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Post  liquidg on 26th April 2011, 12:21 pm

Due to our Danny moving house and shutting down his tanks to start again with some different tanks, we have been a bit limited of late a part from the weather, now finally we can hit the water a bit more and at last the water conditions are looking very nice in the south east for some collecting and general swimming with the fishes, lol.

During March the water started to get its blue tint back and is still as warm as toast for the more delicate ones, like me, that prefer it more comfortable rather than a challenge to see how long you can last before your shivering becomes so bad you cant see the fish let alone swim after them.

The freshwater flushes that have cursed the in shore reefs and estuaries have abated leaving some areas void of life as it killed off billions of life forms or were reduced greatly due the inability of marine aquarium species to with stand considerably low salinity for prolonged periods of time.

The ones in some in close areas that have fared reasonably well seem to be mainly chaetodons and tangs/surgeons this season out of what has come past in the plankton.
The phytoplankton abundance due to the run off from rains has been a huge benefit for the masses of marine life in their planktonic stage out to sea while moving past us out there in the major currents this breeding season and it is certainly showing out wide, this is a bumper year for many species out on the reefs, it is really going off out there, the in close stuff, very bad!
The inverts are the ones that have suffered a great deal from the rains in close as have many fish species, so for some estuaries, virtually everything is dead, even most of the Cunjivoe on the rocks is gone and this has been the case for several years now.
Three estuaries on the gold coast and three on the sun shine coast have been virtually wiped out of delicate life forms, four years in a row now from rains above 120 to 180 mils in 24 hours, the sports divers still see the brackish species and think isn’t this great, but billions of creatures that they don’t normally see didn’t make it.
From what has been in the media some big name from the past for spear fishing large marine creatures turned something like a greeny, is trying to get support to make one of these man made habitat areas a marine park, how the hell is that going to protect the immense amounts of new life trying to survive their first year of life from dieing as a result freshwater flushes.
Oh well, it must be the families there that fish there that wipes them out each year so a marine park will keep the rain away and all will be fine, of course its got nothing to do with trendy media coverage to get attention by the many that have no idea, the many see a well none name and believe what comes out of that mouth!
Not many banner fish seen this time though there have been a few very small dwarf angelfish spotted, so there is hope for a few coral beauties to start showing them selves soon.

As with other years we could label that season as the semicirculatus year, or banner fish year, or wrasse year and so on, this time it looks like for the estuaries and inshore reefs, it is the chaetodons and chelmons time to dominate some the in shore dive sites.

From March to the end of May, what is around will be out and a little bigger and more confident so we can see them and chase them and of course so the predators can hunt them as well.

The pics that follow are a bit of five trips enjoyed in April.

This day very early in April, only a couple went to the water this time and it was mainly for some fish to mature a new system, nothing overly exciting was taken, its not worth risking something a little rarer this early for that system.

A mongst all the bad weather over April these days were experienced.
Clear water

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a curious blue cod
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Forcipiger
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a few tank starting fish collected.
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blue tang of many seen
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latezonatus collected
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Akindynos collected
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From one of the days collecting
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Picasso trigger caught
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