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#367169 Puddle Pirating In Wa

Posted by Leichardti on 24 February 2019 - 12:03 AM

Our waterways and fish can certainly be bizarre. How does one catch a 3cm Mullet all the way up in Bells Rapids? Pesky buggers are everywhere but wasn’t expecting to find a juvie all the way up there.
Peter and Lyndon are very knowledgable fellas.
What type of Gudgeons, you mean Empires still? There was a mud crab caught in the Swan recently..

As for the nightfish, I’m highly inclined to believe Lyndon, I’m sure its possible. Very old fish though. When you think about it Murray Cod are meant to reach 180cm and Tandanus Tandanus 80-90cm once in a while but you never hear about that. Sure he was talking about nightfish not river blackfish though, easy name mixup?
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#367116 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 03 February 2019 - 03:29 PM

I’m waiting to earn some money for fish Jules. Hoping to get myself some Chatareus or Oxeye Herring.

The Pogo is doing well in my tank Delapool. Fish havent touched it, sounds like yours were just keen for a salad

#367100 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 31 January 2019 - 03:52 PM

Plants plants plants!!!!!

Everything about this tank in the last few weeks has been about plants, both good and bad.

For starters:


I built a huge reactor, leak proof. Uses a 20 inch water filter housing for the body. Performs very well, no bubbles, nearly silent and I reckon I've got very near 100% absorption of Co2.






I've obtained another 3x Blyxa aubertii. Very large ones this time, 40cm tall. Very healthy and happy, have been pearling like mad.

I've also bought 4x pots of Pogostemon stellatus and a single pot of Limnophila aromatica. Emersed forms so they are currently transitioning but seem plenty happy. 


This photo is from when I was trialling the LED Pendant. Great colours.




Cleaned out my sump and reorganised it. Going to be utilising filter socks from now on, they are very good at catching detritus, just have to swap them out every few days and pressure wash them. I should probably get my hands on some more biological media but the scoria is doing well and I hardly have a high bioload.


Attempted to re-calibrate my pH probe. Broke it in the process so now the tank is in blackout mode until Saturday when I pickup a new one. Plants are fine in the meanwhile, did a giant waterchange to remove my ferts for this period to try avoid any algae issues.



I've 95% finished the LED Pendant. It is all wired up and looks great over the tank. All that's left now is to build a mounting arm and install a smaller cable gland for the fan.


Here's a video of it over the tank. Excellent spread and shimmer.






Really excited to get this running over the tank full time, then to build a second one. 

And a third and forth. Marine versions   :lol:

#366964 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 10 December 2018 - 09:54 AM

Thanks mate :)
Small update. Nothing much new with the tank other than the reactor popped a leak, again. Will be replacing it with a 20 inch water filter housing.
Small update with the LED. Making a bit of an enclosure for it. The peice sitting on top of the heatsink is the end of a milo can... happens to be a perfect fit and looks pretty good I think. I have siliconed it onto the fins of the heatsink, may detach it and paint it black.
For the drivers I’m gonna use a drill press to drill out a few gaps in the top part of the heatsink for the drivers to slot into. The cooler is rated to about 250 watts so won’t have a big effect on its cooling ability and keeps things nice and tidy

#366900 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 23 November 2018 - 12:19 AM

Thanks mate, really waiting on everything to start filling out and to get some more plants

The substrate shouldn’t be leaching anything extreme that beneficial bacteria wouldn’t be able to process or that would be detrimental to the fish. 2 toned is well documented, I do a 50% waterchange every Saturday which removes extra nutrients too

If the problem still hangs around after a few weeks / months then I’ll have to consider absolutely everything but pretty confident it’ll disappear with no stress and strong healthy fish


#366897 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 21 November 2018 - 09:22 PM

Little bit of an update on the tank.
Very sadly I lost the 47cm Neosilurus Ater. Got a few wounds from the Coal Grunter, but him in quarantine with meth blue but whatever the cottony stuff is that keeps appearing when there’s any stress killed him.. [emoji20] sad loss so here’s a nice photo of him. Poor thing.
Anyway, I’ve decided that since this cottony stuff is hanging around a bit I’m going to keep the tank partly under quarantine, so money’s been going towards plants!!!
New additions:
Hygrophila angustifolia
Limnophila aromatica
Ceratopteris thalictroides (watersprite)


Fissidens dietrichae
Mini Sydney fissidens
Star Moss
Native Bushy moss
Native flame moss
Native carpet moss
Unidentified native fissidens

Most of these came lose bagged so I’ve stuck them down on rocks with mesh other than the star moss which has been superglued
Moved the lights apart too. They light up the whole tank pretty well and looks way better.
The smaller neo doesn’t seem to be much of an uprooter - much to my surprise only 2x Limnophila aromatica stems have become uprooted. He’s a well fed fatty though.
Unfortunately the Blyxa aubertii I got a while back melted and disappeared. I will be getting some bigger ones which should be better.
Finally the whole “Big angry fish with planted” idea seems to be reasonably coming together.
Only current problem is there’s cyanobacteria growing on part of the background right where a lot of the light hits. Tank’s currently in blackout mode for the week and I need to hit it with some hydrogen peroxide. If that doesn’t kill it ChemiClean will.

By the looks of things everything should be finally running the way I really want around christmas. Getting a pile more plants has been a big help [emoji846]
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#366819 Puddle Pirating In Wa

Posted by Leichardti on 07 November 2018 - 11:34 AM

This one down at Drakesbrook weir Ice?  :Rofl_3f:

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#366651 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 05 October 2018 - 08:25 AM

Yes gone for the time being fortunately. Need to continue dosing for a little while to make sure any remaining eggs are dead

#366482 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 25 August 2018 - 08:59 AM

The Sooty’s unfortunately been sold. The Coal Grunter started submitting to him then the Sooty decided to chase everyone... what more could I expect.
Anyway, here’s some photos of the tank currently:
The panels are now attached with magnets to the stand. They all need a couple more coats of gloss however they’re nearly done. Edgebanding was applied a while ago too
Tank had been wormed and the Neos are now eating prawns like champs
Just need to get the Coaly onto prawns or whitebait now.. pricks addicted to hikari carnivore pellets [emoji31]

#366439 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 14 August 2018 - 10:59 PM

Just a little bit of an update, haven’t been very active lately:
Pretty sure the two Neos have been eating bits of prawn, secretly. Going to worm the tank soon since they’re a bit skinny and w/c
I bought a 25cm Sooty Grunter today.. he’s a pretty cool and laid back fish, tanks now divided though as the Coal Grunter was bashing him. Hopefully some timeout will give the Sooty time to settle in and for the Coal Grunter to stop.
Plants are doing well as you may see in the background of the photos, Bacopa monnieri has had good growth. Hoping that within the next 3 months I’ll be upgrading my lighting to a DIY with Lumia 5.2 multichips with a custom LED layout.
Ive also nearly finished the cladding for the stand. This is an older photo but I now have each panel pretty much fully painted with edgebanding on.
Needing some dither fish for this tank I think to even out the aggression a bit. Thinking Giant Glassfish as I should have access to them soon
That’s all for this update [emoji846]
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#366333 Native Displays

Posted by Leichardti on 24 July 2018 - 08:50 PM

Yep [emoji13] bit of a one off though

#366331 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 24 July 2018 - 08:21 PM

New fish!
As I lost my Neo. Ater I’ve been on the look out for another, so I decided to contact a fish collector in Darwin.
I had 2x Neosilurus Ater and a Neosilurus Hyrtlii sent over last night from Darwin to Perth airport.
The result?
One 42cm Neosilurus Ater, one 25cm Neosilurus ater, one 20cm Neosilurus hyrtlii and a very happy me!!!
Will get some more / better photos tomorrow

Big thanks to Dave Wilson for helping me get them and Jules for helping me out with freight / quarantine etc

#366274 Native Displays

Posted by Leichardti on 13 July 2018 - 02:55 PM

Mates new 8cm Spangled Gudgeon
Thanks to Morley Aquariums for ordering him in
Came from Bayfish but was the only one left when ordered - I was gonna get it except my tank’s under quarantine for a while ☹️

#366262 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 11 July 2018 - 03:37 PM

I made a two toned mix, stuff on the bottom is propogating sand
Top layer that you see is just Gin Gin River Quartz from soils aint soil, probably has a bit of propogating sand and shel grit in the top layer too

#366255 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 10 July 2018 - 05:39 PM

Reactor Build

As you will be able to tell this reactor is highly based on upon PeteThePlantKillers cerges design: http://www.aquariuml...VERSION-2-below
My design is differentiates in that I’ve added an elbow on the inside to create a bit of a vortex effect and have done the in/out fittings a bit differently in order to suit my setup slightly better.

Parts for my reactor:
1 Meter of 100mm PVC DWV Pipe
2x End Caps
2x 25mm barbed 20mm BSP male threaded elbow
2x 20mm Female Tank Fittings
1x 25mm Hose Screw Connection
1x 600mm 20mm Riser
1x 4mm Joiner Barb/Thread
1x 25mm Male Hosetail

First off was cutting the DWV pipe down; at first I was going to copy Pete’s design and go with a 50cm version however to avoid having to cut the poly riser I went with a ~60cm version
The DWV pipe was cut to about 63cm to take into account the space needed between the riser and end cap.

Next up is drilling the top cap for the tank fittings. The holes were marked by holding the fittings the furthest they could be apart. After drilling this meant that instead if having to slice part of the nut off it could simply be screwed on whole

Once all the fittings were put on I ended up with this:
The elbow on the inside was a bit of an extra I added to the design which should create a vortex effect
With poly riser attached
Next the bottom and top end cap were glued onto the body
Once this is done you basically have a reactoe - without a Co2 inlet
Above you can see there has been a small hole drilled into the “In” elbow. A small screw driven through this hole, then the 4mm joined pushed / screwed into place with a coating of SikaSeal 401 both in the hole and around the joiner
Not the prettiest but does the job
Tooth pick was then put through the joiner a few times to make sure there was no SilaSeal which was going to block the Co2


Finished Product [emoji846] Would look nice painted however it’s going to be hidden away