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The Spit Bridge to Manly walk








Internet was down, so it was a good day to get out! Thanks to Nanami for taking Dianne and I on this amazingĀ 10 km hiking trail.

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Fluval Update – Corals from The Fish Factory Aquarium


I’ve been doing huge water changes with the natural sea water that Adam delivered to me a few weeks ago. He’s now got a shop on Taren Point Rd in Caringbah, not far from the Bra so Di, Nick and I dropped past and picked up some easy to keep corals. LOVED his shop, it’s set up much like a coral farm with tubs and tubs of corals making it super easy to pick out pieces you like.


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The Fish Factory Aquarium


Previously known as Aquarium Excellence, Adam came over this morning to fill up my 2 huge drums with natural salt water. The last time I changed my water I used salt mix and Sydney tap water and everything but the clown fish died. NEVER AGAIN! All those years I used water from Adam corals grew out of control!

I suggest all who use salt mix to change over to his service (he comes to you with a long enough hose to reach from street to my laundry where my massive drums are stored!). Visit:

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Yawning Mao



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Good Morning Gabrielle


Shot with Gab yesterday, one of Lucy Fang’s good friends. We were aiming for those lazy Sunday feels but I didn’t think we quite got there in the end, mainly because I thought her makeup was way too heavy and those contacts are wild! She’s fun to shoot with though! I just think I needed to act faster, and in the moment I could have closed the blinds and done something much darker to suit her hair, eyes and makeup.

There’s always next time?

Full Set:
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Redfern Cat

This Redfern Cat is one bad motherfucker!

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Art Therapy





Hung out with one of my faves today, young Kristi Jade Mclellan

We talked shit, it was deep as usual, after I got talking about me we talked about her. When I met K-POP 7 years ago I dropped a bomb of a question on her (thinking it would impress her): “So, what do you dream of when you put your head on the pillow at night?”, she answered without hesitation.

She wanted to be an Art Therapist.

For years I’ve been urging her to chase her dreams, but today we both had energy, we both bounced off each other, as good friends should. We decided to look up the word THERAPY. The dictionary reads:

“treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder”.

YUCK! What negativity! No wonder she’s had little to no luck getting her business off the ground. Sometimes you have to scrap pre-existing definitions and start your own. Here’s to Kristi’s journey to success. I’m in for the ride!

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Fluval Edge 2 Nano Reef Update

Not only have I got a new shelf waterproof shelf to put the tank on, I’ve also got a powerpoint so I don’t have to run ugly cables around the wall to where the power is.

You can see in this picture where the power cables used to have to wrap around to get to power (frag tank used to sit on that bench with toys on it now).

And a little phone vid for now.

My house is falling apart, literally. I had a handyman over recently to fix up a few things in the house and whilst I had him I thought I’d FINALLY move the tank back to where it belongs (fish tanks aren’t the cleanest things and really shouldn’t ever be in a kitchen, bad feng shui!).

Over a year ago (time flies!) the tank used to sit perfectly above the aircon vent in the lounge room. The tank leaked one night and the MDF board under the tank absorbed all the water. If I left it any longer the tank would have fallen through the aircon chute!

So Robbie was over last week and he helped me move the tank (it’s an awkward move which I did solo last time, but made a LOT easier with Robbie’s help!). Man the tank was dirty as. SO much gunk in and around the filter, salt build up all over the insides and outsides of the tank and the back wall of the aquarium hadn’t been cleaned in forever.

I’ve lost the hammers, the cat and the acan, my peppermint vanished and aiptasia has appeared (funny that). I’m also down to one turbo snail from 3 (from memory) and I can’t see any hermit crabs. The clowns are doing awesome, so too my cleaner shrimp which I never expected to live this long in my hands. The fungia is still around (makes me want more!), some zoas, the 2 nassarius snails are well, so too the huge brittle star under the rockwork. The leather is still there and he’s HUGE. He’s been closed up for ages as the finger leather next to him got so large (literally took over the tank!) that it stung the leather so bad on one side that the leather started dying so I’ve moved the finger leather to the other side next to the pump, which it doesn’t like, and now it’s 1/3rd the size and staying that way for the moment.

The star polyps have covered a whole lot of the rock which is rad, the monty is holding in there (I heard they were tough but damn they’re tough!). Xenia tends to get out of control at times, but my big water changes tend to cull it back a little, till it comes on strong again (in all sorts of strange places too, it’s now finally growing on the back glass which is what I always wanted it to do!).

I’ve spent some time cleaning up the corners of the front glass (it was a mess), but have decided to let the back wall and left wall (as its up against the wall) go for now. Looks ugly as but I have some plans in mind which might just let me leave those walls unattended, but still look good/interesting.

The Two Little Fishies NanoMag I had on the tank had rusted out so bad you wouldn’t believe. I’m sure my phosphates are through the roof! I’ve bought another one though as I’ve tried a fair few nano mag cleaners and none have been better/stronger than this one.

I’ve been doing 20 litre water changes every 3-4 months on this tank, yup, SUPER lazy. Goes to show how strong everything in the tank is (though I don’t feed heavy, never have). I’ll get water changes back up to bi-weekly at the very least. I ordered a couple of peppermint shrimp from Reef Secrets in hope that they will rid the tank of aiptasia, and I also got me a couple of turbo snails. I ordered 2 huge ones by accident, but that’s probably AOK as there’s a shit tonne of algae on the back wall!

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