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Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-17-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello x...

Why go to so much work and expense? A 22 inch tall, 55 G tank doesn't need high end lighting. If you're willing to keep to the dark green aquatic plants, you can get ample lighting...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-16-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello adix...

If you want to set up a low tech tank, then start with basic lighting. The hardware store is the best place for inexpensive, decent lighting. Get a two bulb shop light and a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-11-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 250
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Cycling

Hello Bull...

The water doesn't do anything for the cycle. It has no bacteria in it. Bacteria needs a surface. The gravel, decorations and the filter media from the established tanks will help...
Forum: Plants 09-10-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By BBradbury
Using Land Plants

The no water change tank has been running for roughly 3 weeks. Normally, I would have done three water changes in a standard fresh water tank, but haven't done one for this one yet. Don't plan to...
Forum: Lighting 09-09-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 507
Posted By BBradbury
Inexpensive Lighting

Hello x...

The cheapest lighting you can get for your tank is a 48" dual fixture shop light from the local chain hardware store like Lowe's or Home Depot. I got one for $12.00 just a couple of...
Forum: Plants 09-08-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By BBradbury
Easy to Grow Plants

Hello Strange...

Any of the dark green aquatic plants will require low or subdued lighting. Hornwort and Anacharis are a couple of good floating plants. Any of the mosses like Singapore and...
Forum: Plants 09-08-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By BBradbury
Using Land Plants in an FW Tank

Hello TPT...

Have been interested in using land plants in fresh water tanks to reduce or eliminate the need for water changes.

Had a tank like this some years ago and emersed the roots of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-04-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By BBradbury
Algae Problem

Hello A...

Any of the livebearing fishes like algae as a food supplement. Mollies are higher maintenance than the others. So, you'll have to keep the tank water especially pure. The larger,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-01-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 670
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Lud...

Mollies are the most sensitive of the livebearing fish to anything foreign that goes into their tank water. 40 percent water changes aren't nearly enough for Mollies. 60 percent...
Forum: Lighting 09-01-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 287
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank's Lighting

Hello Ty...

Plants prefer a variety of light color or spectrum. I would suggest adding a shop light from the hardware store to the LEDs you have. The shop fixture will accept T12, 40 watt or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-30-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 607
Posted By BBradbury
Switching Filters

Hello good...

Run them both for a couple of weeks. Then, you can remove the old filter. You have plenty of back up bacteria on the surfaces inside the tank. What you remove when you take...
Forum: Lighting 08-30-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting Your Tank

Hello shrimp...

That should be plenty of light for a small tank. Medium high is what I'd call it. You shouldn't have any trouble growing most of the aquatic plants you get at the local pet store....
Forum: Aquascaping 08-28-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By BBradbury
Safe Rocks?

Hello Bull...

Test them with a few drops of vinegar. If there's a reaction of any kind, then don't put them into the tank. If there's none, then rinse them well and in they go.

B
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-22-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 549
Posted By BBradbury
Your Planted Tank

Hello ked...

Your lighting is moderate. So, you can grow any of the dark green aquatic plants. These are slow growing naturally, so you don't need commercial fertilizers. As long as you have a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 630
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello Leaky...

I could have used you as a backup on another forum. There are some tank keepers there that don't believe there are benefits to large, frequent water changes.

I do work to match...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 630
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello Little...

Changing half the tank water weekly is plenty. It takes some time for wastes to build to toxic levels. If you remove 50 percent of the tank water every week on a tank the size you...
Forum: Plants 08-20-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,214
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello kil...

Your tank set up is working against you. There's too much, it's too difficult. You need a larger tank. Something long, not tall. The water chemistry in small tanks changes too...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-20-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By BBradbury
Fertilizers and Low Tech Tanks

Hello Cory...

I keep several low tech tanks and don't use commercial fertilizers much. I keep a lot of fish in the tank and feed them a good diet regularly. They provide the fertilizer. Every...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-18-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello want...

If you feed your fish, there will be wastes in the water. When those wastes dissolve, you'll have ammonia and shortly thereafter, nitrite in the tank water. Both will kill your...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-17-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By BBradbury
Growing Bacteria

Hello phil...

Bacteria begins growing when there's a combination of ammonia from the fish waste and oxygen from the air. If there's plenty of both, the good bacteria can reproduce very quickly....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-16-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By BBradbury
Fish In Tank Cycling

Hello Mud...

Cycling a tank with fish requires a daily test for ammonia and nitrite. If you have a positive test, you remove and replace 25 percent of the tank water with pure, treated tap water....
Forum: Fish 08-15-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By BBradbury
Your Fish

Hello Skeet...

Good choice of fish for an unheated tank. They're very hardy, but 5 or 6 is the most I'd put in such a small tank. The water chemistry can go south pretty quickly, because there's...
Forum: Substrate 08-15-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By BBradbury
Cleaning the Substrate

Hello Cory...

I have good news for you. You don't have to vacuum the bottom material, ever. All the old organic fish and plant stuff that falls to the bottom of the tank dissolves in the tank...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-14-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank Lighting

Hello craz...

Lighting that comes with a tank kit isn't meant to grow plants. That lighting is just enough to see into the tank. If you want to grow plants, you'll need a fixture that will hold a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-14-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 286
Posted By BBradbury
Nitrate Level

Hello lind...

An 80 ppm nitrate level is pretty high. 50 would really be the highest for most aquarium fish. This form of nitrogen is at the end of the cycle, so at most your fish are getting just...
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