Edited by snazy, 19 August 2013 - 07:48 PM.
What to do with a 2nd hand Rio 240
Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:48 PM
Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:02 PM
Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:54 PM
Guess what I'm doing tomorrow ...
Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:09 PM
So, plan B .... fill the filter with water manually and then see if it starts. If not ... it's getting binned. I've fallen out with it now
Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:17 PM
Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:47 PM
We got it going and it works fine but it's now up for sale. I've decided to run my JBL e901 plus an internal until I can get a JBL e1501 or a second e901.
The reason for sale is simple. I can't cope with it. I can manouvre it when it's full of water as it's too heavy. It's way too powerful in output too - there's no way my cichlids would cope with that amount of flow and there's no way to turn it down either. It's spray bar is missing as is it's flow deflector nozzle.
If anyone is interested in buying it off me then let me know
Edited by Akasha, 20 August 2013 - 09:01 PM.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:52 PM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:30 AM
Anyway, I put my little internal filter in the tank before going to bed and left it running over night. I might only be for a 100 litre tank but it's cleared the water up nicely!
We tried to get the light unit working aswell last night but it kept going out. One of the bulbs has turned black in one corner (about 3 inches in) so we know that is close to blowing completely but then Dad noticed a break in the coating of the wire so he's taken the light unit home to have a look at the wire and make it safe. I'll probably change the entire light unit at a later date though.
I would get a photo up of it with it's layer of black sand in but with no light unit it's pointless as the camara won't pick it up.
So .... I planned to start decorating it today but guess what ... the damn cichlids have spawned so I'm gonna have to wait. The Bolivians have wrigglers so give it a couple of days and they'll have been eaten and cuviceps were showing signs of egg laying before I went to bed. I've not checked the tank yet but if they havn't layed in the night they'll be laying today - going by their behaviour anyway. It's annoying cos their timing could be better but it does give me time to decide what I want to do decoration wise
Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:18 AM
So it that it? Guessing it can't be used now without leaking? I doubt I'll be able to sell it broken unless it's for spares and repairs
Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:23 PM
Still needs topping up with water - although to be honest once I start with lumps of bogwood and rocks it probably won't need any topping up at all!
My Dad is fiddling with bits of filter pipes now in an effort to get the Hydor external heater to fit my JBL. He assures me that his plan will work and it won't leak and all I can do is trust him on that ...
You see the problem is the Hydor runs off 16mm pipe and the JBL runs off 12mm pipe so we're gonna have to fudge it to make it fit ... I'm a little worried in all honesty
Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:42 PM
400 litre amazon tank: 5 discus, 15 rummynoses, 1 cardinal, loads of corys, some bristlenoses
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:45 PM
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Edited by snazy, 21 August 2013 - 05:34 PM.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:50 PM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:13 PM
I'll head over to MA next week and have a look at these connectors and work out the best way to do it
Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:21 PM
I went to my lfs today with my heater and the two different bits of pipe and explained what the problem was and what I was trying to do. Luke - the guy that owns the business looked at it, said he'd not seen the external heaters before but was really interested in it and set about trying to solve my problem. Off he went around the store getting bits of pipe and other bits. We ended up with this
Which turns into this :
The brown hose on the right is the 12mm JBL hosing and the blue hose on the left is the 16mm which will fit on the end of the connector seriously tightly forming a good seal.
Perfect - job sorted. Price £3.00. I call that a good result.
So a bit ago I upset my fish and took the large lump of bogwood out - not happy fishes!! I then cleaned it up a bit and got it into the new tank trying it various ways but decided it look best the way it was in the 180 but it needed some 'modification'. I set to work with my hacksaw and chopped one the arms off. So it now fits nicely in the tank without being wedged. I then uprooted two of the huge Echinodorus plants I got recently, gave the roots a trim and trimmed off any rotting or leaves that were discoloured and also cut off the flower stems that had grown. I've now got 4 new plants floating around in the tank and the beginnings of another floating in the 180.
This is how the 240 looks now
It's not a great picture as things are still settling with the sand and I've just upset things again by planting the two plants and messing about with the wood.
So ... thoughts on how it's looking? I'm definitely sticking to another pathway but I've got plenty of time to get it right so I'm not rushing things