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Old 12-17-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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29 gallon tank - rescaped


I was going to go with a biocube but instead I stopped and got the 29 gallon starter tank. It comes very basic with a light that will need upgraded. It comes with a little hang on the back filter that will also need upgraded to a canister filter. The thing is I live in central Ohio an hour away from Cincinnati and Columbus, and I can't seem to find any good substrate close to where I live.
Hopefully in the next few days I will find it and get the tank started.

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Old 12-17-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
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Cheapest for a low tech tank is the Walstad Natural Planted Tank method. For topping I use sand. My favorite sand is river sand, for it is the easiest to keep clean. After a year some areas on top have started to go black. I got a 50lb for $3 at a landscaping co. For dirt I used Scott's top soil. Some use ACE topsoil, Miracle gro organic, and dollar store potting soil. For circulation to the roots I put a layer of reptile coconut bark as the 1st layer.

Cheapest light is a T5HO raised above the tank as Hyzer did. If I had extra bucks I would have gotten a SolarMax
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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I like my pool filter sand substrate. I have a medium light, co2 injected 29 gallon tank, and I do all my fertilizing through the water column. I also have a single T5ho light. At one time I had 2 of the solarmax fixtures, the ballast both burned out within 3 months.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:16 AM   #4
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I went to petland tonight and got some fluval plant Stratum and also built two mesas with cliffs. Also the larger one has a built in cave that I plan on framing in with flat rocks. Planning on lining the Mesa sides with flat rocks also so that you can't see the plastic.





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Old 12-18-2011, 08:39 PM   #5
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Default Rocks are in

Today I found the rocks that I need to cover the front of the masa ledges. Also got a few low light plants that I an not to sure what they are but they do look good. Also got six white clouds and two panda garra to get the bioload going nice.











I want to make this tank a mod light tank and need to know what a nice light would be. I am going to upgrade to a fully auto Co2 kit in a month or two.
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:05 AM   #6
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Today I went to the pet store and got a fluval 305 canister filter for my tank. I know that it is double the size of what I really need but also still running my hang on back filter to. I also added a couple new rocks and a piece of driftwood.










tomarrow I am going to go and get a few pigmy cory and also some more plants. still have to get a better light and a few other things but it is comeing along slowly.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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Personally I think that 305 is perfect for your 29.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:01 PM   #8
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I went to aquarium adventure in columbus today which is over an hour drive from where I live but worth it for me. A lot of people dont really have good things to say about them but when all I have to choose from is them or local petlands aqua adventure is where I will go. I wound up getting more plants and am leaning on staying with a low light setup now. also got some more fish to add.

as of right now this is what my set up is
Equipment:
29 gallon fishtank
Aqua-tech 20-40 hang on back filter
fluval 305 canister filter
standard light with one bulb
heater
2 peices of driftwood
a lot of tan rocks found localy that make up the two upper levels
2 black and white rocks
sponges to cover filter intakes (flubal foam for a 404 filter cut to fit)

Livestock:
6 Crystal black shrimp
6 Cherry red shrimp (2 are berried )
6 Pygmy corys
6 Glowlight danios
4 Golden white cloud
3 Nerite snails (really what a horned nerite snail but cant find any local)
2 Panda Garra (craziest fish I have ever seen)
2 Otos

Still need some decent grade Crystal red shrimp

Plants:
1 java fern
wisteria
angustifolla
red crypt wendtii
balsamica
java moss
Anubias nana

new pics 12/24/2011









Thanks for to comment on the filter by the way livingword26 I am loving it so far.

I also what to know what is the best non aggressive schooling fish?
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:14 PM   #9
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In my 29 I have 5 Harlequin Rasbora's, 5 neons, and 5 Glowlight tetra's. the Harlequins are the best schoolers, but the Glowlights are the most playfull. If I had it to do it again, I probably only get one kind, either the Glowlights or the Rasbora's.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:59 PM   #10
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I was thinking maybe a small school of tetras or even cardinal tetras my danios and white clouds don't school very good and just hang out on the top all the time.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #11
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Finally found two very small horned nerite snails. that gives a total of 5 algea eating snails that can't reproduce thank goodness. Also found 10 dark red cherry shrimp on ebay that are only 55 miles away.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:50 PM   #12
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Today I looked at my tank and decided I really do not like how it looked. It was fine for a few days but not what I really wanted. I have done away with a lot of the rocks and added two cheap little white caves for the shrimp. I have also rearanged a lot of the plants because I have a 140watt light coming so I will be able to grow some hair grass or another nice ground cover in front. I also did see that I have at least 3 baby cherry shrimp .







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Very nice. What is the substrate you use?


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Old 01-02-2012, 12:01 AM   #14
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Sorry didn't notice a previous page at first on my phone...

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:07 AM   #15
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love the soil (fluval stratum) nice and soft for my little pygmy cories
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