READ FIRST: Registration & Rules

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We would love for you to register as a member of our forum. Of course you are welcome to search and read what is here. It all can be very helpful, but becoming part of a friendly community like ours has benefits. If you want to learn to keep fish, or share your knowledge on fishkeeping consider joining. It's free!

To register visit this link:

NOTE: Your first post will be held in a moderation queue until it is approved by a moderator. We have to do this as a means to keep spam off of the forum. It might take a little while (several hours, longer on weekends) for a moderator to approve your post so please be patient. All the moderators are volunteers (including myself) but we try to get to things as quickly as possible. If your case is an emergency, consider searching for information on your issue while you wait for your post to be approved.

Note to New Members

If you pick a username that is not appropriate the moderation team will require you change it.

At Tropical Fish Forums we aim to provide a friendly community environment that is accessible by new fish keepers and experienced hobbyists alike, and is suitable for members of all ages. With over 93,000 members and between 35,000-40,000 posts every month, we have a number of general rules which ensure the continued smooth running of the forum. There are also additional rules specific to particular sections/aspects of the forum: signatures, linking to personal and unrelated websites, the classifieds, the scientific section, the species index and the monthly competitions. These can be found in their relevant sections,.

1. We are not responsible for the content of messages posted. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this forum. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to report the objectionable material. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary, and may do so with or without explanation.

2. We expect members to remain courteous towards others. It’s nice to show respect for others' opinions even if they do not match your own. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually suggestive, threatening, angry, rude, hostile, mean-spirited, ridiculous, incessant, provoking, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise a violation of any law. NOTE: Just because someone disagrees with you does not mean they are being rude, even if they disagree strongly.

3. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you, by this bulletin board, or where written permission is given by the copyright holder. Posts must comply with all relevant copyright laws and it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with those laws. If another person’s material is used, please give credit to the author.

4. There is to be no advertising of commercial sites on the message board unless authorized in advance, nor commercial sales of any kind. Rules for personal sales are available here. If you are unsure whether your sale or website breaches this rule please contact the forum administrator in advance. Members should report any posts, messages or signatures that contravene this rule to the moderating team.

5. There is to be no promoting of other competing general fish forums either in the forum, chat room or private message system. Links to specialist forums containing specific information which is not available on TFF or is above and beyond the detail and complexity available on TFF are permitted. The moderating team will use their discretion to determine whether these links are allowable. If in doubt, members should report any posts, messages or signatures that they suspect may contravene this rule to the moderating team.

6. Only one active member account is permitted per person. Allowing the registration of a new user account by a previously banned member will be at the discretion of the moderating team. In general, we do not delete member accounts. This means that the valuable information that a member has contributed in the past remains for others to benefit from in the future, even if that member decides to move on from fishkeeping or Tropical Fish Forums. However, in extreme situations we may consider deletion of an account: this will be a whole moderating team decision based upon the specific individual circumstances involved.

7. Posting on TFF is a privilege, not a right. Members who spam; troll or flame others; persistently cause trouble, irritation and upset, "name and shame" retailers; repeatedly break our general rules or otherwise affect the smooth running of the forum will not be tolerated and will be subject to posting previews, posting suspensions, pm suspensions, and/or having their posting privileges permanently removed. Repeat offenders may be reported to their ISP. Finally, please remember: This is a privately owned site. As such, its’ running is not a debate and discussion will not be entered into. The administrators and moderators have final say in all areas and decisions.

8. Do not hijack threads. While the occasional comment that is beside the point of the thread is okay, causing a thread to go off topic with memes, gifs, jokes, and off-topics, is not acceptable. The first occurrence will be given a warning. Afterward, if the thread hijacking continues, points will be given against your account that could result in you being banned from the forum.

9. Not all topics are appropriate. This is a forum about the fishkeeping hobby and related topics like keeping plants, and other creatures that live in water. There are areas of the forum set aside for general topics. Not all of these topics are acceptable even in the areas set aside for non-fish related topics. Avoid the typically difficult topics of politics, religion, race, sexual orientation, or any other topic that a reasonable person would expect to become heated.

Signature Rules

Please keep the images in your signature short (around 100px is best). They can be as long as 500px wide though. Please do not include animated images in your signature. They are very distracting as they wave about and wiggle.

Please do not advertise in your signature, make political commentary, or post other information that might not be appropriate for a fish forum. The general rules, in terms of content, also apply to your signature. The moderation team reserves the right, as always, to edit any signature that isn't appropriate.

Scientific Section Rules

1. Scientific Etiquette and Presentation of Arguments.
Claims/ideas/theories must be backed up by some semblance of evidence, that includes topics that may be controversial. Evidence has to be cited and direct questions need to be answered in a timely manner or the claims dropped. 'I don't know' is an acceptable answer, or if you need more time to research your idea, please post how long you will need. The forum will give you the time if you ask for it but will not tolerate ignoring direct questions. If a member presents a post that can be 'debunked' based on scientific data or evidence, a spirited 'debunking' is fair. Understand that there are gradations of evidence: evidence cited from a peer-reviewed published study is considered significantly stronger than anecdotal evidence. Using a logical fallacy is not evidence, and only makes your argument look weaker; avoid using logical fallacies altogether. In particular, ad hominem attacks (attacking the person, not the argument) is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated.

2. Editing and Revision of Posts. Changing the content of your post once presented by using the 'edit' button is intolerable. If you need to correct spelling or sentence structure (if it doesn't alter your argument) it is permissible, but please make note of your correction so that the reason is clearly understood by the members involved in the discussion. If you feel you made an honest error, please correct yourself in a separate post explaining why you wish to change your comments.

Species Index Rules

Our aim is to create one of the largest and most comprehensive fish indexes available on the internet, for this reason these rules must be followed and adhered to.

Rule 1: You must own or have owned the fish you are submitting a profile on. We do not want information that has just been copied down from a web site or book.

Rule 2: The attached photograph must belong to you or a member of this forum. If the photo is not yours, please ask the member for permission before using it and give a credit in your post.

Rule 3: You must stick to the format already in use. Profiles submitted in the wrong format may be edited or deleted.

Rule 4: All profiles are subject to moderator checks and may be edited accordingly. If a profile is deemed unsuitable it may be refused. Check your information carefully.

Rule 5: Do not hijack other peoples profiles. If you disagree with any of the information given please contact a moderator and explain what you find is wrong and if possible give sources that back up your belief.

Rule 6: Please switch off your signature when posting a profile (unclick the enable signature box)

Your post will not become visible to the TFF forum until it is approved. N.B.: If you submit your profile without a photograph of your own species or you submit a diagram or a photo taken from the internet without permission of the owner it automatically will not be approved. If you do NOT provide us with a photograph within 30 days, your submission will be removed.

Monthly Competitions

Any member in good standing may enter TFF competitions. We presently run a Fish of the Month contest, a Tank of the Month contest, and a Pet of the Month contest (no fish allowed in POTM contest). Members are asked not to start up your own contests. Please leave all contests to TFF to run. Please participate in our contests by entering and / or voting.

1) You may enter the competition directly on the entry thread for each contest. Presently, TOTM contest starts around the first of each month. FOTM starts bimonthly around the middle of the month. POTM alternates with the FOTM and starts bimonthly around the middle of the month.

2) Your entry item must be in your household. Entering a fish, pet, or tank belonging to someone else is not permitted.

3) A banner will be posted at the top of the forums announcing when entries are accepted and when voting begins for each contest. Keep an eye out for the banners.

4) Entries are limited to 1 entry per member per competition.

5) You must read and agree to the rules which are posted on the entry topics for each of the three contests. If you win in the Tank of the Month contest, you must skip the next two contests before you can enter another tank that you own. For Pet of the Month, if you win you must skip the next contest before you can enter a different pet. For Fish of the Month, if you win you must skip the next contest before you can enter a different fish.

6) Winners of each contest are decided in a poll in which all members are invited to cast a vote. The winner of each contest will have their winning entry featured in a separate "Winners" thread and will receive a nice banner in his or her profile area. Also, the winner will be added to our Wall of Fame where all past winners of the contests are highlighted.
PLEASE VOTE in all our contests.

7) The moderators and administrators reserve the right to accept or reject any entry as they see fit.

8) Any attempt to influence competition results, other than by casting your allocated vote, is not permitted and may result in your entry being removed and / or further action being taken.

9) The moderator's decisions are final.

10) For each contest category (TOTM, FOTM, & POTM) you can only win twice in a calendar year. If you win twice, you are not allowed to enter another contest in that category for the rest of the calendar year.

Classified Section
Buyer Beware! We do not know the individuals selling and neither do you. We cannot vouch for their honesty or the quality of the items being sold. You buy and you sell at your own risk - period.

The purpose of the Classified Section is to allow members of the board to trade their surplus stock and equipment. These guidelines will be followed by the moderating team. If you are in any doubt as to the acceptability or otherwise of an item, PM a moderator before posting the thread.

Members posting items for sale which are, or appear to be part of a commercial enterprise, (ongoing availability included), will have their posts removed and receive a warning, in line with the existing board rules. Members wishing to advertise commercial goods and/or services please use the CONTACT FORM.

Items not obviously related to the hobby will be summarily removed.

To address the issue of people joining the board simply to advertise their fish or gear, threads started by members with low post counts will have their threads removed at the discretion of the moderators. The moderators’ decision is final.

Direct links to online auctions etc. will be regarded as adverts and summarily removed.

Under special circumstances, moderators may allow the posting of a thread which would otherwise violate these guidelines. Where this is the case, the approving moderator will make a comment to this effect in the thread. Again, the moderators’ decision is final, and no debate will be entered into.

Please fill out the following form for any and all transactions. Please change the first line as applicable to the transaction

Livestock/Equipment make-model-size/Wanted/Exchange/Plants:
Age and condition:
Quantity for sale:
Reason for Sale:
Delivery or Collection:
Sales price:
Postage & Packaging:
Location: (Also please put this in the Topic Description line of the thread title)

All negotiations and questions must be posted in this sales thread and NOT by PM.

Communications may only be taken to PM once the sale and price has been agreed upon on the open forum and payment/collection details need to be given.

The agreement of the time and date of collection or postage, or confirmation that items have been posted should also be posted in the thread.

Please refrain from commenting unless you are interested in more details or are interested in buying.

If you suspect any foul play, please use the report button and the moderating team will deal with all reports.

By posting on this forum you are deemed to have agreed with and accepted the rules set out above. Please be aware that not using the form above will result in your topic being deleted.

Promoting Your Own Personal Website Rules

Now that we have a computer forum you are no doubt going to want to talk about and promote your own sites.

Please be aware of the following rules:
No promotion or linking to other fish forums or sites containing fish forums. This is a long standing rule and nothing has changed.
No promotion or linking to commercial sites or sites where the main purpose is to sell things.
No promotion or linking to sites containing porn, hatred, racism, sexism, scams, warez, cracks, serials, illegal downloads or any other form of bigotry or illegal material. If you would not be happy for your Grandmother to see it, then we don't want to see it either.
No promotion or linking to sites containing spyware or excessive pop-ups.
Anyone who repeatedly spams the board with links to a site will be dealt with.
This last one is more a guideline than a rule: Please make sure that your site is actually something people will want to see and not just a list of your favorite links or a collection of 'kool' GIFs you've found. Make sure the site actually WORKS and doesn't crash or lag people's computers.

YouTube Rules
Links to YouTube videos are permitted as long as they pertain to the topic.
Just-for-fun or non-fish related videos should be posted in the General Chat forum.
All other forum rules apply to video links. Videos which are false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually suggestive, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise a violation of any law are prohibited.
Commercial advertising videos are prohibited.
Posts made for the purpose of urging fellow members to subscribe to one's YouTube channel will be deleted.
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