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

Help. I think my guppies have columnaris

26 Jan 2016 00:46 #1 by Sampark Pattnaik (Sampark Pattnaik)
Hi! I am new to fishkeeping. I have a tropical community tank with guppies, endlers, platies, mollies, gouramis and angelfish.

I have lost 2 guppies in the last 2 weeks and upon some research I am guessing that there is an outbreak of columnaris. I have a lot of plants in the tank. Water Parameters are good. Tank might be considered slightly over stocked.

The guppies start to develop a whitish patch on their bodies around the dorsal region. When I seem to notice this the fish usually remains in one spot, doesn't swim much and stays in the upper regions of the tank and dies within 1-2 days. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures.

What should I do?


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28 Jan 2016 19:39 #2 by alan 64 (alan)
How are things in the tank now

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29 Jan 2016 22:13 #3 by Sampark Pattnaik (Sampark Pattnaik)
It looks stable at the moment. No more deaths for the last 4-5 days. One of my honey gouramis has a black patchy appearance under the mouth, leading up to the belly. Is this something to get worried about? Or is he getting mature? He swims and eats fine.

Thanks .

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