Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)


John Howell who has managed the forum for years is getting on and wishes to retire from the role of managing it.
Over the years, he has managed the forum through good days and bad days and he has always been fair.
He has managed to bring his passion for fish keeping to the forum and keep it going for so long.

I wish to thank John for his hard work in keeping the forum going.

With John wishing to "retire" from the role of managing the forum and the forum receiving very little traffic, I think we must agree that forum has come to a natural conclusion and it's time to put it to rest.

I am proposing that the forum be made read-only from March 2022 onwards and that no new users or content be created. The website is still registered for several more years, so the content will still be accessible but no new topics or replies will be allowed.

If there is interest from the ITFS or other fish keeping clubs, we may redirect traffic to them or to a Facebook group but will not actively manage it.

I'd like to thank everyone over the years who helped with forum, posted a reply, started a new topic, ask a question and helped a newbie in fish keeping. And thank you to the sponsors who helped us along the away. Hopefully it made the hobby stronger.

I'd especially like to thank John Howell and Valerie Rousseau for all of their contributions, without them the forum would have never been has successful.

Thank you
Darragh Sherwin

Moonlight advice

15 Feb 2017 22:22 #1 by stevebreslin (Stephen Breslin)
I fitted some moon lights for my marine tank but they're a bit dark. I got two LED strips of actinic lights but I need some more white light. I was thinking of getting one or two LED spotlights in addition (something like this: www.miniinthebox.com/submersible-underwa...um-rgb_p4924422.html) or I could just get one more LED strip, but white this time.

Anyone have any thoughts on spotlights versus strips? The lights are just for morning and night, when my main T5's are not on. The tank is a 180 L reef rank.

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26 Feb 2017 19:25 - 26 Feb 2017 19:27 #2 by murph (Tony Murphy)
I find these: www.maplin.ie/p/replacement-cold-cathode-tube-blue-a91ak

to be very good for my south-american tank. It keeps the hatchets from de-tanking when lights go out, but also provides enough light to figure out where things are in the dark. The kit with one blue, one uv and the inverter is under €20. I leave it on 24/7.

P.s. A tube lasts about 3 years like this.
Last edit: 26 Feb 2017 19:27 by murph (Tony Murphy). Reason: p.s.

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26 Feb 2017 20:29 #3 by robert (robert carter)
In my total ignorance of marine tanks why use blue lights at night , surely in nature when its dark its dark not blue , just wondering , also why arnt they used tropical freshwater tanks .

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26 Feb 2017 21:39 #4 by stevebreslin (Stephen Breslin)
Hi Robert, they're not for night, they're for day, before the main lights come on at 4pm, and then after midnight for a while before I go to bed, so I need them low enough to prevent algae growth and give the fish a break, but bright enough to enjoy the tank! :)

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