Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Growing Bird Obsession

Long time no post I know, I've been off my feet with chest infections and a couple nasty knee injuries. But I'm back!

During my convalescence I gradually acquired nine Zebra Finches (four pairs and a spare cock as hens are difficult to find in my region at the moment) which set me off on a long lost hobby. I had kept finches many years ago, even attempting to breed Gouldian Finches when I was in primary school (which did not end well as my breeding pairs kept dying due to being bad stock from bad breeders. And loosing a Gouldian Finch when you're in primary school is not a cheap thing to have happen), but gave it up as my birds died I didn't replenish my stock.

But for some reason I just started up again, buying or being given birds I liked. As I built up my Zebra Finch collection I started converting our old sun deck, which is fully enclosed, into somewhat of a bird room (it was going to be half bird room, half fish room but I decided to make it all birds and move my fish into the sealed garage under me) and this is the results so far:


My Zebra Finches have begun to breed, having nine babies so far. I had a friend who breeds Budgies help me band the first clutch and I banded the second, and man it's difficult putting something so small onto something so small! This is my first ever fledgling:


I have also added to the collection, as you can see from the video. From my original nine Zebra Finches I purchased my Bourke's Parrot first, my first non-finch in quite a long time, and have been searching for a Rosa hen for him ever since. Then I got my Elegant Parrot. I had walked into the only pet store that deals in Marine fish and good quality birds (including licensed birds) in Tamworth, Macawsome Pets, and spotted a Lutino Elegant hen with a split male. I immediately asked how much but had been beaten to the punch as a fellow aviculture enthusiast (who seems to have esp in regards to when new birds arrive) had bought them the previous day. I grabbed the last one they had, who was a rather nice looking cock, and went on my merry way. After that I bought a pair of Orange-Breasted Waxbills (boy are they cute... and tiny, very tiny!), handraised Eclectus hen (named Charlotte) and a handraised Masked Lovebird.

That Lovebird set me onto the next part of my collection: Lovebirds! I got Macawsome Pets to hold an Albino and Violet Masked Lovebird until I had my breeding cabinets built. Well this took me a while to even get one made and by then they had gotten a pair of hybrids in, a Masked x Fischer's cross. I had been going to get a pair of Peach Faced Lovebirds but opted for the hybrids as they were gorgeous. I plan to further develop them and am currently waiting for their first clutch so as I can build up a breeding program for them. I'll be DNA sexing the Violet and Albino birds and am hoping that they are a cock and hen pair as I want to pair them up.

And if that isn't enough I recently bought two pairs of Gouldian Finches, with the two hens being split to Australian Yellow! One of the hens is of breeding age, while the other is of this years nest so will take some time to mature. My cocks are normal Red Headed Gouldians so I won't throw any Australia Yellows but I mainly just want to see if the hens'll breed and if they do I'll use the money I get from the chicks to find two Aussie Yellow cocks. I also have on hold a Lutino Masked Lovebird hen! and a yet unknown mutation and sex yellow Masked Lovebird.

All in all I have the beginnings of a rather nice bird collection and I'm loving it!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Android based SDR!

Good news everybody! ^_^ Today I found a brilliant Android app called "SDR Touch": https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=marto.androsdr2, which when combined with the following RTL2832U driver: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=marto.rtl_tcp_andro, USB OTG cable: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/USB-OTG-USB-Cable-Adapter-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S-3-S-III-i9300-S2-i9100-/310422121131 and USB TV dongle: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DVB-T-T-Stick-SDR-FM-DAB-Tuner-Receiver-Stick-Realtek-RTL2832U-E4000-/370677800882 you can have a portable radio scanner! The USB TV dongle I linked to should get a working range from 50MHz to 2200 MHz (200 MHz shy of 2.4GHz). But you could always get an upconverter to play with (such as the Ham It Up).

It should work, from my understanding, but I'm just going to have to test it out! =3

The only drawback for those out there with older Android phones is that it needs a rooted phone if your version of Android is older than 3.1, but for those of us with newer phones running newer versions then we're all set =D You'll also probably need to run a powered USB hub to supply the TV dongle with power, but you should be able to hook the hub up to a battery pack thus still making it all portable =D

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vonrakohunde D Parker - Six Generations


This is my dog's pedigree, going back six generations:

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Pedigree for

ANKC 2100070472

Vonrakohunde D Parker

Born : 18.06.2012

Vonforell Rako

Vonforell Ernst

SCHH3 2+BSP
Fax Vom Grenzgänger
SZ/1965743
schH3, ZVV1
SG Dolf ze Zakovy hory
SZ/1798811
SCHH3
Bero vom Friedersdorfer Flur
DDR/141871
SchH3
V Held vom Ritterberg
DDR/103314
FH1
SG Ivett vom Fürstendamm (DDR)
DDR/113814
ZVV2
Centa Kanicky les
SZ/9004982
ZM,ZVV2
V Brytt Sil-Spur
CKSP/61643
ZM,ZVV1
Bria z Kalasova dvora
CKSP/80551
SCH3 FH1
Fee am Pilgerbach
SZ/1772452
SCHH3 (SG-BSP) FH
SG Mink vom Haus Wittfeld
SZ/1569341
SCHH3, 2*BSP
Ylo vom Waldeckerhof
SZ/1414452
SchH3
SG Cora vom Haardblick
SZ/1277952
SchH3
Cindy vom Lelbacher Hexenteich
SZ/1581286
V-BSP 1978, 1979, SCHH3, FH
V Wicko von Meran
SZ/1320207
SchH3/FH/IP3
Pia vom Haus Touristik
SZ/1483476
Vonhargadain Bali
ANKC/
3100089212
Asa vom Haus Gebets
AKC/DL532845/05
SCHH3
Candy von der Knappenmuhle
DDR/145234
SchH3/FH/PSH1
V Grand vom Ritterberg
SZ/9001354
SCHH2
SG Aggi von der Datze
SZ/1739715
SCHH 3, FH 2
Kanzi vom Schutzengel
DDR/152212
SCHH2
Quai vom Baruther Land
SZ/1768556
Trina vom Trappenberg (Ost)
SZ/1773012
SCHH 2
Gina vom Wimbachtal
SZ/1956591
SCHH3 IP3
SG Quattro von Haus Antverpa
LOSH/690167
SCH3, IPO3
Nessel von Haus Antverpa
LOSH/638531
SCHH 3, IPO1
SG Bella vom Kirchgraben
SZ/1824587
SchH1
G Fränzy vom Grüntal
SZ/1777926
SchH3/PSH3
Veith vom Haus Iris
SZ/9002620
SchH2/FH
Arit vom Schlegelsberg
SZ/1848882
Vonforell Fay

Agassi vom SchwarzhundZM, ZVV 2, ZPO 1 (OP 1), SCH H A, SCH H III, 4 X I
SG Dares z Geradonu
SCHH3, IPO3, SVV1
Bob Hozmi
CKSP/0851/92/94
IPO3 ZVV2 ZM
V Bob Cega CS
CKSP/80317/91
ZM, IPO3, ZVV2
G Blackie Lesta
CKSP/61892/92
ZM, ZVV 3, IPO 3, OP 1
Zina z Ulicek
ZM, ZVV 3, ZPO, ZPS, IPO2
Odin z Ulicek
ZM, ZVV 1
Xenna z Ulicek
CKSP/51035
Vonforell Abra I.I.USCHH3, DPO2, WPO, FH
'00&'02 WPO CHAMPION Stormfront's Brawnson
USZ/10612
SCHH3,IPO3, MS WUSW 1991
SG Arko Honest CS
SHPK/70844/87/90
SCHH1
Maja vom Fuchsgraben
SZ/1838662
Bella vom Rosenzweig
DL/71570302
Quark vom Schutzengel
DL/48748402
Annah vom Haus Gebets
DL/53284502
Vonforell MatraSCHH1
SG Hassan vom Grüntal
SZ/1795397
SchH3/PSH3
Veith vom Haus Iris
SZ/9002620
SchH3/PSH1
V Alf vom Körnersee
SZ/1831928
SchH2/FH
Mira vom Haus Iris
SZ/9001519
SchH2/FH
Arit vom Schlegelsberg
SZ/1848882
SchH2/FH
Dolf vom Bramberg
DDR/102716
SCHH3 FH3
V 24 Yette von Haus Kaiser
DDR/118719
Vonforell DerbyVonforell WynnQuick v. Haus Antverpa (B)
SZ/1962644
Sastra v. Haus Antverpa (B)
SZ/9105883
Vonforell TaschaVonforell Prix
Cendraise Baija
V/1407072
Paskarla Kolby
ANKC/
2100209458

SCHH3 IPO3
Cliff vom fixen Dutt
SZ/1982763

SCHH3 HGH FH
V Jago von der Lindenhalle
SZ/1747548
SCHH3 (SG-BSP) FH
SG Mink vom Haus Wittfeld
SZ/1569341
SCHH3, 2*BSP
Ylo vom Waldeckerhof
SZ/1414452
SCHH3/FH/IP3
V-INT CH Greif zum Lahntal
SZ/1301939
SchH2
SG Gabi von der Pollerburg
SZ/1235991
SchH3
SG Cora vom Haardblick
SZ/1277952
3XBSP, V-BSP, SCHH3, FH
SG Ignaz vom Oberscholvenerweg
SZ/1133875
SchH3
SG Dora von den Rixbecker Alpen
SZ/1186340
SchH2/FH
Falka von der Lindenhalle
SZ/1659790
SchH3/FH
Santo von der Kopperpahlerallee
SZ/1426054
V-BSP 1976, 1977, 1978, V-EUSV, SCHH3, FH, INT
V Drigon vom Fuhrmannshof
SZ/1296591
SchH3
Cora von der Kolonie
SZ/1314452
SchH3
Anschi von der Lindenhalle
SZ/1565170
SCHH3 (V-BSP), FH
V Aldo vom Eltersberg
SZ/1406963
SchH2
G Ira vom Jägermeister
SZ/1480341
Freya vom kühlen Norden
SZ/1811707
SCHH3,FH IP3,1°PLATZ WUSW 89, 2° PLATZ WUSW 90
1989 WUSV SIEGER Fado von Karthago
SZ/1659724
SCHH3 (V-BSP) FH IPO3
V Harro aus der Lechrainstadt
SZ/1550016
SCHH3 (V-BSP) FH IPO3
V Dax von der Kesmarker Tränke
SZ/1439489
SchH2
SG Elly vom Windachquell
SZ/1390221
SchH2
Afra vom Stoppenberger Land
SZ/1451464
SchH3/FH
V Olf zur starken Eiche
SZ/1357429
SchH2
Bessie vom alten Kauz
SZ/1353749
SCHH3
Annette vom kühlen Norden
SZ/1732899
SchH3/FH
Hurtig von Lünsholz
SZ/1641750
SchH3
Greif vom Ritterland
SZ/1548391
SchH1
Dorle von Lünsholz
SZ/1560181
SchH3
Jule von Lünsholz
SZ/1659310
SchH2
Cox von Lünsholz
SZ/1548315
SchH1
Eiche von Lünsholz
SZ/1574837
SCHH II
Nicky vom Osterburg Quell
SZ/2046333

SCHH3 (LGA) FH2
V Dargo von den Thüringer Kronjuwelen
SZ/1909553
SCHH1
V Anne's Camillo
DDR/0147092
SchH2/FH
V Don vom Rolandsteich
DDR/108760
SCHH2 KOR 5546/54
V Erko vom Turmpark
DDR/61067
SchH2/PSH1
V Dixi vom Rhodeberg
DDR/74641
SCHH2,FH
SG Wicky von der Kippe
DDR/0114184
SCHH2
Henk vom Porphyrbruch
DDR/90967
SCHH1
Nina vom Haus Lauch
DDR/0100748
SCHH1
V Nancy vom Schieferschloß
DDR/151745
SCHH3
V Xandor vom Eichenplatz
DDR/0103765
SCHH3 KOR.5547/33
V Ingo von Rudingen
DDR/73841
SCHH2
V Quirle v Eichenplatz
DDR/76377
SchH1/FH
V Cessy vom Schieferschloß
DDR/121333
SCHH3,FH,PSH1,
KÖR.5545/55
V Golf vom Ritterberg
DDR/99301
SchH2/FH
V Katy vom Bärenbruch
DDR/103093
SCHH2
Dolly vom Nordplatz
SZ/1783567
SchH1
Iwan vom Rundeck
SZ/9002701
SCHH3/FH
Sascha von der weißen Taube
SZ/1739714
SCHH2
V Igor vom Haus Assja
SZ/9000910
SCHH1
Quanett von der weißen Taube
SZ/9000928
FH
Liz von Trafalga
SZ/9002700
SchH2/FH
V Don vom Rolandsteich
DDR/108760
SCHH1 FH
V Tendy von Trafalga
DDR/122377
Zwecke von der Friesenklippe
SZ/9003081
SCHH3
Quax vom Haus Leipzig
SZ/9002024
SCHH 1
G Kliff vom Haus Leipzig
DDR/98529
SCHH1
SG Lexa vom Haus Leipzig
Molly von der Friesenklippe
SZ/1831012
Xit von der Wolfshöhle
SZ/9002222
Anka vom Haus Kaiser
SZ/9002797

Friday, November 16, 2012

Planned curing/cycle for AquaOne Mirage 50 (43 litre) Nano Reef


  1. Place AquaClear 70 on back of tank, with activated carbon and Hydor 50w heater in filtration compartment.
    • Set heater to 26° Celsius - Will aid in die off.
  2. Place AquaC Nano Remora protein skimmer on back of tank.
  3. Inspect live rock:
    • Mix up a higher salinity water with a specific gravity of about 1.035
    • Inspect the individual rocks for dead sponge and other dead/undesirable organisms.
    • Place rock into high salinity dip bath and shake to dislodge debris. Leave rock in dip for two minutes.
    • After unwanted invertebrates have evacuated place rock in tank for curing.
    • Repeat for all rocks.
  4. Add enough Nature's Own Nutri-SeaWater to tank, as well as to the AC 70 filtration chamber, to cover rocks and turn filtration equipment on.
  5. Turn Hydor Koralia Nano 900 powerhead on and face at rocks. 
  6. Every seven (7) days submerge a simple pump with vinyl tubing attached and blow debris off the rocks, along with doing a 50% water change while siphoning out any organic matter and loose debris that accumulates at the bottom of the aquarium. Use Nature's Own Nutri-SeaWater for the first two weeks, then switch to Red Sea Coral Pro salt mix and RO/DI water.
  7. Measure and monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels in the aquarium weekly.
  8. When both ammonia and nitrite levels are zero, perform a 50% water change on the aquarium. After 24 hours, check the pH of the water and adjust as needed to achieve the desired level of 8.1-8.4
  9. Add 2-2.5cm of Nature's Own Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Substrate to bottom of aquarium. Continue cycle for a further week and then test water again. If levels are safe stock tank.

Refugium:

  1. Install fixtures for a canister filter - the return of the filter goes into the siphon area of fuge.
  2. Place two 50w AquaOne ThermoSafe heaters into the fuge (one in the returns chamber and one in the siphon area).
    • Set heater to 26° Celsius - Will aid in die off.  
  3. Install an AquaOne Proskim G220 Protein Skimmer to centre chamber, HOB style.
  4. Inspect live rock:
    • Mix up a higher salinity water with a specific gravity of about 1.035
    • Inspect the individual rocks for dead sponge and other dead/undesirable organisms.
    • Place rock into high salinity dip bath and shake to dislodge debris. Leave rock in dip for two minutes.
    • After unwanted invertibrates have evacuated place rock in centre chamber of tank for curing.
    • Repeat for all rocks
  5. Mix up enough salt mix using Red Sea Coral Pro to fill fuge and add API Quick Start to mixture. Turn on equipment.
  6. Every seven (7) days submerge a simple pump with vinyl tubing attached and blow debris off the rocks, along with doing a 50% water change while siphoning out any organic matter and loose debris that accumulates at the bottom of the aquarium.
  7. Measure and monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels in the aquarium weekly.
  8. When both ammonia and nitrite levels are zero, perform a 50% water change on the aquarium. After 24 hours, check the pH of the water and adjust as needed to achieve the desired level of 8.1-8.4
  9. Add 2-2.5cm of a mixture of Nature's Own Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Australian Gold Live Sand and CaribSea Mineral Mud to bottom of aquarium. Continue cycle for a further week and then test water again. If levels are safe stock fuge with macroalgae.
  10. Plumb refugium into AquaOne Mirage 50 nano reef.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Australia!

So, if you're into nano reef aquariums you may be familiar with the need to paint the rear of your tank black (or blue if that's your thing) to hide your filtration equipment and to make the tank look sharper.

Now, if you're like me and are Australian and also happen to live in a regional area then you may find it difficult to find the paint of choice for most of the community: Krylon Fusion for Plastic. It seems that it's the go-to paint for the American enthusiast and as such you run into flat recommendations of "Wal-Mart carries it", which doesn't really help you.

So after some searching I discovered that Crockers Paint stocks it and that they take online orders! I just bought a couple cans of the Flat Black for $12.95 a can and it cost me around $18.80 in shipping, which is a small price to pay when you have no other options xD

As soon as I get them into my hot little hands two of my work-in-progress tanks will have nice and black backs which will let me get on with the rest of setting them up.

!!UPDATE!!


They arrived today:

They were stated as being posted on the 09/11/2012 and today is the 12th, so pretty nice timing. I'll be taping and painting my 43 litre Mirage 50 tomorrow, after I finish work. Then I just need to get my AquaClear 70 (with an inTank media basket), AquaC Nano Remora, Hydor Theo 50w heater, Hydor Koralia Nano 900 and some live rock and sand and she'll be on her way to being my first nano reef ^_^

Monday, November 5, 2012

My DIY Pico Protein Skimmer... I hope

This is my first attempt at a pico protein skimmer for my All-in-One AquaOne Cube30 build.

It's  27.9 cm (11") from tip to tail and is made from 32mm  (1.25") PVC. The top is cut at a 45° angle using a mitre box and I'll be drilling a 10mm hole at the top and back of the pipe to attach some 10mm vinyl tubing that'll lead to the collection cup (or jar). I still need to work out a mounting bracket. I was thinking lasercut acrylic, cut out of the excess that is on the sheet from making my AIO back.

It's based on the pico skimmer made by Glazer (only a little less fancy as it's not acrylic). Not sure if it's going to work but I won't know until I get my tank up and running!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Pico Display Refugium

I'm at it again it seems.

My AquaOne Cube 30 Pico Reef build is coming along nicely; it's had a few revisements and merging of suggestions from kind nano-reef.com-ers. One such suggestion was throwing a submersible light and some chaeto into the first compartment. I liked this idea but incorporating it made it look a little off.

That's when I decided to be all creative and build a little display refugium to sit next to the pico reef. This way I'll get to see my macroalgae grow and also add extra filtration potential to the tank.

The above image is my first attempt at a design. It's based around this design. In case of power outage there is going to be a couple PVC overflows in the main part of the tank and be plumbed to a collection resevoir underneath the tanks.

The tank measure 70cm (L) x 27cm (W) x 23cm (D) and holds 43 litres (11.3 gallons). The actual refugium chamber is 51.9cm (L) x 27cm (W) x 23cm (D) and holds 32 litres (8.4 gallons).

The tank will be all glass, 4mm. The baffling will be made from 6mm clear acrylic and the black parts in the first image represent what will be hidden by a nice stained timber cabinet (which will be incorporated into the cabinet of the AIO AquaOne Cube 30 pico I'm building).

At the moment I have ordered the following for lighting the fuge:

1 x 3w Cool White (6000-6500K)
2 x 3w Warm White (3000-3300K)
1 x 4w Neutral White (3700-5000K)
1 x 3w Blue (460-465nm)

I also got:

10 x 1w Red (620-630nm) - Only need three

Which I'll be soldering into the Coo and Neutral White bulbs:



They are all GU10 LED bulbs from Chinese manufacturers and cost very little to get (with free postage) off of eBay. I'm still experimenting with lighting, and I'm still reading through the GU10 LED Build Thread over at nano-reef.com, so before I finalise anything I think I'll post in the thread before manufacturing anything.

I'll be making a little cabinet for the fuge which will incorporate the hood, and also may be connected and incorporated into the AquaOne Cube 30 cabinet. As such I'm going to use the above IEC power socket (which I picked up of eBay for under $3 w/ free postage) as the power interface.

More to come as more gets done!