Monday, 24 December 2012

Maroondah Dam

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

New Zealand Tour 2008

A series of photos I took whilst touring New Zealand's South Island in 2008

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Weight Loss




I find it hard to believe that so few people have seen this video. Doug Varrieur is its Author.
His message is important to our health. I've been using Doug's plan for some few weeks now, and the weight is falling off. In the pursuit of Weight Loss, this is an important video and makes some important points. Get off the sugar, both covert and overt. 

Monday, 9 July 2012

How to Use Metaphors to Engage and Encourage Readers

How to Use Metaphors to Engage and Encourage Readers:
This guest post is by Elizabeth Joss of Xcellent Media.
“They nailed their stakes into the earth of my life, those farmers. They knew the place in me where the river stopped, and they marked it with a new name. Shantaram Kishan Kharre. I don’t know if they found that name in the heart of the man they believed me to be, or if they planted it there, like a wishing tree, to bloom and grow. Whatever the case, whether they discovered that peace or created it, the truth is that the man I am was born in those moments, as I stood near the flood sticks with my face lifted to the chrismal rain. Shantaram. The better man that, slowly, and much too late, I began to be.”—Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram, p.136-137
The words of Gregory David Roberts fill me with a sense of awe and passion, and at the same time they inspire me to write. His novel, Shantaram, is comprised of moving metaphorical prose that calls readers to action, whether it be to laugh, cry, or to delve deep within themselves.
Metaphorical writing can be used to transport the reader to an imaginary world, all with the unification and comparison of two unrelated objects.
It’s the perfect technique for bloggers wanting to capture readers’ attention—and hold it.

Advantages of metaphors

  • Metaphors add spice to your writing and can make your words sing. They add a layer of richness, making you a better storyteller overall.
  • Metaphors help us relate to a complex world. They help make concepts appear more real and tangible to us and thus we are better able to digest certain concepts (note the metaphor in this sentence too!). They also help us explain complex topics much more effectively to our readers. People will then attach great importance to a topic if they can relate to it through a metaphor.
  • There is a strong visual element to a metaphor, which is what makes it so effective for the reader.
  • Using metaphors can propel the behaviour of your readers and usher them towards action. They are pertinent persuasive devices because they help the reader unlock a part of him or herself and enable a more thorough engagement with the writing and their own imagination.

Metaphor pitfalls

  • Avoid overusing metaphors in your writing, as they can weigh your prose down significantly. A metaphor should give your blog post lasting understanding and clarity. Don’t force metaphors into your writing. Rather, use one extended metaphor throughout a text for a better effect.
  • Steer clear of the cheesy or clichéd metaphors we often use in speech. For example, she was blown away by his words or he cooked up a storm. The metaphor should not bring the reader to a halt while reading—its use should be as natural as possible.
  • Know your audience. Metaphorical language differs from culture to culture but it is nonetheless an important part of societies and of individual cognition. People think metaphorically and they create and organize their world through metaphors. This means that different groups of individuals will have different understandings of metaphors, or even completely different metaphors than others. If you want to write for a certain group of people, be sure to research and understand their metaphor usage.
  • Steer clear of using clichés and of forcing metaphors in your prose, unless you are trying to make a point that is both persuasive and effective.

How to create your own metaphor

Blog posts with metaphorical titles (similes) usually attract a lot of attention. I’m sure you’ve seen articles about why blogging is like dating, going to the gym, or even like The Wizard of Oz. These comparisons usually run through the entire blog post right from the title itself, thus creating an extended metaphor.
Sean Platt’s The Eminem Guide to Becoming a Writing and Marketing Machine is a great example of metaphor. Writing a blog post is likened to Eminem’s storytelling and rapping techniques. This controversial headline is catchy and Sean uses a popular artist to make us identify with his topic right from the outset.
Here are some useful steps to create your own metaphor (extended or ordinary) for use in your next blog post:
  1. Focus on the concept you are trying to explain. For example, you may be informing your readers about the benefits of yoga.
  2. Brainstorm the concept and write down everything that comes into your head, as I’ve done below:
  3. What similar, real-life objects or concepts (must be completely unrelated) embody the points you’ve brainstormed? Make a list of the first few things that come to mind using the free-association technique (where you write spontaneously as things come into your thoughts).
  4. Which one stands out at you the most? Once I had brainstormed the benefits, the pretzel idea immediately stood out at me—its shape is similar to a yogi’s body when performing a twist on the floor! This is appropriate and it adds an element of humour as well. You can almost imagine a yogi as a contortionist or pretzel on the floor.
  5. Does this metaphor make your topic more accessible to your readers? The idea of a yogi as a pretzel may be slightly clichéd but people can relate to it and its humour makes it a winner.
If you are in need of some inspiration, check out Darren’s post, Blogging is Like, for 42 examples of extended metaphor/simile blog posts, none of which are obvious comparisons.

Find your magic within

The above short tips are only guidelines to get you thinking about using comparisons in your writing. The trick is to think out of the box and make analogies that are not so obvious. You can use the above tactics if you are keen to create a metaphorical title. However, it is safe to say that the more you read and write, the more natural your metaphors will be and you won’t even have to think about purposely employing them.
So if you don’t want ideas or blog posts that are half-baked or regurgitated then look to metaphors as your food for thought. Metaphors are exceptionally powerful devices that, when used properly, will knock the socks off your readers. So don’t wait around—conjure up your own marvellous metaphors!
Do you use metaphors in your writing? Or are there other literary devices you are more drawn to?
Elizabeth Joss writes for Xcellent Media, a media and marketing company based in Cape Town, South Africa. She covers topics like social media, SEO, blogging and web marketing. For more great blogging tips by Elizabeth, follow the Xcellent Media blog or add Xcellent Media on Twitter
Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger


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How to Use Metaphors to Engage and Encourage Readers

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Finest

In all the world
there wasn't a finer fabric
than that between my thumb and finger
It's attributes were almost beyond description
and yet here it is.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Australian Retailers don't understand their customers dilemma

I felt Saturdays experience was indicative of Australian Retailing and its inability to compete with the internet. Retailers in this country just don't under get it. We have options as customers to buy elsewhere the stuff they have on the shelf.

I'm a fan of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. The closest shop is a 20 minute drive. In principal I like supporting local retailers.

However upon arriving and requesting my shot of Braggs, I was told I'll have to wait for 30 minutes, so they can go down stairs to the dungeon and bring some up. Sure its not the end of the world that I have to wait 30 minutes to get "the stuff".

But, I could have stayed home, and bought the same stuff with about 3 mouse clicks on eBay. In the post box by Wednesday.

But I didn't want to do that. I want very much to support my local shops. More and more I find myself buying online. I need to question my own loyalty to Retailing. I like walking into a shop and all that goes with it.

Ironically, whilst I was killing my 30 minutes, I wandered into an ABC Book Shop and bought a copy of Tom Watson's Dial M for Murdoch, which I couldn't get from Amazon on the Kindle. The irony of waiting is not lost.

I wish Australian Retailers all the best. But I think the wave of change is just beginning




Saturday, 9 June 2012

Promethus the movie

We went and saw Promethus this afternoon. If you saw the original Alien back in 1979: that was shocking. Promethus is also an Alien movie that tries very hard to shock. But it fails badly. A better title might "Alien on Steroids" My recommendation is: dont waste your money. Take a bunch of flowers to someone and make their day. 

Friday, 1 June 2012

How to Use Twitter Lists to Launch Your Twitter Account

How to Use Twitter Lists to Launch Your Twitter Account:
What is in a list? Why are Twitter lists so useful? When should you use Twitter lists. How do you leverage list building on Twitter? All of these questions should be asked before a person creates their Twitter account. Yet, very few people consider the list feature for anything other than keeping brands or people grouped together. There is more to it than that, let’s take a look.
Perception of Out of Balance Twitter Accounts
One of the most common strategies many users choose is utilizing an automated paid tool to add Twitter followers. Although this is a method that allows you to add hundreds even thousands of followers in a very short time, it is not the most effective strategy. Instant Twitter followings, when you have very few tweets,  is a signal to every user that the account is either a ‘bot or an account that most likely was setup to mass blast broadcast sales tweets.
How to Use Twitter Lists to Launch Your Twitter Account


When launching a new Twitter account the following steps will help a person avoid any perception problems:
  • Niche: create lists based on keywords that describe the niche you are interested in finding. Example: If you want to promote your Mixed Martial Arts gear you could begin by creating lists like “UFC Fighters” and “MMA Fans.”
  • Research:  finding important  information is a very valuable benefit for being on Twitter. Build lists based on keywords that describe the type of information you are seeking. Example: If you want to find information on yoga you could build lists like “Yoga Studios” and “Yoga Instructors.” Fill the lists and then monitor the tweet streams of each list for real time updated news about your target content
  • Monitor: if you are just beginning your Twitter account you should vet the people or brands you are considering following. You can accomplish this review process by building lists and simply monitoring the stream of tweets. The option when you are in your list is to view tweets or the members on the list. By viewing the tweets of the people or brands in your list you begin to understand how frequently they tweet, how active they are in conversing with people, and how valuable their tweets are to your efforts. Most importantly, by not immediately monitoring the users in your list you have the opportunity to gradually add them and avoid the stigma of an account that is out of balance.
  • Customer Service: if you have customers-clients on Twitter, place them in a list. By doing this, you can easily review their tweets all in one place. Twitter’s algorithm is such that you will not be able to see everyone’s tweets all the time. Building a list of your customers ensures you can see what they are writing all the time. By listing your customers, you can vet who you should follow and who is not utilizing Twitter on a consistent schedule.
  • Lead Generation: building quality lists often attracts subscribers. Review these subscribers to your lists for insight- are they competitors, are they collaborators, are they prospects, are they influencers in your niche?
  • Find People-Brands to Follow: once you have organized your lists and started the vetting process by monitoring the tweet stream, you are ready for the next step in launching your Twitter presence. Begin to drill down and “mine” your listed Twitter users. Review who they follow and who follows them. Finally review the lists they have built for more choices
Inner Architect is a digital marketing firm based in San Rafael, Ca. For more information on our services and for more information about social media marketing strategies, please visit us at Innerarchitect.com.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Favourite Recipes

I suggested to my Friday computer group we collaborate on Google Documents with our favourite recipes and publish them. It went well and here is the result. 



Sunday, 13 May 2012

9 Steps to Take When You Loathe Your Own Blog

9 Steps to Take When You Loathe Your Own Blog:
This guest post is by Ryan Barton, author of Smart Marketing.
You’ve got an editorial calendar, you’ve scheduled blog posts weeks in advance. Look how professional you are. Well done. You’re an inspiration.
You press Publish and bask in retweets, praise, and a flood of comments. You’re “resonating” with your “tribe.” You’re prolific. You’re a cocky so-and-so.
Then it hits: the loathing.
You’re exhausted. You’re ignoring your calendar. You can’t be bothered to think about new topics. Your writer’s well is bone-dry. You’ve met the resistance and it has won.
Your writing becomes programmed (verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus). It’s no longer art, and no longer an exercise in intellect. It lacks moxy. You’re phoning it in.
This is a low point. Have you been there?
If you bore yourself, how do you expect your readers to read, let alone share, your content?

What do you do when you loathe your own blog?

Find a way to restart, tabula rasa. And you’re the only one who can make it happen.

1. Do a design refresh

You buy new running shoes, and suddenly you want—need—to run. I must satisfy the shoes, it is their reason for existence. You buy a new car and instantly you cease dreading your hour-long commute.
It’s the same with your blog. Launch a new theme and you’ll feel the need to create new content that mirrors the sophistication of your new design. It pulls you back in and urges you forward. Clearly, your own boredom isn’t reason enough for a design overhaul, but it’ll certainly reignite your fire.

2. Narrow your focus

When I launched The Smart Marketing Blog in 2007, my posts were eclectic random. Readers didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what to expect. One day, a post about bus stop ads, the next day, how to set-up PDFs to open at screen height, and another day, musings on a new social network. There was no focus.
But now, when I focus only on smart marketing for small business success, my readers know what to expect. I have focus—a roadmap.

3. Take off the chains

Darren publishes daily. Sort of. Somebody on the collective ProBlogger team publishes daily. But I think he’d agree that expecting you, by yourself, to generate mind-blowing content daily is expecting too much.
At one point, I followed an editorial calendar that scheduled posts twice a week. But even those posts were rubbish. They weren’t inspired, they were the result of a self-imposed guideline. Sure, publishing more frequently drives more traffic, but also yields disappointed readers who are trying to digest your traffic-driven rubbish.
Write because you can’t help it, not because there’s a blank post to fill. Today, I write only when I can imagine giving a speech on my topic. The topic is that good. So good, I can visualize myself preaching from a soapbox. And you know what, my traffic has remained the same, despite publishing much less frequently.

4. Ship something

I don’t advocate shipping something simply for the sake of shipping; that only yields mediocrity. But shipping evokes pride and passion and a fierce sense of taking names. Last year I published my book on smart marketing for small businesses, this year I launched my newsletter, and in the months ahead I have two other books in the works. Each functions to inspire and refill my writer’s well.
Aside from your blog—because your blog is not your product, your blog supports your product—what can you create to inject that same inspiration?

5. Change your routine

Want to find new inspiration? Approach your trivial, mundane tasks in a new way. When you break your habits, you force yourself to problem-solve, expand your thinking, and consider other solutions. It’s that same thinking that yanks you out of your writer’s rut. Purposefully take the longer route to the office, travel to a foreign country, run instead of lifting weights, read a different genre book to stretch your mind, expand your palette with a new coffee brewing method, keep your phone off when it’s normally on, watch a documentary instead of that sitcom—or better yet, read a book … with pages, not a screen.

6. Change how and where you write

Last week, I sat in a dark parking lot waiting for takeout from a local eatery. I was isolated, undisturbed, and focused. So much so, I made great progress on a blog post in the matter of minutes. Just me, a journal, and a soft dome light. Working out of coffee grinder-dominated cafes doesn’t foster the same productivity. Neither does sitting in front of a television or high-traffic public venues. Sure, use the excuse that people-watching inspires you. Rubbish.
Take yourself seriously, hide yourself, sever ties to notifications, reminders, and the urge to make sure you’re always in-the-know. Your writing—your art—deserves nothing less than your undivided attention.

7. Read new, not more

How many blogs do you subscribe to? Right now, how many blog posts sit unread? If you’re no longer challenged—if you’re glazing over posts out of habit, if you’re no longer being inspired and challenged—unsubscribe and find new ways to be stimulated. Stop wondering if you’re missing out on anything, cut ties, and stretch yourself. You may be out of school, but that’s no excuse for not remaining a student.

8. Who’s your muse?

Who do you work for? Wake up for? Breathe for? Write for them. Is it your wife, your lover, your most loyal subscriber, or your unborn child? Use them as your motivation to keep driving when you’re not strong enough to persist yourself. Keep this person’s photo nearby as a reminder. Don’t get so busy that you forget why or for whom you’re working so hard.

9. Declare victory or failure

When starting a new project, name your goal. How else will you measure success? Seth said it best, “Declare one or the other, but declare.” Maybe it’s time for self-evaluation. Maybe it’s time to reflect and determine what you did right (to do it again) and what you’ll avoid the next time. Because there will be a next time. “Failure” isn’t never blogging again. No, failure is taking valuable lessons and proactively applying what you’ve learned to the next iteration of your blog.
We’re artists. We all feel the urge to tweak our logos and change our avatars. We see the same “us” every day, and we’re bored. But what we find repetitive and boring and loathe-worthy, our tribe views as consistency and resonation.
The real artists find a way to push through, put their shoulders back and chin up, and reignite their own passion.

Talk back

Have you hit the blogging loathe-wall before? How did you bust through it? Leave a comment below so others might be inspired to do the same. And stick around—later today we’ll take a look at a case example of a blogger who changed their blog’s writing style overnight—and reaped the rewards.
Ryan Barton is a small business marketing, social media, and design consultant. He is the author of Smart Marketing, blogs at The Smart Marketing Blog, tweets at www.twitter.com/RyanBarton, and lives in Los Angeles.
Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger


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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Autumn (Fall) Colours

Its autumn here in Australia. Every year I'm amazed at the colours of the trees as they shed their leaves. This one is in our back yard. Its a trident maple (Acer buergerianum). One can see why its such a popular tree. I also have the same genus in Bonsai, but it wasn't as spectacular as this full sized tree. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Cliff Tops Smiths Beach Phillip Island



I completed my first wedding ceremony last week at Phillip Island. The couple put us up in a Hotel at the venue, and this was the view from our room. Beautiful light as you can see. It was a genuine pleasure to marry the couple.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Mt St Leonards

Wedding

As a Marriage Celebrant I get to marry people and its easy. I only have to show up, say a few words, and "Bob's your Uncle", job done (almost). The love in their eyes is priceless, and a joy to behold. Weather could be an issue this week. Its an outside wedding and the forecast is a bit 50 / 50. Be nice if we can stage it outside. Out in the elements.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Airplane playlist

Here is a playlist I put together of various Airplanes I've traveled in or watched. I've heaps more but haven't uploaded yet. I love flying and quite a number of my family have made a good living flying these heavy jets. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

My Morning Walk

I consider myself very lucky to live on the doorstep of the Yarra Ranges National Park, and with little effort can be in these beautiful wilderness palces within minutes from home. Whats not captured in the picture is the acrid smell from the controlled burn off taking place somewhere not too far from here. I quite like the smell, and it lends real atmosphere to the walk. Also with this photo, technically I'd been struggling with white balance. Moments before I'd been going through the camera menus and had noticed I'd pre set the white balance, unknown to me, and had been reaping the results. So I was able to reset the white balance to Auto, and the results were immediately apparent. Hope you like the photo. The atmosphere in the forest was very peaceful.
 
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Friday, 13 April 2012

Bearded Dragon

Today I showed up for an appointment, and was introduced to Carny, The Bearded Dragon. He wasted no time walking all over my folder, and I had to be careful not to startle him. He sometimes falls off the table so I was careful to make sure he didnt drop. It was a lovely distraction from the normal meeting I was expecting to attend. Bearded Dragon.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Stationary Engines

On March 25th, the Upper Yarra Museum held its annual Crank Up 2012 which included an outstanding display of working stationary engines. Below is a video clip I made, but theres many more.  The atmosphere was wonderful, and the air was rich with smoke fumes, slow pulsating engines and the occasional steam whistle.
  Stationary Engine Crossley

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Scenic Warburton

Today part of my Volunteer role was to pick up a person & take them to the Doctor's. Unbeknownst to me they had been admitted to Hospital the night before. So I had some time on my hands and the video camera on hand. I decided to walk around the delightful town of Warburton. This is one of about 20 videos I took. Its so picturesque here. Scenic.

Break dancing Brolgas

The local zoo brought up another surprise, this lovely pair of Brolga. Theyre native to Australia, and the symbol of Queensland. Didn't think much about them: thought Id take a quick video and move on. Anyhow, they had different ideas, and started a "Happy Dance", probably knowing that a spot on YouTube was on offer. Only kidding. Anyway, what a delightful couple they are. I went back about 10 minutes later, and I got from them that "Again?" look. OK, OK I'm out of here. Thanks for the show. Brolga Breakdance

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Who Likes Monitors?

So the other day I head off to the local zoo. There was a sign indicating the "Monitor" enclosure. Took a look around, no sign of him. Went on tippie-toes a few times to see past the overhang: nope no sign. Oh well, may as well move onto the next exhibit. Unfocused my eyes for a moment and OMG, there it was, right in front of me. Its amazing how well they blend in. This guy is 2 meteres long. It was sprawled on the log you see catching some rays. Fantastic looking beast. Like looking back millions of years. Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Formula 1

Back in 1984 I was living and working in the UK, and took myself to the British Grand Prix. An eye opening experience for a green Kiwi in the Mother Country. Nicki Lauda has always been a hero of mine, but Ayrton Senna's performance on the day made an instant fan out of me. I took these photos with my OM 1. It was an excellent camera, but I do enjoy the digital age with its instant results. Enjoy the video.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Developed Domains

I've today developed a number of domains
  1. Frocks Appeal offering a range of Frocks in different styles for sale.
  2. Flight Trip assisting travelers to book flights online
  3. Flight Today helping people to get a flight today.
  4. Goal Grow Hair Resources for people to prevent hair loss 
  5. All Our Shoes  On-line shoe sales
  6. Car Rust Resources for auto rust repairs and services
  7. Car Renter Car Rental Options
  8. Flight Tonight To help people looking for a flight tonight
  9. Weight Reduction Weight Reduction resources  

Cockatoo


Yesterday I filmed this beautiful Black Cockatoo being fed nearby. Just so beautiful. Cockatoo.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Koala

Today I had fun and took myself to Healesville Sanctuary. I went early to avoid the crowds. First enclosure I got to was the Koala's. Not much action: one adult sleeping, but this cute little guy was on the go. Watch video here: Koala The Handler was saying that she has raised the Koala since it was just born. Its Mother died tragically. Hope you enjoy the video. 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Boeing 777 Flyover

Yesterday whilst filming the various flyovers that presented, this Boeing 777 came over.
Click here to watch. Boeing 777 Flyover.
Impressive by its size and noise. Managed the crosswind nicely, and even gave us a quick contrail.
Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Boeing's 747

I went into the Northern Viewing area just outside Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport today. I've been wanting to film the inbound traffic for some time now. Now that I have HD Video, it was definitely time. This 747 Boeing happened along almost immediately. Unfortunately the grey sky didn't offer much contrast. Still it was good practice. They cross the viewing area at about 150 feet, so Its an impressive display. Feels a lot closer.
I have more videos to put up on YouTube, and will do so over the next few days. My channel is here. HealesvilleVic3777 I have a playlist of my Airplane Movies

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Traction Engine

Today I headed over to the Upper Yarra Museum's "Crank Up 2012". The video speaks for itself really, but there was a lovely Aveling and Porter Traction Engine (click on the link to watch it). The Traction engine itself is a cracker, but the display of Stationery Engines was fantastic. The reassuring chug chug chug speaks to a time unlike ours, where high speed whoring noises reflect our frenetic pace of life. So I hope you enjoy the videos. I had a great day and loved the atmosphere.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Fernshaw

Today I headed up to Fernshaw to explore the start of the Morley Track. Initially the track is scrubby and not particularly beautiful, but after about 10 minutes the Forest opens out to the glory you can see in the video. The signs said "9 Kms to the Dom Dom Saddle, and 23kms to Mt Toolebewong". Now theres a walk I'd like to do. Maybe one day. The DSE, or The Department of Sparks and Embers, as the Father-in-Law calls them, were having a controlled burn off, so the smell and sight of smoke was evident.  

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Maroondah Reservoir

Today after class, I was in the mood to film something, and headed to Maroondah Reservoir to enjoy the splendor of Autumn and its emerging colours. Mostly yellows and a few red trees. But the real colour of Autumn is yet to come. I'll head back there when the full colour show arrives, camera in hand of course. Check out my video above and leave a comment. I love feedback on my work. 

Healesville Hot Rod Show

I spent Sunday the 25th at the Hot Rod Show, held on Don Road filming all these fantastic Hot Rods. Hope you enjoy looking at them.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Yarra Valley playlist

Hi and I just wanted to share a playlist I put together at YouTube titles Yarra Valley, which features 45 minutes of highlights of the Yarra Valley region. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2FF88F7585C95F33

Thursday, 12 January 2012

New fish tank mistake # 2





OK mistake number 2. Compounded upon the first mistake, I now went ahead and used spring water. The logic being, "its good drinking water, it must be OK for the aquarium". And hello cloudiness. I just couldn't work out what was going on. Time to do some more reading. I kept coming across comments about water hardness and they rang true. So I got onto eBay & bought a hardness kit. Tested, and the hardness was so high the kit couldn't measure it.

The picture above shows the tank on the slow return from opaqueness. At this point I was doing 50 litre, approximately 25% water changes daily. And slowly, slowly it came back. My poor fish deserve a medal.


Tomorrow we will look at mistake # 3.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New fish tank mistake # 1




Back in February 2011, I was inspired to buy a 20 gallon fish tank because it came with a Fluval 104 filter. I'd had good results previously with a Fluval 305. How could I go wrong? Well go wrong I did. Mistake number 1 was too many fish. Due to unbridled enthusiasm, I wound up over populating the tank by a factor of 3. The Fluval 104 couldn't keep up with the fish poop, and the tank was continually milky. It was a tough lesson, as I'd grown fond of the little fellas, and the only resolution was to take some of the fish back to the store. Which I did, with much reluctance. So that was error number 1. I'll elaborate next on error number 2, which only served to stall the development of the good bacteria in the tank. Until tomorrow. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, 9 January 2012

My tropical fish tank

I wanted to share a photo of my tank taken today. I haven't kept fish since the early 1970s, and started again last February. Well, it's been a catalogue of mistakes, and Ive done everything wrong, but finally I seem to be making progress. I'd like to author a short story of what I've gotten wrong over the last 11 months in the hope of helping readers experiencing problems getting their tank going. Nigel


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Location:Australia

Healesville Sanctuary Bird Show