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

Feeding live food when on holiday

08 Jun 2019 17:12 #1 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
I am not sure if anyone will answer this, but thought I will try anyway!

Does anyone have any good ideas of how to feed live food to your fish when you are away?
I can feed flake/pellet easily, but want to feed live.
So I need to somehow keep the live food alive, and drop it into the tank each day.
I was thinking of small food such as daphnia, mosquito larvae, brine shrimp etc. or even white worm or grindal worms.
I would love to feed this live as frozen will be impossible!!

Any thoughts?

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09 Jun 2019 16:15 #2 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
I was wondering if I could use a large syringe filled with live food and water and fix up a Arduino to a stepper motor and push a bit out each day.
I just wonder how long they would stay alive in a syringe??

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09 Jun 2019 17:09 #3 by Debrush (Shane Lavelle)
How long are you away for? The bags of Daphnia they sell in Seahorse last for several days.In ideal conditions!

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10 Jun 2019 12:20 #4 by Dihanio (Paulie Hanlon)
Hi Jon, you'd need a pretty big syringe :)

Even so, I wouldn't like pushing the dirty water from the live food into the tank. Obviously would get diluted, but you don't know what nasties might be involved

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10 Jun 2019 17:15 #5 by Liam29 (Liam Ó Donohoe)
Put in lots of black worms they will come out of the substrate for oxygen and your fish will pick them off

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10 Jun 2019 21:24 #6 by damofoxo (Damien Fox)
What fish and how many of them are you looking to feed?like Liam said the black worms will hide and surface every so often.

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11 Jun 2019 15:57 #7 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
It’s a tank with dwarf puffer fish in it, so they need the live food.
Not sure if the would like picking out the worms from the sand though, which is why I was looking for something to feed them the smaller food.
Thanks for suggestions so far though

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