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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

Question about freezing things to kill nasties?

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23 Nov 2016 09:10 #1 by gunnered72
Im curious about this when it comes to killing nasties in aquarium sand and on bog wood etc...

I have taken a load of sand and bogwood from a tank and put it in buckets...Now I left it all out the back soaking in water...

What I wanna know is would the freezing temperatures we are now having kill off any nasty organisms that may be residing in said sand and bogwood....It seems to me that that any tropical aquatic creature has temperature limits and I know boiling stuff and baking it in an oven will kill most nasties...

So does freezing them have the same effect???

Just an early morning question for the geeks amongst us LOL :crazy: :crazy:

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23 Nov 2016 16:42 #2 by robert
I would imagine so

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23 Nov 2016 19:20 #3 by igmillichip
Freezing may only halt or slow down grow/reproduction as opposed to killing them (depends on the nasties)

ian

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23 Nov 2016 22:38 #4 by gunnered72
Ich and for example Ian....What happens to ick when you freeze it?

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24 Nov 2016 13:04 #5 by igmillichip
I've not tried freezing as a method to rid things of Ich, but I understand that cryopreservation of Ich for research purposes has proven a bit more tricky than some other species to get the parasites to survive on thawing.

For Ich, isolation from a host for a good quarantine period and medication are what I would use.

ian

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24 Nov 2016 13:52 #6 by gunnered72
Dont have an ick problem Ian...Was just curious as to what would happen to ick if ya froze it

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24 Nov 2016 14:01 #7 by igmillichip
Many organisms can go into statis when frozen but will re-animate when thawed................so freezing is not the best method to kill off nasties as a general tactic.

ian

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