Sea Core Care Sheet
Here are some tips to help you keep your Sea Core in good condition for years to come.
1. Always use distilled water to refill your Sea Core. Never use tap water. Not even a little. Tap water will leave mineral deposits and allow algae to grow. Don't do it.
2. Turning your pump off is not recommended, it is designed to run all the time, so let it.
If you must turn it off, it may take awhile for the water pressure in the airline to clear and you to get full bubbles back.
This problem can be fixed by manually clearing the line, but if the pump is in the pedestal, you may have to empty the water to lift your Sea Core.
If you have a lighted pedestal, you can access the pump, airline and the fluorescent bulb from the top. You will have to move your Sea Core to do this. To move your Sea Core, you do not have to remove any of the glass components. You only have to siphon enough water to make the piece light enough to lift.
The best way to remove the water is to use a piece of 3/8 inch tubing and siphon it off. You can find tubing like this at any hardware store or order it online.
3. The pump in your piece can easily be replaced at any time. Any basic aquarium pump will do. I use Marina Cool Air pumps. I like these pumps because they are very small and quiet. You can order them from Amazon. If you want more bubbles, you can use a stronger pump. Pumps are cheap mechanical devices. Some last a very long time, others do not. There is no way to predict how long you pump will last. If you are not happy with the bubble output or it starts making noise, replace it.
4. Condensation on the top of the lid is normal and nothing to worry about. When adding water, tip the lid at an angle over your Sea Core and let the water run back into the tube. This will keep water from dripping on your furniture.
Dismantling your Sea Core
1. Tubes can be transported short distances with the glass creatures in place.
You only have to siphon enough water to make the piece light enough to lift.
The best way to remove the water is to use a piece of 3/8 inch tubing and siphon it off. You can find tubing like this at any hardware store or order it on line.
2. You should fully dismantle your Sea Core if you plan on shipping it. Remove all the glass components from the tube and wrap them in tissue paper and bubble wrap to avoid breakage on the journey. Taking pictures of the sculpture and numbering the pieces as you take them out will make putting it back together much easier.