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

angry with myself

05 Aug 2013 08:33 #1 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Anyone evernhad to move house and completely drain and refill their large aquarium?
Lets just say theres alot more to it than I thought!!!
I took out the fish and bagged them up, all decoration out, emptied the water (filled a 210 litre water butt and dumped the remaining 140ish litres) and thought 'sure we will stick the tank on the truck and get it all shifted easy as pie!!!
Forgot the tank needed to be on its side to get thru the door so had to abandon the tank and go get buckets to remove the substrate!
Realised before I left to go to the new house where everything was that my larger plecs had both burst their bags (no bags left) had no choice only to put them into the water butt!
Headed over to new house got buckets left off fish and water butt etc and went back for tank
Long story short between problems and faffing around looking for things people had packed away on me, took 4 hrs from emptying to refilling

Eventually started putting fish back in and realised I had a casualty, 1 of my fire mouths was looking ill and was up side down struggling like mad!

Decided to give him a chance and left him in a net at the top of the water, seemed to be coming round no bother so left hom there
Next thing I know net and fish nowhere to be seen at top of tank!!!! Net must have slipped and fallen in

Looking round the tank I see one of my flippin cray fish (lobsters) trying to bring the fiah off for dinner..... no tail left half a fin or 2 missing etc

Bloody gutted that he wasnt given more of a chance to recover
He was doing sooooo well!!!!

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05 Aug 2013 09:20 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic angry with myself
Ah, the joys of moving...

I remember it well.

I assume your Firemouth is no more now?


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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05 Aug 2013 09:37 #3 by wolfie (Anthony)
Replied by wolfie (Anthony) on topic angry with myself
Sorry to hear that pal on the plus side its still only one casualty so dont stress to much, moving is stressful enough without beating yourself up about it

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05 Aug 2013 10:12 #4 by JustinK (Justin Kelly)
That was unfortunate, especially when your doing your best to deal with
unforeseen problems.

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05 Aug 2013 11:07 #5 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
I had to put the poor fish out of its misery
So yea it is no more!!!!!
To be honest that was the most stressful part f the whole moving process
Still have my sons tank to move but thats only small so should be fairly handy!!!!

I think 1 casualty was not bad going in all honesty, could have been alot worse i guess

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05 Aug 2013 12:45 #6 by Gonefishy (Brian oneill)
It really does take a shite load of planning. Did it once and also commissioned and decommissioned another tank at a later stage - found both stressful myself never mind for the fish:) awful to lose a fish but it could have been a lot worse Hammie so give yourself a pat on the back...

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06 Aug 2013 06:42 #7 by ceech (Desmond Gaynor)
Try moving 2 x 720 litre tanks 6 x 150 litre, 6 x 60 litre in a day and all the fish and get to me :-)
That was a day of madness and big headaches he he :-)
I know the pain it is he he :-)
Not to mention you ever try and move 30 5 to 6 inch piranhas , 6 nets later we got there and a few bits of missing skin on my finger :-) Now that was fun he he :-)

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06 Aug 2013 08:31 #8 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Bloody hell Cheech......

That is all..... I dont think I can say any more lol
It was the fact that I must have not set the net in a stable enough spot that annoyed me more I think
Im fairly certain with a bit of time the fire mouth would probably have come round again!!!!

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06 Aug 2013 09:30 #9 by irish-zx10r (James feenan)
Life is never easy lol you are lucky enough its only one you lost
I know it not good to lose fish I hope the stress of it all is over now
and you can relax and enjoy your new home.
Best of luck hammie

Something fishie going on here

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