STARTERS

The Basics
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Setup

Ask reception for key to unlock back door.

Remove REMOVE FIRST TWO CHAIRS from either side, closest to the tanks. Place them in the boardroom.

Drop sheet on floor in front of tanks

Attach DRAIN HOSE to middle centre of top tank and run FLAT along the front of the chairs, being sure that it's not going to catch any one's feet. Be sure to lay end round to the right on the stone covered garden bed.

Observations

Photos Before. 1 each overall. 2 half closeups of the TOP TANK

Both filters flowing on arrival?

Plan for servicing of filter in question. NB: even if you can see the cause (eg. Unplugged power) DO NOT fix it until AFTER SERVICE! (Canister filters are enclosed system and can become full anaerobic poison after several hours of no flow)

FISH
TOP
Platies and Tetras

Take photos of individuals and check for CAUSES. Questions: 1. Is it just an individual or are many affected? 2. Check for uneaten food, levels of ammonia or nitrite. 3. Filter or heater stopped or malfunctioning?

Anything on BODY?
WHITE SPOTS?
FUNGUS?
WOUNDS?

Take PHOTO of cases and NOTE down details.

Plan for LARGE WATER CHANGE (75-90%) with thorough GRAVEL VAC. Use STRESS COAT and BLUE SALTS to guard against chlorine and infection.

CONTACT BRUCE IMMEDIATELY

Take PHOTO where possible and NOTE down details.

Looking good? Place a pinch of TETRABITS in and observe how they eat.

BOTTOM
Goldfish

Take photos of individuals and check for CAUSES. Questions: 1. Is it just an individual or are many affected? 2. Check for uneaten food, levels of ammonia or nitrite. 3. Filter or heater stopped or malfunctioning?

Anything on BODY?
WHITE SPOTS?
FUNGUS?
WOUNDS?

Take PHOTO of cases and NOTE down details.

Plan for LARGE WATER CHANGE (75-90%) with thorough GRAVEL VAC. Use STRESS COAT and BLUE SALTS to guard against chlorine and infection.

CONTACT BRUCE IMMEDIATELY

Take PHOTO where possible and NOTE down details.

Looking good? Place a pinch of SPIRULINA FLAKES in and observe how they eat.

The Workers: SUCKING CATS & FLYING FOXES
TOP

SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2) click for pic below

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Sucking Cats. Click here for Picture==>

Sucking cats

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SIAMESE FLYING FOX/es sighted? (2-3) click for pic below

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Siamese Flying Fox. Click here for Picture==>

Siamese Flying Fox

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How's the algae levels on GLASS & PLANTS?

This is an indication that there are no or low numbers of SIAMESE FLYING FOX. Mention in notes.

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Remove as much as possible, prune old affected leaves off plants. Vacuum up loose pieces from after cleaning glass

This is possibly an indication that there are no SUCKING CATS. Mention in notes.

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Check light TIMER and nitrate levels.

Plan for an "Adrian Special"; BEFORE draining, turn OFF pumps, scrape all of every glass surface and carefully brush clean all rocks Then drain 80% water.

BOTTOM

BRISTLENOSE CAT/s sighted? (1-2). Often sitting in or on the wood. picture below if need

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Bristle nose. Click here for Picture==>

Bristle nose catfish

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How's the algae levels on GLASS & PLANTS?

This is an indication that the lights have been left on and/or nutrient buildup.

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Thoroughly clean glass. Plan for filter clean and 75% water change Vacuum up loose pieces from after cleaning glass. Remove rocks and wood (careful to not take bristle nose cat with you!) and place in bucket and pour boiling water over large affected areas. This will kill the algae and the fish will eat it as it falls off

This is possibly an indication that there are no SUCKING CATS. Mention in notes.

This is an indication that the lights have been left on and/or nutrient buildup.

Plan for an "Adrian Special"; BEFORE draining, turn OFF pumps, scrape all of every glass surface and carefully brush clean all rocks Then drain 80% water.

PLANTS

AMAZON SWORDS. Click here for Picture==>

AMAZON SWORD

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How are they looking?

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) CHECK levels. (Section 4). 10ppm or more with still poor growth possibly means therefore not enough K and thus they are being starved. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

Great. Peel off any old leaves from the outside. it's not unusual to be removing 10 or more leaves!

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. (Here only available via the fish food) If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

Crypts. Click here for Picture==>

CRYPTS

How are they looking?

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

GREEN LOTUS LILY. Click here for Picture==>

GREEN LOTUS LILY

How are they looking?

Remove ALL surface pads. This includes the next new shoot that is coming through. This feels mean but its the only way to guarantee that it will resume growing submerged leaves

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) CHECK levels. (Section 4). 10ppm or more with still poor growth possibly means therefore not enough K and thus they are being starved. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

Deformed new growth? May have to review K dosage levels. Check NITRATE and PHOS and check with BRUCE by SMS.

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. (Here only available via the fish food) If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

Remove all old and ageing leaves from base CAREFUL that you have the right one!

Great. Remove all old and ageing leaves from base CAREFUL that you have the right one!

Tests part 1

Tests part 1
TOP TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 25-26 C)

Temperature

A little cool. Is heater functioning/plugged in??

Replaced?

Unplug and remove faulty unit. Notify Bruce to arrange replacement.

Depending on how long before replacement is likely to be installed then leave post-water change temp approx 26 degrees.

Increase THERMOSTAT (clockwise) and make note of how much.

Increased THERMOSTAT by:

Way too hot. Almost certainly heater is malfunction functioning. Does the thermostat work?

Replacement heater on hand?

Unplug and remove faulty unit. Notify Bruce to arrange replacement.

Depending on how long before replacement is likely to be installed then leave post-water change temp approx 26 degrees.

Decrease THERMOSTAT (clockwise) and make note of how much.

Decreased THERMOSTAT by:

Contact Bruce.

A little warm. Is heater functioning?

Replaced?

Unplug and remove faulty unit. Notify Bruce to arrange replacement.

Depending on how long before replacement is likely to be installed then leave post-water change temp approx 26 degrees.

Decrease THERMOSTAT (clockwise) and make note of how much.

Decreased THERMOSTAT by:

Good. Refill with HEATER or KETTLES OF BOILED WATER in COLD months or by water changes 50% or greater.

BOTTOM TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 18 C)

Temperature

Most is LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE. Or LIGHTS have been off (they are off over a weekend), thus not as much heat produced.

There is no other source of heat other than lights and filter. Has the light been left on? Is filter running hot? Hot day?

Service filter. Particularly motor head, impeller etc

Contact Bruce.

Look at making a larger water change. But be careful to not give the fish temperature shock

Rinse 4 TEST VIALS in tank water: pH (square vial) and GH (large round vial) NITRATE & PHOS (small glass) MEASURE 5ml in each and SET ASIDE for later. Tip: use SQUARE VIAL or a SYRINGE to measure an accurate 5ml for the GH.

The Drain

The Drain (50%)

Planning a FILTER SERVICE?

If you are planning a FILTER CLEAN then best to use the gravel vacuum flow to wash the media in so prepare this now or during the drain.

GRAVEL VACUUM

Be sure the TWO SUCTION CUPS on the HOSE are secure to FRONT of GLASS. (HINT: WETTING improves their suction) NOTE: bottom tank has smaller fall so SYPHON is slower and harder to start. Best to stir up the gravel by hand and then using FAST DRAIN to take out debris.

TOP TANK

How dirty was it?

BOTTOM TANK

How dirty was it?

Normally this gravel is very light due to fish always digging through. If it is heavy with debris then perhaps filter has slowed and needs service.

FAST DRAIN

Attach THREADED BASKET STRAINER (from bucket) to end of HOSE

Remove VACUUM HEAD & place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for these tanks: is 50-60%)

% Size of Water Change
TOP (50-60%)
BOTTOM (min 50%-75)

The Refill

The Refill

Orientate tank-end HOSE to be HORIZONTAL and Remove BASKET STRAINER and return to kit.

Turn on OUTSIDE TAP to FLUSH out old water and set the suitable RATE of flow. After 2 seconds fit hose to TAP OUTLET.

SOUP HEATER for top tank in COLD months or by water changes of 50% or greater (alternatively 2-3 kettles of boiled water) REMEMBER: always plug into WALL OUTLET. Try to find OPEN SPACE, away from plants.

Things To Do During Refill

CLEAN GLASS; easiest at LOW WATER LEVELS. SOFT ALGAE lightly with sponge. DARK GREEN spots: best with SCRAPER.

FILTER SERVICE?

Which filter/s?

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This is a canister filter under normal function:

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FILTER SERVICE PART 1; Removal of filter for cleaning:

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FILTER SERVICE PART 2; preparing the lines for priming
(NB: with the larger white filter, there is only one valve for both IN and OUT lines so the best way to empty the out line and/or prime the IN line is by holding the tap low into a bucket and opening up to clear the OUT line. If the IN is also empty due to water level dropping below the intake point, then, when the water level is again full, you can make a short suck on the end to re-start the siphon in the IN line. Then reconnect to filter)

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FILTER SERVICE PART 3; priming the filter

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Tests (continued)
NOTE: the following advice is based on PRE-WATER CHANGE samples
TOP TANK

pH Test? 3 drops in 5ml. (ideal range 7-7.1)

pH

ADD approx 2 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 3 tsp CORAL SAND

Is this expected? Been a recent large dose of coral sand last time?

Rinse test tube thoroughly and retest. (Any traces of ammonia or GH tester solution will give a false alkaline reading)

WOAH! Unlikely! Rinse test tube thoroughly and retest. (Any traces of AMMONIA TEST or GH TEST solutions will give a false alkaline reading) If still high then we must assume that there has been an excess amount of coral sand and all we can do is water change. It will eventually come down as the coral sand dissolves.

GH TEST. number of drops to turn from ORANGE to GREEN

GH (ideal range 4-7)

SIZE of water change:

ADD 2 TSP SALTS

ADD 3 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 1 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 3 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 4 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH.

ADD 1 TSP SALT

NITRATE TEST

Nitrate level (ppm)

Depending on state of plants, this is POSSIBLY grounds for increase in BASIC-GRO dose. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

GENERALLY this is the OPTIMUM RANGE. HOWEVER if there is POOR PLANT GROWTH observed then possibly means therefore not enough K and thus they are being starved. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

Almost certainly and LACK of POTASSIUM. Look at INCREASING DAILY-GRO (it contains potassium also) dose. Discuss with BRUCE later

PHOSPHATE TEST

Phosphate level (ppm)

The only source for PHOS in this tank is from the Tetrabits. Generally if there is no algae problem then don't worry. Water change will dilute. Otherwise consider increasing DAILY-GRO.

Generally thus is the OPTIMUM RANGE. Some say 1/10th of the nitrate level is also suitable. However if there is POOR GROWTH observed then possibly means not enough Phos and/or K and thus they are being starved. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

Is there premature aging/falling off of leaves on any of the plants?

Check with Bruce but may have to increase levels by either increased feeding of fish food (tetrabits) or manual doses of LIQUID PHOS.

Then don't worry! Enjoy the algae-free aquarium!

BOTTOM TANK

pH Test? 3 drops in 5ml. (ideal range 7.2-7.3)

pH

ADD approx 1 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 2 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 3 tsp CORAL SAND.

While possible it's unlikely, even in this tank. Rinse test tube thoroughly and retest. (Any traces of AMMONIA TEST or GH TEST solutions will give a false alkaline reading) If still high then we must assume that there has been an excess amount of coral sand and all we can do is water change. It will eventually come down as the coral sand dissolves.

GH TEST. number of drops to turn from ORANGE to GREEN

GH (ideal range 8-10)

SIZE of water change:

ADD 2 TSP SALTS

ADD 3 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to TSP SALTS

ADD up to 3 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 4 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH.

ADD 1 TSP SALT

ADD 2 TSP SALT

Additives
TOP TANK

Salts added? (Low GH)

How many teaspoons?

NOTE: NO SALTS DIRECTLY ON PLANTS!! - The methylene blue in this salt stains. Either MIX in by hand, or premix in cup of HOT WATER.

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

How many teaspoons?

BASIC-GRO dose (5 caps/ 25ml usual)

How much?
BOTTOM TANK

Salts added? (Low GH)

How many teaspoons?

NOTE: NO SALTS DIRECTLY ON Rocks!! - The methylene blue in this salt stains. Either MIX in by hand, or premix in cup of HOT WATER.

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

How many teaspoons?

Water level high enough? Turn FILTER PUMPS ON.

Packing up

SUPPLIES ; in OFFICE, by PRINTER.
ANY REFILLING IN SINK OR OUTSIDE!

SALTS refill?

FOOD REPLACE/ REFILL?

WHICH KIND?
What's needed next time?

BASIC-GRO refill?
NOTE: only WE use this.

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

DAILY-GRO dropper bottle topped up?

DAILY-GRO main supply refilled?

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

POTASSIUM dropper bottle topped up?

POTASSIUM supply refill?
(If wishing to replace but still a small amount remains in CURRENT BOTTLE, swap over and leave OLD BOTTLE behind and can pour in rest into the new bottle at a later date)

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

Can put in a small pinch of TETRABITS in top two and SPIRULINA FLAKES in Bottom as departing treat :)

Equipment Check

Timer on the correct time? NOTE: timer is only on the TOP TANK. Bottom tank is manually turned on/off

Can you account for the discrepancy (eg. Power failure)?

Replacement unit on hand?

IMPORTANT! Remove and notify the staff. They will have to MANUALLY turn on and off until a new one is sourced. Leave old timer there so they can match the settings if they have to get one themselves

LIGHTS: All tubes working?

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ONSITE SERVICE EQUIPMENT; REPAIRS/REPLACEMENTS needed?
(Hose leaks, suction cups replaced etc)

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FINAL CHECKS

FILTER PUMPS ON and functioning?

Top heater plugged in and functioning?

Chairs back in position?

OUTSIDE GLASS, CABINETRY etc CLEAN & DRY?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

Photos After. 1 x Each from FRONT CLOSEUPS of any REARRANGED PLANT.

Time Finished
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.