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

How long will plants live without light??

30 Sep 2009 20:36 #1 by neil0r (Neil Sisson)
Hey all,

Just wondering how long my plants will survive without any light. I've had to cover over my tank and leave lights off to get rid of algae...

Worried that I am going to kill off my plants. Any ideas if this is hugely detrimental to the health of the plants?


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30 Sep 2009 20:43 #2 by karlo (karlo kennedy)
there is some plants that can survive long times without light the best way i can tell u is the darker the green the less light it will need but do try and get some light to it even 4-6 hours would be enough and algae will be down to a min with that amount of light

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30 Sep 2009 20:57 #3 by neil0r (Neil Sisson)
Thanks for the reply. I'm only planning on leaving the tank covered over for a few days util the algae dies off.

Just worried that I'll find the plants dead along with the algae.

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03 Oct 2009 01:35 #4 by Georgia (Georgia)
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Well taking this from my Biology lessons last year the Photosynthesis depends on the surface area of the leaves. If they are large and plentyful then you can leave them a few days. If they are narrow and sparse then a day or two. To be honest though if you take on the fact that land plants when a volcano erupts and ash is in the sky for even 4 days the plants will still recover as long as you allow them a lot of light. I.e. window time.

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