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  1. frozen fresh fish food

    Two Rocks is in the boonies...barely a  WA society and only just a (civil) coastal community to most locals   Buccal is the exception I've been to 2 rocks and checked on the internet. There were 2 rocks, though they did have 2 spare,  a couple of natives and of course Buccal...other than Buccal the rocks were the highlight!!  
  2. Shell Dweller Advice

    For me it looks like a male multifasciatus as well !!
  3. The gold one looks to be a  Altolamprologus compressicep. Similar shape to a calvus but they grow a little larger (thicker of body) and the nose is shorter and steeper than the longer nose you get on calvus.
  4. For me, I like to run my display tanks under stocked or medium stocked. Some people are different and like crazy hypo over stocked tanks. Each to their own and really the filtration is what guides your tank load. You obviously have good filtration to support big fish so its really up to you what you would like to press your filtration (load) too. You will need to remember that the harder you push your filtration the more often you will need to be doing water changes. Its definitely a nice sized 6 footer and can certainly cater to 10 frontosa. If you are adding 5 more adult fish, I would be spending a week or 2 doing lighter feeding until your filtration catches up with the new (bio) load. Also if you plan on breeding your fish then you should really consider removing that yellow calvus. Years ago there was a breeder that had comps and calvus together (in perth) that shipped fish to Aquarium Industries  (wholesaler) and freighted what I considered to be hybrids throughout Australia. I wouldn't trust something called a yellow calvus myself personally.
  5. Chuckmeisters random pics

    yeah I'm really glad you talked me into those lids back in that old topic a while back....one of the best things I've done recently with my tanks...always appreciate great advice I'll check that decking out for sure...hopefully will update later this week (with pics)
  6. Chuckmeisters random pics

    yeah I agree, the 8 footer definitely needs some attention now. I might pop down to bunnings this week and check out some of their choices of decking. Will be a 15 minute job thanks to those lids (a couple of nice clean cuts and screwed on with those brackets)!! Other than that, I think all I need is one of those outdoor storage box's so I can pop the canister filters in. I'll just cut the required plumbing holes and that should really tidy up the room
  7. Chuckmeisters random pics

    Did a bit of a tidy up on my 5 footers today. These 5 foot makemyled lights were shining across the room and reflecting off my TV at night and I finally had enough and thought I'd do something about it. This is my before shot.. and the after Basically made a curtain for the bottom and middle section. You now cant see the lids, lights etc and also made a 3 piece timber surround for the top. I didn't have any timber kicking around but I did have half a dozen 6 foot garden stakes. I glued and screwed them together, belt sanded them down and cut them into sectionals I've converted my tank lids over to twinwall polycarbonate and other than its exceptional insulating properties the thing I love about it is you can cut sections to suit plumbing perfectly. You mark it out, trim it and you have perfect lid fittings but also for my timber surround I just screwed the timber directly to the lids. You can see that the center lifts for feeding All up, fairly happy for a cheap solution to my glare issue
  8. 6 x 2 x 2 stocking questions

    Hi Harry...its a great combination of fish but you have alot of fish competing for the bottom of the tank.  Are you considering breeding or just display? If it is display and your filtration is ok then I'd consider looking at some mid water or top water fish to fill out the tank a little. You can never go past something like Dimidiochromis compressicep for example for a mid to top water tankmate. If you are not breeding then sexes shouldn't matter too much. With many African cichlids you will get one dominant fish (that colours up), one sub  dominant and any other males tend to hide in with the girls. I would be careful about adding in all those fish in one hit as it may very well send your filtration into an ammonia (cycling) spike. You need to be mindful of sudden excess load on your filters. If you are considering breeding then normally I would advise a 2 species tank. One for the lower level, rock dwelling variety and having an open water fish that prefers the top level. You should also try to include fish patterning into your equation if breeding. For example putting a striped fish with a spotted fish etc. edit - it reduces the chances of cross breeding
  9. Wanted to show off my new boy ?

    Awesome...well done. I knew you were looking at a colony...wasn't expecting them to be so big... definitely a nice looking boy
  10. Sump design

    I'd also like to add to this, that there are many types of sump filtration and would encourage other people to post up their own. Mine is basic stuff and I know people have more technical stuff than I do..
  11. 8x3x2.5 Tank Journal

    Awesome mate..the colour looks awesome in the pics.... dont know much about them but I'm sure  your bass will have their way at the end of the day !! When you thin things down (over time) I'm under no doubt you will have an epic tank like you did and no doubt will !!
  12. frozen fresh fish food

    lol,  life is a hotlink (oops, lap) (broom, bruum)  peas...hyperbole
  13. Sump design

    For me your first bulkhead should not run just over the top. If your mechanical filtration block's up then it will just run over the top. I think you are missing the waterfall effect where your bulkheads run lower in each zone. If you were to run your intake as is. Then your first bulkhead should run under and the top would dictate a flow over if it gets clogged. In your second chamber the water should run over the top. So that bulkhead should go to the bottom of the tank and the top should be lower than the first bulkhead. The last chamber should come from the bottom up and also should be lower than the second chamber. All this gives you some redundancy if there is a blockage. Everything will overflow into the next chamber if there is some blockage and the pump will still pump water as it would. The way I see your pic is that water will bypass your first chamber as water takes the path of least resistance. Its just going to go to your second chamber and miss the first. The first bulkhead just needs to be one piece of glass. It has to be an inch or 2, set from the top. This sets your water height from an emergency. It then needs to be an inch or inch and a half off the bottom. this is where the water will flow under. let me make a video again... and explain..excuse the 2am Jd slur back in a tick.. If you don't understand then hopefully someone can chime in and sort out the English...     I would have your first chamber where your water runs into fairly small after all it doesn't do anything but receive the water. Your second chamber can be a combination of filtration but it should be your second biggest chamber. Your last chamber which is the most important is your biological...and then your return. Its only based off my sump though and alot of people have different setups. I chose the simplest for myself. Unfortunately I can youtube but cant draw diagrams !! Also, dont worry about socks imo for fresh water. they are not needed and too much work and worry for fresh water....especially with a well built decent sized sump....unless you like changing socks !! Please also adjust bulkhead heights to suit. I've got a large sump (6x2) so dimensions may not suit.
  14. Once a Fave, Always a Fave

    Beautiful fish Firemouth, well done !!
  15. frozen fresh fish food

    edit - deleted as a waste of time