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

Cooling water

03 Jun 2018 13:27 #1 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
Any suggestions as to what to do when your tank gets too hot!

What can you do to cool down your tank in this hot weather? Is it dangerous to put ice cubes into the tank, or do a water change with very cold water?

What a great problem to have!!!!

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04 Jun 2018 10:09 #2 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Cooling water
As you suggest, it's a nice problem to have.

For what it's worth I always use cooler water for water changes/top ups and the fish here don't mind - at least they've never complained about it! But more seriously I find using even cold water can often stimulate an interest in spawning activity.

I have also used ice cubes on occasion - a scenario comes to mind when a heater siezed closed and caused a potentially dangerous temperature hike and the ice cubes seemed like the best method to quickly reduce temperature so I put two trays-worth in. It barely dropped the temperature so I had to drastically drop water level and top up from the cold tap.Luckily nothing much expired and what did die was as a result, I think, of the water having got so hot as opposed to the influx of the ice cubes and subsequent cold water.

I recall reading - many years ago - of a person creating a system which entailed diverting their external filter return into a small refrigerator but this might - even given the warnings of 'global warming' (even here in Ireland) - be a little 'over the top'.
Some Native Marine Tank keepers use a specific cooler system, but - again - this mightn't be suited to your set-ups either.

This is Ireland after all - enjoy the warmth while it lasts and replace some water with cold - that's what I will do if the water goes much above the low eighties.

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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04 Jun 2018 17:39 #3 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
Replied by Jonlate (Jon Late) on topic Cooling water
Thanks john,
I will just give it a good water change then, hopefully that will do the job.
Thanks for the help.

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