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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 103
Posted By BBradbury
Your Plants

Hello schneb...

Plants will look poorly for a time and some will die off altogether. It's because you've changed their environment. Some will grow back and the new leaves will become used to the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 254
Posted By BBradbury
Nitrogen

Hello Boo...

Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all forms of nitrogen. These are the three things you want to keep out of the tank as much as possible. Large, frequent water changes are the only...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 03:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 661
Posted By BBradbury
Clear Tank Water

Good one, Dead!

B
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 256
Posted By BBradbury
Fish Foods

Hello trey...

The best combination is flakes, freeze dried and frozen. The best flaked food is Cobalt, Hikari and Tetra have the best freeze dried and Sallys San Fran the best frozen. Feed a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 661
Posted By BBradbury
Clear Tank Water

Hello Ty...

The secret is removing and replacing half the tank water every week and using a cut to fit poly fiber that attracts and holds the tiny floating particles that tend to cloud the water. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Dimensions

Hello scape...

The ideal tank is likely a standard 55 gallon. 48 inches long, 21 high and 12 wide. This size is easy to light with shop lights from the hardware store and short enough for you to...
Forum: Lighting Yesterday, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 126
Posted By BBradbury
Getting Started

Hello Ser...

If you're serious about the Waterkeeping" hobby, get at least a 30 gallon tank. The larger the tank, the better chance for success.

B
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 246
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Nick...

The tank will be fine. Just up the frequency or the amount of tank water you change. The water change is the true filter, not the mechanical contrivance that just moves dirty water...
Forum: Equipment 01-24-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 249
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello schneb...

If you're a good water changer, you don't need strong filtration. The filter is just moving water that's already clean. An AC 50 would have been plenty. I have one on a 45 tall,...
Forum: Plants 01-23-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By BBradbury
Aquatic Plant Sources

Hello kam...

I like alphaprobreeders. Ron McGee has been very helpful. This place has a nice assortment of plants and other aquarium related stuff. I believe the company is in Ohio. Good...
Forum: Plants 01-22-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 175
Posted By BBradbury
Your Plants

Hello Frost...

Water sprite isn't nearly as hardy as Hornwort. Water sprite doesn't do well planted, because the leaves at the top shade the ones below, so if you keep it, float it close to the...
Forum: Plants 01-22-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By BBradbury
Your Plants

Hello Gav...

A couple of things. Stem plants really do much better if you float them close to the light. This way, most of the plant is getting the light. Planting stems, just gets light to the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-21-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 759
Posted By BBradbury
Damaged Tank

Hello ken...

The stand and canopy alone are worth over $150.00. Though I don't think you could ever fill it up again, you could easily repair the crack yourself and fill it by half.

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Forum: Plants 01-20-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By BBradbury
Brazilian Water Weed

Hello Tei...

Anacharis or Common water weed is a stem plant. It does best floating on the surface of the tank very close to the light source. This way all the leaves benefit from the light.
...
Forum: Lighting 01-20-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 91
Posted By BBradbury
Supplemental Tank Lighting

Hello Turtle...

If $30.00 is all you have, then the local Lowe's or Home Depot may have something. I keep a bit larger tanks and use shop lighting to light my low tech, low light tanks. I can...
Forum: Equipment 01-18-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By BBradbury
Bottom Debris

Hell Matt...

Don't worry about the organic material that collects on the bottom of the tank. It dissolves in the water and feeds the plants. You can remove whatever the plants don't use by...
Forum: Algae 01-18-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 850
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello Ace....

That's a lot of nutrients you're putting into the water. If the plants are full and there's still more nutrients in the water, you're creating a perfect environment for algae.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-18-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By BBradbury
New Tank

Hello rick...

A couple of things. Everything with a surface from old, settled tank will have beneficial bacteria living on it. The filter media isn't the only place. Keep the old tank filter...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-16-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By BBradbury
Chemical Medium

Hello kjack...

The constant movement of the tank water through the filter, will remove more nutrients than the carbon. Carbon is effective as a filter for a week, two at most before it needs...
Forum: Fish 01-13-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 191
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello in...

A tank must go through the nitrogen cycle before it will support fish. The process takes a month or so.

B
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-13-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Posted By BBradbury
Your Qs

Hello Dave...

The pH scale is "logarithmic". This means even a very small change in the scale changes the tank water dramatically. Even if the change happens in hours, your fish could be harmed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-11-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By BBradbury
Your Plants

Hello os...

Dirt and sand compacts. This won't allow water to flow through the roots and give the plant oxygen and nutrients. Plants that need to be planted in the bottom material need the water...
Forum: Plants 01-10-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By BBradbury
Land Plants

Hello scott...

Research the Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema). I keep them emersed in some of my standard freshwater tanks to remove dissolved nitrogen from the fish and plant wastes. Requires only...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-09-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By BBradbury
Best Stem Plants

Hello Paint...

My favorites are Anacharis and Hornwort. Pennywort is good too.

B
Forum: Equipment 01-09-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 830
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Good topic. I used to run a couple of filters on my tanks and then I found if I upped my water changes to 50 percent a week, I didn't need two filters, just one. The water changes did a much better...
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