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

setting up a discus aquarium

09 Dec 2016 12:11 #1 by BillyB (Billy B)
Hi. I have had a 200 litre tank for two years now. I have kept a few simple plants and community fish up until now.
Currently I have 13 cardinals, 6 rummeynose tetras, 3 mollies and 2 SAEs.

I have always been interested in keeping discus, and I think I will start soon. Would you recommend me selling my community fish, so that I can concentrate fully on the discus for the first year or maybe more of their lives.

The logic behind this is to be able to give them the best quality water and most space as possible while they are growing. It will also mean they will have no competition when eating food, so I could grow them well.

Is this necessary or should I not bother?

Thanks in advance,

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09 Dec 2016 18:52 #2 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
If the tetras are healthy then keep then and get rid of the others.

The tetras may well help discus settle in, they won't really compete for food, they will also do very nicely in the water conditions suitable for discus.


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09 Dec 2016 19:45 #3 by BillyB (Billy B)

Is there any reason why you recommend removing the mollies and SAEs? The reason I ask is because they help keep the plants clean of algae. Would it be a problem to keep them with discus?

Thanks again,

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