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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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23 Feb 2014 20:59 #91 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Deposit paid and build is now under way, at last :P

Many thanks to Darren and Daniel in seahorse :)

Really excited now :D

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05 Mar 2014 19:35 #92 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Still waiting for the final fingure and delivery date :S

Some issues with the carpenter :-(( hopefulyl daniel will have it sorted soon

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11 Mar 2014 12:20 #93 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Got the final price and it will be here in about 3 weeks :cool:

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11 Mar 2014 19:33 #94 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)

Got the final price and it will be here in about 3 weeks :cool:


Really looking forward to see how the tank works out....you've put so much planning into this I'm sure it's going to be the business.....

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11 Mar 2014 20:01 #95 by Bohrio (Alex Rodriguez)
This is so exciting, I have been following up this thread from the beginning... can't wait now! :)

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13 Mar 2014 14:26 #96 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
just ordered my non-return valves and will be popping into sea horse in 2 week to buy what ever darren recommends for my plants :)

all very exciting - looking at close to 3k for everything... but it was spread over a year.

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31 Mar 2014 13:52 #97 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
well Sea horse are running a bit behind on the build, but ill update the exp list

Running Total
Lights (Rapid LED Lighting System)€340.00
BulkHeads (Imperial Measurement)€46.87
Pumping (Imperial Measurement)€120.00
Sump Pump (Ehime Compact 3000+)€115.00
Daily Auto Feeder (Ehime)€40.00
Heater (Ehime 300w)€30.00
UV-C (TMC Vecton V2 600)€61.27
Sump Shell (4ft clear seal tank€50.00
2nd Heater (Ehime 300w)€15.00
Staurogyne repens€50.00
6 bags ADA Amazon soil€270.00
filter Media€38.00
filter socks€15.00
R/O Unit€84.00
2 x non-return values + connectors€75.00


Running Total : €1350.14
Tank Cost : €2110 (including delivery and setup)

Total Spend : €3460.14
+ approx (200 for plumbing work)

(nothing spared on this build)

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31 Mar 2014 21:08 #98 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)

well Sea horse are running a bit behind on the build, but ill update the exp list

Running Total
Lights (Rapid LED Lighting System)€340.00
BulkHeads (Imperial Measurement)€46.87
Pumping (Imperial Measurement)€120.00
Sump Pump (Ehime Compact 3000+)€115.00
Daily Auto Feeder (Ehime)€40.00
Heater (Ehime 300w)€30.00
UV-C (TMC Vecton V2 600)€61.27
Sump Shell (4ft clear seal tank€50.00
2nd Heater (Ehime 300w)€15.00
Staurogyne repens€50.00
6 bags ADA Amazon soil€270.00
filter Media€38.00
filter socks€15.00
R/O Unit€84.00
2 x non-return values + connectors€75.00


Running Total : €1350.14
Tank Cost : €2110 (including delivery and setup)

Total Spend : €3460.14
+ approx (200 for plumbing work)

(nothing spared on this build)


I cannot wait to see this tank!! You have some patience and the step by step build is just the business......

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31 Mar 2014 21:14 #99 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Thanks, can't wait - alot of planning and I don't want to fall at the last hurdle

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04 Apr 2014 15:14 - 04 Apr 2014 16:35 #100 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
in the process of looking into auto water changes via a reverse osmosis unit.

www.irishfishkeepers.com/index.php/forum...nd-auto-water-change

If anyone has any input , its always welcome.
I'm still of the mind the do putting 100% water in the tank via the R/O unit and add water elements / minerals once a week in the sump (before the filter)

Any input guys?
Last edit: 04 Apr 2014 16:35 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh).

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10 Apr 2014 17:39 - 10 Apr 2014 17:41 #101 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Maybe it's just cause I'm in a bad mood today but pretty pissed that 7 weeks after I paid 1000euro my tank still hasn't been put together.

Was hoping to sign off on it this weekend only to find that it's not even on the bench yet.

Come on guy's, you're good at what you do, but don't tell me 3 weeks when it's going to take 9...
Last edit: 10 Apr 2014 17:41 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh).

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11 Apr 2014 01:28 #102 by alan 64 (alan)
id be totaly pissed off with that mate

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13 Apr 2014 09:35 #103 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Got a call, looks like it's now on the bench waiting for the glue to set. Expecting a call mid week to confirm a viewing of the tank and stand.

Want to give it the Ok before they make the trip down to galway. (don't want a "you missed something" moment)

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13 Apr 2014 19:59 #104 by Joekinsella (joe Kinsella)
Least it's on the way looking forward to the finished result. Don't forget to take pictures during the viewing.

Location: Clogherboy Navan.

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17 Apr 2014 11:08 #105 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
got a call from seahorse and the carpenter.
all looking well :cheer:

Tank is done, and the stand will be there tomorrow.

I'm popping down to them on sat morning. should be there for 10am if anyone wants to catch up with me.

Need to talk about some sump work - but I'm 100% behind what ever seahorse recommend - they know best..


I'll take some photo's for everyone.

:cheer: :cheer:

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19 Apr 2014 12:02 #106 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
First off I want to apologise to seahorse aquariums, I was incorrect when I said 7 weeks, it was 7 since I paid the deposit but only 4 since the dimensions were confirmed.

I'll upload photos when I'm home.


Very happy with the tank everything looks amazing!

With any luck it will be installed before next weekend.

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19 Apr 2014 22:07 - 19 Apr 2014 22:09 #107 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Last edit: 19 Apr 2014 22:09 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh).

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21 Apr 2014 08:47 #108 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)
Looking great, except for that crack on the lefthand side..............................................

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21 Apr 2014 08:51 #109 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Lol don't say things like that :)

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21 Apr 2014 10:43 #110 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
I have a dose of the green eyed monster right now.. Lol

Fair play to ya..keep posting pics of the progress..

Watching new builds is terrific..lookin forward to seeing your ideas put into action

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21 Apr 2014 14:24 #111 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Of course I'll keep everyone up to date :)
The more I share the more chance someone will point out a flaw :D

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21 Apr 2014 14:28 #112 by swai (Simon)
I'm still waiting on my tank from seahorse! Not fair you got yours first.

We should be building around the same time so let's hope we both do a good job!

Marino, Dublin 9

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21 Apr 2014 15:54 #113 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
In there defence they did get 2 fish room orders of 7 or 8 tanka each just before my order was put in.

But trust me, there are no better guys for the job! Daniel and Darren will make sure the work is prefect and will tell you exactly what to do to get set up :) Really are great guys.

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24 Apr 2014 07:17 #114 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
A year of planning, and it's arriving within the hour

:woohoo:

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24 Apr 2014 17:44 #115 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Installed. :woohoo:

One or two bits left to go on :)

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25 Apr 2014 22:02 #116 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
well i only just realize that i put my hieght into the 3D drawing wrong (by 20 cm) lol, but i dont car i love the tank.

I've corrected my hight in the drawing and posed with the model :D

[img]http://www.stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/3d to reality.jpg[/img]

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25 Apr 2014 22:12 - 25 Apr 2014 22:14 #117 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
(If you find tis usefull - dont forget to hit the "Thank You" button B) )


ok, so the some of the fun stuff now :)


the over flow



and the returns - all nicely tucked away and out of sight



side access panel



and sump with VUC filter to the side



I'll keep updating this thread on the progress,

One or 2 things more to get down from seahorse before i can laying things out. so another week or so should get me going on that.
Also buying a powerfull air pump from "Zoom" on here and placing airline hose's on the bottom of the tank.

This is to help clean the gravel (if i ever need to - rather do it now then after its filled)
Last edit: 25 Apr 2014 22:14 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh). Reason: typo

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25 Apr 2014 22:32 #118 by swai (Simon)
Very nice, looks well put together and you can see a lot of thought went into the planning.

I've always wondered about a sump set up and now it looks very clear.

looking forward to seeing the progress!

Marino, Dublin 9

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29 Apr 2014 13:51 #119 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
ok so plumbing is complete

it turns out, that the water pressure coming into the house is an amazing 75psi!
Anyway I've got the over line from the sump plumbed into the drain.

[img]http://stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/new waste pipe.jpg[/img]
[img]http://stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/new pipe.jpg[/img]

New Ro unit connected to the mains (on the other side of the wall to the tank)

[img]http://stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/new plumbing from water mains.jpg[/img]
[img]http://stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/new Ro unit.jpg[/img]

and linked the output of the RO to the sump
[img]http://stephen-walsh.com/misc_hosting_files/fish/new Ro Feed.jpg[/img]

with the "on" value turned on my 3,5mm I get about 20 milli-litres per minute into the tank (so about 200 liters per week - which is about ~23.57% water change per week.

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03 May 2014 20:24 #120 by Darkslice (Stephen Walsh)
Final modifications made to the sump to allow the auto water change system to work as expected,

Also picked up some dragon stones for the aquascaping.

Also collected my new air pump, and co2 reactor from a member here,

Big day tomorrow to start putting stuff into the tank :)

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