STARTERS

The Basics
Employee
Date
Time Started
Setup
Observations

Photos Before. 1 each, Back and Front.

Check all three pumps have been working.

FISH
TOP
Thread fin Rrainbows, 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.

MIDDLE
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
Rainbow Fish

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 Cats. Click here for Picture==>

Sucking cats

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SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

Details.

Siamese Flying Fox. Click here for Picture==>

Siamese Flying Fox

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

Details.

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.

MIDDLE

Sucking Cats. Click here for Picture==>

Sucking cats

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SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

Details.

Siamese Flying Fox. Click here for Picture==>

Siamese Flying Fox

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

Details.

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

Sucking Cats. Click here for Picture==>

Sucking cats

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SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

Details.

Siamese Flying Fox. Click here for Picture==>

Siamese Flying Fox

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

Details.

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

Blyxa. Click here for Picture==>

BLYXA pic awaiting.

blue stricta
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. Manage any overgrowth by thinning out and replanting to where needed.

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

Pogostomon Stellata. Click here for Picture==>

POGOSTOMON STELLATA

How are they 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) 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. Be sure to SHORTEN DOWN any that are getting too close to the surface.

Tests part 1

Tests part 1
NOTE: no HEATERS here. All through ambient warmth.
TOP TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 25-26 C)

Temperature

Most is LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE. Or LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced.

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

MIDDLE TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

Most is LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE. Or LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced.

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

BOTTOM TANK

TEMPERATURE test (ideal ~25 C)

Temperature

Most is LIKELY EXPLANATION is a RECENT WATER CHANGE. Or LIGHTS have been off, thus not as much heat produced.

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%)

Switch off BOTTOM and MIDDLE pumps.

GRAVEL VACUUM

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?

FAST DRAIN

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

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Remove VACUUM HEAD & place HOSE inside front glass at the DESIRED HEIGHT of water change. (standard for this tank is 50%)

% Size of Water Change
TOP
MIDDLE
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.

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) 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.

PUMP SERVICE?

Which pump/s?

Click here for INSTRUCTIONS ==>

INTAKE SHEATH

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WALL MOUNT

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FLOW CONTROL

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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.

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 🍏 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 4-7)

SIZE of water change:

ADD 1/2 a TSP SALTS

ADD 🍐 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 1/2 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 (only on special orders)

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. Discuss with BRUCE later.

PHOSPHATE TEST (only on special orders)

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!

MIDDLE TANK

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

pH

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 4-7)

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. 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

RETEST. The gravel in this tank is unlikely to stop releasing calcium carbonates for many years. But if retest is the same then note down and note to BRUCE.

ADD approx 🍏 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 🍐🍐 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 to desired range.

NITRATE TEST (only on special orders)

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 (only on special orders)

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!

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?

NITROGEN dose (1/2 cap/ 2.5ml usual)

How much?

MIDDLE 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?

NITROGEN dose (2 caps/ 10ml usual)

How much?

BOTTOM 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?

NITROGEN dose (1/2 cap / 2.5ml usual)

How much?

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?

NITROGEN refill?
NOTE: only WE use this.

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

TRACE & IRON refill?

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

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?

Replacement Installed?

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

LIGHTS: All tubes working?

Details

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

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Notes

FINAL CHECKS

FILTER PUMPS ON and functioning?

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
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