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Force feeding your shark or ray

Posted 01/02/2012 at 03:01 PM by alprazo

Anorexia is often a common problem in newly acquired elasmobranches. Capture, shipping, stress, foreign foods, new environment, exposure to medications, delivery of pups are all possible reasons why your shark won't eat. Short periods of fasting should be closely observed, but several weeks of anorexia, lasting a month, are a cause for concern. You need to consider the size of the animal and physical state when deciding to force feed. I would give a large inactive wobbegong a much longer leash...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 6

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:18 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Finally there's the Water eXchange Module (Pump C.) Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this one before I installed it, but it looks exactly like the previous pump, but with a water lvl sensor (like the top-off control module had.)

This pump sends water from the RO storage tank to the sump. The water lvl sensor tube is in the variable lvl of the sump so when the water reaches the max lvl, the pump shuts down and cannot deliver any more RO until more evaporation occurs....
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 5

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:15 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Now comes the LiterMeter magic!

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/litermeter3.jpg[/IMG]

Here's the email Scott at SpectraPure sent me explaining how everything should hook together:

[QUOTE]If you want to do both ATO and water exchange, get the LM3, the TCM, one RPM and one WXM. It would be best if they were all installed under the tank.

See the manual here:
[url]http://spectrapure.com/manuals/PRINTER_FRIENDLY/LiterMeter3J-PF.pdf[/url]...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 4

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:12 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Next up was getting the water from the 2 tanks to the aquarium. Both the SW and RO tanks have tubing inside that extends to the bottom.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/inside-salt-drum.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/inside-ro-drum.jpg[/IMG]

The tubing comes out the back of the tops of both tanks and through a hole in the wall

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/back-of-drums.jpg[/IMG]...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 3

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:08 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

The other taps are used for draining the system or taking out a little SW or RO for my nano.

Draining tank water into sink using pump (it was regular tap-water that we'd used to leak test)

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/drain2.jpg[/IMG]

Draining last drops of water out of pipes (no pump used.) There was a tiny bit of water left in the bottom of the tanks which was impossible to get out, but hopefully that shouldn't matter in...
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