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#367352 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 03 June 2019 - 03:04 PM

Had some good fun exploring the Capel River early yesterday morning. Freezing cold water made for sore legs and feet but I found a few cool things.
Vallisneria sp (Gigantea?) or Triglochin. Everywhere throughout the river, in small groups about 15m apart.
Brought a sneaky bit home for the pond.
While I was trying to dig out a small bit I dug this guy up.
Also got to go checkout the carpetting plant I saw the day before - I took a little bit of this too. Suspected to be Callitriche stagnalis - Possible weed but not sure
Travelling further up the river I found a few more bunches of Val/Triglochin, some snags etc.
Then I came across this interesting rock face
There were a few moss types around. The smaller one didn’t look too promising but the liverwort / Pellia looking one looked like it could be. I’ve taken a few portions of that to test out.

The rock face was at the bottom of a hill - it was dripping with fresh water.

It was great to be able to checkout the river - I went home with a few different plants, a catfish and a happy face knowing the area’s healthy and full of life.

#367351 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 01 June 2019 - 06:13 PM

Down in Capel over the weekend at my cousins property that sits right on the river. I’ve been down for a squizz. Found some sort of native carpet plant that I need to grab a bit of:8ee20fd2ec20d63cc07e77a9373e3c8f.jpg
I’ve also caught a Tandanus bostocki. River is full of them apparently so I’m going to bring a few home. Going to be overrun with catfish soon.

#367346 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 27 May 2019 - 09:21 PM

@ice can’t thank you enough for your generosity mate, was great to meet you too!
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#367344 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 27 May 2019 - 09:04 PM

@Delapool haven’t had PAR tested. Pretty decent I’d imagine though. Version 2 is going to be much thinner with a different spectrum - 99CRI according to Spectra1023, can’t get much more similar to the sun.

On Sunday I picked up a Neosilurus ater and big Neosilurus hyrtlii from the nice and kind @Ice. Very fat and healthy fish.
Everything in the tank is getting along well, no fighting like I’ve had with Neosilurus species before. They’ve all been following eachother about which is pretty cute.
Will get some more photos soon :)
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#367339 Leichardti’S 6X2X2 Bedside Display

Posted by Leichardti on 26 May 2019 - 11:39 AM


#367326 Marine Lights

Posted by Leichardti on 15 May 2019 - 10:24 PM

Don't go cheap on marine lights. The ebay MarsAqua's im assuming you're talking about go okay at first but they're pretty shit after a while and have a pretty short life.

Definitely not something to go cheap on in a marine tank

#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]