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

Skimmer needed?

29 May 2015 14:36 #1 by Robbieoc (Robbie O'Connor)
I've just started my first nano marine tank . It's currently going through the cycling phase . Live rock & sand is all I have . Lights on for 6 hours a day . Looks perfect & nitrates are spiking to plan. It's a aquanano 30 with the ai prime led for when corals are introduced .
Is a skimmer required ?
Is there any other equipment etc worth purchasing ?
Marine is costing allot more than my planned tropical & when I introduce live stock I want to make sure they stay alive!

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18 Jul 2015 22:25 #2 by tetdiscus (Maritess McCarthy)
Hello, im new to reef keeping.. In my limited experience.. I suggest getting a quality heater. A protein skimmer is very helpful when keeping corals. But if you dont want a skimmer, try Seachem Purigen... A hydrometer is a must, although i use Refractometer for reliability in checking S.G. /salinity. A Marine test Kit for Ph, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Kh-Alkalinity, Magnesium, Calcium-for these i use Red Sea and Jbl. A good quality marine salt. If you're going for coral route, better use a reef salt-there are good brands out there.

It's a daunting task at first.. But its worth the effort especially when your fish start to eat from your hands :-)

P. S. Have at least a couple of buckets, i got mine in Tesco.

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