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


31 Dec 2017 19:21 #1 by robert (robert carter)
Hi all , and a very happy new year to everyone . Now i am wondering has anyone a solution for removing light scratches from the outside glass of an aquarium . The grandaughter said she was cleaning the front glass for me but using a coarse scouring pad. I have tried the rubbing compound we use inthe motor with very little success. Thanks Robert

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31 Dec 2017 21:11 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Scratches
Here is a link to Inza's excellent tutorial for dealing with scratches on the glass:



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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31 Dec 2017 22:28 #3 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
If you can catch your nail in them they are impossible to remove no matter how hard you try to buff them out with cerium oxide...

Also if you do decide to start buffing with cerium oxide be prepared to have alot of patience...It takes time / Alot of time...

Watch you tube videos on it first...

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01 Jan 2018 13:01 #4 by robert (robert carter)
Replied by robert (robert carter) on topic Scratches
Thanks lads for your replies , have just ordered a kit of this stuff off ebay . Its comming from the uk cost 39 euro it does give a warning that the glass could crack or shatter . There are plenty of cheaper kits available from china with a delivery date of 9th march . So will keep you posted , as its on the outside i wont be emptying the tank or removing the fish just taking my time and being gentle , its on 12mm glas so cant see it breaking . Heat dispersion is the biggest factor i would think .

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