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Post by AusBulldog on Thu 31 May 2012, 10:11 pm

G'day (Aussie slang for hi)

I'm sitting in the office doing some web surfing, and found ETAK.

My name is John, and I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. I belong to MASQ (Marine Aquarium Society of Queensland) part of MASA (Marine Aquarium Society of Australia).

My current tank is an 8x2x2 predominantly FOWLR, mainly because of a HUGE phosphate problem from some inherited live rock and substrate from a fellow reefers tank that was shut down. I was willing to be patient and reduce the PO4 over time by using PO-X and water changes. But last saturday morning when I checket the tank there was an ever so slight leak, so, that changed everything! Right now I am setting up a 6 foot tank to hold my livestock while I pull the big tank down for a fresh start.

My other tank is a 2ft cube that I use as a frag tank, until the phosphate level in the DT are low enough for corals.

Unfortunately even when I redo the DT I probably wont be able to keep much in the way of corals as I have fallen in love with all of my Angel fish, who are notorius nippers, and I know my Bi-colour angel would just rip most softies and SPS apart.

Well thats me.
Nice to make your acquaintance.
Hoo Roo Cobbers (more Aussie slang for see you later guys).
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Post by matt_longview on Fri 01 Jun 2012, 12:23 am

Sounds gorgeous. Show us some pics when you get the chance. Welcome to the forums! :-)
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Post by Cichlid Lover on Fri 01 Jun 2012, 12:55 am

Hello!!

So glad you found us. I've been a member here just 3 months. I started out FW but gave in to SW last week. The other members here have been very helpful and encouraging to me.....and especially patient with my never ending questions. I hope you find this forum as welcoming as I have.

And please post some pics of your tanks for us to look at.

Have a great day sunny

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Post by J.Davis on Fri 01 Jun 2012, 7:51 am

Howdy! (Texas slang for Hello!) Welcome fellow Reefer!
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Post by Yeti on Fri 01 Jun 2012, 8:22 am

Good morning and welcome. I was wondering if you could remember how much you paid for some of your fish, just to compare prices between here and the Gold Coast.
And if you say you just go out and netted some of them, we'll be so jealous.
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Post by grawlfang on Fri 01 Jun 2012, 1:19 pm

Hola and welcome to the forums hope everyting turnsout ok and would love to see some pics Smile if you have any questions there is alot of knowledge here just ask.
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Re: G'day from Down Under

Post by AusBulldog on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 12:08 am

Thanks for the warm welcome gals & guys.

I'll post up some photos soon.

Yeti wrote:Good morning and welcome. I was wondering if you could remember how much you paid for some of your fish, just to compare prices between here and the Gold Coast.
And if you say you just go out and netted some of them, we'll be so jealous.

From memory:
Occelaris clowns $15ea
Crispa anemone $30
Rabbit fish $15
Bi colour angel $30
Coral beauty $40
Ebili angel $40
Regal angel $90
Magnificent angel $160
Bi colour blenny $25
Isto blenny $30
Cleaner wrasse $25
Scopas tang $25
Copper banded butterly $25

I do a bit of snorkeling locally and we do have a couple of species of butterfly fish
Blennies, some very pretty wrasse, Tangs and I'm sure others I havent seen yet.
But either I'm too slow or their too fast, and I have'nt been able to collect any yet.

Cheers for now
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Re: G'day from Down Under

Post by Yeti on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 3:52 am

The exchange rate is pretty close to dollar for dollar 1 Aus $ to 1 USD.

I'll be back in the UK soon, and will see if I can find prices in the UK.

But I see a reason to move to Oz, even if the beer in Taz is better...
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Post by AusBulldog on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 4:41 am

G'day again

I am not what you would call a good photographer, but here's a few shots of the tanks and where I live.


This was my 6ft freshwater tropical tank. Now shut down so I'll have somewhere to put the marines while I fix the tank.


Marine tank, Left hand side


LHS to Middle


Right hand side


The frag tank

Currumbin beach, just a 5 minute drive from home.


Looking North, the high rise buildings are in Surfers Paradise.


Looking south to Currumbin creek, known as "The Alley", a popular spot with the surfies. And just in front of the
rock is great fishing and snorkling (weather permitting).


Currumbin creek, where I do most of my snorkling, yes there is usually plenty of fish to look at.


About a 45 minute drive south from home is Byron Bay, the most eaterly point in Aus.
The top most promontory is the Byron Bay lighthouse, the bay is just beyond that.

Oh, and Brisbane is about an hours drive north.

If you google any of those places I'm sure you will find better photos.

Cheers
John

By the way, I would'nt mind seeing where you all live.
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Post by shhh on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 5:17 am



Video makes it look way better than what it is.
Everything just about shuts down after dark lol.
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Post by AusBulldog on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 5:58 am

Thanks Shhh,

That countryside looks really pretty, I'm really surprised, I grew up
watching those old westerns, and thought Texas was bone dry and
desolate.

I sometimes wish I lived in a small community, I get tired of constantly
fighting traffic and crowds everywhere I go. Perhaps when I retire.

Thanks for sharing.
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Post by matt_longview on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 9:07 am

Gorgeous pics! The beach and bay look incredible.

Your tank is very nice! Is that the largest pajama cardinal ever or is the pic making him look larger than he is? Lol
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Post by ritter678 on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 10:50 am

Yeti wrote:The exchange rate is pretty close to dollar for dollar 1 Aus $ to 1 USD.

I'll be back in the UK soon, and will see if I can find prices in the UK.


I've read a comment from someone in the UK once that Purple Tangs were cheap there and Yellows were expensive, basically opposite of prices here.
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Re: G'day from Down Under

Post by Yeti on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 1:03 pm

You're right about the dusty and barren, that is West Texas. Prior to living in East Texas I spent 15 months living in Odessa, where the summer temp can easily be over 110F during summer, and I saw no rain for 5 months.
The other image you may have is of the Tumbleweed. I first saw this, when on a windy day a 1m diameter weed rolled down the main road from out of town, but the most impressive was driving out of town one day, the wind was blowing hard, and it looked like a migration of Tumbleweed, bouncing through the Mesquite bushes, and then across the road in their hundreds.
That's Odessa for you, 4 hours from anywhere.
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Post by AusBulldog on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 5:06 pm

Thanks Matt, I have a pair of PJ's they are about 4" long, I got them off a club member who closed down their tank, very peacfull, but also very shy, I only ever see them at meal time.

Hi Gabriel, I'm not sure how much the purple tangs are here, but a nice juvenile yellow goe's for $120.

G'day Yeti, I guess that says a lot about how movies influence our thinking, I cant remember ever seeing a western where it wasn't dry and dusty. Aus quite often gets severe droughts, in Western Australia once it did'nt rain for five years, and when it did the dogs ran for cover and kids went crying to their mothers because they had'nt seen it before.

Eastern Aus has just come out of a drought that lasted 10 years where we only got about 5" of rain per year (if we were lucky), our dams were down to 20% capacity (which is about one years supply of water), the government built a water desal plant near here to try to extend the supply, they no sooner finnished the plant and the drought broke, most of eastern Aus then flooded, and now it seems it wont stop raining.

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Post by Yeti on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 5:11 pm

John
Oneof the funny things about the UK is that when it doesn't rain for 2 weeks during the summer, the news starts to talk about a drought!
It seems that 60 million people packed into the island, and not enough reservoirs, poor pipe maintenance with millions of gallons leaking away each year, and a dependance upon regular rain, means a fortnight with out rain is panic time!
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Post by AusBulldog on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 8:58 pm

Now I know how the convicts must have felt when they were shipped to Aus, and it didnt rain for months.
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Post by J.Davis on Sat 02 Jun 2012, 9:29 pm

AusBulldog wrote:Now I know how the convicts must have felt when they were shipped to Aus, and it didnt rain for months.

LOL, convict me!
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Post by Yeti on Sun 03 Jun 2012, 12:03 am

I've been there, only for a few days, and know how green some of the countryside is. I also went on a 6 wheeler (Uni-mog) trek which drove some of the old trails built by the convicts, life wasn't easy for them, but I'm sure they complained, like all whining Poms ;-)
Now if only you could learn to drink warm beer!
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Post by JoseH on Mon 04 Jun 2012, 10:32 am

Welcome to ETAK John!! Very Happy
Glad you found us

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Post by AusBulldog on Tue 05 Jun 2012, 3:24 am

Oh Yeti, there is nothing worse in this world to an Aussie than warm beer No , except no beer affraid .

Thanks JoseH, nice people on here.

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