Presentation on theme: "Tank and Inline Chiller Setup. Equipment list Bleach Aquarium (min 10 Gal) Chiller (there are several types) Insulated box or some kind of tank."— Presentation transcript:
Equipment list Bleach Aquarium (min 10 Gal) Chiller (there are several types) Insulated box or some kind of tank cover (You may need to make this) Pea gravel – Enough to cover the bottom of the tank 1 ½ inches deep. Two clear hoses – Approximately 4 feet each (1/2 inch hose) 3 hose clamps – ½” Chiller Pump and hose adapter (Recommended model – Beckett 130 Gallons Per Hour Fountain Pump) Air pump (bubbler), small air hose, air restrictor on end of small hose, water/air deflector (Recommended model – AquaClear Powerhead for 10 to 30 Gallon Aquariums) Under gravel filter with large tube/s for air pump (bubbler) 2 five gallon buckets (One is used for new water that has been gassing off for 24 hrs and one is for waste water during water change) 1 bait bucket (bucket with air bubbler built in), D battery for bubbler Surge protector with 3 available plugs Thermometer, net, water siphon Tap water conditioner (Still try to allow water to gas off for at least 24 hrs in 5 gallon bucket when doing water change.) Fish food (supplied when picking up eggs, don’t use old food)
Step 1: Disinfect everything with a bleach & water solution. (1 cup per 5 gal should be adequate) This includes: Aquarium Inline chiller (Use the chiller pump to run the bleach solution through the chiller from a 5 gal bucket to another 5 gal bucket. For approximately 15 min. This will clean the chiller, the lines, & the chiller pump. If you run this in your tank make sure everything else is out of it. Sometimes sludge and slime will come out of the chiller) Air Pump – Bubbler (Run in bleach solution) Under-Gravel Filter And Tube/s Gravel & Any Rocks Thermometer, Turkey Baster, Net Buckets Rinse thoroughly to remove all bleach
Step 2: When setting up tank make sure your hands are clean and free of lotion. Setup the cover to keep eggs and fry in the dark. Using insulated sides, bottom and top instead of just a box will reduce the amount of time the chiller will need to run but it’s not necessary with the new chillers. If using a cardboard box leave a gap of at least 5 inches above the tank. The bubbler will splatter and then the toxins from the box will drip back in. Cut out an area where tubes and cords will exit tank. Remember to cover this corner with something to keep out light.
Step 3: Place under gravel filter in tank with openings towards back of tank. Insert tubes for air pump. The first one will twist into place & the second one will slide into the first. Under Gravel Filter Large filter tube (twists into place) Second tube slides into first here
Step 4: Connect water/air deflector to front of air pump first. Then connect small air tube to same location in front of pump Small air tube Air restrictor (Reduces bubble size and noise) Water/air deflector Connection point Cone shaped adaptor for gravel filter tube Water/air deflector Small air tube
Step 5: Connect cone shaped plastic piece to bottom of the pump. This will create a good connection to the large tube going into the gravel filter. Place air pump on large gravel filter tube from previous step and attach to corner of tank Cone shaped adaptor for gravel filter tube Gravel filter tube
Step 6: Clamp adaptor Suction cup adaptor There are two attachments. One is a suction cup and the other is a clamp. The suction cup is easier to install.
Step 7: Insert hose connector onto top of chiller pump. This will attach to the hose that enters the chiller, use a hose clamp on both ends. Make sure the hoses are long enough to reach the chiller when the aquarium is inside the insulated or non insulated box. Run the second hose from the chiller into the tank. This can run along the back of the tank and be covered by gravel or rocks to hold in place. When hoses are aligned tighten the 3 hose clamps. (two on the chiller and one on the pump) You will need to hold chiller pump into position when aligning the hoses & adding gravel.
Step 8: If you didn’t already place your aquarium inside of the insulated box you created, please do so now. Hold the chiller pump and return hose in place while adding gravel. If your using larger rocks in your tank they can be used to hold these in place. Try to use natural colored rocks and pea gravel in your tank to match a river system.
Step 9: Cut a small hole about 4” X 6” in the front of your box. This will be your viewing window when watching the eggs and fry. Limit light exposure to no more than 30 minutes per day. Be sure you can open and close this viewing window. Add a handle made from tape if needed. Make sure the hole is high enough to see above and below the gravel line. Viewing Window
Step 10: Add tap water or drinking water. Do not use distilled water as this will not hold oxygen. Plug in the chiller, air pump (bubbler), and the chiller pump. Verify chiller is set between 54° and 56° Verify water is cooling to the correct temperature Setup tank at least 2 weeks prior to receiving eggs. This way you can report any problems or missing pieces.