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

Trichogaster trichopterus

10 Nov 2016 20:46 #1 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
Wild 3 spot Gourami. A wee bit of a disaster. I've grown them on a bit before trying to breed them. The male blew a nest and invited the female over for for coffee and a movie :) unfortunately she wasn't impressed with his nest so she left. I couldn't blame her really, it was a bit of a pathetic nest. He got angry and beat her up leaving her in a mess. She died today after trying to mend her for a few days. I'll try again with the other pair when they are ready.

The angry male

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10 Nov 2016 23:55 #2 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Sorry to hear this news.
Hopefully the other male will be more docile towards his female.

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11 Nov 2016 12:11 #3 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
The other pair seem to be OK, but he's pretty crap at nest building as well. It's all down to lack of experience I would say, he'll get there eventually, but meanwhile I'm keeping a close eye on them.

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