy serving me was quite a looker Anywho here they are! Each are about 2cm each, compared with my 10cm pearlie! Poor little white fella is missing a couple of scales. Follow the leader! Princess Popsicle gets everywhere! (it's actually a he, but we won't tell him he has a girly name ) Eek!! I also got a free birdy swing with my bag of roudybush and $10 off kitty food! Twas a good spending day!
  4. No I would say if your going to be away for much more than 7 days then try and find someone to help. Also they generally eat plants (I can't keep any form of plant in my tank without it being devoured!), so you chuck a few plants in there they'll probably snack on them.
  5. I'd just leave them, unless you can get someone reliable to do it. I regularly (well not too regularly ) leave my goldies for around 5 days at a time when we go camping, they've always been fine. I just do the normal water change a day before we go (just in case something has happened to the water supply, things have happened before!) and feed normally up until you leave.
  6. That is pretty awful.. we have laws to prevent this from happening! Everything to do with teaching and animals has to go through an ethics committee and they are not light handed! I mean we do some pretty horrible things to animals (dead of course) but they have never suffered under our hands. I agree with Daryl, many people just don't know, or don't realise that they are 'real' live beings and need to be educated a little to what actually happened.
  7. Good job nima!! I hope they get the message! This is one of the reasons I am sooo glad Big Brother has been canned in OZ FOREVER!! *jumps in the air!!* They would always have animals on it in far from ideal situations.
  8. I feel pretty similar peaches, I only have 2 goldies left in my 100gallon tank (as well as mrs bristlenose!) and am at least wanting to scale down, I don't want to get rid of a tank altogether as I find them really soothing. I think I'm going to downgrade to a 120cm tank from my 150. Might change from goldies to some tropicals, try get some plants growing which I've never been able to do because of the goldies.
  9. -30!! wowzer! I'd be more worried about my pond evaporating here in Brisbane than temperature fluctuations
  10. So the piranhas didn't eat the goldie because it had a similar colouring to them? That's pretty cool I agree that goldies will eat anything big enough to fit in their mouths
  11. Cane Toads came from Central and South America Can't blame the europeans for them! but we can blame them for the bunnies and ferrets
  12. Thats also the main reason why koi, rabbits and ferrets are illegal in Queensland. Don't blame them really..
  13. Generally, no you can't use too much water conditioner. Not unless it has something else added that's not normally in conditioners.. As for the black tail part it could be many things, we'll need more info on your tank. You say you have 2 fish but what is the size of the tank, water parameters (ammonia, nitrates, nitrites), filtration system, when and how much water do you change at a waterchange, things like that. I'm going to go with either ammonia burn or just it's colour..
  14. Svendenhowser, what do you mean about the chloramines versus the ammonia? When I test my tap water I get ammonia of 1. We add prime & leave it out for a few days. Yeah the water levels in Bris are a worry, especially after all the rain we just had and it hasn't helped much. Dan, that blue oranda is beautiful! Looks a bit like one of my fish. Hey Katrina Well chloramine is NH2Cl, so it's prepared with ammonia and hypochlorous acid. Thats why straight out of the tap your general home aquarium water ammonia test will show up ammonia out of the tap, but once you've treated it, it will be gone. If you still have ammonia after you've treated it, then it's probably not caused by the chloramine. I hope the government actually goes ahead with recycled water, otherwise we're up that funny smelling creek without a paddle (or water )
  15. Oh awesome, I'm at Clayfield (near the airport), 6km from the CBD. Wellington Point would be nice! I have two friends who live in Raby Bay, lovely place Dan he said he was taking the inland route, so not near the coast until Brisbane I assume, should be safe from any flooding.
  16. Righto air con will make a big difference, I don't think you'll have too many problems then! As far as I'm aware there would only be road closures in northern nsw (coast), we've had a fair chunk of rain here, but no flooding and certainly not much out Warick/Goodiwindi area. I was out at Warick only a month or so ago, it was pretty dry.. Don't know about south of there though? The shorter the trip the better, but it's pretty scary, all those long, deserted roads, keep safe!! Where are you planning to move to in QLD? I love it up here
  17. I have a timer on my lights (soooooooo convenient!), so it depends on when I wake up to if my fish are awake then. I'm pretty sure I set it to turn on around 9am, so during the holidays they are always awake before me
  18. I think our water has become better in the past year or so, it's still really hard but the pH is lower (was around 7.5-8, now around 7). Our water is treated with chloramines, but thats generally not a problem unless you don't know about it and decide your water has lots of ammonia out of the tap I'm just worried about whats to come with the d-am being at 16%, whats going to happen when we have to drink the dregs of the d-am! Or are we already drinking the dregs....
  19. Looks like you're doing well in preparing your fish, it's going to be a hard slog up to here from SA though, I hope you have air conditioning in the car!! Are you going inland to Sydney then coastal? Or inland all the way? I dunno if you've done it before but it could easily go above and beyond 50C (120+F) in a car without air con. We did the inland route from Sunshine Coast/Melbourne about 10yrs ago without air con, none of us faired well, especially the poor old dog! Did the coastal route from Brisbane - Melbourne (pacific/hume highway) last year but we had air con and it was fine. Brisbane's having its coldest summer that I've ever known so that'll be good for you you can't escape the humidity though.. I think the hardest thing will be keeping the temperature stable. I reckon it would be easy to change the temp (i.e make it cooler with ice), but keeping it stable may be more of a problem. The only thing I can suggest, which has already been suggested, is to keep a constant supply of ice in the cooler, but not necessarily in the water, and just keep replacing it as it melts, but change the ice before it melts completely to keep the temperature more stable. Does that make sense haha?
  20. I hope he recovers from this little assault in the pond! I too have had some single eyed fish from a mating rampage 2 years ago from my big male. The 1 eyed monsters are living a completely normal life with just 1 eye. Unfortunately one of them died from dropsy . One became completely blind from the whole ordeal and again lived normally once she got used to feeding without eyes, but later died (like a year later) of something else, she just went belly up one day! *hugs melafix*
  21. Sorry guys. I meant to say FZ50 which is DSLR. Actually it's just a prosumer camera, a good one though Can't really go wrong with any P&S canon, some of the higher end fuji's are nice too!
  22. I'd even be weary of bristlenoses, mine started sucking my fish after about 4yrs of having her..
  23. Was the advice from the guys at pet city? Generally they are pretty up there with the knowledge, but I've never heard of aluminum in the water before... Maybe suss it out and go ask another well established lfs? Maybe send an email to these guys http://www.clayfieldaquarium.com.au/
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