STARTERS

The Basics

Employee (if more personnel present add in notes)

Date
Time Started
Observations
FISH
Photos Before. 1-2 OVERALL. 2-3 CLOSEUPS on PLANTS
Rainbow Fishes and miscellaneous

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 or FROZEN FOOD (freezer in kitchen) in and observe how they eat.

The Workers: SUCKING CATS & FLYING FOXES

SUCKING CAT/s sighted? (1-2)

Show SUCKING CAT photo ====>

Sucking cats

sucking cat

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

Siamese Flying Fox (tap for picture)

Siamese Flying Fox

siamese flying fox
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.

siamese flying fox

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.

sucking cat

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

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.

ALTERANTHERA. (Tap for picture)

ALTERANTHERA

Alteranthera
How is the ALTERANTHERA 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.

Water Hedge (Tap for picture)

Water Hedge (didiplus diandra)

Water Hedge
How is the WATER HEDGE 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.

LOBELIA (Tap for picture)

LOBELIA

LOBELIA
How is the LOBELIA 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 tall

Premature ageing is possibly a deficiency in PHOS which is a mobile nutrient. 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.

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 they 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

ANUBIAS (tap for picture)

ANUBIAS

ANUBIAS
How are they looking?

PEEL AWAY any old and ageing leaves from base

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

BLYXA- 1 or 2 pieces at reception side at base of stauragyne hedge (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.

Green Tiger Lotus

Green Tiger Lotus

Blyxa Japonica
How is the green tiger lotus looking?

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

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

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

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) CHECK nitrate levels. (Section 4). 10ppm of nitrate 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.

Possibly low in IRON and/or NITRATES. Maybe cause for increase in fertilisers or ROOT TABLETS. Consult Bruce by SMS if no previous instructions.

BARCLAYA

BARCLAYA

Blyxa Japonica
How is the barclaya looking? (2 pieces; 1 by the surgery end filter outlet and the 2nd by the Stauragyne hedge and the NUPHAR

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

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

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

Possibly low in NITRATE and/or POTASSIUM (K) CHECK nitrate levels. (Section 4). 10ppm of nitrate 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.

Possibly low in IRON and/or NITRATES. Maybe cause for increase in fertilisers or ROOT TABLETS. Consult Bruce by SMS if no previous instructions.

CO2 SYSTEM

What does CO₂ TIMER DISPLAY?

WORKING PRESSURE
This is the right hand gauge on the regulator assembly.
This helps stability bubble rate and its adjustment
Ideal around 3-5 PSI
Adjustment with Alan Key (on floor of cupboard) in centre of regulator

WORKING PRESSURE LEVELS OK?
This is the right hand gauge on the regulator assembly.
This helps stability bubble rate and its adjustment
Ideal around 2-3 bar
Adjustment with Alan Key (on floor of cupboard) in centre of regulator

If the WORKING PRESSURE is not high enough then opening up the the fine adjustment valve may not work to increase the bubble rate: use Alan Key to turn adjustment bolt clockwise.

If the WORKING PRESSURE is TOO HIGH then the fine adjustment valve may be too touchy to refine the bubble rate (either too fast or nothing at all). In this case use Alan Key to turn adjustment bolt anti-clockwise to reduce the working pressure

BUBBLE RATE good? (About 1-2 bubbles per second)

Bottle empty? Timer or solenoid off for some reason. Some other issue?

CLOSE THE BOTTLE VALVE

REMOVE empty bottle immediately from system (place pressure gauge assembly carefully on DRAIN portal

Take to Laboratory freezer. There should be one already waiting. Remove and fill from filler bottle according to REFILL procedure (see Dropbox link)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qdes9fp2oot2qhu/Refilling%20CO2.pdf?dl=0

DECREASE by turning the FINE ADJUSTMENT

INCREASE by turning the FINE ADJUSTMENT

Tap here for picture of FINE ADJUSTMENT VALVE

FINE ADJUSTMENT now directly on pressure gauge, below gold bubble counter

If opening up the the fine adjustment valve doesn't work to INCREASE IT then it maybe the bottle is low so replace

FINE gas bubbles coming out of DIFFUSER STONE DISC? (by OUT of surgery-end filter)

Large bubbles also means possible crack or locking nuts not tight enough. Contact BRUCE

Plan for a Service to REPLACE DIFFUSER STONE. Instructions in service page

Tests part 1

Setup

Remove LIGHT SPILL COVERS and lean on wall.

Lift LIGHT UNITS up for extra working space if needed If doing large work (plant removals and other potentially messy things) lay down canvas drop sheet (folded in half, length ways) along the front of the tank)

Tests part 1

TEMPERATURE test (ideal 24-26 C)

Temperature

A bit too cool. Is INLINE HEATER functioning/plugged in? (In "hidden" cupboard by reception)

Unplug faulty unit and install and plug in the SPARE HEATER that is in cupboard. Notify Bruce to arrange replacement.

Increase THERMOSTAT (clockwise) by the SUITABLE AMOUNT to bring it up within the range (see above) and make note of how much.

Increased THERMOSTAT by:

A little too warm. Is THERMOSTAT functioning?
(Does the indicator light come on and off when you turn the thermostat setting up and down?)

Decrease THERMOSTAT (anticlockwise) by the SUITABLE AMOUNT to bring it down within the range (see above)and note by how much.

Decreased THERMOSTAT by:

HEATER Replaced?

if the THERMOSTAT doesn't respond to being turned down then better to have a cool tank than risking cooking the fish. Unplug faulty unit and plug in the SPARE HEATER that is already installed at receptionist end INSIDE THE TANK. Notify Bruce to arrange replacement.

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

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 (75%)
GRAVEL VACUUM (only as needed, either with hose or with bucket if just small amounts.)
NB: if plants are doing well, and algae levels are ok, then leave. It's good food for them!

How dirty was it?

FAST DRAIN

Open DRAIN VALVE (marked "B" in PVC Filter service instructions) NB It drains fast and you have no way to set the height so be sure to keep an eye on i! If concerned set timer for a minute

% Size of Water Change

The Refill

The Refill

Install WATER WITCH FLOAT SWITCH ASSEMBLY in middle section, be sure that it SITS AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. Fix on the glass with suction cup.

Affix the FILLING HOSE to the inside wall in the right end section, position it horizontally, facing toward the opposite end

Switch on WATER WITCH power and open up MAINS WATER TAP. Water Witch will automatically turn off water when it reaches the support strip of glass.

SOUP HEATER in COLD months or in large water changes. Use SHORT EXTENSION CORD hanging over water tap that is already plugged in. Mount on a slight angle over the FLOAT SWITCH ASSEMBLY so the heating element hangs in the middle OPEN SPACE, away from glass and 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 but please: NO FAST MOVEMENTS, ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO BOTTOM. Always check before use for grains of sand caught in the scrub pad.

Work on PLANTS

FILTER SERVICE?

Which one?

CUSTOM PVC FILTER. Tap here to start service instructions ====>

SURGERY END PVC FILTER

Wyndham Filter

Turn OFF power to PUMP and CO2

CLOSE ballvalves A 1,2 & 3. IMPORTANT! USE BOTH HANDS! These valves are stiff and we don't want to apply unnecessary torque on the bottom glass

OPEN DRAIN VALVE B; small amount of water will drain out

Check that DRAIN HOSE is connected to DRAIN VALVE C and other end is in bottom floor drain.

OPEN DRAIN VALVE C; most of the water will now drain.

When empty, CLOSE DRAIN VALVE C

If you plan to do a service to the CO2 REACTOR then do so now. Tap YES to get instructions

Unscrew BOTTOM CAP and let water fall into plastic container below.

CLOSE GREEN VALVE D : NOTE, these valves are the reverse of the white ones. Therefore TURN ANTI-clockwise to close.

UNSCREW NUT AND TAIL CONNECTOR above green valve D

UNSCREW BARREL UNION E. (Use second hand to keep the other end from turning in its thread)

UNSCREW NUT & TAIL connector at C to release the DRAIN HOSE and GENTLY LIFT FILTER OUT. Take outside for cleaning

OPEN FILTER from bottom or top and REMOVE FILTER MEDIA, taking note of the order.

MATALA pieces can be washed out in tap water (tap around side of building) while SPAGHETTI MEDIA is best rinsed in a bucket of TANK WATER, particularly if both filters serviced in one day. RINSE filter housing under tap.

Use TOOTHBRUSH to ensure both THREAD and O-RING of FILTER LID are thoroughly clean before reattaching.

REFIT filter housing to BARREL UNION E. Check first that the O-RING of the MALE END is still in place

Reattach NUT AND TAIL union at VALVE D. NB. Be careful to align the two parts straight; Thread must start easily! If not, then like it has a false thread and is on an angle.

OPEN VALVE D

CUSTOM PVC FILTER; PRIMING THE SYSTEM. tap here to start instructions.

FIRST, now is a good time to CLEAN (either in situ or remove) and return the INTAKE BASKET STRAINERS.

With Ball Valve B still open, OPEN BALL VALVE A1, the "IN" VALVE. Water will rush in fast and eventually come out through B

When B has FULL FLOW coming through then CLOSE BALL VALVE B.

OPEN A2 and A3 and CHECK FOR LEAKS at all connection points just used.

TURN ON PUMP and re plug in CO2

ADJUST FLOW THROUGH CO2 REACTOR. CLOSE A2 fully, forcing all flow through the CO2 reactor (A3), confirm that impeller is turning. Then gently open A2 to approximately half open (red handle is 45 degrees to the right). Basically you want as much current as possible through the main outlet A2 WHILE MAINTAINING healthy flow through the CO2. If reactor impeller is not turning strongly then it is too slow.

RECEPTION DESK CANISTER FILTER

wyndham canister

RECEPTION DESK CANISTER FILTER. Tap here to start instructions

UNPLUG POWER TO FILTER

Gently lift up IN/OUT HOSE ASSEMBLY release lever to its highest point. Grab hold of the hose assembly and gently pull up to detach it from the main body LIFT OUT FILTER out of cupboard. USE BOTH HANDS, and PROTECT YOUR BACK!

WASH filter media in buckets of TANK WATER as per usual and REASSEMBLE. IMPORTANT: the INNER LID can only go one way. It has written THIS SIDE UP on the relevant side that should be, well... facing UP!

Clean INTAKE BASKET STRAINER of debris and clear away build up of gravel

RECEPTION DESK CANISTER FILTER; PRIMING THE FILTER LINE INSTRUCTIONS

Close the OUT BALL VALVE under the tank (access through the "hidden door" by the staff timer machine. Open by using a key or screwdriver under the door). Refer to photo

REPOSITION the filter in the cupboard. Sit the HOSE ASSEMBLY in position and gently close the valve lever. a NOTE: if it is hard to close the lever then it probably isn't sitting in position properly.

Open GREEN BLEEDING LINE DRAIN HOSE TAP to let air out (clockwise to open). Refer to photo. Once the all the air is out of the line, CLOSE the tap (anticlockwise)

REOPEN the OUT BALLVALVE and turn ON filter. Check for flow.

CO₂ diffuser stone need replacing?

Tap here for instructions

Under construction. Contact Bruce for now

Tests (continued)

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

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 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.

Has the NITROGEN PUMP dosed already today? (Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9am)

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!

Additives

GH UP POWDER ADDED?

How many measured spoons?

Coral sand added? (Low pH)

How many teaspoons?

DOSING PUMP (NOW USING Z-AQUATICS FERTS!)
TRACE & IRON

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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 (typically TRACE ELEMENTS)?

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.

no label

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 TRACE & IRON line?

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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 (typically TRACE ?

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.

no label

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.

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.

Clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup. They should be just hanging over the SUPPORT STRIP of glass and above the water line.

NITROGEN

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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.

no label

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 NITROGEN line?

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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.

no label

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.

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.

Clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup. They should be just hanging over the SUPPORT STRIP of glass and above the water line.

ADJUSTMENT DOSE: Is today a MONDAY, WEDNESDAY or FRIDAY?

NITROGEN will have already dosed today. Make ADJUSTMENT DOSE (under OPTIONS) at a % corresponding to size of water change. Eg. 50% water change = 1/2 of programmed dose. It will ask you to confirm. Be sure to escape out to main menu at end (press ESC till no peep sounds anymore)

No macros dosed today so no adjustment necessary.

POTASSIUM

Any AIRLOCKS to bleed out?

TEST THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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 (typically DAILY-GRO)?

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.

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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 POTASSIUM line?

PRIME/BLEED THE LINE

Be sure to use a CONTAINER (GH test vial eg.) to catch the liquid while priming 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. IMPORTANT: DAILYGRO must be tested with a container to catch test fluid as it is too concentrated. PHOS, BASIC-GRO and K are ok in small amounts.

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 (typically DAILY-GRO)?

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.

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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.

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.

Clean CHECK VALVES/ENDS OF LINES of dried/calcified buildup. They should be just hanging over the SUPPORT STRIP of glass and above the water line.

Packing up

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

GH UP REPLACE?

FOOD REPLACE/ REFILL? (Tetrabits, Spirulina Flakes)

WHICH KIND?
Will any need replacing next month?

NITROGEN 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?

THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT ENOUGH TO LAST! Refill within the week

Bring some next time as almost definitely will need some.

How much?

TRACE & IRON refill?

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

THIS WON'T BE ENOUGH TO LAST. It uses 4 ml per week. Refill within 2 weeks

Bring some next time as almost definitely will need some.

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 refilled?

% of refill

HOW MUCH IS LEFT?

THIS ISN'T ENOUGH TO LAST. Refill within the week

This is a suspiciously high amount. Someone topped up in last week or so?

Check dosing pump program for this channel and perform calibration test using ADJUSTMENT dose (program for 20ml and hold test vial under to measure amount that it doses) Contact BRUCE if necessary.

ANY LEFT-OVERS in other bottles to use up?

Auto feeder topped up? Spirulina flakes. NB. BE SURE THAT OPENING IS AT CORRECT LEVEL!! Can use test turn as departing treat :)

CO2 replaced?

What Size?

FINAL CHECKS
Equipment Check

LIGHT Timer controller on the correct time?

IMPORTANT! If no rational explanation (eg. recent power blackouts) then contact Bruce. Ask staff if they've been noticing it turning off/ getting dimmer

CO2 TIMER (in cupboard with CO2) on the correct time?

this is unusual. Replacement on hand?

IMPORTANT! Remove and notify Bruce. Plan for a replacement ASAP. In meantime, try: Reset (with pin or paperclip) and reprogram for 9am till 4pm. Set it to AUTO ON and set clock to be 3:59 and see if it turns off the CO₂ at 4.

LIGHTS: all tubes working?

Details

Gently lower LIGHTS back down. Be careful not to break off the end stops on the cables!

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

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

HEATER and FILTER PUMPS ON and functioning?

OUTSIDE GLASS, CABINETRY etc CLEAN & DRY?

WATER WITCH turned off? MAINS WATER TAP closed?

Got your: BASKET STRAINER? TOOTH BRUSH? TEASPOON?

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