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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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19 Jul 2017 11:42 #1 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
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Hi guys
I have high nitrate level in my tap water ^20ppm and I'm have algae problem's when using lights more than 5hrs I'm getting green algae on glass and when using lights less than 4hrs I'm getting brown algae on everything, I think it may be silicate in the tap water as well.

I'm going to use RO water to mix with the tap water but I am not sure how much to use (25-35%) have any of you used RO water like this, if so what level is safe to mix.

Thanks
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19 Jul 2017 22:02 #2 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
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Hi guys
I have high nitrate level in my tap water ^20ppm and I'm have algae problem's when using lights more than 5hrs I'm getting green algae on glass and when using lights less than 4hrs I'm getting brown algae on everything, I think it may be silicate in the tap water as well.

I'm going to use RO water to mix with the tap water but I am not sure how much to use (25-35%) have any of you used RO water like this, if so what level is safe to mix.

Thanks
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Paul



how often are you doing water changes i do a 50 per cent every week in my planted tank

but when i leave it for 2 weeks or any longer thats when i get algea growth.


i use tap water and condition it with prime



regards
craig

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19 Jul 2017 22:28 #3 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
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He has 20ppm from his tap Craig....So his starting point is a problem straight away...

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19 Jul 2017 22:39 #5 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
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Mix different ratios in a bucket and see what happens...

Start at 50 / 50....Theoretically this should halve your NitrAtes....

Just remember RO water will affect PH (It lowers it) To get a true PH reading of the water you mix in a bucket let it sit for 24 hours to expel gases...

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20 Jul 2017 08:11 #6 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
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Thanks for your replies guys, it helps alot knowing there is somewhere to get good advice

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