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Commissioning a New System
After installation is complete the following procedure must be followed:-
1. Fill the system with water and turn on the pump. Care should be taken to make sure the pump has
water in it first.
2. Check all joints and unions for leaks
3. Use this first water fill to wash out all the reservoirs, equipment and pipes. Remember to remove
all traces of plastic swarf from pipe cutting and trimming.
4. Empty the system and refill with clean water. Add 1 x 25kg sack of vacuum dried salt per 2000
litres and leave the system to run for 24 hours.This will help to 'cure' all plastic surfaces and
remove any traces of oils used in the production of the equipment and pipework.
5. Empty the saltwater from the system and wash out with freshwater. At this point it is a good idea
to add any aggregate media being used (e.g. filter sand), after washing it thoroughly.
6. Once the system has been thoroughly washed out with clean water it can be re-filled. If you intend
to use artificial seawater we recommend our Tropic Marin Synthetic Sea Salt.
System InstallationTip
• Seal all threads into their respective ports using silicone aquarium sealer - this should be applied to male threads.
• All individual pieces of equipment must be fitted with socket unions.This will enable simple maintenance
of equipment and make the removal or replacement of any individual component easy.
• Pump inlets should be positioned so that the water intake is made from the lowest point of the
reservoir.This prevents the likelihood of any air being drawn into the water pump, as the pump will
compress the air and water mixture and rapidly cause air embolisms in the fish.
• Bypass facilities should be fitted to UV sterilisers, cartridge filters and other similar equipment to
facilitate ease of maintenance.
• All plumbing must be of pure grade plastics and of premium quality.We do not recommend the use
of standard PVC or styrene for salt water systems. If in doubt please consult us. All pipework and
fittings in this catalogue are suitable for saltwater and freshwater use.
• Although installation time may be increased it often pays to install the system 'dry' to start with, i.e
without gluing, as this will help to overcome any layout problems and prevent wastage of components.
• During installation it is pertinent to remember that directional change of water through 90
and T's creates additional frictional loss, so care should be take to minimise the number of such
bends and wherever possible route water through T's directly rather than at 90
• All joints must be cleaned with pipe cleaner before gluing and must not be stressed whilst wet, i.e
do not pull, bend or twist pipework until the cement is dry.
• Plastic pipework will not support itself, so it should always be fixed to walls with the appropriate
clips at recommended support intervals.
• When plumbing is finished it should be left for 24 hours before filling with water and testing.
It is important that the system is properly maintained – it is after all the life support system for the livestock!
Regular maintenance is crucial for any operation to be successful, both in terms of livestock success, and in the
proper functioning and longevity of the system itself.Aside from daily visual system checks (we recommend a
daily checklist is utilised – one is included in all Complete Filtration Systems Instructions Manuals), the following
are the minimum recommendations for the successful long term running of a TMC Filtration System:-
• Wash bag filters twice a week and replace once a month.
• Wash cartridge filters once a week and replace once every six months.
• Do regular water changes to keep nitrate below 80mg/l (ppm).
• Change UV lamps and o-rings every 4000/8000 hours, depending on application.
• Change o-rings on pumps and sand filters once every 2 years.
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