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  2. I can tell you if Labyrinth Aquarium is happy to send you fish down there, you won't be disappointed. Almost all my fish are from Andrew. One of the best guys to buy fish from. He won't sell you low quality fish or hybrid junk. I suggest you call him mate, he is bit slow to respond to emails .
  3. @MFF - yeah the coloring changes quite a bit. The Mbuna bring on colour when they go up against each other or when I am about to feed them. But they are quite small still...
  4. @MattG_Sydney - Thank you and I will contact them and see. I made contact with the following in Victoria: Barnesys Cichlid Heaven (they are supposed to have a very large range, waiting for them to get back to me) Nature Aquariums (They have good equipment and wide range, but not really focused on Cichlids) Amazing Amazon (these guys told me not to buy from their shop as the stock are for mums and dads - they do special orders for those who are serious - will see what they come back with) The Aquatic Vault (these guys do not specialise in Cichlids but they game me some contacts) Labyrinth Aquarium (Unknown as they have not responded)
  5. @AndrewM I am no expert on these guys as well .. Have you tired Amazin Amazon or Natures Aquarium ? There is a top Aquarium in Sydney .. I am not sure if they ship fish to you, your can always ask.. they look nice though !
  6. I agree, the Compressiceps does not seem right, but it was the only thing that I could see was close. Teach me not to rely on an aquarium shop, I think they mainly specialise in salt water, although they have a very large selection of fresh water. As it grows, there will most likely be a point when I can determine if I am right or wrong.
  7. Nice! That champsochromis will grow large. The OB compressiceps looks wrong to me - but I'm no expert either. Nose doesn't seem long enough. I did see an adult male of these a couple months back, and was a stunning fish. You're correct, the Hongis are mbuna, and I'm glad I've gotten rid of mine. With only 2 - depend on sex - you may end up with only 1, or they may just behave themselves. I can't see any colour on yours - I'm assuming they're small? If there are any females amongst them, even different species, you'll get very different behaviour than if it's all male. I'd like one of those tetrastigma though!! Haven't seen them for sale up here in QLD.
  8. I picked up some Cichlids late yesterday for the tank, although made a couple of mistakes - due to the unhelpful sales staff. Ended up with 2 Mbuna (Labidochromis Hongi). Also they sold me two Compressiceps, one of which turned out to be a Champsochromis Caeruleus - it seemed wrong as the stripe was too high and there was a larger dark dot just under the eye. Having said that I could be wrong myself, as I am no expert. Also the second Compressiceps was a hybrid - we learn from our mistakes. Please also correct me where I am incorrect, as that would be appreciated. I have found a couple of suppliers so will see what their stock and support/knowledge is like. Images attached, but the list I ended up with: 1 x OB Compressiceps 1 x Champsochromis Caeruleus 2 x Labidochromis Hongi 2 x Haplochromis Livingstoni 2 x Otopharynx Tetrastigma And because I could not help myself, I also purchased: 2 x Balantiocheilos melanopterus (Bala shark) 2 x Epalzeorhynchos Bicolor (Red tail shark) Champsochromis Caeruleus OB Compressiceps Haplochromis Livingstoni Labidochromis Hongi Otopharynx Tetrastigma
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  10. Super easy to work with. You can cut it with a stanley knife, and cut holes in it with a hole saw.
  11. haha, yeah better to ask for forgiveness than permission... 😱
  12. Lol.. just buy and get it delivered.. 🤪
  13. @MFF - looks good, I am already seeding the idea of more tanks with my wife
  14. @Link2Hell Good to know! If I need to replace the current lids, I'll check this out. Looks like it should be much easier to cut also. I've sent you a pm on another matter.
  15. Hi mate,

    This Benson10 character with email address plecoking something or other advertising L046 zebra plecos has been booted off the QLDAF forum as a scammer.

    He's offering unrealistic pricing, with dodgy payment practices.

    Cheers,

    Michael

     

  16. @MFF you have found the problem with Perspex sheets https://www.bunnings.com.au/suntuf-sunlite-8mm-x-610mm-x-2-4m-clear-twinwall-polycarbonate-roofing_p1010564 this is a better option as it won't warp
  17. @Slipshodman Sure, I'll attach two pictures, one with lights on, one with lights off. You can see how the large piece of perspex is warping - but fortunately it warps in a way that helps rather than hinders. Initially I used some of those sucker things the heaters use to stick on the glass to keep the lids up on the right and left hand sides. But as the warp developed, these suckers were no longer needed, the perspex sits nicely by itself. The narrow piece at the front doesn't warp, and it overlaps slightly on top of the back piece. So it doesn't bend down in to the water as long as the larger piece is stable. My missus is short, she can't see in the top of the tank!! Otherwise I'd have the same issue.
  18. Thanks for sharing @AndrewM & @MFF I did not know anyone who actually had one of these tanks As for the lighting, well I have had both, my tanks about 3 years old, one light unit died completely over time so a few of weeks ago I went to replace it, you can't get the old T5 light anymore and have to go for the LED, which I was ok with as I would prefer LED anyway, but you also need to change the covers from 3 pieces to 2 as with the LED there is only the one light, dam expensive to for basically no additional functions like a Fluval Planted or Aquasky could offer, but basically the same cost. But anyway, so installed the light and lids, the lids are way to big and flimsy with only the one light so I get why you added the string on the lid @AndrewM to stop it falling back so far, I have actually gone back to using two light units, at the back using the T5 that still works and the LED on the front and using the 3 piece top panels instead of the two larger ones with only one light, I haven't decided if I will leave it like that yet as I am considering a change up for the tank inhabitants so once I decide I will access if I use the two light fixtures or just the one LED The heaters died off for me after about 2 years or so, one started tripping out so I wasn't taking any chances as I had large Americans in there at the time that liked to smash things around so ended up with the Aquael Gold 500 W as it is well protected but in hind sight an inline heater would probably have been better. (add that to my to do list) I only run the FX6, the Nautilus moved on to a 4x2x2 I have , actually it was my excuse for the FX6, the cheap canister I had on the 4 footer died so upgrade the Nautilus, made prefect sense to me lol , I have done a custom outlet for the FX6 mainly because I wanted to try it other than I being particularly useful, I did want to get more flow on the bottom of the tank (pics in the middle of clearing out all the gravel to fit the custom outlet in). Now its all hidden behind rock so you can't see it and it helps with some dead spots in flow on the bottom of the tank The tank currently only has 3 Sevs and a Pleco, thinking it may end up with Angels and a river aquascape but time will tell I was considering going full Perspex top like MFF but the misses likes the black covering,(can you flick us a pic @MFF of the full Perspex covers ) Thanks for the ideas as I may go Perspex under the light if I go back to using the one LED only Any other tips and tricks you guys have done with the tanks ?
  19. @MFF - ha! seems we thought of similar things. That's good and good work on remodeling your cover. Thanks for the tip on the jigsaw, I did not think it would melt the perspex, but it makes sense.
  20. Whoops, pressed "submit" by mistake. Just adding the cost via the industrial supplier was about $125 for a large sheet that gave 4 complete sets of lids.
  21. @AndrewM Good work! I got my perspex from an industrial supplier, also 3mm thick (about $125. They cut 2 pieces for each tank, 180 by 45 and 180 by 15 (approx). These rest on the cross braces with a slight overlap along the length. Without anything on top of the perspex (in my case) holding them down, I've found the larger pieces have warped over time. They also had 6mm thick, which would not warp so much. The smaller piece is at the front, which is easy to move for feeding and basic access. As you say, perspex is very light, so they are very easy to remove completely for full & free access to the tank for major maintenance. The lids do need cleaning, every month, as the algae builds up on the underside. But that's no different from glass. I have not found any issue with getting plants to grow - in my planted tank, I regularly chuck out a bucketful of trimmings. Good tip on the sandpaper! I neglected this and discovered the edges are very sharp... The small areas for inlet/outlet pipes and one or two other things I cut out myself. I used a jigsaw with a fine blade, as you suggest, but it was problematic. It would crack very easily, and also it would melt. There was one small semi-circle I cut out, and when the jigsaw got all the way around, the cut bit had melted and it was stuck back together again!! I might use a hacksaw by hand next time, and good pointers on adding additional tape along the cut lines, on top of the protective covering it comes with.
  22. @MFF - I am glad you changed your lights, imagine glass in the tank. I am also glad I have the LED lights, but they could easily improve the design of the lids. Link below to what I purchased at Bunnings for the perspex - it's 3mm thick. I purchased two sheets and cut each one into 2 pieces, including cutting out sections for the filter pipes out the back and feeding holes at the front (I also have some small pieces to cover a central feeding hold - not that its important). I was going to silicon handles on them, but they are light and easy to move around so I did not bother. As mentioned I had to make some brackets to hold the perspex covers. I did this by cutting 4 small rectangular pieces (350 x 50), siliconed 2 of them together (one on top of the other to increase thickness) after a few hours I then siliconed them to the tank on each end, as supports - see in the image. I cut the perspex with a hacksaw, but make sure you run a strip of tape on the perspex (both sides) and then mark a line on top of the tape for where you want to cut. The tape will help reduce damage from the cutting process, although you will still have to smooth the edges, which can be done with some light sandpaper. Also a small jigsaw with a fine blade would have done a far better job than me using a hacksaw, but you have to be careful not to crack the perspex in the process of cutting it - so stable suports underneath like some lumps of timer or something. Also I assume you know but don't remove the plastic covering on the perspex until you have completely finished all the cutting, otherwise it might scratch. Also I gave mine a quick clean mine after I removed the protective plastic, using a paper towel with some vinegar. While they also state the perspex is clear, it is not 100%, there might be a slight reduction in light in the tank (barely noticable) and the plants are growing. The Milfoil is growing crazy, it grows at about 10cm a week. 3 weeks ago it was hidden behind the rocks and by this coming weekend, it looks like it's on track to hit the surface of the water. https://www.bunnings.com.au/suntuf-600-x-1200-x-3mm-clear-pvc-handisheet_p1010176
  23. @AndrewM Hi Andrew - you've got the new version of the tank, with LED lights. Mine are over 2 years old, so they were still the old T5 lights. Talk about bad design on the lids!!! Each tank had 6 T5 bulbs, 18 in all across 3 tanks. I managed to break 4 lights just assembling the tank. The bulbs were just open, no protection at all from minor bumps, and what with moving light fixtures around a bit, it was so easy to bump the bulb on a cross brace. Fortunately all of this was before I put water in the tanks. Clearly I was going to end up with broken glass in the water, so I very quickly decided to remove the lids entirely. Now I have just standard 6-ft LED lights sitting above the tank, and a clear perspex lid on each one. Questions for you - how thick is your perspex? And did you cut it yourself? (rather than cut yourself with it, which I have found is extremely easy to do). If so - what method have you found works best for cutting it?
  24. @Slipshodman - while I remember, I am not using the heaters that came with the tank as I do not like internal heaters. I purchased an inline heater and it is awesome, very accurate and efficient as it heats up the water on the outlet based on the water temperature from the filter - I also have thermometers at either end of the tank to check the temperature. The other added benefit is that it has an alarm that is quite loud, so if the water stops flowing the alarm goes off, or if the temperature changes too much it is also goes off. The alarm has gone off a few times when I switch the FX6 off and forget to switch the heater off, it will switch its heating off when the alarm goes - https://www.amazingamazon.com.au/inline-aquarium-heater.html I highly recommend it if you are not already on an external heater.
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