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Old 05-19-2011, 05:11 AM   #1
joetaff
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Default 29 gallon Hi-tech pre build list

Greetings everyone,

After a three year hiatus from planted tanks I have decided I want to get back into it this summer. I will be moving in august, but I dont want to wait that long to get going and I figure a 29 shouldn't be to bad to move and it will give me an excuse to change things up if I want to.

Ok here are the planned specs so far:

Aquarium

29 gallon. I picked one up from craigslist yesterday. It was $50 for a tank and stand, the stand is beautiful and worth the $50 in and of itself, but the tank is a little old. IT has a manufacture sticker dating 1994, making it roughly 17 years old. it seems to be in good condition but I still don't know if I will just buy a new one for >$60. Ive never resealed a tank and if I decide to keep it I will certainly try it, but for some reason a tank that old just scares me a little I dont want to wake up to a loud crash *splash* hehe.

Substrate

Ill probably just do eco complete, 2 or 3 bags I love the dark color of it. I was looking into black sand as well, thoughts??

Filtration

Also got a killer deal from the same guy I bought the tank from for (2) Odyssea 4 (formerly Jebo 328) for $20. granted they don't have the tubes and some connectors with them yet, but they can be bought fairly inexpensively online. I was a little hesitant about them, but Ive read some decent reviews, and hell if one fails (it might). I have another waiting to jump in or cannibalize for parts. its rated at 317 gph but i'm sure since its so cheap its probably in the >180 gph range. still alot for a 29 haha.


Lighting

I'm planning on finally taking everyone's advice and doing the AH Suppy 2x55 watt bright kit. I'm going to try a DIY wood enclosure

that's a rough idea of what I want haha

But I figure a 110w bright kit will allow me to grow just about anything in a 29g.

Co2/Fertz

I don't know what kind of dosing regiment I want to follow. I don't want to be fussing with it daily for sure, I have yet to give this much thought. Any ideas?

Pressurized Co2! finally making the leap!!! I might pick it up off craigslist with a 5lb tank and the fosters&smith (semi) set-up. or if that falls through Ill still prob get the fosters&smith and rent the tank.

Aquascape



I dont know if you can read the text in the picture, but I want the scape to go from left to right and then gradually go back up towards the right from the middle. And I want a nice branchy driftwood piece

heres one of my current inspirations (thanks to helgymatt)


I want a little more emphasis on stems in the background, but If I get anywhere close to this Ill be damn pleased.


Another great inspiration although again I want more emphasis on the background. I want it to be more overgrown and full vs a perfectly manicured, amano esque, look (not that its a bad thing in any sense)


I plan on doing a full Journal/Build thread once I get a little closer to starting, Any advise, thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

Its good to be back!

Last edited by joetaff; 05-19-2011 at 05:39 AM.. Reason: added picture
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