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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Teshe in Pond soil for planted aquariums   
    Dalton aquatic soil and cap it with something.. I have heard of people using other soils but as mentioned above it cannot have any fertilizer and it will create higher nitrates so you will need to take that into account
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    maxxi1 reacted to Caryl in Pond soil for planted aquariums   
    Having never used anything except aquarium gravel, I can't help you but hopefully someone else can. My plants have only ever had gravel and fish poo.
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    maxxi1 reacted to Godly3vil in Pond soil for planted aquariums   
    From what I have researched any organic potting mix will be fine. Just make sure it is actually organic. 
    Daltons Aquatic Mix is the most common dirt to use.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Notice of AGM   
    Notice of FNZAS AGM May 20, 2023, 10am (Virtual Meeting) details below.

    This year’s AGM is being held online via Zoom and all are welcome, please see the below link. HBAS are also hosting a day’s events – if you are interested in attending, please contact secretary@hbas.org.nz for more information.

    Attending the face-to-face event is a great way to show your support to our fellow hobbyists who were recently affected by the devastating Cyclone Gabriel

    Topic: FNZAS AGM Zoom Meeting
    Time: May 20, 2023 10:00 AM Auckland, Wellington

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 819 3906 3657
    Passcode: 639887
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Cyclone Gabrielle - important information   
    A message from the President of the FNZAS.
    In light of recent events around Aotearoa, New Zealand, I wanted to reach out to all clubs to ensure that you are aware you can reach out to your executive should you need anything, we will try and assist in any way possible. 
    Contact can be made via the www.aquariumworld.nz forums or via email, if you are a member and you cannot get access to the internet my cellphone number has been sent out to clubs via email, you can text and I will load a post on your behalf. 
    If you think there is something specific the FNZAS can assist with, please let me know asap. 
    We know that some areas are going through a period of great devastation; and we want you to know we are thinking of you and helping from a distance in any way we can. 
    For your aquatic pets continue to do as much as you can.
    Turn over water to help keep oxygen in the water.
    Let the tanks cool down slowly by wrapping them in blankets if you can.
    Reduce feeding to help keep water parameters in check. 
    If you are able to, do a small water change daily. 
    We understand that areas have no power, no cellphone coverage and roads are blocked and damaged. Please ensure you and your whanau(family) are safe first and foremost.

    Below are some links to help you find out information or assistance should you need this.
    The following I have copied directly from a NZ Herald article as it is very informative. 

    To donate, go to: https://www.redcross.org.nz/support-us/about-donating/donating-during-emergencies/
    People wanting to donate to the Mayoral Relief Funds can do so by contacting the respective councils from the affected regions.
    Donations of food or money can be made to Auckland City Mission https://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/auckland-flood-response/
    To help animals, texts can be sent with HUHA to 4463 to instantly donate $3.
    To volunteer, visit Volunteering Hawke’s Bay, Volunteering Northland, Volunteering Bay of Plenty, Volunteering Auckland or Volunteering Waikato
    To help with the cleanup, you can join the Student Volunteer Army https://sva.org.nz/
    If you know someone who needs help with animals, call HUHA on 027 4416474, 022 249 1020, or 0800 00 83 33.
    To request help from SPCA, Aucklanders can call 09 256 7300 or email info@spca.co.nz
    Here is a link to the live noticeboard on Stuff.

    Stay safe members and clubs and help each other where you can.
    Maxine Lynch
    President of Federation of New Zealand Aquatic Societies
    https://aquariumworld.nz/ [1]
    https://issuu.com/fnzasaw [2] 

    [1] https://aquariumworld.nz/
    [2] https://issuu.com/fnzasaw
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    maxxi1 reacted to livingart in MERRY XMAS 2022.   
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2023.

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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in FNZAS constitution   
    I honestly couldn't even tell you what one is... but the societies act is so archaic that is why it was rewritten last year and why I posted this as someone is working on our rewrite draft 😀
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    maxxi1 reacted to Caryl in Gold ancistrus fry   
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    maxxi1 reacted to Caryl in Gold ancistrus fry   
    Terrible photo as glass was dirty and lots of reflections from surrounding windows but I wanted to get some photos before they disappeared again.
    There is a teenage ancistrus (the one on the left side of the aquarium, you can just see a bit of the head) and 2 fry. You can just see dad's bristles bottom right

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    maxxi1 reacted to disgustipated in free african cichlids, rotorua   
    never! I was rehoming these for a friend
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    maxxi1 reacted to livingart in Water Poppy- Auckland   
    Unwanted organism
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    maxxi1 reacted to JulieW in Tortoise owners or want to be owners....   
    If anyone wants to chat Hermanns tortoises, feel free to start a chat on here :>) Happy to help newbies, happy to learn from old timers 😄😄
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from nomad fish in Albino Rainbow Shark - Free to a GOOD home   
    What part of NZ? 
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    maxxi1 reacted to Caryl in Pothos plant for aquarium   
    I believe it is very good for biological filtration as it removes nitrates so helps reduce algae. It is grown above water with only the roots submerged. The roots should grow very well and provide good cover for fry. Some put them in hanging baskets on the top edge of the aquarium, no good if you have a lid that totally covers it, or put it in a hang on the back filter.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Fishboy1988 in WTB Wellington - Gold Barbs   
    maximum pet supplies in naenae has some... they just came in so i do not know if that is where you went
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from nomad fish in Nothobranchius guentheri renewed in nz from old peat   
    just hatched more babies they are about 5 days old now.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Nothobranchius guentheri renewed in nz from old peat   
    just hatched more babies they are about 5 days old now.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Silverdollarboy2 in Nothobranchius guentheri renewed in nz from old peat   
    We have been working away breeding quietly from 2 fry to get numbers up to a decent amount and have now passed a few trios on to other breeders. But we managed to hatch some old peat and got lucky 

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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Notice of AGM 2022   
    The below email has been sent to all club delegates, club secretaries or presidents and also members or the FNZAS Executive committee, with the attached documents. 
    Good afternoon, FNZAS executive committee and all clubs delegates and clubs

    Please pass this on to your club members should they wish to attend.

    Attached to this email you will find documents that are required for AGM
    -⁠ nominations
    -⁠ voting information
    -⁠ 2021 AGM minutes
    -⁠ agenda
    -⁠ financial report

    Capitations need to be paid for your club in order for your nomination and your vote to be eligible, so please ensure this has been done.

    This years meeting is being held via zoom
    This is a paid zoom account and will not kick us off.
    There will be a waiting room.
    Please join with your real name.
    Please ensure you are on mute unless requested to speak to keep background noise to a minimum.

    Guests are welcome however will not be able to vote.

    Voting will need to be completed via email, so please ensure you have access to email for the meeting.

    Maxine is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: FNZAS AGM 2022
    Time: Aug 20, 2022 10:30 AM Auckland, Wellington

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 873 3198 6861
    Passcode: 223214

    Thank you
    Maxine Lynch
    Secretary FNZAS
    Voting information for FNZAS AGM 2022.pdf FNZAS AGM 2022 Agenda.pdf Nominations for 2022 FNZAS Executive.pdf FNZAS 2021 AGM Minutes.pdf Reports 21_22 Financials.pdf Federation of New Zealand Aquatic Societies Inc Accounting Polices.pdf
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Notice of AGM 2022   
    AGM 2022 Important Information

    Notice of FNZAS AGM August 20, 2022, 10am (Virtual Meeting) details to follow

    The FNZAS Executive is calling for nominations for the Executive for the
    2022-⁠⁠2023 year.

    To help people make a choice on becoming an executive we have attached a very brief overview and expectations of each position, please note the position descriptions are out of date and will need to be modernized.

    Please note we need to ensure that the people who take on positions understand it is voluntary and they will need to commit time to positions and meet minimum requirements. The upcoming years ahead are vital to the FNZAS with the new Incorporated Societies Act being implemented.

    All positions are deemed vacant therefore incumbents are required to re-⁠submit nominations as in previous years.

    2 x Vice Patron
    2 x Vice President
    Breeding Co-⁠⁠Ordinator
    1 – 3 Committee members

    Anyone seeking nomination must be a financial member of the FNZAS at the time.  If the nominee is not attending the AGM we also require written consent to stand for office sent to the Secretary prior to the AGM. No nominations will be taken from the floor, unless there are no nominations/not enough nominations for a particular position.

    Please send all nominations to secretary@fnzas.org.nz along with a Bio and Photograph prior to 31 July 2022 to allow time for these to be distributed to clubs and their delegates given voting instructions by their members.


    Please send any remits your club has to secretary@fnzas.org.nz


    Clubs have until 31 July 2022 to submit the names of their delegates for conference to me.  If you have changed your delegates since your last AGM, and you want your club to have a say at this meeting or be able to vote, it is important that I get this via email prior to 31 July 2022.   We don’t want clubs missing out.


    Owing to recent changes to our social structure due to Covid 19 effects an all-online AGM will be once again offered to our members. Observers are also welcome.

    Thank you

    FNZAS Secretary
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from nomad fish in How to change filter pads   
    rule of thumb is no more then a third total filter media at once. As Caryl said, if you change it / them over a few weeks it should be okay 
    Are you sure its cotton wool and not the white filter sponge, which you may be able to clean in some old tank water and put back in and then replace when it starts to impact your filters flow
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from nomad fish in Free Bristlenose - Wellington - Semi Urgent   
    Hi Fishboy, I have a fish room in Upper Hutt if you need to rehome him or switch him for one of my many bristlenoses you are more than welcome, if he really is a bit like you say we have Multiple tanks so he can go into one of his own if needed.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Free Bristlenose - Wellington - Semi Urgent   
    Hi Fishboy, I have a fish room in Upper Hutt if you need to rehome him or switch him for one of my many bristlenoses you are more than welcome, if he really is a bit like you say we have Multiple tanks so he can go into one of his own if needed.
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    maxxi1 got a reaction from Caryl in Pond Snails in Wellington   
    hi Bert - I think Maximum Pet Supplies in Naenae have some, if not I will see if one of Upper Hutt Aquarium Society Members have any to spare  and ill get them to comment on this thread. 
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    maxxi1 reacted to Caryl in What's happening to my plant?   
    Anubias do not like their roots planted too deeply. Thy are often tied to bits of driftwood or rock. I see it still has the metal around the base. Remove this. Sometimes a plant will drop leaves when introduced to a new environment, due to stress.
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