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Forum: Fish Yesterday, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 77
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello k...

Smaller tanks with a lot of fish in them, even smaller fish, will need at least a 50 percent water change performed every week to remove most of the dissolved fish wastes.

I would...
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 108
Posted By BBradbury
Your Plants

Hello nom...

The darker green plants are slow growers and need just low light. The lighter green ones, need brighter light and generally grow faster and need extra fertilizers to sustain the...
Forum: Fish 05-19-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By BBradbury
Guppy and Molly

Hello jt...

It's possible. From what I've read, you could have a Guppy/Molly hybrid. The fish aren't closely related. If you do get a hybrid, it will likely be sterile. To get "Livebearers" to...
Forum: Lighting 05-19-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank Lighting

Hello cc...

Whoa! That's some bright lighting you have. Half the light you have would grow most aquatic plants. Are you supplementing your regular fertilizer with CO2? You may want to look into...
Forum: Algae 05-19-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By BBradbury
Natural Algae Control

Hello again M...

Nice tank. The algae is a natural thing and a sign you're maintaining a healthy tank. From the pics, the algae isn't that bad. I read your later post and there's a good amount of...
Forum: Algae 05-18-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By BBradbury
Natural Algae Control

Hello again M...

Some other natural ways of controlling forms of algae occurred to me. You may be interested in one or two of them. I've read about Siamese algae eaters, Otoconclus (Otos)....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-18-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 682
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello in...

A month isn't long for a tank to be up and running to the point the water chemistry is stable. This can take months, especially with small tanks. Plants will help maintain safe water...
Forum: Algae 05-18-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By BBradbury
Algae Problems

Hello M...

Excel is pretty powerful stuff and if you have other primitive plants in your tank like mosses, Vallisneria and ferns, they might be damaged.

More plants is a good way to control...
Forum: Fish 05-18-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 551
Posted By BBradbury
Guppies

Hello jt...

Guppies really aren't the best "community tank" fish. The male Guppy's fancy tail is a target for even peaceful fish. If you have slightly more aggressive fish, they'll bully the...
Forum: Plants 05-17-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 607
Posted By BBradbury
Your Aquatic Plants

Hello los...

Before you get into the planting phase, you should remove the small plastic basket around your plant and remove the rock wool around the plant roots. The plant will grow much better...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-14-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 783
Posted By BBradbury
Vacation Tank Care

Hello shift...

Just feed a bit more than normal for a few days before you leave and then change out half the tank water a couple of days prior.

I like to make the replacement water a bit...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-13-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 783
Posted By BBradbury
Vacation Tank Maintenance

Hello Trace...

Fish can easily go a couple of weeks without food. What you do is a couple of weeks before you leave (ideally, but you can start now), you feed a little more and a little more...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-13-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By BBradbury
Planted Tanks

Hello ben...

I usually know within a week or so if my new plants are going to make it. I think your plants are past that stage and it appears they'll do well in your tank conditions. Anubias,...
Forum: Lighting 05-13-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By BBradbury
Your Lighting Question

Hello Bo...

Your tank dimensions are unusual. Is it roughly 60 gallons? If so, you have strong lighting and you'll be able to grow most aquatic plants.

If you keep to the plants that require...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-13-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By BBradbury
YOur Tank Chemistry

Hello Hil...

Check your water's pH. Unless you're keeping rare fish species, you don't need to be concerned with acidic or basic tap water. Most aquarium fish will be fine in most public water...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-13-2013, 02:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 19,577
Posted By BBradbury
Filterless Tanks

The attached pic is a 20 G. Nothing fancy. Just room light for the emersed plants. The ferts are just what the 30 or so Fancy Guppies in the tank produce. No water changes or mechanical filtration,...
Forum: Lighting 05-12-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By BBradbury
Hello jenn... Keep your current lighting and see...

Hello jenn... Keep your current lighting and see how your plants respond. You'll have darker areas on the sides of the new tank because the old strip is shorter. You could keep low light plants in...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-11-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tap Water

Hello Smea...

Unless you're keeping rare fish, you don't need to fret over the chemistry of your tap water. The vast majority of aquarium fish will adapt to the vast majority of public water...
Forum: Equipment 05-11-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By BBradbury
40 G Filtration

Hello I...

Your tank needs a filter with a minimum water turn over rating of 160 gallons per hour (gph). Your canister will work in a tank up to 160 gallons, 4 times the size of your 40 G. This...
Forum: Plants 05-11-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By BBradbury
Low Maintenance Plants

Hello tai...

Attached is a pic of a very simple, 45 G tank. No fancy lighting and fertilizers the fish contribute. There's Brazilian waterweed and Pennywort floating. The bottom is just as...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-10-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,652
Posted By BBradbury
CO2 Booster

Hello Am...

The plants that can be affected are the primitive sort, like ferns, mosses and some species of Vallisneria. The chemical you want to be aware of is "Gluteraldehyde". If you start...
Forum: Plants 05-09-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 426
Posted By BBradbury
Your Pennywort

Hello Andy...

I've always thought my plants grew best if I changed the fertilizers every few months. I know I wouldn't want to eat the same thing all the time. I dose liquids, so I have several I...
Forum: Plants 05-07-2013, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By BBradbury
Attaching Plants

Hello Pat...

To attach plants to driftwood, you can use fine, black sewing thread. The thread will dissolve in the tank water eventually. By then, the plant roots are attached to the driftwood or...
Forum: Plants 05-07-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By BBradbury
Your Driftwood

Hello ark...

Boiling the wood will weaken the fibers, so the piece doesn't stay together as long. All you need to do is rinse the piece with a pressure nozzle attached to your outdoor watering...
Forum: Substrate 05-06-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,111
Posted By BBradbury
Vacuuming Planted Tanks

Hello new...

I never vacuum the substrate. The dead plant and fish material that falls to the bottom eventually dissolves in the tank water and nourishes the plants. If you remove that material...
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