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


09 Mar 2014 16:18 #1 by markoneill26 (Mark O'Neill)

I have a 180 litre tank. 20kg of live rock ,external filter aquis 1250, wave maker. I have cleaning crew ,clownfish and damsel fish.

i was wondering is it worth my while to invest in a sump. I was going to get a Hang on protein skimmer.

i dont know much about the sump system in where you buy one and what size i need. I would love you advise guys.

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09 Mar 2014 17:18 - 09 Mar 2014 17:21 #2 by Bohrio (Alex Rodriguez)
Replied by Bohrio (Alex Rodriguez) on topic Sump????
With that bioload I wouldnt bother, just add the skimmer and that should do it.

Sumps are mainly use to hide stuff from the display tank (such as skimmers, heaters, etc), to increase the total volume of water and to improve/increase filtration.
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10 Mar 2014 13:09 #3 by sincgar (Feargal Costello)
Replied by sincgar (Feargal Costello) on topic Sump????
+1 on the advice. If not already drilled then you would need an overflow, piping etc in order to sump your current tank. a lot of work for possibly little return.
If wanting to hide the heater you could buy an in-line one for your external. I have one on mine and it is very stable and keeps the temp spot on
Unless planning to keep corals the skimmer is also not a complete necessity. I ran my tank with softies for quite a while without any and no problems

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10 Mar 2014 20:33 #4 by jeff (Jeff Scully)
Replied by jeff (Jeff Scully) on topic Sump????
If it's not broke don't try fix it I ran my rio 240 on a external and a hob skimmer with no issues for a full year until I upgraded, and on another note you won't get the water as clear with a sump as you would with externals I had 2 one at each end nothing in one but floss and it looked like their was no water in it at all, have to say I miss that

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