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  1. 3 points
    I did a water change on my tank and the Lichnochromis Acuticeps fired up. He looks awesome and giving plenty of attention to the females. Not far off breeding now I reckon. I have tamed them up and they are hand-feeding with shrimp which is pretty cool. Anyone else keeping these at the moment?
  2. 2 points
    The high flow sponges are much coarser and don't clog as fast and definitely easier to clean. I prefer those (only) as I have many tanks and fry will eat off anything but the finer sponge is probably best for your situation. They aren't very expensive, I buy XY-380 sponges for $2.85 in 100 lot quantities so you could just get both?
  3. 2 points
    I'd be running 3 and 4 large sponges on those tanks. The advantage of the extra is having cycled sponge filters that u can immediately transfer to fry tanks etc as required.
  4. 2 points
    You're right, DPI probably don't have the resources to proactively police fish hobbyists. However, If somebody makes a formal complaint the DPI are obligated to investigate it. They are already obligated to investigate complaints now, they just don't have the legislation in place to impose the penalties and/or shut you down. If this is put in place and you advertise fish for sale on facebook, gumtree etc you may well be approached by DPI to check you have the registration in place. They already monitor online sites looking for people selling prohibited animals. All it takes is somebody envious of your success or a dissatisfied buyer, or even a nosey nasty neighbour etc and it won't matter if you are underground or not. And unfortunately the modern world seems to be full of mean spirited people who will do just that. This is a dangerous piece of legislation
  5. 2 points
    The cichlid society were told about this a couple of months ago. There response was that it will not include fish.
  6. 2 points
    If it was me I'd just do a big water change with a good dose of salt. They're pretty resilient with minor injury. Chasing/moving him around is probably more stress than he'll deal with over the eye.
  7. 2 points
    Awesome fish. Probably time to trade in the toaster for a camera though!
  8. 1 point
    Was reading this article. If introduced will have a huge impact on hobbyist breeders and the hobby in NSW? https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/many-pet-owners-to-be-classified-as-pet-shops-under-proposals-20180406-p4z82d.html
  9. 1 point
    Very good news but it's just a temporary stall. The underlying intention is still there and will not go away. It's even acknowledged. Luckily the cat & dog owners have a much bigger voice.
  10. 1 point
    I know this isn’t going to make me popular with some. Years ago our aquarium clubs were the voice of our hobby. They were proactive in promoting fish keeping, helped to guide and mentor newbies in the game, and advocated for the interests of hobbyists. Yes, they also provided a means for breeders to make contacts with buyers, but that was only one facet, and certainly wasn’t their primary reason for being. Back in the 1980s and 1990s when the hobby of cichlid keeping came under the real threat of a complete ban on the import and trade in cichlids, it was the cichlid societies who negotiated with state and federal governments and had the proposed restrictions scaled back. Without these groups, and the hard graft put in by certain individuals, none of us would be keeping the fish we have today. The internet, and in particular Facebook, has been great for the hobby in some ways. It has allowed far easier communication between people, and makes the dissemination of information easier. But the downside is that the “mentoring” role that the clubs and shops used to play with newbies has greatly diminished. But even more so, the hobby has become far more fragmented. There are no longer strong clubs which can (or perhaps “will” is a better word) stand up and provide a voice for the hobby. The iridovirus testing debacle is a case in point. There was no strong, unified lobbying from the aquarium hobby at a time when it could have made a difference. As a result we have all lost out big time. This proposed legislation is another example. Ideally, the hobby should have a strong voice in submissions to government the instant the first hint of something like this comes along. This has the potential to become just what the iridovirus debacle ended up as. Shrug your shoulders and assume it will never happen . . . until it’s too late to have any meaningful input. I’ll be blunt. At a time when the hobby is under severe threats from many directions - threats from diminishing participation because of rising electricity costs etc, where indiscriminate hybrids are posing a threat to the survival of pure strains, where species are being lost to the hobby at an alarming rate purely through lack of custodianship, and the threats posed by ever increasing state and federal legislation – it’s pretty disappointing that most of the country’s aquarium clubs have become little more than yet another avenue for members to flog fish. Come on guys - this isn’t new news. Work towards this particular legislation has been underway since early 2015. Three years, and how much input has the NSW aquarium hobby had to date??? From the small amount of digging I’ve done, its clear that fish ARE included in the proposals. Government is allocating resources for enforcement. While to some it may seem a bit far-fetched, don’t forget that Tasmania already has established legislation limiting fish sales to licenced individuals only. Perhaps now’s the time to take some of the focus off of auctions, and place a bit of attention on fighting to ensure that those auctions might remain legal into the future?
  11. 1 point
    Moving him from the sump to the quarantine probably stressed it out again. Give him somewhere to hide in the quarantine and dont run a light etc so he can try and get used to he's new environment. Give it a few days than try some brine or bloodworms to tempt him into eating them try you dried food. Should come good. Fish can go a fair while without eating. So dont stress yo much.
  12. 1 point
    It will send it further underground. I noticed the article mentions animals sold at "markets". I wonder if The NSWCS has had a read of the current rules to see if what they do is legal.
  13. 1 point
    Wow, how ridiculous Plenty more fish will get dumped into our river systems Dogs and cats into the bush Birds to the sky's etc etc Just because people wont know what to do with them The ecological impacts to our native environments would be huge if this goes ahead
  14. 1 point
    Melafix is good stuff too. I just always recommend salt because generally people won't have to go out to get it, or can get it for a couple of bucks late at night from Coles, etc. But, regardless of the buffering products, adding the salt (just regular non-iodised table salt is best) will aid healing.
  15. 1 point
    Water change and salt is good ... I have also used melafix on eye injuries with great success
  16. 1 point
    Yeah I agree with ducksta clean water is usually more then enough to clean up minor wounds and salt will speed up the healing process and help stop any infection.
  17. 1 point
    Yeah I won't be entering these photos into any photography competitions, although highly stylized depictions, these photos are with my dodgy phone camera! I will bring out the slr next time he's showing off to the girls.
  18. 1 point
    My experience with MTS is they close up watertight when water conditions are not favourable, emerging once more when okay. This includes salt, copper, even dehydration (8 years gravel storage). This is my own personal experience, not relaying internet myths. The simplest method I found was to spread the gravel out thinly on tin roof sheets on concrete driveway in the hot hot sun for a few days. This cooks them even though they are sealed shut. If you only have a few buckets you could try an oven. I tried pouring boiled water but that wasn't hot enough. Perhaps if I used a steel 200L drum over a fire.
  19. 1 point
    If you are planning on removing the fish anyway, one method I've heard of from someone whose advise I highly respect is to remove the fish and any plants, and dose the tank with high levels of salt. The salt knocks off the snails, but isn't too hard on the beneficial bacteria, so you retain a cycled tank. Salt is far easier to remove from your tank than copper! Having dealt with the consequences of heavy metal poisoning in fish many years ago, I'm now VERY conscious of avoiding pretty much any copper-based products. My concern about a product like Cuprisorb is that its only treating copper in solution. One of the issues with copper in the tank is that it reacts with other compounds in the water and settles into your substrate as a precipitate. It can sit there for a long time, but if the water conditions change for some reason, like a swing in pH (at water change time or if buffering is depleted), the copper comes back into the water column. That could potentially be months down the track. Yes, if the material is still in the filter and not depleted, then you are likely fine, but you would really need to consider it as a long term prospect. Personally, I'd try to find an alternative that means you aren't putting the nasties into the tank in the first place, rather than relying on removing them later.
  20. 1 point