STARTERS

The Basics

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Setup

For SETUP reminders tap here

DROP SHEET on floor in front of tank Plastic WORK TRAY over by window when not being used.

Front 2 COVER-GLASS pieces (with feeder triangle) lay in WORK TRAY

Attach HOSE to right side of front glass. UNROLL to lay FLAT ALONG FLOOR. Make sure HOSE hugs the wall. Place DRAIN END on GARDEN BED, close to REFILL TAP.

Use WOODEN BLOCKS to JAM DOORS OPEN/ PROTECT from CLOSING ON HOSE. On COLD DAYS outer door should be probably kept shut so use second method.

SAFTEY SIGN outside to the right of HOSE.

Observations
FISH
Photos Before. 1-2 OVERALL. 2-3 CLOSEUPS on PLANTS
Angelfish, Platies & Cardinal Tetras

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

Take PHOTO where possible and NOTE down details.

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

CONTACT BRUCE IMMEDIATELY

Anything on BODY?
WHITE SPOTS?
FUNGUS?
WOUNDS?

Take PHOTO of cases and NOTE down details.

The Workers: SUCKING CATS & FLYING FOXES

SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

SIAMESE FLYING FOX/es sighted? (2-3)

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.

PLANTS

RED LOTUS

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How are they looking?

CUT all surface pads out from BASE. NB. Check for NEW SHOOTS. they are guaranteed to be also surface so be ruthless!

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

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

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

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.

CRYPTS

How are they looking?

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

STAURAGYNE

How are they looking?

Tests part 1

Tests part 1

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

A bit too cool. Is heater functioning/plugged in?

Replaced?

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:

Is THERMOSTAT functioning?

Decrease THERMOSTAT (anticlockwise) and note by how much.

Decreased THERMOSTAT by:

HEATER Replaced?

Check with BRUCE, but if the THERMOSTAT doesn't respond to being turned down then better to have a cool tank than risking cooking the fish, so UNPLUG and remove faulty unit.

Good. Refill with HEATER or KETTLES OF BOILED WATER in COLD months.

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%)

Unplug PUMP & HEATER from power.

The DRAIN WITH GRAVEL VAC

% Size of Water Change

How dirty was it?

Be sure the TWO SUCTION CUPS on the HOSE are secure to FRONT of GLASS. (HINT: WETTING improves their suction)

Slide VACUUM inside the DRAIN HOSE. (Wet in TANK WATER to help lubricate)

Vacuum finished, but still more to drain?
(tap here for step-by-step instructions)

% Size of Water Change

How dirty was it?

Attach BASKET STRAINER from kit to tank-end of HOSE. Ensure both SUCTION CUPS are functioning. SPARES in kit.

Place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for this tank is 50-70%)

FAST DRAIN SIPHON can often be started by "SNAKING" the hose, PUSHING the water that is already in the line TO CREATE the necessary SUCTION. If HOSE is EMPTY, then cup thumb and forefinger over end of hose and suck for max 2 seconds. NB. The LOWER the WATER LEVEL the MORE the effort is required to start it.

% Size of Water Change

How dirty was it?

The DRAIN WITHOUT GRAVEL VAC

Attach BASKET STRAINER from kit to tank-end of HOSE. Ensure both SUCTION CUPS are functioning. SPARES in kit.

Place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for this tank is 50-70%)

OUTSIDE at drain end, cup thumb and forefinger over end of hose and suck for 2-3 seconds. NB. The LOWER the WATER LEVEL the MORE the effort is required to start it. Blocking end momentarily with thumb and feeling the air pressure building is easy way to test that the water is coming through

% Size of Water Change
% Size of Water Change

The Refill

The Refill

THE REFILL

Remove BASKET STRAINER/GRAVEL VAC & affix or orientate tank-end HOSE to be somewhat HORIZONTAL

OUTSIDE, screw on CLICK FITTING TAP ADAPTOR length of HOSE to drain end of HOSE.

Turn on GARDEN TAP to FLUSH out old water and set the suitable RATE of flow. After 5 seconds connect BLACK HOSE to TAP while water still running

SOUP HEATER in COLD months. (alternatively 2-3 kettles of boiled water)

REMEMBER: always plug into WALL OUTLET.

Try to find OPEN SPACE, away from plants. Usually FRONT LEFT is best.


Things To Do During Refill

CLEAN GLASS; easiest at LOW WATER LEVELS.

SOFT ALGAE lightly with sponge. DARK GREEN spots: best with SCRAPER.

Reason not cleaned?

PUMP SERVICE?

if INSTRUCTIONS needed tap here

FLOW CONTROL

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INTAKE SHEATH

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WALL MOUNT

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Slide PUMP upwards out of its WALL MOUNT. Can rest on TOP GLASS.

TURN bottom half to be 90 DEGREES to top half to UNLOCK AND PULL APART.

Remove and clean IMPELLER, the MAGNET BODY is the priority.

If TOOTHBRUSH too large to get around IMPELLER SHAFT, use small amount of paper towel.

REMOVE RUBBER INTAKE SHEATH.
CLEAN INTAKE BASKET STRAINER with TOOTHBRUSH.

RE-ASSEMBLE.

Make sure FLOW CONTROL is set to MAX.

OUTAKE should be angled approx 45 degrees from base so as to move water from the BACK to the FRONT as well as from LEFT to RIGHT.

Unit should SLIDE EASILY into the WALL MOUNT.

INTAKE is offset to adjust distance from WALL to RISER STEM PIPE; be sure the pipe is straight when viewed from the SIDE.

Tests (continued)

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

pH

ADD approx 🍏 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 🍎🍎 tsp CORAL SAND

ADD approx 🍎🍎🍎 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 6-8)

SIZE of water change:

ADD 🍐 TSP SALTS

ADD 🍐🍐 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 🍐TSP SALTS

ADD up to 🍐🍐 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 🍐🍐🍐 TSP SALTS

Depending on SIZE of WATER CHANGE, add NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH.

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. Inform Bruce after service.

PHOSPHATE TEST

Phosphate level (ppm)
Additives

SALTS ADDED? (Low GH)
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.

How many spoonsful?

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

How many teaspoons?

BASIC-GRO dose (3 caps/ 15ml usual)

How much?

Water level high enough? Turn FILTER PUMP and HEATER ON.

Packing up

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

SALTS refill?

FOOD REPLACE/ REFILL?

WHICH KIND?
Will any need replacing next month?

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

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

How much?

DAILY-GRO main supply refill?
(Client uses small amounts daily)

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

DAILY-GRO dropper bottle topped up?

POTASSIUM main supply refill?
(Client uses small amounts daily)

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

Can push 1 SPIRULINA TAB on front glass & a small pinch of TETRABITS as departing treat :)

Equipment Check

TIMER on CLOCK SYMBOL?

Timer on the correct time?

Replacement Installed?

IMPORTANT! Remove and notify the staff, preferably NADER: They will have to MANUALLY turn on and off until a new one is sourced. Leave a note by food saying so. Leave old timer there so they can match the settings.

LIGHTS: all LEDs functioning?

Details

Return LIght slightly FORWARD of centre.

Notes

FINAL CHECKS

HEATER and FILTER PUMP ON and functioning?

OUTSIDE GLASS, CABINETRY etc CLEAN & DRY?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

Photos After. 1 x OVERALL. CLOSEUPS of any REARRANGED PLANT.
Time Finished
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