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


04 Jun 2016 14:31 #1 by g.orlean (Genrikh Orleansky)
Hi every one. I have Koi which is around 2-3 years old and couple weeks ago I noticed that its got something on the side. I will upload foto of her. So I hope someone will be able to tell me what it is and is there any Koi vet in Ireland.
Based in Kildare but will go any where for a good vet.
Thank you

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04 Jun 2016 16:57 #2 by robert (robert carter)
looking at the pictures this koi has dropsie the body shape is swollen ,and its eyes are protruding , the would on its body is a ulcer that is badly infected. personally I would think its unlikely to survive . you could try topical treatment on the wound of iodine and possibly a salt bath might help . what I find with koi treating them is so stressful that they seldom survive . check you water perameters and treat the entire pond with a formalin /malicite green mix . I presently have two of my big koi with ulsers on their side but these are very small so treating them now every 3 days . good luck with him let us know how you get on .Robert

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04 Jun 2016 19:02 #3 by derek (Derek Doyle)
Replied by derek (Derek Doyle) on topic URGENT KOI HELP
I have seen these ulcer type things on koi before and it can be caused by a wound left untreated. it looks pretty nasty and is probably full of bacteria, which is making the fish unwell. Ian compton of brittas is quite knowledgable with koi and it might be worth also asking his advise.
I have also seen fish with these problems recover with the right care, If it is swimming normally and eating then it s chances are better. but its a difficult process as robert points out.

30 tanks specialise in african cichlids, angelfish and various catfish

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04 Jun 2016 19:08 #4 by clearly aquatics (mark)
Looking at your picture this fish (looks like a goldfish) has a tumor on its side it's not something that's easily treated and would most likely comeback. Definitely not bacterial though.
Can be removed by sedating fish , cutting out and cauterizing.

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