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29 gal: new project

Hi everyone! So I'm super excited to get this thing going. I got a 29 gal during the petco $/gal sale (definitely wanted to go bigger but don't have the space)
I have an aqueon 30 gal filter from a cycled tank and a 100watt Marineland heater.

I am still looking at lighting options so input would be great!!
Here's the tank so far!



Hard scape:
Fluorite base
White sand cap
Spider wood
Dragon stone

Flora: (so far)
Amazon sword
Dwarf hair grass
Bronze crypt (don't know the spec)
Pogostemon Stellata
Anubius Nana
Some kind of fern
Dwarf Lily
Val

Fauna:
Dwarf Gourami male
2 Botia Loaches (one almorhae, one kubotai)
Planning on a few tetras

here's the kubotai.

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I don't know much about the loaches you bought (though the one is pretty), but that Dwarf Gourami is a handsome specimen!

What kind of light came with the tank?

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In nature, plant coverage follows the light, I think your grasses would have done better in the bright spot right under the light.... maybe it is something you could work with.

I suspect you will see wore growth towards the center than on the one in the corner.

Your botias will enjoy 2 or 3 large leaves on the bottom for cover. I find aged oak leaves, picked up from the ground work well.

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In nature, plant coverage follows the light, I think your grasses would have done better in the bright spot right under the light.... maybe it is something you could work with.

I suspect you will see wore growth towards the center than on the one in the corner.

Your botias will enjoy 2 or 3 large leaves on the bottom for cover. I find aged oak leaves, picked up from the ground work well.


The light I have is temporary, when I buy one for the tank, it will be more uniform throughout the whole thing. I might still switch the Val and the other green stems though.


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I don't know much about the loaches you bought (though the one is pretty), but that Dwarf Gourami is a handsome specimen!



What kind of light came with the tank?


I loved my old yoyo and the kubotai was just too pretty to pass up! Such personality with these guys.
I'm debating if I want to get my gourami a female or not, he is a good looking guy.
The tank was just by itself so I'm still looking at all my options


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Nice! Well you definitely have the lighting issue covered. Are you going with co2?

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CO2 is very important, especially with the grass. Plan on spending $150 to $200 on CO2 equipment. The gourami reminds me of discus. The loach might not be a good idea with the grass. I had to get rid of 7 corydoras, because when they swam by, they uprooted my dwarf hair grass.
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I'm gonna try and go without a CO2 setup for now, will probably give in eventually though. I do have some API ferts I can dose if I think I need anything for the time being.
If the grass becomes an issue, I'd get rid of it first before giving up my loaches! It's pretty deep in the substrate though so we will see!


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They nest and mate for about 60 days, it is highly disruptive and they can move whole plants roots and all to build those nests. I'd skip the female idea for now.
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29 gal: new project

MY LIGHT CAME!! I love Amazon Prime so much.
These current systems are crazy (in a good way). I have the 5 gal solo cube from them too and love it. The set up is very easy and you can mess with all the color combinations, which I am still doing.

I moved some stuff around this morning looking for some better placement (mainly the fern and the dwarf lily). I'm worried about the dwarf getting too much light where it is, but we will see for now. My hair grass got a little yellow yesterday but I didn't have a light on it so that's probably why. Excited for everything to settle in now and look for some tetras!!


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So I was planning on a fish shopping trip tomorrow to get some tetras, but of course, I had to take the puppy to the vet. Fish money turned to dog money and I have to wait a couple more weeks.


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I'm gonna try and go without a CO2 setup for now, will probably give in eventually though. I do have some API ferts I can dose if I think I need anything for the time being.
If the grass becomes an issue, I'd get rid of it first before giving up my loaches! It's pretty deep in the substrate though so we will see!
Co2 additive or injected is is not necessary for every plant. Here is a low tech thread on planted tank.
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The new fluffy plant and hair grass look like they may need some KNO3 (potassium nitrate). Check your nitrates 1st then you will now if you need KNO3. Let me know your nitrate level and I will give your more info.

What is the new fluffy plant near the middle?
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The new fluffy plant and hair grass look like they may need some KNO3 (potassium nitrate). Check your nitrates 1st then you will now if you need KNO3. Let me know your nitrate level and I will give your more info.



What is the new fluffy plant near the middle?


The fluffy plant is Pogostemon stellata. My Nitrate levels were almost at 0. I was given some Flourish Iron that I started using today and some Nitrogen Synthesis. We'll see if anything perks up!


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