The last couple days have seen nothing more than tankmares… you know… nightmares with your tanks…
It was time to take out the canister filter for monthly maintenance and GFO replacement. Well, the canister has been very difficult to disconnect the last couple times, and it proved to be a little bit of a disaster this time. I’ve had to enlist Jamie’s help, because the canister filter’s hoses are so strong to disconnect, I can’t do them myself. I won’t go into the finer details of the panic and shouting, but we ended up with some water on the… well… a little bit got everywhere. Thank goodness most of my electrical cords had drip loops. The digital light timer strip got wet though, and that needed to get dried out. We ended up turning off the power to everything and taking everything apart. Very stressful.
Long story short… we’ve been monitoring the canister filter which was dripping/leaking water from the intake hose. Also, in the fray of the canister filter issues, the power filter just up and died. Wasn’t a huge deal, as it’s at least as old as the tank (and I didn’t get it new). Jamie was wonderful enough to find and get a new one (same model). I was picky about the canister filter model because I didn’t want to deal with pre-packaged carbon inserts. I like having complete control over my filtration media.
I replaced the venturi inlet on the skimmer (after dealing with Coralife Tech Support, they sent me a new one) and I ordered a replacement water flow controller for the skimmer and replaced that. Good thing I did, as the O-ring on the adjustable dial was completely warped (no wonder I was having trouble with it). And the skimmer lives! At least it’s producing microbubbles, that’s all I care about.
Today my project was getting the digital light timer hooked back up (I HATE having to plug in the white light in the morning and unplug it at night). Thankfully, it is working just fine. Now, I’m still wary of the canister filter and it’s in good practice anyways to keep electrical devices off the floor of the cabinet. A couple of 3M Command strips are holding the timer vertically on the back inside of the tank stand/cabinet. I used a bunch of colored zip ties to manage all the electrical cords I’ve got, labeling the devices with colors. I still have to get to the heaters, but that’s a project for later. So all my cords associated with my white LED light strip are yellow. All the cords for the actinic/blue LED light strip are blue. I couldn’t have made it easier. Long cords connected to devices that need to always be on (canister filter, skimmer, etc) are in clear/white ties. I also played around with the light cords to make them a bit less unsightly.
View from inside the tank stand.
View from behind the tank. Sorry about the blur!
How the tank looks today.
Here are some recent coral photos (these photos were taken a couple days ago):
What a happy frogspawn!
The zoas are doing well!
And just for fun, here are some tank-related cat photos, because why not?
Loki approves of the new cord management.
Loki always know just what to do with boxes from tank equipment.