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Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   02-19-2016, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,271
Posted By BBradbury
Minimal Maintenance Tank

Hello AF...

Time to move on to my next forum. Wanted to leave you all with the recipe for a tank project you can try. I'll give you the pieces, you get to put them together.

Low Maintenance...
Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   01-17-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,598
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Substrate, cleaning, filtration

Hello Jen...

Here are some inexpensive ideas: Standard pea-size gravel works well as a substrate. It's easy to clean and never compacts, so you never have water chemistry problems. Shop...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   11-13-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 632
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Mopani Wood

Hello Greg...

Some algae is good. A sign you're maintaining a pretty healthy tank. I wouldn't fret over a little. Algae is a natural water filter and a healthy food supplement for snails and...
Forum: Bettas   10-23-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 905
Posted By BBradbury
Re: How small is too small?

Hello maj...

You know the drill. Larger is always better no matter what's going to live there. The old boy that got me into the water keeping hobby said the water in small tanks was unstable, so...
Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   10-13-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By BBradbury
Upgraded to Natural Filter System

Hello AF...

Pretty slow forum here. Not sure anyone will notice this, but have been trying to breed Corydoras venezuelanus in under filtered 55 gallon tanks with emersed land plants in the water....
Forum: Tiki Hut   10-12-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 877
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Retiring

Hello fish...

This really shouldn't be surprising to you. These forum sites come and go. Yes, this one has gotten a bit slow, but I check in every once in a while to see if there's been a...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   10-12-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 977
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Marineland Canister Filter - worth it?

Hello jim...

Canister filters are roughly 3 times the cost of an HOB and take more time to service. For standard tanks like the kind most of us keep, these filters aren't worth the extra cost and...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   10-01-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By BBradbury
Re: how long can my filter be off?

Hello War...

The filter's main job is to mix oxygen into the tank water by agitating the surface. So, if it's off, you need to have a length of plastic tubing attached to an air pump to move the...
Forum: Aquariumforum Help Desk   10-01-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,065
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Whats happen?

Hello Art...

Well, I can tell you there aren't as many posts here as there are on other fish forum sites I visit. But, this is pretty normal. Sites are popular for a time and then slow way down....
Forum: Freshwater Tank Builds   09-23-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By BBradbury
Re: New 55 Gallon

Hello DJ...

Nice tank. The water looks nice and clear. Your fish could use some hiding places for a little privacy if they're going to feel comfortable in the water. If you're not ready to get...
Forum: Freshwater Invert Discussion   09-03-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,231
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Rams horn snails

Hello vre...

Ramshorn snails breed according to the availability of food. If you want more snails then put more food into the tank.

Forum: Livebearers   08-21-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,504
Posted By BBradbury
Re: How many types of live-bearing fish do you keep

Hello skif...

I keep Guppies, Platys and Swordtails. If you keep the fish in pure water conditions, they thrive. I have 7 larger tanks and the tanks get 60 percent water changes every week.
Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   08-07-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 16,654
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Post your Planted Tanks!

May have a pic or two left on this site to post a pic of one of my tanks. This is a 60 G, low tech with standard florescent lighting. Has a Hagen AC70 filter and it gets 60 percent water changes...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   07-21-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By BBradbury
Re: water parameters

Hello L...

Simple answer. You don't need to worry about the chemistry of your tap water. The chemistry stuff just isn't important to the health of the tank. The fish and plants will adapt to...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   07-21-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,431
Posted By BBradbury
Re: DIY Filter for low $

Hello Shak...

Super idea. Wish I was a little handier and could set this up and try the system for a while. Have larger tanks and to keep the tank water free of dissolved wastes, I emerse the...
Forum: Freshwater Fish Diseases, Algae Problems, and Tank Emergencies   04-22-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Algae in my planted Aquarium

Hello king...

If you want to control the growth of algae, then put in several stems of Anacharis, also called Brazilian water weed, Common Elodea, Egeria najas, it has several names. Anyway, the...
Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   04-05-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 867
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Is additional lighting required?

Hello keeb...

If you stick to the darker green aquatic plants, the lighting you have will be enough. There's no need to buy anything else. If you prefer plants that need to be planted in the...
Forum: Freshwater Plants, Freshwater Planted Tanks   01-13-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Looking to start a 20g low tech planted tank

Hello dark...

A taller tank will be more difficult to light properly, so you need to stay with dark green plants. These generally need low light. Anubias nana and nangi attached to driftwood or...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   01-04-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 742
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Unwanted Tank Snails

Hello Fun...

The loaches should make short work of the snails. You can drop a piece of Iceberg lettuce into the tank. The snails will attach to the lettuce and you can just remove it after 24...
Forum: Member Introductions   12-23-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By BBradbury
Re: molly fish

Hello el...

Mollies are the least hardy of the all the livebearing fish. They require very clean water and larger tanks typically are best for them. If you have a tank smaller than 30 gallons,...
Forum: Freshwater Fish Diseases, Algae Problems, and Tank Emergencies   12-19-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,639
Posted By BBradbury
Your Tanks

Hello scare...

You have a lot of work to do, but your situation would improve if you got all the fish into the largest tank to begin their treatment.

Start a more aggressive water change...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   12-13-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 940
Posted By BBradbury
Re: It's been a while!

Hello MRi...

Good to hear your tank is running well. Tried to go a couple of weeks between water changes, but the water quality wasn't as good as with the weekly water changes. Found I was able...
Forum: Freshwater Fish Diseases, Algae Problems, and Tank Emergencies   12-10-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 707
Posted By BBradbury
Re: medicines fish bacteria

Hello kal...

Putting medicines into the tank water is never a good idea, for the reasons you gave. Maintaining clean water conditions is the best remedy. If you believe you have sick fish, then...
Forum: Member Introductions   12-03-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Tanks set up right or overstocked?

Hello cam...

As long as the fish don't get too large, they get along and you keep the tank water clean, you'll have nothing to worry about.

The pH, hardness and all that stuff isn't important...
Forum: General Freshwater Forum   10-30-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By BBradbury
Re: Preventive Measures

Hello Oliv...

Just keep the tank clean with weekly water changes and your fish won't get sick. I would research the use of aquarium salt before you use it. Then, you can make an informed...
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