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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

Build Plans - Advice will be needed -NOW INSTALLED

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04 Jun 2013 21:42 - 04 Jun 2013 21:46 #31 by bart (Bart Korfanty)
Her's another idea for the tank supporting frame box. I made it from 3x4'' and 2x3'' beams. the size of the tank was 150x50x60 high. the box construction is very strong and can be covered with any kind of finish. Also plained beams are pretty cheap if u shop around ;)


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04 Jun 2013 22:06 - 04 Jun 2013 22:09 #32 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
yep thats the plan, but i can only use 1 middle beam as ill need 2 doors :)
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05 Jun 2013 20:01 #33 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
still in talks with Jeff from www.hendersons.co.uk, he recommends using Hose Joins, Simple i know but i didn't think of it.

Revision 2 below

[img]http://www.stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/Connections V2.jpg[/img]

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12 Jun 2013 13:27 - 12 Jun 2013 13:28 #34 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Ordered my lighting system today.

Went with LED's due to the high cost of bulb replacements.

total cost was €340 from "Rapid LED"

Description Quantity
Solderless Neutral White LED 12
Solderless Warm White LED 12
Solderless Cool White LED 12
Solderless Royal Blue LED 12
As-Is 6" x 20" Heat Sink 2
6" x 20" Splash Guard 2
Solderless LED Plug 4
Driver Jumper 4
Arctic Alumina 1
Nano Driver with Potentiometer 4
4.5" Wire 36
6" Wire 12


So 40 x 5 watt LED covering the complete Light Spectrum for tropical on 2 x (6" x 20") heatsinks and all dimmible.

Also got 2 spares for each type.



Running Total : €386.87
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12 Jun 2013 21:30 #35 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
more talk's with jeff from wwww.hendersons.co.uk
new version on the connections,

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13 Jun 2013 13:30 - 13 Jun 2013 13:32 #36 by bart (Bart Korfanty)
I have few things on my mind

The light u are planning seems to be for heavily planted set-up and if u going that way co2 injection will be needed in rather large amounts to keep up with plant needs.
Unfortunately there is massive co2 loss in tanks with the sump couse of so called surface movement. In heavily agitated water going down the pipes co2 will be simply escaping the water as it does not dilute easily. Not as easy as oxygen anyway.

What i'm trying to say is that 200w of light won't be used to it's full potential

Just my thoughts (as always) ;)
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13 Jun 2013 13:46 #37 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Thanks Bart, nice advice didn't know about the c02 loss, i'm getting the massive light system and it will be dimmable and wont burn out that easily, but i always can get a co2 injection if needs be.

Yes i do plan on having a good number of plants :)

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13 Jun 2013 21:33 - 25 Jun 2013 16:25 #38 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
ok so,

tank spec sent to glass shop recommend by peter from aqua paws for cost,
Pipe work finalised send to www.hendersons.co.uk for total cost and shipping.

I've also changed the bracing on the tank, turns out to be no way around it, so here it is


[img]http://www.stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/image 1.jpg[/img]
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24 Jun 2013 16:07 #39 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
no new updates as of yet, waiting on some lighting parts to come back in stock and just waiting on the invoice for the pumping parts,

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24 Jun 2013 19:53 #40 by wylam (Stuart Sexton)
Looks fantastic, nice to have it all planned out and drawn on CAD, gives you a good idea of what it will turn out like. Its a pity you're not nearer to Cork, I'm a steel fabricator and could knock together a solid base frame for ya. Good luck with the build.

Stuart.

Multi tasking: Screwing up more than one thing at a time.

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25 Jun 2013 08:12 #41 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
thanks stuart :)

if i start have structure issues ill give you a shout :)

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25 Jun 2013 16:23 - 26 Jun 2013 09:29 #42 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
just an update,

Managed to get a great price on the tank construction after ringing around.
Thanks again to Peter form Aqua Paws.

I've also got the final price of the tubing - I've ordered more than i need but that's just because imperial plumping is very tricky to get.

Total price for the flex tubing and connections is £104 ~ €120, more than i expected to pay to i paid for some strong stuff with replacements if needed. ( and its black so i wont look dirty over time)


Put it this way, i'm getting 12 meters of tubing, twice as much than i need right now, but a lot of room to grow later on or if i want to create a second tank.



Putting that order in tonight.
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26 Jun 2013 09:34 #43 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Order Made,

Running Total
Lights€340.00
BulkHeads€46.87
Pumping€120.00

Running Total : €506.87

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03 Jul 2013 20:45 - 03 Jul 2013 20:50 #44 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
plumping arrived,

Final design below (thanks to jeff from www.hendersons.co.uk)

Overflow Pipe



Emergency Overflow

[img]http://www.stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/Emergency Overflow.jpg[/img]

return pipe Version 4

[img]http://www.stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/Return V4.jpg[/img]

and the finsl pieces lined up



final pieces (heatsinks) for the lights will be in stock by the end of the week.

Currently in the process of moving house so wont be able to get the tank constructed until i finished moving.

Going to put a order in for the pump in aqua paws in the next few days :)
Pete if your reading this - ill be in touch sortly :P
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03 Jul 2013 22:24 #45 by sheag35 (Seamus Gillespie)
looking good so far very interesting thread, cant wait for further updates

Fishkeeping the Only way to get wet and wild

currently 25 tanks, and breeding is the aim of everything i keep
location:Limerick

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05 Jul 2013 07:56 #46 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
put the order in for the sump pump yesterday.

Eheim Compact+ 3000. ;)

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08 Jul 2013 13:37 #47 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Ordered the pump and auto feeder at the weekend from aqua paws - thanks Pete :)

Running Total
Lights€340.00
BulkHeads€46.87
Pumping€120.00
Sump Pump€115.00
auto Feeder€40.00

Running Total : €661.87

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13 Jul 2013 09:29 - 13 Jul 2013 09:31 #48 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Lights arrived and assembeled :)




turned on , on the lowerst setting



turned on, on the highst setting - these are very impressive !



Spec's

17,770 lumens @ 182 watts on full power
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19 Jul 2013 08:54 #49 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Hanging kit arrived yesterday.
Now i just need to get the new house finalized before i get the tank constructed.

Collecting my pump and auto-feeder tomorrow from aqua paws :)

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22 Jul 2013 10:47 #50 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
collected the pump and autofeeder from pete in aquapaws :)

fits perfectly to the hose. So that the entire plumping and lights sorted now. :cool:

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22 Jul 2013 11:53 #51 by JohnH (John)
This really is an awesome project, it's really good that you've shared - and will be sharing (he says hopefully) this right from the planning stage to fruition.

Excellent,

John

Location:
N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


ITFS member.



It's a long way to Tipperary.

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22 Jul 2013 11:59 #52 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
thanks "Mr. John", :P

I will of course update every little bit of the build as its so easy to miss something and I'm sure the guys here will point out improvements or error's as i go :)

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02 Aug 2013 13:44 #53 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
we'll new house is progressing very slowly - but i've been looking into my UVC chamber in my sump.
I've created a new topic for this one as its a bit off topic...


www.irishfishkeepers.com/index.php/forum...eaters-lights/132074


any help would be appreciated :)

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08 Aug 2013 11:40 #54 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
we've got sale agreed on the new house :cool: so now just need to sign the contracts and build the tank :woohoo:

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08 Aug 2013 11:50 #55 by ceech (Desmond Gaynor)
WoW oh wow i am looking forward to seeing this tank when you have it built :-)
What type of fish are you thinking of stocking it with ?
Truly impressive makes me wonder about my idea i had for a build of a nice big tank in a wall in the house.
Best of luck and congrats with the house :-)

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08 Aug 2013 11:52 #56 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)
Glad you got the house sorted, next time you are in Salthill, drop in to the aquarium for a chat

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08 Aug 2013 12:43 #57 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)

we've got sale agreed on the new house :cool: so now just need to sign the contracts and build the tank :woohoo:


Ah, fishkeepers... we get more excited about where our fish are going to live than where WE'RE going to live :lol:

"The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life; your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you.They're freeing your soul."

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08 Aug 2013 13:13 #58 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)

we've got sale agreed on the new house :cool: so now just need to sign the contracts and build the tank :woohoo:


Ah, fishkeepers... we get more excited about where our fish are going to live than where WE'RE going to live :lol:


So True, so very very true .......

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09 Aug 2013 08:33 - 09 Aug 2013 08:33 #59 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
thanks guys,

I have community fish at the moment so im going to stick with that and get a few discus while there are young so that don't eat the community fish :D

lol, building this tank has kept me sane while buying a house, its a great distraction.

I'll be in salthill tomorrow morning to meet with petra, so i'm sure i can bring you in a mocka :D
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09 Aug 2013 09:10 #60 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)



I'll be in salthill tomorrow morning to meet with petra, so i'm sure i can bring you in a mocka :D


Yum Yum Thanks Steve

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