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

Goodea atripinnis sp. 'Maravito'

18 Feb 2008 21:13 #1 by Daragh_Owens (Daragh Owens)
I picked up 2 pairs of these fairly plain but very active livebearers in the UK in November. I have had no fry from tem until yesterday when the first female gave birth to four huge fry and today the second female gave birth to three (I think, they are hard to count in among the plants). The fry were huge, they are in a tank of young guppies and the atripinnis fry about aboutt he same size asa three week old guppy, considering the mother is about the same size (now) as a female guppy three or four young that size is pretty amazing!

This is one of the fry feeding a few hours after birth. I have no shots of the parents, will try and get some later.

The adults can grow to about 15cm int he wild, but 10cm seems to be more common in aquaria.

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18 Feb 2008 23:42 #2 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
Great photo. That is some size for a fry and fully developed with markings and all.
I'm glad i'm not a female:laugh: I dont like pain.

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19 Feb 2008 00:16 #3 by Acara (Dave Walters)
Great news Daragh.
Good luck with raising the fry,and I hope we see some more.


always on the lookout for interesting corys.pm me if you know off any!

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19 Feb 2008 01:27 #4 by sheag35 (Seamus Gillespie)
well done, they look in great health, what you feeding them

Fishkeeping the Only way to get wet and wild

currently 25 tanks, and breeding is the aim of everything i keep

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19 Feb 2008 19:09 #5 by Daragh_Owens (Daragh Owens)
Brine shrimp (live), decapsulated brine shrimp powder and powdered tetra guppy food. They seem to be doing fine, I counted ten of them this evening, so either they have 5 each of the second mother managed 6!!! I don't know where she was hiding them. She is all saggy looking now!

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