STARTERS

The Basics

Employee (any extras present list in notes)

Time Started
Observations
Photos Before. 2 each; front and back

All three pumps have been working?

Which ones not pumping?

Unplugged or Something else?

Plan for service to that pump. If this doesn't fix it then make follow-up and bring to BRUCE's attention.

FISH
TOP
Thread-fin Rainbows and Ember Tetras

How are the fish in the TOP tank?

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

Looking good? Place a small pinch of SPIRULINA FLAKES (or a couple of ground-between-your-fingers grains of TETRABITS) in and observe how they eat.

MIDDLE
Platies and White-finned Tetras

How are the fish in the MIDDLE tank?

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

Looking good? Place a small pinch of SPIRULINA FLAKES (or a couple of ground-between-your-fingers grains of TETRABITS) in and observe how they eat.

BOTTOM
Assorted Aus and New Guinean Rainbow Fish

How are the fish in the BOTTOM tank?

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

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

The Workers: SUCKING CATS & FLYING FOXES
TOP

SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

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

How's the algae levels on GLASS, ROCKS & PLANTS? (Note: multiple answers possible)

FURRY BLACK ALGAE is an indication that possibly there are no or low numbers of SIAMESE FLYING FOX. Mention in notes.

Remove as much as possible, prune old affected leaves off plants. Vacuum up loose pieces from after cleaning glass. If heavily on rocks then remove and pour boiling water over them. This will kill the algae (will turn soft green under light) and the fish will eat it)

BROWN DUST and FINE GREEN ALGAE is possibly an indication that there are no SUCKING CATS. Mention in notes.

This is usually not a very aggressive algae so treat it if you have time. Try scrubbing with toothbrush in situ. If this is not working then they may need to be sterilised in boiling water. This will kill the algae and it will be easily eaten by the fish over the next days

Check LIGHT TIMER and nitRATE levels.

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

PLANTS
TOP

BOLBITIS FERN (tap for picture)

BOLBITIS

BOLBITIS
How is the BOLBITIS looking?

Take off any old leaves that look on the way out (PEEL with fingers away from base or SNIP with scissors as close to base as possible)

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS. Perhaps too much light

Great. Take off any old leaves that look on the way out or have dark algae spots on them (peel with fingers away from base or snip with scissors as close to base as possible)

ANUBIAS (tap for picture)

ANUBIAS

ANUBIAS
How are the ANUBIAS looking?

Take off any old leaves that look on the way out (PEEL with fingers away from base or SNIPwith scissors as close to base as possible)

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS. Perhaps too much light

Great. Take off any old leaves that look on the way out or have dark algae spots on them (peel with fingers away from base or snip with scissors as close to base as possible)

CRYPTS (tap for picture)

CRYPTS

crypts
How are the CRYPTS looking?

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) or CO2 not working 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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

Possibly a lack of K and/or CO2. Check nitrate and phos levels and check co2 system

Great. Peel away any old leaves that look on the way out

AMAZON SWORD (tap for picture)

SWORD PLANT

AMAZON SWORD
How is the AMAZON SWORD looking?

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) or CO2 not working 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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

Possibly a lack of K and/or CO2. Check nitrate and phos levels and check co2 system

Great. Peel away any old leaves that look on the way out

MIDDLE

BLYXA JAPONICA (tap for photo)

BLYXA

Blyxa Japonica
How is the BLYXA looking?

Great. Manage any over-growth (pushing up to glass, swamping other smaller plants) by thinning out and replanting to any thinner areas.

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.

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

STAURAGYNE. (Tap for picture)

STAURAGYNE

STAURAGYNE
How is the STAURAGYNE looking?

New growth is the fish eating it! Clearly need to increase their green diet. Take photos and notify Bruce.

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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

Great. Prune any healthy taller stems and replant to improve coverage of ground.

STELLATA (Tap for picture)

POGOSTOMON STELLATA

STELLATA
How is the STELLATA looking?

CUT approx in half and, If healthy, reduce HEADLESS STALK by a further 50% and replant heads on front to hide the stalk.

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) or CO2 not working CHECK levels. (Section 4). 10ppm or more with still poor growth possibly means therefore not enough K and thus they are being starved. Check CO2 functioning properly. Contact Bruce for further instructions.

Great. Be sure to SHORTEN DOWN any that are getting too close to the surface. Typically slightly lower than the wood that passes by it.

Premature ageing is 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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

BOTTOM

CRYPTS BALANSAE (tap for picture)

CRYPT BALANSAE

BALANSAE
How are the CRYPTS BALANSAE looking?

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) or CO2 not working 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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

CRYPTS (tap for picture)

CRYPTS

crypts
How are the CRYPTS looking?

Possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. If phos levels sufficient then possibly not enough K. check with BRUCE by SMS.

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) or CO2 not working 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.

CURLED & DEFORMED new leaves? May have to review K dosage levels. Possibly too much. Do tests & check with BRUCE by SMS.

Possibly a lack of K and/or CO2. Check nitrate and phos levels and check co2 system

Great. Peel away any old leaves that look on the way out

JAVA FERN, REGULAR, CRESTED & NARROW LEAF forms (tap for picture)

JAVA FERNS

JAVA FERNS
How are the JAVA FERNS looking?

Take off any old leaves that look on the way out (PEEL with fingers away from base or SNIP with scissors as close to base as possible)

Great. Take off any old leaves that look on the way out or have dark algae spots on them (peel with fingers away from base or snip with scissors as close to base as possible)

If in abundance (eg. Lots of baby shoots detached from old leaves) then remove otherwise see if you can anchor between some rocks or jam onto the wood somewhere.

Tests part 1

Setup

SHIFT LIGHT UNITS back a little to allow front cover glass to be removed. They can rest on top of the lights

Tests part 1
NOTE: only MIDDLE tanks has a heater, TOP & BOTTOM are heated through ambient warmth.
TOP

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

Most LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE has happened

OR LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced. Any of these?

This is most unlikely so double check reading. Perhaps lights have been on 24/7...? Is it particularly warm in the office? Make a follow-up note here

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

MIDDLE

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

Most LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE has happened

OR LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced. Any of these?

This is most unlikely so double check reading. Perhaps lights have been on 24/7...? Is it particularly warm in the office? Make a follow-up note here

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

BOTTOM TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

Most LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE has happened

OR LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced. Any of these?

This is most unlikely so double check reading. Perhaps lights have been on 24/7...? Is it particularly warm in the office? Make a follow-up note here

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

WATER SAMPLES

Rinse 8 TEST VIALS in corresponding tank water: (Extra plastic vials should be on shelf) TOP: 1 X pH 1 X GH MID: 1 X pH 1 X GH 1 x NITRATE 1 x PHOS BOTTOM: 1 X pH 1 X GH MEASURE 5ml in each and SET ASIDE for later. TIP: the accuracy of the 5ml for the pH is not so important. The GH however needs to be more accurate.

The Drain

The Drain (50%)

Switch off BOTTOM and MIDDLE pumps.

GRAVEL VACUUM

THE DRAIN

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

TOP TANK

How dirty was it?

MIDDLE TANK

How dirty was it?

BOTTOM TANK

How dirty was it?

If further draining required perform FAST DRAIN. (Tap here for instructions)

FAST DRAIN

Attach THREADED BASKET STRAINER (from bucket) to end of HOSE and place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for this tank is 50%) Tap below for PICTURE

BASKET STRAINER PIC

BASKET STRAINER

BASKET STRAINER

If no vac planned perform FAST DRAIN. (Tap here for instructions)

FAST DRAIN

Attach THREADED BASKET STRAINER (from bucket) to end of HOSE and place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for this tank is 50%) Tap below for PICTURE

BASKET STRAINER PIC

BASKET STRAINER

BASKET STRAINER
% Size of Water Change TOP
% Size of Water Change MIDDLE
% Size of Water Change BOTTOM

The Refill

The Refill

Detach hose from inside of tank. Remove THREADED BASKET STRAINER and return to bucket. Attach HOSE to FILLING ASSEMBLY on door. CHECK that the NUT & TAIL assembly has its rubber seal in place

Fix all 3 FILLING HOSES to sit HORIZONTALLY on back glass and open all 3 valves.

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

SOUP HEATER in COLD months. (alternatively 2-3 kettles of boiled water - use cups to pour into lower tanks with poor head room) 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. MAGNET CLEANER in cupboard handy for missed spots after tank full

PUMP SERVICE?

Which ones?

Tap here for instructions

INTAKE SHEATH

INTAKE SHEATH

WALL MOUNT

WALL MOUNT

FLOW CONTROL

FLOW CONTROL

INSTRUCTIONS:

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

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.

Repairs to Service Equipment needed?
Hose suction cups replacing?
Leak in hose repaired?

Details

Work on PLANTS.

CLEAN COVER GLASS (particularly the bottom one will get algae growth due to the bubbles splashing on to it)

Water level high enough? Turn FILTER PUMPS ON.

Tests (continued)
TOP TANK

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

pH

ADD approx 1 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 2 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 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD 2 Measure spoon GH POWDER

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD up to 2 Measure spoons GH POWDER

ADD up to 3 Measure spoons GH POWDER

Depending on SIZE of WATER CHANGE, add NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH to within desired range

MIDDLE TANK

pH Test? 3 drops in 5ml. (ideal range 6.8-7)

pH

ADD approx 1 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 2 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 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD 2 Measure spoon GH POWDER

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD up to 2 Measure spoons GH POWDER

ADD up to 3 Measure spoons GH POWDER

Depending on SIZE of WATER CHANGE, add NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH to within desired range

NITRATE TEST

Nitrate level (ppm)

Depending on state of plants, this is POSSIBLY grounds for increase in NITROGEN 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.

Perhaps a LACK of POTASSIUM. Is DOSING PUMP for K well primed and unblocked?

Done a calibration of the PUMPS recently? (In the last 3 months)

Look at INCREASING POTASSIUM dose. Consult Bruce

Do a NITROGEN CALIBRATION:
QUESTION: did it dose MORE or LESS than the volume displayed at the end of the calibration?

By how much?

Input correct volume and test with a 10ml ADJUSTMENT DOSE into test vial. This will effectively decrease the BASIC-GRO DOSE.

Input correct volume and test with a 10ml ADJUSTMENT DOSE into test vial.

By how much?

Input correct volume and test with a 10ml ADJUSTMENT DOSE into test vial.

Input correct volume and test with a 10ml ADJUSTMENT DOSE into test vial. Decrease

Look at INCREASING DAILY-GRO (it contains potassium also) or POTASSIUM dose. Consult Bruce

Give details of problem

If after fixing the problem, you're not convinced this was sufficiently causing problems in dosing of K and/or DAILY-GRO then CONTACT Bruce to discuss.

PHOSPHATE TEST

Phosphate level (ppm)

GENERALLY this is the OPTIMUM RANGE. Some say 1/10th of the nitrate level. 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.

PHOS in this tank is supplied by the fish food. Perhaps a potassium deficiency. Consult Bruce. Make a follow-up field here

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

PHOS in this tank is supplied by the fish food. Perhaps a need for augmenting somehow. Consult Bruce. Make a follow-up field here

Then don't worry about it. Enjoy algae-free aquarium maintenance!

BOTTOM TANK

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

pH

ADD approx 1 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 2 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 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD 2 Measure spoon GH POWDER

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 1 Measure spoon GH POWDER

ADD up to 2 Measure spoons GH POWDER

ADD up to 3 Measure spoons GH POWDER

Depending on SIZE of WATER CHANGE, add NO SALTS and let WC reduce the GH to within desired range

DOSING PUMP (NOW USING Z-AQUATICS FERTS!)
"COMPLETE" FERTILISER
"COMPLETE" TOP TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the COMPLETE TOP line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

"COMPLETE" MIDDLE TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the COMPLETE TOP line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

"COMPLETE" BOTTOM TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the COMPLETE TOP line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

POTASSIUM
POTASSIUM TOP TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the TOP POTASSIUM line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

POTASSIUM MIDDLE TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the MIDDLE POTASSIUM line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

POTASSIUM BOTTOM TANK

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the BOTTOM POTASSIUM line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

LIQUID CARBON (MIDDLE TANK ONLY)
LIQUID CARBON

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET. Only do as much as a couple of drops.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE ideally shouldn't be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where and how big was the airlock in the LIQUID CARBON line?

Check that the CONNECTIONS between PUMP and FEEDER lines are well secure. If necessary, REMOVE feeder line, snip of tip with scissors and SOAK new tip in hot water to soften and REFIT.

Test CHECKVALVE. Blow air thru both ends. Should only let you in one direction. If it flows in both directions (or indeed none!) a paper clip wire or similar lightly poked into the rubber valve from both ends can fix this. Otherwise make note to replace valve.

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

If substantial amount of liquid needs to be moved I order to release the airlock then use a CONTAINER (eg. test vial.) to catch the liquid while priming the line. We don't want to give unquantified extra doses!

TEST LINES; "Manual Dose", scroll UP or DOWN to select pump and hold SET.

Liquid moving through the line?

Is the SUCTION LINE immersed in the liquid?

Is it an OBSTRUCTION in the line caused by oxidised minerals from the liquid?

Remove SUCTION LINE from PUMP HEAD and WASH in hot water, massage or blow out the blockage and RE-ATTACH to PUMP HEAD.

IMPORTANT: the SUCTION LINE must NOT be sitting on the bottom of the SUPPLY BOTTLE. The supply bottles here are deliberately NOT DIRECTLY BELOW THEIR RESPECTIVE PUMPS in order to allow ease of refilling and accessing the control panel so the SUCTION LINES are quite long.

If unsure, SIMULATE it's position outside, next to the supply container.

WASH OUT the supply bottle. If there is reasonable amount of liquid still in it then gently DECANTER the clear liquid into a second container. As soon as it is no longer clear STOP (in the case of DAILY-GRO it goes from tea coloured to thick brown). WASH OUT SLUDGE and return the clear liquid to the bottle.

Where they are mounted a over the water line: clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup.

ADDITIVES
TOP TANK

GH UP POWDER ADDED? (NB: currently not using and hardener so IGNORE dose instructions for now)

Amount dosed

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

Amount dosed

MIDDLE TANK

GH UP POWDER ADDED? (NB: currently not using and hardener so IGNORE dose instructions for now)

Amount dosed

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

Amount dosed

BOTTOM TANK

GH UP POWDER ADDED? (NB: currently not using and hardener so IGNORE dose instructions for now)

Amount dosed

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

Amount dosed

Packing up

SUPPLIES;
ANY REFILLING TO BE DONE IN SINK OR OUTSIDE!

GH UP REPLACE?

FOOD REPLACE/ REFILL?

WHICH KIND?
Will any need replacing next month?
FERTILISER REFILLS

COMPLETE 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?

None in stock? Make an ACTION here and address to Bruce and yourself for follow up

How much?

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?

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

THIS IS PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH TO LAST. The tanks will use approx 60ml of K before the next service None in stock? Make an ACTION here and address to Bruce and yourself for follow up. Refill within the week.

LIQUID CARBON refill?

How much?

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

THIS POSSIBLY WON'T BE ENOUGH TO LAST. None in stock? Make an ACTION here and address to Bruce and yourself for follow up. Refill within the week.

If you have some with you then swap over the bottles. Otherwise bring some next time as almost definitely will need some.

Equipment Check

LIGHT Timer on the correct time?

if no plausible explanation TRY RESET BUTTON and reprogram

What mode should the lights be on now?

LIGHTS: all LEDs working?

Details

Return coverglasses and lights to centre/slightly fwd position

DOSING PUMPS returned to operation display? (Press ESC until it stops beeping when you press it)

DOSING PUMP TUBING

Notes. Any extra work performed? Any additions of fish? Any questions...?

FINAL CHECKS

FILTER and AIR PUMPS ON and functioning?

OUTSIDE GLASS, CABINETRY etc CLEAN & DRY?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

Photos After. 1 x OVERALL. Both sides, 2 half shots CLOSEUPS of any REARRANGED PLANT.
Time Finished