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    As I have now come full circle with this species I thought I would share the journey on here as inspiration to others. For the record I am not selling these fish privately so please do not pm me about buying some. They are currently being sold exclusively by Hollywoods Fish Farm who also ship country wide I believe. First some pictures of what the fish look like now a little over 2 years after I bought them. They are fully matured and the male regularly spawns with one of the other females. ie. they do not form lasting pairs. The largest fish are around 15cm in length and are relatively peaceful towards each other. It is important to keep these fish over a fine substrate such as sand to allow them to sift the substrate through their gills when eating. October 2015: I bought 7 newly imported youngsters. These were the first fish ever to be imported into New Zealand: March 2016: Growing quickly but still not a lot of red on their forehead: Dec. 2016: The dominant male is now showing full sexual maturity colours and are starting to impress the girls: May 2017: First couple formed and the female's forehead is as red as the male's. Their spawn on the glass bottom but end up eating the fry: Sept 2017: The male has now spawned with another female and has been removed from the tank as it was him eating the fry. The fry has just started to swim freely but often seek shelter in their mothers mouth: A week later and the female has been removed as the fry are now capable of seeking food themselves: Feb 2018: The young has grown rapidly in an 800L tank with sand substrate, heavy filtration and weekly 50% water changes. The have now reached the same size as the ones I originally bought. Circle completed:
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    Waxeye - Zosterops lateralis
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    My garden pond

    My garden pond is looking good
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    Welcome to New Zealand Reef Keepers.

    We would like to welcome our first online club to the Fedration of New Zealand Aquatic Societies It is the facebook group NewZealand Reef Keepers https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzreefkeepers/ They represent the marine keeping side of our great hobby and being an online club also represent the FNZAS moving into the more social media pathway our hobby as taken over the last few years.
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    Congratulation HBAS

    Well done to the Hawkes Bay Club for a very successful 2018 AGM, amazing effort by tem to organise this and it is much appreciated. eldat the National Aquarium in Napier. THANK YOU .
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    What's Everyone Keeping?

    1x 1400L monster tank 1x 300L community planted tank 1 x 500L African tank (brand new, just started, and first time doing africans)
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    What's Everyone Keeping?

    Four 240L (one empty) tanks on a rack. Flowerhorn. Apisto Nijsenni, Otocinclus, Pseudomugil signifer. L177, L106, GBA.
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    Fish photos

    Rhinecanthus aculeatus - Picasso triggerfish and Acanthurus sohal - Sohal surgeonfish Pygoplites diacanthus - Regal angelfish Wyoming White Clownfish Coral reef
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    Fish photos

    Some photos from 10 years ago Longnose hawkfish - Oxycirrhites typus Blotched Hawkfish - Cirrhitichthys aprinus Checkerboard Wrasse - Halichoeres hortulanus Blueface Angelfish - Pomacanthus xanthometopon Blue Ring Angelfish - Pomacanthus annularis Purple firefish - Nemateleotris decora Clown Anemone Shrimp - Periclimenes brevicarpalis Blotched Hawkfish - Cirrhitichthys aprinus
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    Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock - Tongaporutu
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    A few fish pictures

    Black Plakat Betta
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    220L Native Tank

    Kia ora all! I've been away from fishkeeping and this forum for so long that I can't access my old account, so here's to new beginnings! I've been setting up a new native tank with plans to mimic a nearby stream. Back in the day I was involved with setting up and running the 5000L native aquarium at Te Manawa in Palmerston North, so only having a ~220L tank to play with now makes everything feel so small... I've included a shot of the stream that I'm sort of attempting to replicate - all materials so far have been gather from within 10m of where I took this picture. It's about 100m behind my house up a track, and lugging rocks and things there and back has not been all that fun! I hope to go spotlighting in about a week to collect the fish for this tank from the same area. Filled it up today and noticed some neat macroinvertebrates that must have hitched a ride on some rocks are wriggling about! The filled tank is too cloudy for a nice photoshoot at the moment, so all I've got to show are some tank shots without water.
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    Aquatic Expo 2018.

    Aquatic Expo 2018.hosted by the Waikato Aquarium Society, 21st and 22nd April. Video taken not long after opening at 9am Saturday morning.Video by Jim Sytema.
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    Frogfish in New Zealand

    Got a call at 8.45pm tonight from a young guy Kees Tucker that hehad caught a strange fish so he sent me a pic of it. I quickly raced dwn to the marina and picked up what appears to be Histrio histrio or Sargassum Weedfish. Now in te seahorsetank tilli can sort anoter tank out. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/190183/0 Before he went in the tank
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    Mini fish profile - Severum

    Prefers a planted aquarium....Only because they like eating the plants.
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    Back after 10 years

    Hi all, As the title says I'm getting back into the aquarium hobby after 10 years and just wanted to say hello to some old friends here on this forum and hopefully make some new ones in the future It is good to see this forum and the FNZAS thriving. I used to be very active here however this time around I expect to take it a bit slower and check in every now and then. I currently only have an empty 20L nano tank. The plan is to set this up as a low tech planted tank and gradually convert this into a high tech planted tank. The dream is a much larger planted tank in the near future. Greetings from Upper Hutt Cees
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    Gold panchax

    Worth the wait
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    What's Everyone Keeping?

    We now have at least 3 more gold ancistrus than before as I can see them scooting about. Could be more as the tank is heavily planted. Both parents are back out and about so there won't be a second batch any time soon. his is the first time the golds have bred in the 5 or so years I have had them. The browns will breed several times in a row then stop for a few years before breeding again so I have 10 - 12 brown ancistrus of varying sizes zipping in and out on the substrate. The Odessas have been at it again too as I can see more of their fry out and about at higher levels. A few always survive being eaten due to the plant mass. We are about to clean out the filter (don't do it very often) so will have to be careful there are no ancistrus fry in the casing as I have almost lost fry down the sink in the past!
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    Brian Marshall

    What's Everyone Keeping?

    I have 4 dwarf neon blue gourami.(1x male, 3 x female). 2 Bolivian rams, 5 julii corydoras, 14 neon tetras and 4 or 5 otocinclus. The Oto’s are shy so not sure if I lost any. All in a 215 litre tank. Looking at putting some fish into a 40 litre I have to get set up and thinking about getting a small pond for over summer to put white cloud minnows in.
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    What's Everyone Keeping?

    In our younger years (kids at home etc) we had up to 18 aquariums at one point with a wide range of species but are now down to one 4ft tropical with only Odessa barbs and Ancistrus in it (brown and gold) plus a 3m x 9m goldfish pond outside.
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    Framing Timber Stand

    Easy to build, cheap and solid as.
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    guppies post your pics

    Some of mine 😎
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    https://www.ocellarisclownfish.com/difference-between-ocellaris-and-percula-clownfish Difference Between Ocellaris and Percula Clownfish One of the most common questions from new clownfish owners (and even experienced reef keepers) is, “What is the difference between an Ocellaris Clownfish and a Percula Clownfish?” After all, one of the Ocellaris’ most common names is False Percula Clownfish. The differences are minute. However, the two fish are distinct species, although closely related. It’s surprisingly common that people will believe that a True Percula Clownfish is a wild caught fish and a False Percula Clownfish is a tank raised fish. While this may make sense given the names, it is not at all true. Both Ocellaris and Percula clownfish may be found in the ocean or tank raised. How Ocellaris and Percula Clownfish are Different There are a number of differences between the two species. Let’s take a look at a few: Dorsal fin spines: The True Percula Clown (Amphiprion percula) typically has 10 dorsal spines. These are the spines in the fin on the very top of the fish. The False Percula (Amphiprion ocellaris) has 11 dorsal fin spines. On rare occasions the A. percula will have 9 dorsal spines and the A. ocellaris will have 10. However, in general, the True Percula will have 10 and the False Percula 11. Also, the back part of the dorsal fin is generally taller on the False Percula (Ocellaris) than it is on the True Percula. Black outlines: False Perculas often have much less black outlining their white strips. Sometimes it may look as though there is no black at all, but there is almost always at least a thin black outline adjacent to the white stripes. The True Percula, on the other hand, usually has thicker black stripes outlining the white stripes on their body. This is generally true of standard clownfish, although colorations and patterns can vary greatly from one fish to another. Therefore, this is not a true test one way or the other. It is a good piece of evidence though, when taking into account the other differences. Eye color: Another way to tell the difference between the two species is often the color of the eye. On the True Percula, the eye shows more orange color to it surrounding the pupil. Conversely, the Ocellaris clownfish has more black surrounding the pupil.
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    fountain pen

    I hope she is right handed.
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    Chocolate Gourami

    Sphaerichthys selatanensis – Chocolate Gourami
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    I've just got to get past my 'it's overstocked!' instincts. I know the filters can handle more fish and aggression will be less with more but so many years of more typical community tanks is hard to shake!
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    A few fish pictures

    Mesonauta festivus - Festive Cichlid Betta splendens - Female Crowntail Siamese Fighting Fish Danio aesculapii - Panther danio Symphysodon aequifasciatus - Stardust discus
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    Ammonia in peat

    I keep chocolate gouramis in a blackwater tank. For water changes I make tannin-stained water with a pH of around 5 using Yates Hauraki Gold peat in a coffee maker (the old school kind that drips hot water through the grounds). A lot of sources say that pH doesn't matter and that soft water is what counts, but I found that the chocolates I had didn't look good or stay healthy for long until I brought the pH way down with peat. My remaining pair is going strong, and a few days ago I got five more to keep them company. The newbies are in a quarantine tank and I have been changing out some of their water for peat water every day to acclimatise them to the conditions of the display tank. The quarantine filter wasn't cycled so I've been feeding light, every second day in addition to doing 50% daily water changes. I have tested pH daily to keep an eye on the drop, but yesterday I tested for ammonia and nitrite too and was startled to find that not only was ammonia already at 1 ppm before I did the water change, it actually increased after the water change. Now, the fish in quarantine have not showed any abnormal behaviour and I even saw courting today. The pH is currently at or below 6 (bottom limit of the API test, will use SERA next time as it covers low range) and at that low pH the ammonia is not toxic to the fish, so I'm not concerned for their immediate welfare. (I will be checking often for nitrite as I understand that it is more toxic in acid conditions.) But I was disturbed, because as the peat doesn't have any added fertilisers, it never occurred to me that it would contain ammonia. So, I made up another batch of peat water today and tested it - it look to be somewhere between 2 and 4 ppm, I couldn't really tell, but high. I tested my display tank, which had a water change the day before yesterday - barest trace of ammonia, no nitrite, nitrate about 5ppm. I've obviously been unknowingly dumping ammonia in there for ages and the filter just clears it over a few days. I'm puzzled. A quick internet search didn't yield much information, a couple of aquarists who have found that their peat contains ammonia, a couple of companies who sell peat praising it for being excellent at absorbing ammonia. Does all peat naturally contain ammonia? Does anyone know? I am on my second bag of peat, I have no idea whether the first bag I used added ammonia though I suppose it did. I do remember when I started using it being concerned about the beneficial bacteria dying off as the pH dropped, and I tested to check. I didn't see any ammonia at the time, but I'm sure I would have tested before a water change, not afterwards. What about peat granules sold for aquarium use, has anyone ever tested them? It seems very odd to me that peat is widely recommended as a natural way to soften water, with no mention of releasing ammonia. And what about water changes going forward? I really want to keep the pH down and the peat is the only way that has worked for me - using distilled water only got me down to high 6's and I was still losing fish. They are now healthy, vibrant and apparently happy in their peat water, so perhaps I should keep just doing what I'm doing and not worry about the ammonia? If anyone here has experience with blackwater tanks and/or using peat, I'd be grateful to hear your thoughts.
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    I realise this is an old post but just thought I'd add that I've fishless cycled using ammonium sulphate from the garden centre; I just dissolve some in water and add it to the tank until I get to 2ppm, then top up with more solution as needed. If there's any unprocessed ammonia when fish are added, I do a 100% water change immediately before adding them. If ammonia is at 0 there's no need, but I don't let ammonia bottom out while the tank is unstocked for fear of starving the new bacterial colony. No surfactants to worry about, and the sulphate part does no harm - I've read that it could reduce pH, but haven't found that to be the case.
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    Scroll to the bottom for details on how to order The New Zealand Native Freshwater Aquarium $25 2018, New Holland Publishers Paperback 208 pages Back blurb text: New Zealand’s unique native freshwater fish have been too long ‘out of sight, out of mind’, but they are surprisingly charismatic, intriguing, and bursting with personality. Difficult to observe in the wild, the fish are much more accessible and tangible in the aquarium, immediately becoming advocates for the conservation of their freshwater habitats. Native fish are an interesting and unusual alternative to exotic aquarium species. They are easy to look after in the aquarium thanks to this comprehensive and practical guide. Stella McQueen’s enthusiasm and expertise is evident on every page. This book: Discusses the species most suited to aquaria, with a strong focus on conservation and ethical fish keeping. Covers how to find, catch and look after native fish, with tips on how to identify different species. Provides an understanding of the fish in their natural environment, with suggestions for creating an attractive aquarium reflecting these habitats. Is for scientists, fish keepers and the generally curious alike. A Photographic Guide To Freshwater Fishes of New Zealand $26 2013, New Holland Publishers 144 pages Paperback Back blurb text: Highly illustrated guide to more than 60 species, complete with distribution maps Compact, easy-to-use format; the ideal pocket-size travelling companion. Authoritative, comprehensive text describing key identification features. Stella McQueen has a postgraduate diploma in freshwater ecology from Massey University. She is the author of The New Zealand Native Freshwater Aquarium. Rod Morris is one of the country’s most talented natural history photographers and filmmakers, and is the author of several books on New Zealand’s wildlife. How to Order Aquarium Guide $25 plus $4.50 postage TOTAL: $29.50 Photographic Guide $26 plus $3.50 postage TOTAL: $29.50 Order BOTH and save on postage, total cost $55.50 Rural delivery: please add $3.70. To order, make the deposit into my account: SL McQueen 38-9007-0097395-07 Reference: the start of your email address. Then drop an email to me at nznativefish@gmail.com, noting which books you would like, your address, and if you would like your books signed. I am happy to just sign my name or address it to you or your gift recipient. I can also provide a receipt if needed.
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    Scales N Tails

    Introducing Scales and Tails

    Hi everybody. Hope you all had a great Christmas and safe New Years. My name is Jon and I want to introduce you all to my new company, Scales and Tails. I have taken over the import of the premium German product, Sera. My goal is to have Sera as a everyday household brand for brand new fish/reptile keeper to the most experienced. I am working on the product every day and expanding the range as quickly as possible. My prices are pocket friendly with free shipping option to boot. Check us out and www.scalesandtails.co.nz 20% off until midnight tonight with the code SERA, but dont worry. Until the end of January ill be running daily specials and promotions. follow us on facebook; Scales and Tails to keep up with us and feel free to reach out to talk anything wet :).
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    New Tank

    After moving to NZ in 2014 from Ohio, I have finally got a tank up and running!
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    cc0 - Public Domain Photos

    I have added the plants names https://www.niwa.co.nz/sites/niwa.co.nz/files/import/attachments/aquarium_low_risk.pdf
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    A few fish pictures

    Yellow sunset discus - Symphysodon aequifasciatus Rising sun discus - Symphysodon aequifasciatus
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    A few fish pictures

    Poropanchax normani - Norman's Lampeye
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    Fish photos

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    NZ Siamese Fighters breed log.

    A log for recording breedings of Siamese fighters From https://www.facebook.com/groups/150909571710093/?fref=nf Monique Piket Red dragon hmpk x blue dragon hmpk. Date hatched: 26/06/18
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    Strange growth

    I am not sure, if relevant to the problem sorry but i was just reading about them and found this out. Millions of years ago, a small, unremarkable fish called the Mexican tetra started swimming into the caves of eastern Mexico. In the all-encompassing darkness of these limestone caverns, the tetras’ eyes, which take a lot of energy to build and maintain, were useless luxuries. Over several generations, the cave fish lost them entirely. Today, they are born with small eyes that gradually waste away as they get older. The tetras’ eye sockets, however, don’t go to waste; they can use them to store fat. Blind cave fish are stockier than their cousins that live on the surface, and some have fat-filled humps
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    Kick Start nitrogen cycle

    There are many things being set up when you cycle a tank and establishing the start of the nitrogen cycle is only one of them. Bacteria in a bottle, fish food or a dead shrimp actually has little to do with the state the tank will be in when it has cycled. Two small fish and some patience will establish conditions required by two small fish and nothing else will. Some people have convinced the world that cycling slowly and showing some patience is cruel but how cruel is it to put your fish into a tank full of the wrong bacteria? I used to breed 50000 tropical fish a year and have never artificially cycled a tank yet. Every one to their own I guess.
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    Common hairy crab

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    guppies post your pics

    Long needed update... Not so much Full Red Guppies: Lutino Panda with Midnight and Gull Wing gen - genetically a crazy fish: Swallow Guppies still around: Koi Guppies - females and males: Japan Blue DS: Cheers, JaSa
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    It's not exactly what you wanted but ... The ZIP file will be removed after few days. ZIP Photos 150 MB 2048 x 1536 3960 x 2640 5000 x 3333 5760 x 3840
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    Hemideina thoracica

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    For the moment, drop the water level to relieve the pressure. Your stocking level is low enough to take the smaller volume of water. I was once told a tank should be re-siliconed every 10 years. My own tank is probably as old as yours and every time we have a quake I wait for the seals to give way It sounds to me like this might be a good time to pass the fish on to someone else and please your wife. She has put up with it for 20 years so now it is time to move it on. You could give the tank and all its bits to someone able to replace the brace.
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    Guppies are tropical. They can cope with slightly cooler temperatures than other tropical species, so semi-tropical, but should not be considered cold water species - no matter how many advertise them as such. I hope you realise you will not be able to keep paradisefishes with leopardfishes as the former will eat the latter.
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