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


14 Oct 2018 15:34 #1 by robert (robert carter)
I was just wondering are t5s or leds better for reducing the algae in an aquarium . I have a couple of tanks that are hardscaped and have artifisal plants in them , i have both lighting systems and wonder which is better to reduce the amount the amount of algae. With no real plants i dont need a high level of lighting . I realise the leds will only use about one third of the power of the t5s . Thanks Robert

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14 Oct 2018 21:39 #2 by dougS007 (Douglas Silva)
Replied by dougS007 (Douglas Silva) on topic Lighting
Hi Robert, in my opinion, you need to have some alive plants there to help to complete the correct cycle, otherwise reducing the timethe lights are on would help to reduce the algae but it always would be a problem for you... Getting some fish that eats the algae would help too. But I would start with some alive plant!

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15 Oct 2018 07:53 #3 by robert (robert carter)
Replied by robert (robert carter) on topic Lighting
Hi thank you for your reply , unfortionatly live plants arnt an option as that the two tanks envolved have fish that would distroy live plants , a 8inch flowerhorn in one and the other has large fancy goldfish ,orandas and redcaps who would also distroy any live plants .

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