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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 442
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...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 147
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello pop...

A 30 percent water change isn't enough for a small tank. Water that constantly runs through a filter will lose minerals and become sterile in a few days, basically unable to support...
Forum: Equipment 03-01-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello Bla...

A Hagen AC70 is fine for a 55 gallon tank. This sized filter will provide the right level of gas exchange to maintain the tank. The filter won't keep the tank water clean, though. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-01-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 312
Posted By BBradbury
Tanks and Fish

Hello aqua...

The theory behind cycling a tank with fish is that you set up the tank with heater, filter, etc. along with some floating plants. You allow the tank to run for a few days, then you...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-01-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 159
Posted By BBradbury
Your 55 G

Hello Kyle...

I have several low tech 55 G tanks. I can tell you that if you keep to the dark green aquatic plants you can use standard, florescent lighting. No CO2 is necessary for plants that...
Forum: Plants 03-01-2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Posted By BBradbury
Aquarium Plants

Hello Big...

Plants need stable water conditions, just like fish. Water that stays in the tank too long loses minerals because of the constant filtration. Work up to the point you're changing...
Forum: Fish 03-01-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Et...

Smaller tanks really need large water changes every few days to keep dissolved fish wastes out of the water. If you work up to the point you're removing and replacing half the water...
Forum: Substrate 03-01-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By BBradbury
Bottom Material

Hello sleep...

I've used standard peas-sized gravel for about 10 years. It's easy to vacuum if you need or want to and there are no voids or compact areas that can create water chemistry...
Forum: Plants 02-27-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 146
Posted By BBradbury
Your Moss

Hello Nor...

The attaching time depends on the surface of the wood. If it has a lot of cracks and crevices, then a month or so. Cotton sewing thread worked in my planted tanks. The thread...
Forum: Aquascaping 02-23-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 885
Posted By BBradbury
Driftwood & Plants

Hello Bri...

I floated driftwood and attached Water Sprite to it along with a couple of Banana plants. I use cotton sewing thread that's roughly the color of the plants. It gives the tank a...
Forum: Plants 02-22-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Posted By BBradbury
The Fern

Hello MD...

This plant is generally hardy, so you don't need to jump through too many hoops to get it going in a new environment. This is a dark green, slow growing plant and these don't need...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-22-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By BBradbury
Water Testing

Hello ah...

I know I'll be going against the normal procedure, but here goes anyway. You don't need to test the water. The test kits are necessary only for those tank keepers who don't take good...
Forum: Substrate 02-22-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Lighting

Hello Pa...

If you keep plants that require low light, the fertilizer the fish produce is enough. You just need a good stock of fish and feed them a balanced diet and feed them most days. You...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-21-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 579
Posted By BBradbury
Using Salt

Hello Camo...

Tank problems happen when the tank water isn't kept clean. If you're not removing and replacing at least half the water every week, you leave dissolved wastes in the water. The...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-21-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Bob...

The best thing to do is to remove and replace half the water every week. Smaller tanks under 20 gallons could use that 50 percent change a couple of times a week.

If the tank...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-19-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello Joe...

Standard pea-sized polished gravel is fine, there's no need to change anything. Easy to keep plants need good lighting. My 45 G is pretty tall, so you'll need at least a two bulb...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-16-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Filtration

Hello Anton...

Mechanical filtration can't keep the tank water clean enough for fish and plants. It simply takes in toxic water and returns the same water to the tank, it's just a bit less toxic....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-16-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By BBradbury
Changing Tank Water

Hello schneb...

You can change out the tank water as often as you like, but it's unnecessary. If you remove and replace half weekly, then that's all the tank needs. Wastes from fish and plants...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-16-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Lighting

Hello Fish...

Shop lighting is efficient and inexpensive. I use a 2 bulb set up on my larger tanks. The fixture and two 6500K aquarium plant bulbs is about $20.00.

B
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-16-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By BBradbury
Your Fish

Hello Rad...

You don't need more Corys. These will be fine together. Fish easily adapt to their environment. The only thing you need to do is keep the tank water free of dissolved fish wastes....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-15-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tank

Hello fish...

The organic material that collects on the bottom is constantly dissolving in the tank water and feeding the plants. It doesn't need to be removed by syphoning, just let it dissolve...
Forum: Algae 02-15-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By BBradbury
controlling Algae

Hello KJ...

Algae thrives in water with dissolved phosphates and nitrates. If you're feeding flaked fish food, then you're putting phosphates in the water. Extra commercial fertilizers plants...
Forum: Fish 02-12-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By BBradbury
Fish Stocking

Hello fish...

You need a larger tank, 55 gallons or more so the fish can swim without running into one another and be willing to remove and replace at least half the tank water every week to...
Forum: Lighting 02-12-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By BBradbury
Lighting a 55 G

Hello Roy...

A 2-bulb shop light is the best way to light a standard 55 gallon tank. The fixture and two 6500K T8 bulbs will cost around $20.00 at the local hardware store. The dark green...
Forum: Lighting 02-12-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By BBradbury
Tank Lighting

Hello beef...

If you have the standard dark green aquatic plants you pick up at the local pet store, then a 2 bulb fixture will be plenty. A 48 inch fixture, with a couple of 40 watt T12s or...
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