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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

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12 Jun 2016 21:26 #1 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Bought 30 eggs about a month ago. When I wet them about 20 or so hatched but unfortunately im only left with 2 as all others became belly sliders. I reckon i didn't have enough oxygen in the water.
On a good note I do think the 2 that are left are a male and female.
Pictured below is the young male





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12 Jun 2016 23:19 #2 by wildlifebiology93 (Sean O'Sullivan)
Handsome little fella Eric.
What source do you get the water you wet the eggs from Eric?
Tank,tap,rainwater etc?

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12 Jun 2016 23:22 #3 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
That's a pity to hear.

These are awesome fish.

I can't remember havign belly-slider problems with this species (but my memory is now of an old codger :D )..........but there are a number of factors that can be at play in killies: egg-hatching at the wrong point in a diapause (or triggering multiple phases of diapause), for this species, I would tend to incubate at 3-5 months but check on the eggs for the "right time to water", too high or too low a temp (for this species I would make sure the eggs are not incubated above about 23/24 C), plus other factors (including oxygen)

I would usually guess problems of too high a temp is common........... I have found that metabolism of some of this genus is higher at cooler temperatures but that increased metabolism increases longevity [counter-intuitive perhaps].

This is certainly a species that I would love to see more people keeping and breeding.

ian

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13 Jun 2016 20:54 #4 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Wildlifebiology93 I use a 50 50 mix of ro and tap

Ian I think the mistake I made was after I transferred the fry to a larger tub with a piece of an oxytab I put the tub on top of a tank with lights on to keep it warm but when I checked the temp a couple of hrs later it was up to 28c so im thinking that had an affect

Eric

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13 Jun 2016 22:10 #5 by john gannon (John Gannon)
@ian are these the same species that you kept. if so a beutiful fish

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14 Jun 2016 18:50 #6 by john gannon (John Gannon)
my bad ian they were the notho. ribripinnis

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14 Jun 2016 22:27 #7 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
John G, I used to keep and breed this species and the species you are thinking about.

ian

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