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

Ammonia Spike

10 Jul 2020 21:59 - 10 Jul 2020 22:01 #1 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan)
Hi All,

Hope everyone is safe and well during this time.

I have a 2600 l pond, cloverleaf cl3 4 bay (recent addition) being fed through a Oase 6000 pressure filter purely for UV purposes and an All Pond Solutions 8000 pump along with 2 air stones in the pond and 3 in the jap matting. Media is made up of alfa grog, foam, jap matting, bioballs and brushes along with the foam in the 6000 pressure filter. The cl3 arrived about a month ago to replace a small box filter, the foam media and alfa grog from the old filter was added to the "new" one and all seemed to be dandy. I noticed a small blemish on one of the koi's tails and did a water test today.....

Ammonia .25
Ph 7.6
High range ph 7.4
Nitrite 0
Nitrate about 5.0

Other changes made lately were the addition of new lillies and replanting of old ones.
Might the new compost have triggered a spike?

Filter has taken a hammering to say the least, weekly 10-15% water changes have been happening and feeding hasn't really changed. There are about 6 small koi and two loaches in the pond, while its heavily stocked to a degree there is more then ample filtration give the cl3, 6000, swimskim 25 all in a 2600 l pond.....
Have put a dose of Tetra Medifin in and turned off UV to help with the fin sore, I will try a 3 minute salt bath tomorrow but my question is, daily water changes for the bit of ammonia or add beneficial bacteria or treat the wound and let the filter cycle a bit more. Hard to decide the best course of action!!!
I thought by adding the old media I'd not have had this problem.....we live and learn.....



Last edit: 10 Jul 2020 22:01 by FR85 (Gavin O'Sullivan).

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