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Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)

Hi,

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

Hypsolebias Magnificus killifish - Hatched

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04 Aug 2014 23:21 - 04 Aug 2014 23:21 #1 by Andrew (Andrew Taaffe)
Sometimes the wait just can't wait no more!
I soaked eggs from the Hypsolebias (was Simpsonichthys) Magnificus tonight at about 9.30 & by 11.30 four have hatched - so I hope the morning will show some more.

I placed the peat in a clean tank 10x6x6 and dripped some tank water along with freshly prepared water for a water change onto the peat. Once there was about an inch of water I stopped and put a knotted airline into the water with 1 bubble per second appearing - just to agitate the water

Unfortunately my 2 microworm cultures have crashed (heat & fruit fly is my guess) so I'll have to get a culture sharpish tomorrow.

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04 Aug 2014 23:30 #2 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
Where are you based? I've also got Walter worms if you like - I find them quite productive & very good for fry

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04 Aug 2014 23:32 #3 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
Congratulations.

They have to be one of the most beautiful Killies around.

Drop by the shop ill bring in a culture of worms for you.

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05 Aug 2014 08:24 #4 by Andrew (Andrew Taaffe)
Thanks Jim - I am on the canal between dolphins barn & Harold's Cross

Thanks Darren - I will call up to you this afternoon



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05 Aug 2014 22:11 - 05 Aug 2014 22:14 #5 by Andrew (Andrew Taaffe)
After 24 hours of wetting I found 25 hatched fry - though only caught 24 with my medicine spoon for moving from the tank of wet peat to a clean tank for growing on, initial microscopic foods from Java moss & squeeze from a filter sponge.

I'll keep the peat wet for another 24 hours and then remove for storing for a second wetting in a few weeks. So far I'm delighted with the return ratio on first wetting - here's hoping that all free swimming fry get a good gulp of air & no belly sliders.

Thanks Darren for the microworm culture - it'll be handy in a few days and also easy to remove uneaten worms from the bare floor to keep water fouling low.

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05 Aug 2014 22:27 #6 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
no problem. The micro worms are nice and clean since they can live in water for over a week so very little water fouling from them.

Man they are small. They look about the size of Galaxy rasbora fry, which feed on the same things. Filter bacteria and the microscopic life the you find on moss.

Did you breed these yourself or just buy some eggs?.

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05 Aug 2014 23:28 - 05 Aug 2014 23:31 #7 by Andrew (Andrew Taaffe)
I ended up buying the eggs as no females were in the batch of fish delivered, though I have 6 fantastic males - despite follow up requests by Xeon no females appeared subsequently - hopefully I can keep these in the hobby in Ireland - the males really are stunning when fully grown with females much less so.

Yeah the fry are tiny & comparable in size to Gajaxy Rasbora fry, compared to Betta Splendens or Notho Rachovii fry they really are minute. Now I need to figure out a suitable tank for display & breeding purposes!!

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05 Aug 2014 23:48 #8 by alan 64 (alan)
where did u buy the eggs, also have u any pics of ur male ones

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06 Aug 2014 23:34 - 06 Aug 2014 23:40 #9 by Andrew (Andrew Taaffe)
Hi Alan
I bought the eggs from a BKA member - a trusted reliable source unlike some of the eBay bags of dried peat I've bought previously.

Here is a picture of a male I caught tonight whilst picking some cory eggs, he is in a small show tank devouring some brine shrimp - not a great picture with my phone - much better to see them in the flesh. I showed one at an ITFS club table show in May, there he was relaxed & settled ( unlike tonight & he has a split fin )



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