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Forum: Low Tech Forum Yesterday, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 109
Posted By BBradbury
Chemical Medium

Hello wriz...

Chemical medium (carbon) is effective for a couple weeks or so. After this with good tank aeration, it becomes a home for beneficial bacteria. Just remove it every couple of weeks...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello Blk...

I have a Hagen AC70 on a heavily stocked 60 gallon, so your tank will be fine provided you remove and replace half the water every week, no excuses. Over filtering a tank doesn't keep...
Forum: Plants 05-03-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 217
Posted By BBradbury
How does acidic water effect plants?

Hello phil...

Aquarium plants prefer the water more acidic (lower pH) than basic (higher pH). Fish are the opposite. However, your fish will adapt to the vast majority of public tap water, so...
Forum: Algae 05-03-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By BBradbury
I think I finally kicked this algae

Hello latch...

You don't need to change anything in your tank to control algae, just drop some stems of Anacharis in the tank. Get this plant established and it will control algae in a few weeks....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-03-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 650
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank Lighting

Hello Bet...

You don't have much light. If it's a 40 watt florescent, it's a T12. This lamp provides a wider area of light, but not very intense, so you should keep to the slow growing plants...
Forum: Equipment 05-01-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 237
Posted By BBradbury
Filtration/floating debris

Hello Don...

Canister filters are fine, but not for smaller tanks. Your Eheim is designed for a much larger tank, around 100 gallons. Get a Hagen filter that hangs on the back, say an AC 50 and...
Forum: Lighting 05-01-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By BBradbury
Low tech lighting question

Hello Bullet...

Aquarium plants are tropical and used to long hours of daylight. Limiting the light, limits the energy source for the plant. Keep the lights on for at least 10 hours per day. 12...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-29-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 140
Posted By BBradbury
CO2, pH and Low Tech

Hello I like...

Unless you keep rare fish species, you don't need to worry about the chemistry of your tap water. The vast majority of fish you get at the fish store will adapt to the vast...
Forum: Algae 04-28-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 429
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello green...

I keep algae out of my planted tanks by keeping a lot of Egeria najas floating in them. The plant has several other names: Anacharis, Brazilian water weed, Common pond weed and some...
Forum: Lighting 04-28-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Posted By BBradbury
50 gallon tank!!

Hello Gold...

You really only need basic florescent lighting. You can get a 36 inch shop light, two bulb fixture and two 6500K, 32 watt, T8 bulbs for about $20.00 at the local hardware store....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-27-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By BBradbury
keeping kh stable

Hello jer...

I keep several, larger tanks and don't ever test the tank water. I simply remove and replace half the water in them every week. Unless you keep and breed rare fish species, the pH,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-27-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 455
Posted By BBradbury
Low Light - No Tech - A bit of help?


Cryptocoryne plants aren't the best plant for beginners. Heck, they're not a hardy plant for anyone. They're too sensitive to being moved from one environment to another. You'll do...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-26-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By BBradbury
excel, airstone and fish

Hello All...

An air stone will mix a bit more oxygen into the tank water and allow an equal amount of CO2 to escape, but it's really minimal. The tiny bubbles produced by the air stone don't have...
Forum: Fish 04-26-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By BBradbury
Your Platy Fry

Hello tan...

I have several Platy tanks and feed the fry the same foods as the adults. I just use a small blender to get the flaked and freeze dried foods to the right size for the fry. You'll...
Forum: Algae 04-26-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello rw...

You're putting a lot of nutrients into the tank water. If your aquarium plants aren't using everything, then you're creating a perfect environment for algae to thrive. But, a healthy...
Forum: Lighting 04-23-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting a 55 G Tank

Hello again sindy...

There is. Replace the plastic cover with an aquarium bi-fold glass canopy. There are different sizes available. These are cheap and available on line. Make sure to choose the...
Forum: Fish 04-23-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By BBradbury
Keeping Guppies

Hello Grah...

I keep my tank water at 74 to 76 degrees for my Guppies. This is good breeding temperature.

Forum: Algae 04-23-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello ull...

You need a hardy floating plant to reduce the growth of algae. Anacharis or Hornwort are likely the best. They're available at the local pet stores that keep fish. Just drop some...
Forum: Lighting 04-23-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 691
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting Your 55 G

Hello sindy...

I keep several 55 G low to medium light tanks and use a 48 inch, two light fixture and either 32 watt, T8s or 40 watt T12s from the local hardware store. The fixture and 2 bulbs...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 04-22-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Posted By BBradbury
Damage to Plant Leaves

Hello Dj...

It's likely your fish rasping bits of algae from the leaves. If you have a lot of fish, then the constant chewing by the fish can cause leaf damage. If the leaves are severely damaged,...
Forum: Lighting 04-20-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting for a Low Tech Tank

Hello 100...

I'd use a couple of two bulb fixtures from the local hardware store, like Lowe's. The whole thing might cost $50.00, bulbs and all. For bulbs, I'd get four 32 watt, T8s. Florescent...
Forum: Plants 04-20-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By BBradbury
Anacharis for Algae Control

Hello Yuki...

This plant, if grown large enough, will help control the growth of most forms of algae. It gives off a mild antibiotic that's toxic to organisms like algae. It will grow quickly and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 617
Posted By BBradbury
Large, Frequent Water Changes

Hello phil...

Never heard of fish dying from too much clean water. However, it takes time for wastes to dissolve in the water to the point your fish will be stressed, so one large, 50 percent...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By BBradbury
Using Local Plants

Hello Al...

I'm very doubtful you can use local plants in a tank. They'll likely survive for a short time, but they won't last because of the difference in environments. The water is the main...
Forum: Algae 04-19-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 199
Posted By BBradbury

Hello sleeps...

Floating plants are fast users of dissolved nutrients because they take food in through the leaves instead of the roots, like plants that must go into the bottom material. Algae...
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