STARTERS

The Basics

Employee (if others present add in Notes)

Date
Time Started
Setup.
Observations
AS YOU ARRIVE:

Step ladder should be in control room that you pass from the hall way on your left · Remove large filter steel lid (perhaps towel on filter door floor to protect knees ) · REMINDER: No work things/liquids on the white bar. Use the work sink on left of tank

LIGHTS ON. Switches for tank and sink on left as you enter the service cabinet/room

Take Before-service photos

Open mirrored covers (left and middle hinge upwards, the right hinged on left). The hinge on middle getting tire so need to lift this one first and support from the right corner so it doesn’t foul on the left one toomuch.

THE CHILLER LINE

Flow from CHILLER RETURN LINE (tap here to bring up photos)

CHILLER RETURN LINE,
normal operation position

chiller out, operating

Is there a healthy flow of water coming out of the CHILLER LINE?
(Black/blue ballvalve on top left surface)

Is the DISTRIBUTION BALL-VALVE partially closed as it should be?

Possibly the pump is weakened somehow. Investigate while refilling.

This will be the cause of no flow as not enough pressure was made in the chiller line. Leave as is now as we will need it open for the water change. BUT go upstairs and turn OFF power to the CHILLER IMMEDIATELY as it will have been on without water in it. Make urgent follow up ACTION here addressed to BRUCE

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FISH
How are they?

Looking good? Place a pinch of flake food 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

Remove dead bodies Plan for larger water change, 50% Test for AMMONIA & NITRITE

This is often a symptom of TOO MANY NITRATES TEST water. If 80 or higher then plan a 50% water change.

Anything on BODY?
WHITE SPOTS?
FUNGUS?
WOUNDS?

Take PHOTO of cases and NOTE down details

ALGAE LEVELS on glass

This is typically an indication that we have lost our main cleaner, the SUCKING CAT. Make a search and note your findings.

Plan for a large water change (75%) to dilute the nutrients in the water

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This can be a result of SUCKING CAT gone and/or lights been left on for 24/7. Search for catfish check timer and check with owners that they haven't possibly left the light on continuously. Plan for a large water change (75%)

ISOLATING THE CHILLER LINE

CHILLER FEED LINE PICS (tap here to toggle)

CHILLER FEED LINE
Normal operation position

feed line operating position

CHILLER FEED LINE
closed position for servicing

chiller feed line. closed for service

CHILLER FEED LINE CLOSED?

CHILLER RETURN LINE PICS (tap here to toggle)

CHILLER RETURN LINE,
normal operation position

chiller out, operating

CHILLER RETURN LINE,
closed for service

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CHILLER RETURN LINE CLOSED?

FLOW DISTRIBUTION BALLVALVE, normal and service positions (tap here to toggle)

CHILLER/TANK FLOW DISTRIBUTION (Normal operating position) (Decides how much from pump is sent up to chiller and how much goes fifty back to tank)

flow distribution valve, operating postion

CHILLER/TANK flow divider (Service mode) OPEN FULLY for service to allow fully strength syphon when draining

flow distribution valve, service position

FLOW DISTRIBUTION LINE OPEN?

The Drain

The WATER CHANGE (10% usual.)
ASSISTIVE PHOTOS (tap to bring them up, tap again to make hide)

Photo: DRAIN VALVE 1 open

drain Valve 1 opened

Photo: DRAIN VALVE 2 closed (normal position)

DRAIN VALVE 2 closed

Photo: DRAIN VALVE 2 open (draining)

DRAIN VALVE 2 open

Photo: Drain 2 hose (use for draining as well as rinsing filter media)

DRAIN VALVE 2 hose

Servicing filter?

INSIDE FILTER CUPBOARD
This is a bit dodgy push release latch- sometimes need to be firm with it. Sometimes helps to open neighbouring cupboard to get better purchase.

Also perhaps towel (should be to the right on small shelf) on floor to protect knees 😊

Tap here for photos

Filter Lid

FIlter Lid

ABOVE THE FILTER

Above the filter

turn on SERVICE LIGHT (switches on unit and power board)

Remove filter steel lid and place on shelf

Turn off power to: Water Witch & Main pump (water will soon come out overflow drain) NB: the inline check-valve mounted directly on the pump may make a thumping sound as the water attempts to back drain through it. This should stop once you open up the drain valve 2

DRAIN PROCEDURE

Tap here for step-by-step Water Change instructions

1: Open blue Drain Valve 1 at bottom of filter. Water will flow strongly (tap above for pic)

2: Open blue Drain Valve #2 above filter tank. Water should syphon strongly. If not then perhaps the DISTRIBUTION BALLVALVE above the tank has not been fully opened in first steps. (Tap above for pic)

3: Using the black DRAIN hose, wave the draining water over the filter media for a minute (lift each sheet out partially to rinse). Then place end at pump end to push waste back towards the drain. NB every second or third service take the large sponge filter second from end and transport in a bucket to the sink for washing in the tap. (Tap above for pic)

4: REMEMBER: there is a big surface area, and thus a lot of water in a small drop, so just a small water change. Remember also that the filter box itself takes a lot of filling. When close to reaching drain level in main tank (Good time to stop would be just below the support stripping- this looks like not much but once filter box is refilled it will be another inch below), close DRAIN VALVE #1 at bottom of filter box, while leaving the DRAIN #2 from the tank continuing to flow into the filter box. Come back when you hear the water overflowing.

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

5a: SETUP the REFILL HOSE and START FILLING

5b: When filterbox is full (you may hear a splashing sound from the water coming out the Overflow Drain) then close off DRAIN VALVE #2 to the filterbox

FILTER is primed RESTART when water level has reached the top.

% Size of Water Change

Rinse TEST VIALS in tank water, pH (square vial) and GH (large round vial) 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 Refill

Things To Do During Refill

Eheim Filter to reassemble?

Be sure that the top of the filter bucket and head rubber seal are free from any sand or grit before re attaching

Easiest to prime while water level is below the OUT pipe

CLEAN GLASS. Easiest at LOW WATER LEVELS SOFT ALGAE: lightly with sponge DARK GREEN spots: best with SCRAPERS CAREFUL on curves with scrapers!!

Water level high enough? Turn MAIN FILTER ON.

The Filters
EHEIM CANISTER FILTER

Flow from filter getting slow?

Plan for service to CANISTER FILTER

Water Tests
NOTE: the following advice is based on PRE-WATER CHANGE samples

WATER TEST SECTION UNDER CONSTRUCTION

pH, GH

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

pH

ADD approx 2 tsp CORAL SAND.

ADD approx 3 tsp CORAL SAND

ADD approx 4 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 or GH tester solution 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: ORANGE to GREEN

GH (ideal range 7-9)

SIZE of water change:

ADD 3 TSP SALTS

ADD 5 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 4 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 5 TSP SALTS

SIZE of water change:

ADD up to 3 TSP SALTS

ADD up to 4 TSP SALTS

TEMPERATURE test

Temperature

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

Replacement Heater with you?

Set the thermostat for a conservative 25degrees, we can adjust next month if need be

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:

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

Pretty warm. Is THERMOSTAT functioning?

Decrease THERMOSTAT (anticlockwise) and note by how much.

Decreased THERMOSTAT by:

Replacement Heater with you?

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. Leave temperature at approx 26 degrees. Make a follow up here

Remove old one and install new one during refill. Set the thermostat for a conservative 25degrees, we can adjust next month if need be

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

Additives

Salts added? (Low GH)
NOTE: add direct in MAIN FILTER, not in tank directly

How many teaspoons?

CLAY POWDER ADDED?
Typically 2 measured cups. Add direct to tank. Will make cloudy, is normal.

How many teaspoons?

RESTART THE SYSTEM

· Back at tank: Once water level very close to Overflow INLET to filter (back left top corner) then you may turn on main pump and the water witch. · May be noisy and slow at first but, if successfully moving, turn off filler tap and let Water Witch fill the remainder (this is a good test that the WaterWitch is functioning properly)

Once pump running at FULL STRENGTH: Open up both CHILLER and RETURN BALLVALVES.

Close CHILLER DISTRIBUTION BALLVALVE 100% at first until you see flow coming through the RETURN BALLVALVE at water's surface. Then OPEN IT to about half-closed (45 degree angle) is the ideal balance of both flows.

Packing up

Supplies
(NB. They often buy their own food but if their pellets or flakes are empty then we can fill up with TETRABITS or SPIRULINA FLAKES respectively)

Salts refill?

Equipment Check

LIGHTS: All units working?

Details

AIRPUMP still working?

Air- pump NOT VITAL to this filter. Note down further details in notes & make sure BRUCE is informed.

FINAL CHECKS

Notes

FILTER PUMP plugged in and functioning?

EHEIM Canister filter plugged in and functioning? (Should see outflow in top right hand quarter)

WATER WITCH TURNED ON AND FUNCTIONING

FLOW thru CHILLER?

Lid returned to filter and drain hose placed between pump pipe and wall (this prevents the pump from being drawn to the wall and being starved of flow

SERVICE LIGHT OFF? Towel hung neatly to dry inside cabinet?

OUTSIDE GLASS etc CLEAN & WIPED DOWN?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

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