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

Breeding guppies

23 Feb 2017 20:48 #1 by robert (robert carter)
I set up a 100litre tank ( tank number 5) and put 8 female guppies and two male into it ,i now have quite an amount of fry but it appears that the two females died after giving birth , is this something that happens with female guppies ,the remaining 6 are very pregnant so i dont want to loose them. Any ideas lads

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23 Feb 2017 21:05 #2 by nomad (pat murphy)
Replied by nomad (pat murphy) on topic Breeding guppies
Hi Robert did you mention before that your PH was 6 which is on the soft side, check your GH and KH too and if there very low i think that could have a factor,guppies need a higher PH and hardness.

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23 Feb 2017 21:27 #3 by robert (robert carter)
Hi Nomad , how right you are yes i battle with a tap water ph of 6 and a kh of between 1 and 2 , hence the reason of building the trickle tower full of pumice for the koi pond . The guppies seam happy enough in the tank and have breed ok with a good amount of fry , it almost seams as the birthing process is just to much for them and they die . The other females some of which are very pregnant seem fine , liverly and feed well. Ammonia is zero ,nitrites are zero , nitrates about 10 . Filtering is a large air powered sponge filter and a powerhead sponge filter , the tank is heavly planted togive the fry a chance to survive.

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23 Feb 2017 21:38 #4 by nomad (pat murphy)
Replied by nomad (pat murphy) on topic Breeding guppies
My water chemistry in the aquarium is very similar to yours and i have no real luck with livebearers,its a shame because i saw some fine looking sailfin mollies a good while ago in seahorse..

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