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

Coral substrate

23 Jul 2015 21:00 #1 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Hi everyone

A friend of a friend runs a pet shop and we got talking the other nite telling him I just need to get coral substrate and I'm ready to set my tank up so I said yeah no problem get me 2 15 kg bags(had a few pints and thought no more of it).

So today I got a phone call I have that substrate there for you it is the bigger grain then I wanted but the pet shop doesn't stock fish so he went out of his way to get it for me

So I kinda had to take it.

I haven't heard of the make before its Hugo kamishi coral sand it doesn't say if it's a ph buffering substrate ect

So has anyone got any experience with this stuff

Regards Craig

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23 Jul 2015 21:03 #2 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)

at the end of the day it becomes nite

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23 Jul 2015 22:42 #3 by ger310 (Ger .)
Replied by ger310 (Ger .) on topic Coral substrate
I have heard of that brand i think before (not 100% though) but i cant associate it with coral sand that's for sure...........If it's 'actual' coral sand then it will defo alter your PH and act as a buffer.

Sorry i could not be more help dude.


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23 Jul 2015 22:47 #4 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Thanks ger there isn't much online about it if it is actually crushed coral it does look like it tho

It's for an African tank so I really hope it does buff the ph I have 2 15kg bags of it so suppose I have to use it now :crazy:

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23 Jul 2015 23:10 #5 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Put a small amount into a container

And test ph periodically for a few days

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24 Jul 2015 07:23 #6 by helix8008 (Tomas Novak)
I got crushed coral sand with tank I bought, but I don't like the look of it. Very day after cleaning it looks messy again! :(
I decided to go for black gravel which also buffers ph, no more visible sh*t :laugh:

I still have plenty of left if someone is interested.

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