STARTERS

The Basics
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Setup

Open LOUVRE WINDOWS in corner for DRAINING. Remove FRONT COVER-GLASS and place in sink for washing

Observations
FISH

Photos Before. 1-2 OVERALL. 2-3 CLOSEUPS on PLANTS

Ramirezis & Tetras

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?

Anything on BODY?
WHITE SPOTS?
FUNGUS?
WOUNDS?

Take PHOTO of cases and NOTE down details.

CONTACT BRUCE IMMEDIATELY

Take PHOTO where possible and NOTE down details.

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

The Workers: SUCKING CATS & FLYING FOXES

Sucking cats

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SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

Siamese Flying Fox

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

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Check light TIMER and nitrate levels.

PLANTS

BLUE STRYCTA

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How are they looking?

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

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

Great. Remove any old, ageing leaves from stem. CAREFUL that you don't snap the stem!

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.

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

CRYPTS

How are they looking?

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

POGOSTOMON STELLATA and ROTALA

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.

Great. Be sure to SHORTEN DOWN any that are getting too close to the surface.

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.

Tests part 1

Tests part 1

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

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

Replaced?

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?

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 PUMPS & HEATER from power.

GRAVEL VACUUM

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

Fit VACUUM HEAD to DRAIN HOSE. HOSE END out the WINDOW

How dirty was it?

FAST DRAIN

Cover tank-end of HOSE with BASKET STRAINER

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

The Refill

The Refill

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

If not FAST DRAINED, then first remove VACUUM HEAD and position hose outlet HORIZONTALLY.

Bring end out of window to LAB TAP

Turn on LAB TAP to FLUSH out old water and set the suitable RATE of flow. After 5 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?

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.

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

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)

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 (3 caps/ 15ml 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?

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

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

DAILY-GRO 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?

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 as departing treat :)

Equipment Check

TIMER on CLOCK SYMBOL?

Timer on the correct time?

Replacement Installed?

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

DOSING PUMPS tested? "M" button for manual operation. Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

LIGHTS: Both tubes working?

Details

Return LIGHT slightly FORWARD of centre.

Notes

FINAL CHECKS

HEATER and FILTER PUMPS ON and functioning?

OUTSIDE GLASS, CABINETRY etc CLEAN & DRY?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

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

Time Finished
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