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

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14 Jun 2017 09:03 #1 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
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I've found hundreds of these little beasties in my bath tub. They just sit on the bottom waving their tail from side to side non-stop but never seem to go anywhere.

I'd like to know if they are a threat to eggs, fry or fish before I accidentally introduce them to the tanks with other beasties for food.
I can't find any reference in Insect larvae lists/photos. Does anyone know what they are?

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14 Jun 2017 09:19 #2 by JohnH (John)
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These are Chironomid pupae - it's the interim stage which a Bloodworm goes through before becoming a full-blown fly (what Trout anglers know as 'Buzzers'). The little 'hump' on the back is actually the wings case.

Totally harmless to your fish - indeed I believe the protein content is increased over the Bloodworm stage.

Mosquito larvae undergo a similar transformation - looking like little 'number-sixes'. scuttling down from the water surface when approached - quite funny (in their way) really.


N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.

ITFS member.

It's a long way to Tipperary.

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14 Jun 2017 17:09 #3 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
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Thanks, John. That's the first time I've seen those, I've seen the mozzers pupae, but not these. I've scoured every "pond life" website I could find and it didn't show these on any of them. Plus, stupid me should have known having been a fly-fisher for all those years :crazy:

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