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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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11 Dec 2016 17:12 #1 by robert (robert carter)
Just looking for your thoughts about this , am thinking of upgradeing one of the externals on my 350 litre community tropical tank . It is very much overstocked . Present set up is one jbl crystal profti 1500e , the other filter is an aqua one cf1200 now two years old ,this is the unit i am thinking of upgradeing as the output from this filter is very poor even after a good clean . Now the two contenders are the Fluval fx6 output 2100 litres an hour cost 299 euro or the jbl crysral profti 1900 e output 1900 litres an hour cost 249 euro with a four year warrenty . So which is the best unit .

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11 Dec 2016 17:55 #2 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
I've an fx 6 on my trigon 350 currently! I'm looking at either a second fx6 or possibly an fx4 as a second filter

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11 Dec 2016 20:05 #3 by robert (robert carter)
Hi Hammie , thanks for your reply , so you think the fx6 is better? I was sort of going for the jbl because of the 4 year warrenty and that sh keep a good range of spares, however on the other hand the fx6 is totally self priming , but has a much smaller media capacity . The more research i do the the confussed i get . Robert

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11 Dec 2016 20:10 #4 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
I like the media baskets of the fx range and find them very easy to use! Also the drain on the fx6 I find very very useful for both filling and emptying the water for quick small changes! I'll be honest tho, the jbl range does appeal..... but I'm a fan of the fx range

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12 Dec 2016 18:01 #5 by ger310 (Ger .)
I can't comment on the JBL 1900e your thinking about as I've never used one but any experience I have had with a JBL filter (2 to be exact)has being good so I would never hesitate personally in buying any of there products,and that also applies to Eheim and Fluval filters I have used.........but the Fluval FX6 is just that little bit better than any other filter I have used in my opinion........well worth its price as far as i'm concerned!!

Ger

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13 Dec 2016 21:38 #6 by JSleator (Jason Sleator)
I have always used fluval canisters over the years and think they are great. The flow rate never diminishes. I have one that is 8 years and still going. If I had to buy a bigger filter or was in your shoes it would be without doubt the fx6.

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17 Mar 2017 23:57 #7 by damofoxo (Damien Fox)
What did you go for in the end? I never had a jbl 1901 but have a few 1501s they are very good. I have 2 fx6s on 440 litre tanks and i have to say they are workhorses. The only thing is you dont want to turn your tank into a washing machine.!

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18 Mar 2017 13:31 #8 by robert (robert carter)
Hi just to reply to this , well i didnt go for anything , i spoke to Darren in sh and he advised that the 1901 crystal profi filter would produce to much current in the tank and also said the 1901 is much noiser that the 1501 . So in the end i didnt replace anything

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