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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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The 29g rant

I'm so looking forward to the day I can turn mine into a sump for a tank that doesn't feel so cramped, say a 75-120g.

If you're thinking about a 29g, consider:

- it isn't thick enough to really allow for foreground, midground, and background planting. Two of the three, sure. All three? Nope, not in my experience.

- flow is weird, probably because of the shape. Even with a 2217, I still need a Koralia nano to hit dead spots. Yeah, it does have a reactor and heater inline and the spray bar is aimed upward to maximize O2, but still.

- lighting fixtures are awkward to find (most lights are in 24", 36", and 48" lengths) and 30" T5HO bulbs are even more rare, if they exist at all. I had to get offset 24" bulbs in a custom case.

Grrrr.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 09:24 PM
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Totally Agree. I'd also add that they are just a little too short for schooling fish to feel the need to do a lot of swimming so they mostly just hang out. I just use mine now as a backup tank for fish that aren't working out in my main tank.
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I have a 2217 running in my 29g, and I find that if I just do not use the spray bar and run the open nozzle a little towards the front glass I get plenty of flow. In fact I have to throttle it down some otherwise it's like a hurricane in there. See my signature for my current set up.
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You have to go small so your tank feels big; small fish, small plants, small rocks, small driftwood. Go for led lights. It's expensive but will last you a long time.

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I agree that the 29g is not nearly as easy to work with as the larger tanks, when it comes to creating multiple tiers of plants. However, it is possible to create a beautiful scape using the 29g if you're willing to limit your collectoritis.

Right now, I'm starting my 29g back up. I'm planning on using a healthy amount of anudias, java fern, moss, swords, crypts, and micro-sword (carpet). I'm hopeful that I'll be able to create some depth and make an overall pleasing look.

The real issue with the 29g is the fact that lighting can be difficult to acquire. I'm currently using T5HO. It's a good quality fixture, but I'm thinking about going to LED once the current bulbs reach 2 years of age.

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Think of it like a 55 with even more problems!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 06:24 PM
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Oh I agree! Unless you are going for a 12g or less nano tank you want a minimum 18" depth. So the next standard size up from nano's would be a 25g 18"x18"x18", then a 40b 36"x18"x16", 60g 24"x24"x24", 65g 36"x18"x24", 75g 48"x18"x21", 90g 48"x18"x24", 120g 48"x24"x24", etc.

I sure wish there were more small tanks with 24" depth! I've been looking for a 36"x24"x24" on craigslist for over a year to no avail, will likely need to have it custom made.
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I hear ya about the 36"x24"x24". If I had to go with a standard 36" tank, it would probably be a 50g - 36"x18"x19".

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A 55 is even worse. That tank looks horrible from the side
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I agree that the 29g is not nearly as easy to work with as the larger tanks, when it comes to creating multiple tiers of plants. However, it is possible to create a beautiful scape using the 29g if you're willing to limit your collectoritis.

Right now, I'm starting my 29g back up. I'm planning on using a healthy amount of anudias, java fern, moss, swords, crypts, and micro-sword (carpet). I'm hopeful that I'll be able to create some depth and make an overall pleasing look.

The real issue with the 29g is the fact that lighting can be difficult to acquire. I'm currently using T5HO. It's a good quality fixture, but I'm thinking about going to LED once the current bulbs reach 2 years of age.
CAM6467,

I'm moving from a first ank, a 10G, to a 29 that a friend of mine found in his new basement still in the original cardboard -

Lights, substrate, accoutrements will be here bfore the end of the week - I'm starting a journal the minute the goodies arrive.

Let's compare notes!

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