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

Protein skimmer for Juwel Rio 180

12 Dec 2015 22:50 - 12 Dec 2015 22:57 #1 by stevebreslin (Stephen Breslin)
I want to get a small protein skimmer for my 180 litre Juwel Rio. Any recommendations? There's no sump, the tank has a plastic lid and there's about 5 cm gap between rear of tank and wall. Pic of tank attached.
Last edit: 12 Dec 2015 22:57 by stevebreslin (Stephen Breslin).

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13 Dec 2015 06:26 #2 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Get something rated about 350 - 400litre
Don't underspec your skimmer
Hang on would be better and put it on the side imo

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19 Dec 2015 23:01 - 19 Dec 2015 23:14 #3 by stevebreslin (Stephen Breslin)
Thanks hammie. I (kind of) took your advice. I was looking at the Hydor Slim Skim (250 L) and Slim Skim Nano (160 L) and in the end went for the larger capacity. Installed it today and very happy with it. Looks great, it's quiet (with the tank lid closed) and the cup is half full of gunk already after just 8 hours.
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19 Dec 2015 23:23 #4 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Just bought one off a mate as well! Mine was way too small for my liking and just wasn't working properly at all! Be fe"*ed if I can remember the name of it tho!!! Be after Xmas before I get it cause that's when he will pick up his new 1!

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