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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

Malawi tank setup

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08 Feb 2013 18:21 #1 by steven900 (steven archbold)
I'm redoing my setup in the trigon 350, and us wondering. What weight of rock can I put in before I have any trouble with glass cracking.

Steven

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08 Feb 2013 18:34 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Malawi tank setup
A lot of people use that 'egg-crate' stuff under the rocks, but in the substrate, which would appear to spread the load of the weight of the rocks, but you'll doubtless get more accurate answers presently. Can anyone advise Steven?

John

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08 Feb 2013 19:32 #3 by Debrick (Ciaran barrett)
Hi Steven ,
I have a 450 litre Malawi setup , I have ocean rock from top to bottom @ the Bak of my tank
I put the rock in , dry tank directly on the glass i spread the weight across the tank
in my previous tank I put rocks on sand & gravel and had plenty of falling rocks from
the cichlids constantly digging , the glass is seriously tough and in my opinion will handle
a serious amont of rock
debrick

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08 Feb 2013 21:28 #4 by cichlidheaven (graham wynne)
hi steven

i use rule of tumb of rock weight twice as heavy as water ( depending on type and poriousity of rock), my main concern is that tank would be sitting on level surface and that weight of tank is evenly distributed as possible. alot of tanks would have wire mesh glass in bottom as additional support . one thing if you are keeping malawi cichlids in tank "ALWAYS WELL BED ROCK" TO BOTTOM IF POSSIBLE as fish will dig till they hit solid (if rock is stacked high risk of hiting side glass if undermind)

GRAHAM

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09 Feb 2013 15:45 #5 by steven900 (steven archbold)
Thanks a mill lads. I got the rock in and it's looking good. The fish are loving it, the tank looks like there s no stock in it most of the day as there always in and out.

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09 Feb 2013 15:48 #6 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Malawi tank setup
That's good Steven,
Any pictures?

John

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09 Feb 2013 15:57 #7 by steven900 (steven archbold)
Will get some pics up later or tomorrow. I can't find the cable for my camera.

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