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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-29-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 129
Posted By BBradbury
Tap Water Chemistry

Hello pink...

If you're not keeping and breeding rare fish species, then you can ignore the chemistry of the tap water. It's not important to the health of the tank. All you need to do is work...
Forum: Lighting 03-27-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By BBradbury
Your Lighting

Hello Bla...

I use this type of light on my planted 55 G tanks. I have three. The florescent lamps don't get hot enough to damage the glass bi-fold canopy I have covering the tank. The plastic...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-25-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By BBradbury
Getting Started

Hello tori...

If you're just getting into this "water keeping" hobby, I would encourage you to get a larger tank. 20 gallons isn't really enough room for even small fish, especially if you want a...
Forum: Equipment 03-23-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By BBradbury
Gas Exchange

Hello Aqua...

You can reduce algae by using stems of Anacharis (Brazilian water weed) in the tank. Get this floating plant started and you'll have little or no algae.

As for your air stones,...
Forum: Algae 03-23-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 529
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello noob...

I control algae by planning ahead and float stems of Anacharis when I set up a tank. The plant is a fast grower because it takes in nutrients through the leaves and the larger the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By BBradbury
Proper Gas Exchange

Hello phil...

I thought about this too. I have a 60 G that's been running for several years and the Hornwort and Ancharis have covered the surface of the water. I added a large air stone...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-19-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello Tim...

Some algae is a good thing. A sign of a healthy tank. The best way I've found to control it, is to keep a lot of Anacharis (Brazilian water weed) floating in the tank. Once this plant...
Forum: Fish 03-19-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By BBradbury
Feeding Corydoras

Hello Mor...

I feed a blend of Colbalt flakes and freeze dried tubifex and blood worms from Hikari, Tetra or Omega One. I put everything into a blender and grind it up to a fine consistency and...
Forum: Fish 03-18-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By BBradbury
Overstocked Tank?

Hello cold...

The question isn't really important, because you already have the fish. A 20 gallon tank is small no matter what's in there. You can have the best filtration system available, but it...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-18-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By BBradbury
Liquid Fertilizers

Hello Aqua...

This looks like a problem in the making. Stick to the fertilizers made for aquarium use and if your current fertilizer is too pricey, then take time to research a less expensive...
Forum: Algae 03-17-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 839
Posted By BBradbury
Your Planted Tank

Hello iso...

I keep a lot of floating plants in my planted tanks. Floaters take in nutrients through the leaves and when these types of plants get large enough, they use more than plants that must...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-17-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello hi...

Nicely done tank. Now to keep the inhabitants healthy, you'll need to remove and replace half the tank water every few days to keep the dissolved wastes out of the tank for the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-17-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By BBradbury
Tap Water Chemistry

Hello again sl...

You don't need to know anything about the tap water. You just need to use a treatment that removes chlorine and chloramine. Large, frequent water changes will remove the ammonia...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-17-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By BBradbury
Using Tap Water

Hello sl...

"Treated" (I use Seachem's "Safe") tap water is fine for the vast majority of fish you get at the pet store, they'll adapt. They have for decades. pH, hardness and all the other...
Forum: Equipment 03-17-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By BBradbury
Beneficial Bacteria

Hello rick...

It's the chemicals the public water people put into the water to make it safe to drink. Specifically, the chemicals are chlorine and chloramine. It's the same stuff that will kill...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-16-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By BBradbury
Online Plant Source

Hello eid...

I've used alphaprobreeders in the past. Ron McGee was very helpful.

B
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-16-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By BBradbury
Water Circulation

Hello Joe...

Water movement is needed for mixing oxygen into the tank water and allows carbon dioxide to escape (gas exchange). Water movement also moves nutrients through the water. You don't...
Forum: Lighting 03-15-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By BBradbury
Florescent Lighting

Hello Bill...

A 48 inch T8 or T12 in the 6500 to 10000K range will work for low to moderate light aquarium plants. I use GE aquarium plant lamps on my tanks. The T12s are 40 watt. You really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By BBradbury
Transferring Bacteria

Hello Stel...

In a well stocked tank, a couple of weeks is enough time for the bacteria to colonize the sponge.

B
Forum: Fish 03-10-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By BBradbury
Adding Salt

Hello tan...

I've added a bit of standard aquarium salt to the water in my planted tanks for more than 10 years, with what I would say are very good results. I keep the dose to no more than 2...
Forum: Lighting 03-05-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By BBradbury
Your Light

Hello oven...

You can use it, but it's not in the right color spectrum. The 6500K is closer to natural daylight, so would be preferable.

B
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-04-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello lock...

If you use standard florescent bulbs, this would be enough light for dark green aquatic plants like Anubias, Java fern and any of the mosses. You could float Hornwort and Anacharis...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-04-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 674
Posted By BBradbury
Cleaning Bottom Material

Hello Ghost...

You don't need to clean the bottom material. The organic material that collects on the substrate is constantly dissolving the tank water. So, by removing the water through a weekly...
Forum: Plants 03-03-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By BBradbury
Using a Peace Lily

Hello Free...

You can use rocks you find locally and what's called a spa basket. The baskets are available online. Amazon is a good source. You can get creative and use Java fern, species of...
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 932
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello 10...

I use Hagen filters that hang on the back of the tank. They're a third the cost of a canister and do the same job. Get a basic filter that has a gallon per hour (gph) rating of...
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