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Hi forum folk.

This is a bit of what we have done from when we started taking pics of what we do in 2007.

This post is just a skim over what we have done up until march,i will put the other trips on if you like.

The society’s name is actually-The Aquarium and Terrarium Society of Queensland

We are a very old club, first established in 1926 though over the last 10 to 12 years we have depleted greatly in drive and numbers as a result of not initially taking on the internet to remain a part of the changing ways in which clubs function these days.

We have something we do very well as a result of many years of experience and that is snorkelling trips for mainly marine aquarium life for our hobbies, though we do have a few freshwater trips as well.

The value of seeing and interacting with our marine creatures is invaluable to the hobby and also enables us to remain aware of the constant stresses on our local ocean and its estuaries in the global climate changes these days.

As a club we have around three trips a year and the members have roughly two trips per month.

Sometimes there are three, sometimes there are ten members on there trips.

Normally we go snorkelling as that is the only way in Queensland we can legally collect for our hobby and on some of the trips a member or two will have a spear fish and others will have a look around on scuba, but cannot collect.

We do shore free dives and boat free dives when we snorkel for our hobby species, from October to May, depending on the oceans temps at the time and they are changing a great deal.

Through the cooler months the low tides are quite low because of the warmer month’s sun position so we do low tide trips to rock pools or mud flats incorporating picnics as such.

So far this season we have had, as a club, two trips and the member’s trips add up to around eleven so far.

In the distant past there were quite a lot of boat owners in the marine group branch of the society, so they mainly went on trips to places like flinders reef and old woman island,both,in there day, magnificent dive and snorkel sites and offered very similar forms of life as the barrier reef.

The photos that follow are just a few of what we do as we only started taking photos nearly three years ago and basic videos the start of this year.

What we have already experienced before this time is truly amazing and it is a shame there are no photos of the things we saw and experienced back than.

We have a ball on our trips so we hope you enjoy the small part of it that we are placing here.

Places we go to-

Things we see-

Our favourite rock pool-

Collected species-

Links to some of our videos-

Underwater videos :: spotted ray video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Solenostomus paradoxus/Harlequin ghost pipe fish( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Chelmon rostratus/copperband( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Lysiosquillina maculata-female mantis shrimp-swimming ( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Ostracion cubicus linnaeus/dice box fish( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Pomacanthus semicirculatus-juvenile-meduim( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: pterois volitans-juvenile( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: Sabellastarte-White tube worm-feather duster( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
Underwater videos :: stenopus hispidus-pair( video by aandtsociety - Photobucket
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Why would i hate you,your comment was because you didn't know something,but what people expect is that when you do know,than thats it.

I have five aquariums and all the life we get is spread over the entire club.

Some of the members have huge set ups,very ,very big.

Here is how we do things!

on the last club island trip we all got in for the snorkelling collecting,there were 8 of us that got in straight away.

we collect what we want our selves and if any clubbie wants something in particular one of us will try to find one and catch it for them.

Colin is the best at cleaner wrasse and other fast swimming fish and Danny sees all the smaller unnoticed things out of us,on average!

What is on the trips you see pictures of is what we all get and i make sure they take pictures of them or i do before they take the fish as such home on the day.

No one in the club is really interested in sharing the pics of what we do,my self and another are the only ones that bother,now its only me and possibly by the end of the year i may not be able to bother with it.

The club was formed in the 1920s,it is unique in some ways and we only got on the net in 2007,than started taking pictures of what the guys get for theres and friends tanks and other clubbies tanks.

When we go and get something for our tanks,we get something for the other clubbies if they want something.

As you know not all life in a tank does well and members come and go,thats where the fish and inverts we catch for our hobby go to.

This the clubs forum,the actual club issues are for members and is hidden unless registerd,but there is heaps of what we do in the snorkelling,boating---section to get a grasp of and you don't have to register,its for all to see.
South East Queensland Aquarium society forum

South East Queensland Aquarium Society

We have only had a forum since just before xmas last year ,a home made website since late 2007,we are extremely experienced at what we do,but we are very new to the net.
we are mainly old school,but use modern tech amongst it,we are what we are,just leave it at that,OK!

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Your country is beautiful for sure. And your trips look like great fun. May I ask, how well did the jelly fish fair? We have lots of jelly fish in Puget Sound, but I've only seen one display at the Pt Defiance Park Aquarium. There must be some at the Seattle Aquarium as well, but its been many years since I last visited there. It would have to be a very large aquarium to house it I would think.

In one pic, you show either a blue Nudibranch or a blue ring octopus? The photographer was brave if it was a blue ring.

Thanks for sharing. I love your pics, and hope you can continue to post them.

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r u guys all rich
no our tanks and hobby keep us poor.

I don't remember the nudi,we haven't seen a blue ring here in along time,global warming is keeeping them away now.

The jelly fish was only brought home to get an ID from some marine biolgists we know because it was seriously stinging evry one as there were millions of them on the day.

They are related closely to the iragunji(spelling)they were kept alive and fed for a while and then no one wanted them so they went back in at a different spot.

That was a pic of one,we brought three back alive.

There is a little nudi in the pics but it is an orange colour.

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r u guys all rich
No mate,thats why we go and collect our own marine life and save thousands dollars to have so much we could not normally pay for and learn so much as to how these lovely creatures live to acheive near perfect results for some of us.
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