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

Ancistrus breeding success

25 Jul 2014 18:31 #1 by Olaf (Olaf Schmidt)
I've had 4 common Ancistrus for about 2 years now, and I suspected for some time that only the smallest was a female. She started breeding with the biggest male and laid huge egg batches only 4 weeks apart! Their brood care was useless, but lots of youngsters have survived (about 20 from the first batch and 30-40 from the second batch).

I attach some pictures for you to see - the male and female with the eggs on the gravel, the larger young fish (about 3 cm long now), and the mixture of dad and two offspring generations.

My question to you is: What am I going to do with all these fish?

Many thanks,

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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25 Jul 2014 18:41 - 25 Jul 2014 18:46 #2 by JohnH (John)
Well done Olaf - it's always nice to get your fish to breed.
As to what to do with them well, unfortunately you don't qualify to use the Trading Section, this being your first post, but fear not.
Young Ancistrus are always in demand so everyone who sees this post and who would be interested to buy some from you can now send you a PM and negotiate.
If you could amend your post to include your location that would help interested parties to know where they would need to travel to for collection.
So - keep and eye on your Private Messages Inbox.

I just checked your profile and see you have no details at all there - it would help a lot if you could update both your Profile and the Post above to include your Location that would be great, both for yourself and for anyone interested in buying from you. I note you have been a member for four years and this is your first post - so welcome to the Forum, please participate and enjoy.

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.
Last edit: 25 Jul 2014 18:46 by JohnH (John). Reason: Added edit

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25 Jul 2014 22:37 #3 by paulv (paul vickers)
There are very healthy looking fish, maybe some local fish shops might take them even for store credit or swap for whatever you need. Breeding is a good way to fund your hobby.

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