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Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)

Hi,

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


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My 1st marine tank

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22 Mar 2016 22:25 #1 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Here it is, only set up about 2 months so early days and looking very bare
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22 Mar 2016 22:48 #2 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Fair play looks good the trumpet looks cool against the black

Is that gravel or sand

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22 Mar 2016 22:59 #3 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
It's live sand, probably a stupid question but is trumpet the same as candy cane because that's what I was sold?

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22 Mar 2016 23:16 #4 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Cool didn't know you could get live sand in black
Yeah trumpet and candy cane is the same coral

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22 Mar 2016 23:27 #5 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Got it in Seahorse in Galway, they had it in a tank and thought it was cool .

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23 Mar 2016 00:18 #6 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Looks great best of luck with it

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23 Mar 2016 00:55 #7 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Hey man, it's looking good for a 2 month tank. Best of luck with it. I'm up in Galway if you're ever coming up I'll meet you at SH for a chat :)

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23 Mar 2016 01:12 #8 by carlowchris (chris)
The black sand does look quite classy ...don't see it very often ....and the trumpet really stands out ...

What's on The middle rock????gsp?

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23 Mar 2016 10:14 #9 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Thanks Chris, yep gsp's

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23 Mar 2016 11:18 #10 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
Keep us informed of the progression.

ian

Irish Tropical Fish Society (ITFS) Member.

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23 Mar 2016 12:21 #11 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Will do, getting a royal gramma, some more snails a soft coral and either a boxer or skunk shrimp on Friday can't decide which. Already have a skunk and there cool

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23 Mar 2016 17:36 #12 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)

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23 Mar 2016 17:38 #14 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)

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23 Mar 2016 17:39 #15 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)

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23 Mar 2016 17:41 #16 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)

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23 Mar 2016 18:47 #17 by carlowchris (chris)
Very nice....see the misses didn't convince ya to paint back black yet


I personally think white make that tank pop......what does everyone think??? Black or white???

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23 Mar 2016 19:00 #18 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Haha its on the long finger Chris, the paints there and all but need to make an excuse every weekend & running out of excuses now

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23 Mar 2016 23:08 #19 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
I like both for different reasons.

The white will make you notice the actual tank that little bit more, easier to keep clean from salt as well as it wont really show up as much,

then again black will make you notice whats in the tank more, making it feel more like a reef as your not noticing the edging of the tank so much.

But i must say the white with the black sand must look lovely in person, i would personally keep it white.

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23 Mar 2016 23:16 #20 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
I like the white at one stage I was going to paint mine white but it may effect the sale down the road, and the same for you if you paint it and you decide you want to go bigger it may effect the sale

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23 Mar 2016 23:29 #21 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
I'd agree with Jeff
Consider wrapping it tho! It at least would be removable if wanted

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23 Mar 2016 23:30 #22 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Thanks lads I really love the white but really think the Mrs will get her way and it will be black. Il never hear the end of it otherwise and with how expensive this hobby can be I think I can take one for the team

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23 Mar 2016 23:31 #23 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
So as to take her attention away from my spending

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23 Mar 2016 23:40 #24 by jeff (Jeff Scully)

So as to take her attention away from my spending


I learned a long time ago that's it's better and safer to just lie :dry: :huh:

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25 Mar 2016 11:39 #25 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Removed some green bubble algae and red bubble algae last night, all on the rock that the gsp's are on. This rock when I got it introduced a bristle worm, aipstasia and some little starfish which seem to be multiplying and now bubble algae.

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26 Mar 2016 10:12 #26 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
New additions ☺

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26 Mar 2016 10:15 #28 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)

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26 Mar 2016 16:21 #29 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Might be a good idea to nuke that rock that has all the crap on it and frag /save some of the coral, gsp grows rapid so don't worry if ur only left with a small bit
The little stars I'd say are asteria stars the multiple like rats and will stop ur tank from getting coraline algea as it's what their after and lots of stories of them turning to corals when coraline is not their for them, only way to 100% remove them is to use a harlequin shrimp, amazing looking shrimp probably the best in my opinion, but their not cheap at all for the size of it, but it works I've used them before

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26 Mar 2016 18:10 #30 by Lakes1985 (David Ward)
Thanks Jeff, il have to look into how to frag the gsp's and do you mean throw the rock out? Ya the are asterias there seem to be loads now

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