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PostPosted: Mar 25th, '08, 04:57 
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oh well, we have a statistic :( There was one fish yesterday who was hanging around at the surface a lot, but we couldn't catch it easily.
On reflection, and with a tape measure ;) this one is about average size, not 8cm. So they are all averaging about 9cm long.


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Sorry you lost one Jaymie :cry:


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I think that one was one who jumped out of the net during transfer and was found about a minute later hinding under a bush. He/she was still breathing and swimming when put into the tank but I think that it had too much exposure to the outside world ;) Still, one out of 250 odd I can live with, this is the first loss from this batch, none died in transport.
They started feeding on some of the bigger fishes pellets within minutes of being put in the tank, I suppose that was a good sign.
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For a long time it has been difficult for visitors to see the fish. I can see them because I'm used to the tank.

The tank walls were painted black and the floor has gone dark over the year from algae. The roof is clear plastic with some shadecloth over the top. This means you get a lot of glare on the surface of the water. The fish are darkish and this all adds up to hard to see the fish easily.

When the babies were in the ibc I tried to take photos of them but all I got was glare and reflections. I took an old umbrella up to shade the ibc while I was taking pictures. :idea:

Now the umbrella hangs near the feeding station of the monster tank and if you want to see the fish you open it up and cut the glare. This makes it much easier to see the fish.

Now, we can watch the babbies trying to snatch their 3mm pellets before the big fish have their taste of baby food.

All the sizes of fish are swimming together quite happily :thumbright:

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how many fish do you think you have in there in total?


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about 100 silver perch, 320 jade perch, 10 rainbow fish, 2 yellow eel-tail catfish, so about 430 fish

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Try a pair of polaroid glasses... old fishermans trick... :wink:

Same thing for the camera... if it will take attachable filters.


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Too cool! Am i right thinking you said about 10,000 liters? About 2,200 gallon... thats HUGE. I need to scroll back through to check out the latest pics. BTW, does it get cold (snow&ice)there, or is it warm all year round? Our spring is getting closer and everyone is looking foreward to not being cooped up in the house! :D


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polaroids would involve spending money, the umbrella was already here ;)

yep, 10,000L tank

Cold, hmm, by this do you mean we need to put long pants and a long-sleeve shirt on? No, not really cold by your standards! We get down to about 5oC in winter, the water temp got down to 10oC last year. I don't know what the temperature in the tank is at the moment, the fish ate the thermometer :shock:

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ROFLMAO! It got very cold here this winter, but has been warmer lately. I am ready to play in the garden and around the farm,getting tired of being inside. Im trying to find a reference to Australia's version of a "rock mellon", im thinking its what we call a cantiloupe over here, but im not sure (may have to ask janetpelletier). I sure am jelous of your system, keep the pictures coming, it is inspiring to see! Ed


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yep, rock melon = cantaloupe

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Thanks for clearing that up, have been lookin everywhere for it!


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about 100 silver perch, 320 jade perch, 10 rainbow fish, 2 yellow eel-tail catfish, so about 430 fish


Now if they would only breed in the tank :roll:

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yeah *sigh*

I have seen one of the catfish in that last two days. We're fairly sure we only put two in, and they were only about 10cm long. This one is about 20cm long!
We did get offered a 50cm long one a couple of weeks ago, but we realised it would have eaten all the baby perch!

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That would not of been nice, I have a cat or maybe its a bullhead, that is getting quite big, I'll have to relocate em before he starts munching on fish tails I think.
Great work J. and A!

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