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

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10 Nov 2016 20:58 #1 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
Plenty nests with this pair but never an egg! I'm letting the temperature drop to around 15c for a few weeks then I'll increase the temp again and see what happens.


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11 Nov 2016 00:05 #2 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Tell them get a move on Bill.
I have had a tank ready for their offspring for months :-)
Any luck on finding some alder cones of oak leaves in your neck of the woods?

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11 Nov 2016 12:08 #3 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
I've told them they are going to bed without supper if they don't get on with it :) No luck yet, but I haven't been able to get out to that forest yet as Lesley has been working extra shifts. But the Beech leaves I collected around my field are doing the job, although the water is darker than would like really. It's very difficult to see what's happening in the tanks. I think I'll have to cut the leaves back by at least 50%

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11 Nov 2016 18:55 #4 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Presoak the leaves for a bit before putting them in.
Or you could soak a bunch of them in a barrel and use the water from it in water changes to get the desired color.
Personally the darker the better in my tanks

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12 Nov 2016 12:28 #5 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
I put too much into people telling me that Beech leaves weren't as good as Oak etc for making blackwater so I added a few more than I would normally have used only to find they make it blacker than IAL. Lesson learned.
I like my blackwater quite dark but I think it's more important to see what's going on with your fish in the tank. While disease is less likely in blackwater, wounds etc need to be seen.

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