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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

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22 May 2017 17:20 #1 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
Hi guys quick question about some plants.
I got some plants last week Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae'
Echinodorus Dschungelstar Python
Echinodorus grisebachii 'Tropica'

The Leafs of the Echinodorus grisebachii 'Tropica' are yellowing and becoming transparent
What's going wrong! is it Iron
Also I hear it's normal for plants to die off and regrow new leafs later!

Any help is appreciate
Thanks
Obliged
Paul

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23 May 2017 04:02 #2 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
What type of lighting do you use and how old is it?

Also what ferts do you dose if any?

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23 May 2017 18:02 - 24 May 2017 00:24 #3 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
I have 2x18w T8 Juwel Day-Light
The lights are a year old

I use easy life Profito & easycarbo
Using JBL Manado
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24 May 2017 07:22 - 24 May 2017 07:25 #4 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Tubes are gone Paul...

Flourescent tubes should be replaced every nine months...

You should consider LED retro fit tubes...They last for 3 to 5 years (50,000 hours apparently) and use about a fifth of the electricity...Initial cost is dearer but well worth it in the long run...

Heres an example...Forget what you have heard about watts per litre....For plant growth the magic number is 6500Kelvin...Anything between 6000 and 8500 will grow most plants pretty well...

www.arcadia-aquatic.com/classica-led-lamp/
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24 May 2017 07:24 #5 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Oh and if you create small waves at your water surface when using LED lights you get whats known as the shimmer effect....Your water will sparkle...Its beautiful to see on a sunny day when theres lots of natural sunlight coming in along with the LEDs in full colour...

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24 May 2017 07:31 #6 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Also just be aware that Juwel tubes are a slightly different length to all the other bog standard ones as far as i know....

Juwel are feckers for making everything awkward to modify...Marketing crap...They just want you to buy all their stuff when it comes to modifying Juwel tanks in any way...

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24 May 2017 15:19 #7 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
Hi gunnered,

Where can I get these LED tubes.

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24 May 2017 21:08 #8 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Ebay UK

or

Amazon UK

There are loads of different brands and types to choose from...The Arcadia one was just an example...

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