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

using RO water

07 Aug 2017 08:07 #1 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
Hi Guys
I'm using R.O water with Tap water because of high nitrate's in the tap water 20ppm.

Lightly Planted freshwater aquarium with some small goldfish.

This will lower the KH & PH, I want to keep both the KH & PH stable so I will need to buffer the water.
Is there a safe and natural way to do this?
I have read about crushed coral and pumice stone and also backing soda! Which is best for stability and how easy are these to get.

Paul B

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07 Aug 2017 09:13 #2 by paulv (paul vickers)
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I've used crushed coral and coral sand in the past, it's slow to react and is very stable. I'd imagine baking soda would be instant and may cause a shock to both fish and water chemistry. Slow and steady is the way to go.

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07 Aug 2017 09:20 #3 by Paul B (Paul Byrne)
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Thanks Paul
Can I get these in local pet shops (petstop/maxi zoo) or just online

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08 Aug 2017 09:44 #4 by paulv (paul vickers)
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I got mine in aquatic village. I'm sure sea horse has it. The pet shop chains may not stock it but could order it. It's heavy so online postage could be expensive. Make a few phone calls.

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