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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-15-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 372
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Nutrients

Hello road...

Don't dose ferts. My plants subsist on those the fish produce. So, by changing out 50 to 60 percent of the water every week, there's no surplus of food for algae.

Since everything...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-15-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 372
Posted By BBradbury
Water Changes

Hello rick...

I've never heard anything negative about weekly water changes, just the reverse. The more water you change and the more often you change it, the better for anything living in the...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 05-13-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 589
Posted By BBradbury
Low Maintenance Tanks


Low maintenance tanks have been around for several years. If you emerse the root balls of the Chinese evergreen, you can keep the ammonia and nitrite at zero and the nitrates in the 10...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 05-11-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 589
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello Aqua...

Research the use of land plants in the tank to help maintain the water chemistry. I've found the Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen) helps maintain low nitrogen levels in planted tanks. ...
Forum: Fish 05-11-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By BBradbury
Treating Parasites

Hello Craz...

Avoid putting chemicals into the water. Chemicals can hurt fish, plants and the good bacteria. Keep the tank water clean by removing and replacing half the water a couple of times...
Forum: Lighting 05-09-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Lighting

Hello Andy...

There's no need to "break the bank" just to light a low tech tank. I keep several 55 and 60 gallon, 48 inch tanks and use shop lights from the hardware store. A two bulb fixture...
Forum: Plants 05-06-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By BBradbury
Lowering Nitrates

Hello jz...

Aquatic plants that float are pretty good. Egeria najas, Pennywort and Hornwort are all good. Even better is to emerse the roots of the Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen). A larger "Ag"...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-06-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,272
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello bpb...

Just keep up with the water changes and you'll have no tank problems. And "Go Aggies".

Forum: Lighting 05-05-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By BBradbury
Changing Lamps

Hello No...

The bulbs will lose about 20 percent of their intensity over 12 months. If your plants require low to moderate light, then this isn't a problem. Keep the bulbs until they burn...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-04-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
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 05-04-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 389
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: 282
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: 354
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: 29
Views: 992
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: 258
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: 336
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: 167
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: 510
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: 270
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: 194
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: 521
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: 502
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: 344
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: 549
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: 782
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...
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