Aquariums and Fish

Discussion in 'Other Animals and Invertebrate' started by Jason.s, Jun 4, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. SteveNT

    SteveNT Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Darwin NT
    Lovely looking cube!

    I've got a 6'x18"x18" marine tank and the protien skimmer, calcium reactor and filtration system all broke down in a 3 week period. I cant afford to replace them all until I get back to work. (currently crook) Lost the corals but the fish are all fine.
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  2. saratoga

    saratoga Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    866
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Melbourne
  3. SteveNT

    SteveNT Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Darwin NT
    Great stuff cobber. Those Sooties make me hungry. Best freshwater fish up here for eating!

    I used to go to Litchfield before it was a National Park. You could get to Buleys/ top of Florence or to the base of Tolmer, Wangi or Florence Falls on some extremely rough tracks. But you had the place to yourself. I scared the crap out of myself one night. Night diving with a smallish torch was brilliant until I turned around to find a 3 meter freshie 12 inches from my googles. We both beat a hasty retreat. That was in Wangi. I was always nervous there.

    The most abundant and diverse freshwater fish are found at Barramundi (Maguk) Falls in Kakadu. A snorkel in the channel 500 meters below the plunge pool is extrordinary! You'd love it.

    Great footage (including the feet). Thanks!
     
  4. saratoga

    saratoga Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    866
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Melbourne
    I remember those days Steve, the tracks and access back then were pretty rugged. First went there back in 1984. Wangi is still pretty spooky in the darker places; regularly used to see freshies there snorkelling and salties now often turn up during the Wet and early Dry. Once went snorkelling at 1am, great experience but had the heart pumping a bit. Wouldn't chance swimming at the bottom of Tolmer nowadays, but used to be magic.

    I was just back up there a month ago and spent a couple of days at Maguk, magic as ever. There will be a video out on that shortly. The area you talk about is now sort of closed as they have a permanent croc trap and no swimming, but I used to snorkel there and would see up to around 18 different species...amazing diversity. I have a few more videos from there but they are mainly just ID for different fishes at the moment (pseudechis - YouTube), am working on putting together a bit of an overview in the next few weeks. Bloody hard sitting back here in Melbourne looking back on where I was a few weeks ago! Envy your job but appreciate your regular posts and photos!
     
  5. Schnecke

    Schnecke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albury-Wodonga VIC
    That's my 2" Purple/Blue Tridacna Squamosa clam :)

    1175345_10200523377751137_1586619137_n.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
  6. Schnecke

    Schnecke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albury-Wodonga VIC
    Thank you :) It's a joy to watch. My younger brother set up a home based business selling fish/corals and dry goods.......... and......... well......... I decided to get myself a nano (both my mother, brother and sister in law have reef set ups - so there are 3 households now that I visit and am so rude - going straight to the tanks to watch them like television instead of interacting with them!)

    Mum's is a 400L set up, my brothers is 1100L. He just had some issues with his lights - lost almost all of his corals also. Sorry that you've lost so much of your coral stock - It adds up quickly when you have to replace it all :-(

    My set up is pretty simple - I'm a stickler for frequent water changes (I do 5L (12%) every 5 days) so it's a constant supply of fresh-ness for everything in there. I've even had to (ALREADY) adopt out an elegance and a frogspawn that went out of control once in my tank (I re-did the lights in the hood and they're a total of 92w high powered LED's (2 sets of blue and 2 sets of 6,400 daylight)

    If anyone is interested, I have a build thread here: Schnecke's 40L (10G) Hooded (New Build) - Members Aquariums - Nano-Reef.com Forums

    Here are some better photo's using a proper camera (and not my iphone LOL)

    The main tank photo was before I re-homed the Elegance coral (that quadrupled in surface spread after I adopted it - so it was given back to it's previous owner) and I have since added a few more things, like the clam etc)

    Main Tank:
    2013_07_29_3_2615bf57823341ab4273.jpg

    My open Trachy Brain (has to be my favourite - it's such a piggy and loves it's food!)
    1240514_10200580978711125_1826905804_n.jpg

    Little Plated Fungia, plus a purple morph and a little blue/green scolly:
    1718_10200528013267022_1614350076_n.jpg

    Just the Actinic Lights over the Bubble Tip Anemone (it has gone from being half the size of a golf ball to as big as my closed fist in 6 weeks (eek!)
    1230074_10200580984591272_366122037_n.jpg

    My new Cultured Tridacna Squamosa Clam (it's a tiny 2" from tip to toe)
    1175345_10200523377751137_1586619137_n.jpg

    Plated Fungia (was a hitchhiker and has grown like crazy)
    1186292_10200528011906988_1247627579_n.jpg

    New additions, 4 x Blasto polyps. The Green in these is magic (Red and Green Scolly in the background and a green Aussie War Coral as well.
    1146587_10200580979351141_1832385888_n.jpg

    Clam, Blue/Purple Morph and Red/Green Scolly.
    535851_10200528020667207_20906031_n.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013
  7. Schnecke

    Schnecke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albury-Wodonga VIC
    And these are some shots from my mum's larger (400L) tank (I'm actually pretty proud of these photo's - they are 100% uncropped and taken on my new Canon 600D with standard kit lens (18-55mm) I'm a beginner in every aspect of the word, but I am learning as much as I can.


    Her stunning green and pink Goniopora (I've never seen one happy and always extended like this, everyone I've ever known to have one has lost them:
    970217_10200434367605939_1058752252_n.jpg

    Her Pulsating Xenia (Growing like weeds in her tank)
    1000877_10200434367205929_38490430_n.jpg

    And a large Green Rhodactis Morph (You can see in the background she has the most AMAZING Blood Orange Morphs as well)
    1016830_10200434367525937_368973822_n.jpg

    I find it easier to take photo's of mum's tank instead of mine as I don't have a macro lens and her glass to coral distance is easier to get better shots (until her eel tailed catfish decides to start photobombing!)
     
  8. lithopian

    lithopian Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Perth, WA
    We share our house with our Mangrove Jack "Jack"... the coolest fish we've had by far and has now successfully eradicated all of his tankmates and lives alone in a 6" x 2.5" x 2.5".

    He began at a modest 10cm and looked like a little rascal:

    [​IMG]

    And then he got a little bit bigger:

    [​IMG]

    And then bigger again...

    [​IMG]

    And grew into a monster..

    [​IMG]

    And here is him in his tank next to one of the dogs (sorry he's not in focus, it was a long exposure), but he's around 45 - 50cm now. He's the last resort for any mice that don't get finished off too, loves them.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Schnecke

    Schnecke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albury-Wodonga VIC
    Wowee, that's an impressive fish!!!

    EDIT: Nice Grey :) I used to foster grey's, I loved them, they are more like couch decorations than dogs ;P
     
  10. Smithers

    Smithers Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Canberra
    Wicked tank fish and images. I just ordered a 4x2x2 today :) Discus tank
     
  11. SteveNT

    SteveNT Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Darwin NT
    Great looking setups- cant beat a marine tank.

    Fortunately we collect most of our corals and fish (legally) on the local reefs. We have an amzing diversity of both with West Oz, East Oz ans SE Asian species all overlapping in this region.

     
  12. lithopian

    lithopian Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Perth, WA
    Thanks guys! Yep, greyhounds are one of my favourite breeds :) - and yeah she's a massive couch potato!
     
  13. SteveNT

    SteveNT Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Darwin NT
    Some shots of my marine tank pre disaster

    DSC_0030_edited-1.jpg marine tank 004_edited-1.jpg marine tank 006_edited-1.jpg marine tank 008_edited-1.jpg SW tank 6_edited-1.jpg Occy 4_edited-1.jpg marine tank 074_edited-1.jpg marine tank 070_edited-1.jpg marine tank 011_edited-1.jpg Tom in Magnifica_edited-1.jpg DSC_0080_edited-1.jpg DSC_0085_edited-1.jpg
     
  14. Macca_75

    Macca_75 Not so new Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2013
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Macca's Fish tank

    I've been having a lot of up's and (more) downs lately with it, but here is an old Tank shot shortly after we moved it "in wall) (The shot is 18 months old now)

    View attachment 296118

    [video=youtube_share;SiGfJHIEtcM]http://youtu.be/SiGfJHIEtcM[/video]
     
  15. Macca_75

    Macca_75 Not so new Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2013
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    and the Xenia

    [video=youtube_share;w6oO3914otI]http://youtu.be/w6oO3914otI[/video]
     
  16. Crouton

    Crouton New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2013
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    My roommate recently went and bought a small tropical tank and two clown fish because she thought they looked cool without researching them first. Both fish died overnight. I hope she's learnt her lesson about buying things on impulse without researching them first!
     
  17. James_Scott

    James_Scott Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    781
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Victoria
    Hey guys,

    I'm switching things around in the herp room and have a couple of 4x2x2 tanks that are running external canister filters. At the moment the filters are below the level of the tank and work great. If I put the filter on the same shelf as the tank will it still work efficiently?
     
  18. BeZaKa

    BeZaKa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2013
    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Sydney
    No reason why it shouldn't. If anything it will put less strain on the pump as it wont have to fight gravity as much. Only reason people put it underneath is aesthetic reasons. Plus keep in mind you will be running either the outlet or inlet hose longer to get it on the side you are after.
     
  19. GeckoJosh

    GeckoJosh Almost Legendary

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    5,461
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Central Coast NSW
    Do you mean she put them into freshwater?
     
  20. Crouton

    Crouton New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2013
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    No it was saltwater. I think it wasn't warm enough.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page