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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-01-2016, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Second Tank: 29g

So I originally have a 10g tank and have learned so much from the members on here. I had very little knowledge of everything from CO2 and lighting to plants and algae.

You guys have helped me tremendously and I appreciate every bit of it. I feel like I have learned a lot from the friendly community on here and have nothing but good things to say about you guys.

My first 10g has had a lot of trouble with red algae, GDA, and the plants not growing well. I'm not sure where I went wrong but I'm gonna try again with all my new knowledge with a 29g tank. So if you have any suggestions or advice, or notice something I'm doing wrong please let me know

Flooded: 5/19

Equipment:
Light - Finnex Planted+ 24/7
Substrate - 20/40 Blasting Sand
Diffuser - 50mm GLA Atomic Diffuser
CO2 - Aquatek mini
Filter - Marineland C-Series Multi-Stage Canister Filter, 220gph

Plants:
EI dosing dry ferts.
I will probably try a carpet of dwarf hairgrass. I assume the planted+ 24/7 is enough light to carpet with EI and CO2.
No idea on the other plants yet.

Fish:
I will be transferring over my 5 cory cats, 4 blueberry shrimp, 2 amano shrimp, and my gold inca snail. No idea on what else.

I will be piecing this together over the next 2 months. I will update this with hardscape and other updates as they happen. I hope you guys enjoy!

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So I officially creates my hardscape, might have one or two moves with the rocks but it's pretty set now. Will be planting it and flooding it this weekend.

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Looks promising! Careful with the pictus around the shrimp!

Please keep hands off glass.
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Looks promising! Careful with the pictus around the shrimp!

Please keep hands off glass.
I actually am gonna be holding off on the pictus since everywhere I go it seems that a 29g is far too small.
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I like it. What kind of rocks are those?
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Buy this canister filter:

http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A217-406-External-Filter/dp/B005QRDCWA/ref=sr_1_7?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1463009934&sr=1-7&keywords=canister+filter
Don't go cheap when it comes to those or you might find out the hard way (read the reviews!)
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I like it. What kind of rocks are those?
They are lava rocks, different sizes.

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Buy this canister filter:

Amazon.com : Fluval 406 External Filter : Aquarium Filters : Pet Supplies

Don't go cheap when it comes to those or you might find out the hard way (read the reviews!)
I agree. After talking to another member who has enjoyed a marineland canister for quite some time I grabbed the C-220 from marineland.
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Buy this canister filter:

Amazon.com : Fluval 406 External Filter : Aquarium Filters : Pet Supplies

Don't go cheap when it comes to those or you might find out the hard way (read the reviews!)
Or spend $60 less and buy an Eheim 2217 and be happier.

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I agree with the eheim 2217 suggestion. I have 2 on a heavily planted 50 gallon with dirty goldfish, so 1 on a 29 would definitely be enough. I was torn between fluval and eheim and there seemed to be a lot of support on this site for eheim classic, so that's what I went with. I love it so much that I bought two more to replace filters on other tanks (using some of the money I saved not getting a fluval). It's absolutely silent and keeps the tanks crystal clear. I picked up some mesh bags for the media bc the filter doesn't have trays and some people complain about separating media for cleaning. This way that isn't a hassle for me.
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Or spend $60 less and buy an Eheim 2217 and be happier.
Well, he would be using a 206 which is about $120 on Amazon. The 406 is kinda overkill for a 29g no?

Either way, both excellent choices.
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Well, he would be using a 206 which is about $120 on Amazon. The 406 is kinda overkill for a 29g no?

Either way, both excellent choices.
I ended up grabbing a marineland with 200gph that was highly recommended by a few. It was like $105-$110 I think.
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Update:

Here is the tank flooded and starting to cycle.

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Here is an update about 3 1/2 weeks after flooding

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Looking good! Are you using any kind of root tabs?


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Looking good! Are you using any kind of root tabs?
Osmocote+ root tabs. I have about 6 of them in there. Added some new plants and here is an update. Also a big thanks to The Planted Tank Forum - View Profile: Mikevwall for helping me a great selection of plants for such a great price and providing so much help in the process. He has been a major help!

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