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Forum: Fish 07-29-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By BBradbury
Livebearing Hybrids

Hello Chris...

You could be right. But the pic shows a Guppy male and female and a Swordtail male. The one in the middle really doesn't look like either of them.

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Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-29-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 483
Posted By BBradbury
Low Tech Tank Lighting

Hello again jc...

I'd say it's heavily planted. Mostly Anubias nana and nangi. Has some Java fern. Floating there's Anacharis, Horn and Pennywort. Attached is a pic of the tank when it had a...
Forum: Fish 07-29-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By BBradbury
Guppy/Swordtail Hybrids

This is interesting to me...

Last summer, a friend asked me to take some black and silver Swordtail livebearers. I said fine, and dumped 15 or so into a 60 gallon tank. The tank already had 200...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-29-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 483
Posted By BBradbury
Low Tech Tank Lighting

Hello jc...

Low tech is pretty simple. I have a 60 gallon, very similar in most respects to the 55. I don't figure par, I just use four 32 watt florescent, T8 bulbs in a shop light set up from...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-27-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By BBradbury
Algae Growth

Hello jc...

When I set up a tank, I put in several stems of Anacharis (Egeria densa) before I do anything else with the tank. I allow the floating plant to grow for a couple of weeks and then...
Forum: Lighting 07-24-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank Lighting

Hello rt...

Most aquatic plants will do fine under 2 watts of light for every gallon of tank volume. You have a bit more than this, so your plants should do well. I'm definitely not a fan of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-21-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 197
Posted By BBradbury
Water Chemistry

Hello MJ...

Unless you're keeping and breeding rare fish, you don't need to fret over the chemical makeup of your tap water. The chemistry stuff isn't important to the health of the tank. Fish...
Forum: Fish 07-19-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello n25...

The best thing you can do for your tank is go in and do a larger than normal water change. The flush of new, treated tap water will mix O2 into the water and easily hold the fish for...
Forum: Substrate 07-18-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By BBradbury
Debris in Tank

Hello phil...

The organic material that settles on the bottom is always dissolving and nourishes the plants. The excess is removed through the weekly water change, so what's left does no harm to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 478
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello again jc...

It doesn't matter what's in the tank or how many there are. You should be removing and replacing at least half the water every week. The longer water stays in a tank, the more...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 478
Posted By BBradbury
Filtering a 55 G Tank

Hello jc...

Don't get talked into over filtering your tank. Filters aren't designed to keep the tank water clear of dissolved wastes, which is what will make the water unliveable for the fish and...
Forum: Equipment 07-16-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 304
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello Im...

I would check the gallon per hour (gph) rating of the filter you have. If it's roughly four times the volume of your tank in gallons, 300 or so, you have enough filtration. Strong...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-16-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 243
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Rak...

The tank isn't going to begin the nitrogen cycle unless you have an ammonia source. It's the ammonia and O2 that are needed to grow the microscopic bugs that will use the ammonia for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 295
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello jcmv...

Filtration is simple. A filter that hangs on the back of the tank and has a gallon per hour (gph) of roughly four times the volume of the tank in gallons is plenty. Hagen makes a...
Forum: Plants 07-14-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By BBradbury
Your Planted Tank

Hello liv...

If that tank was mine, I'd make an effort to simplify it. Get the lighting up to 2 watts per gallon of tank volume. Florescent lighting is inexpensive and effective. Get a good...
Forum: Algae 07-14-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello kc...

Introduce some stems of Brazilian water weed. Just drop individual stems into the tank. The plant needs nothing more than the ferts the fish produce, good lighting (a couple of watts...
Forum: Algae 07-13-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello Black...

Float some Anacharis (Elodea densa) in the tank. This stem plant has been controlling algae since the water keeping hobby started. It just needs decent and extended lighting (12...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-13-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello Den...

Never heard of water changes being bad for your fish or anything else that lives there. Large, frequent water changes are best. I have 7 tanks from 20 to 60 gallons and change half...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-10-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,088
Posted By BBradbury
Opyimum pH

Hello B1...

Plants prefer water with a low pH, more acidic. Fish are the opposite. They like a higher, basic pH. Both will adapt to most public water supplies, they've been doing this for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-08-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 484
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello ben...

Add a small air stone attached to an air pump to increase the surface movement. As for the increase in the organic material at the bottom, you'll need adopt a more aggressive water...
Forum: Lighting 07-07-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,223
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting a 40 G Breeder

Hello Chub...

Easy answer. A couple of two fixture 36 inch shop lights. The bulbs should be 6500K, T8s. Florescent lighting burns very cool, so you can get a 36 inch bi-fold canopy and set the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-07-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By BBradbury
Your Low Maintenance Tank

Hello Grif...

Easily done with a sheer curtain over the window. Filtered sun will work better than direct sunlight. Emerse the rinsed off root balls of a couple of Aglaonema house plants and add...
Forum: Algae 07-07-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 687
Posted By BBradbury
Controlling Algae

Hello Pockets...

Am surprised no one has suggested floating Anacharis as a means of controlling algae. I've used this plant for roughly a dozen years in my planted tanks and it does the job. The...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-06-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello ad...

Half the tank water should be removed and replaced weekly. If you have a tank under 20 gallons, then this should be done twice weekly. Here's why: Water that constantly moves...
Forum: Lighting 07-04-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 255
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Lighting

Hello rt...

Florescent lighting is fine for undemanding plants, but you need to get to roughly 2 watts per gallon of tank volume if you want anything to grow long term and be healthy. T8 bulbs...
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