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

Pond Air Pump

23 Jan 2018 13:09 #1 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Hey Guys,

Been quiet around these parts, hope everyone is getting on ok??!!

Advice, looking for an airpump for a 2600 liter pond, I had a Blagdon PA 1 or 2, I cannot remember which and it was useless.
Looking for one that would be adequate and piston driven and that won't eat electric.....

What have you got that you would recommend?

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25 Jan 2018 13:31 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Pond Air Pump
Sorry for not replying sooner - I was hoping our more Pond-orientated members might have answered you question.
Personally I never use an aeration pump in my pond but do use two in my fish room. I have the Blagdon KoiAir 50 (in the throes of being renovated) and a Hagen 'The Pump' which I think is the 40 model. Both of these give out an appreciable amount of air, running all of my undergravel and sponge filters. However, the bulk of my tanks are only 12 to 15 inches in depth so the pressure required is less than that needed to pump air into 3 or more feet of water depth which could be found in a pond.
As to a piston-type pump, they can be quite a drain on the ESB bill, I had a blower-type pump for a while - until I checked it and found it used a 150watt motor, I promptly moved back to the large diaphragm-type ones and saved a good bit in electricity costs.

Can anyone else add to this to help FR?


N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.

ITFS member.

It's a long way to Tipperary.

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25 Jan 2018 14:57 #3 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Hi John,

Thanks for the reply, I did have a Blagdon one and I didn't rate it at all, wasn't very powerful in my view. I have a waterfall and I can put back in the Oase Skimmer as this also assists with aeration.



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26 Jan 2018 19:09 #4 by robert (robert carter)
Hi i purchased a Boyu SES 40 ( 40 litres of air per minute ) ratted at 30 watts , pressure 0.030mpa from ebay , i think the cost was about 50 euro . Havent used it yet will start using it in the spring , did a test run seams very powerful came with manifold airline and two airstones . I have recently ordered a 8 inch ring airstone for it . Boyu say it will work to a depth of sixfeet

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30 Jan 2018 11:17 #5 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Hey Gang,

I actually popped the skimmer back into the pond, seemed like the best thing to do.

Temperature is steadily climbing, currently in and around 8-10, fish are taking wheatgerm


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31 Jan 2018 22:28 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Its forcast to go cold for the next few days , i am not feeding

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01 Feb 2018 15:56 #7 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
It felt cold last night when I stuck my hand into it to bring a few slimey stones into the the tank inside for the pleco and hillstream loach!

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