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


26 Feb 2018 14:35 #1 by robert (robert carter)
Hi all just a quick question for your imput, i now have 9 tanks 8 of which are heated the esb bill is also rising and my good lady is beginning to realise this is not as cheap a hobby as i make out . Now i was wodering has anyone ever thought of insulating there tanks . My first thought was that if i stood the tanks on 25mil kingspan and also covered the back and side with the same just leaving the front viewing panel uncovered would it actually make any difference . Now i know heat rises , all the tanks have lids so i would have to research ways of insulation on these . Your experiece or views as always would be grateful . Thanks Robert

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27 Feb 2018 22:09 #2 by robert (robert carter)
Replied by robert (robert carter) on topic Insulation
Hi all , well i went ahead with the insulation, however i used 1 inch polysterin for woodies and covered all sides of the tanks except the front viewing panel . I noticed a difference within a few hours that the room in which the tanks are in felt noticeably cooler whe i went into it this evening so to me this alone proves its made a difference but will wait until the next esb bill arrives . Will update then

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28 Feb 2018 10:58 #3 by Dihanio (Paulie Hanlon)
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Hi Robert,

You'll definitely see a reduction in the bill. Your heaters, being the highest wattage you use in the tank, won't need to switch on as much.

Not sure how you'd insulate the top of the tank though

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02 Mar 2018 22:43 #4 by robert (robert carter)
Replied by robert (robert carter) on topic Insulation
Hi Dihanoi , i certainly think it wil lmake a difference i can feel the room where the tanks are is a good bit cooler now when i go in

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07 Feb 2019 18:53 #5 by Liam29 (Liam Ó Donohoe)
Replied by Liam29 (Liam Ó Donohoe) on topic Insulation
How are u getting along with the insulated tanks I have done this also.. I am now experimenting with heating the room

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