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Nicoleah's 29 gallon planted tank

Hiya! I've been keeping fish (more on than off) since I was a kid but the last decade had been devoted solely to saltwater/reef tanks. This past June I downgraded from a 120 gallon SW set-up to a 60 gallon cube tank when I moved and found myself with a lot of extra equipment. I decided to set up my old 29 gallon tank as FW planted and it's been very rewarding. I love having the contrast between my 60 gallon cube reef and the little planted tank in the same room.

I was running two Radion XR30 Gen 3 Pros, plus two Vortech pumps in the 120, so the 29 has one of those LED lights (FW setting) and an MP10 (cranked WAY down.) Being a reef nerd, I also added a 10 gallon sump with Lifereef overflow box. Because I can and it was fun. haha I used flexible tubing and the return pump is a humble Cobalt MJ1200 with a gate valve. I love the simplicity of sumps to store unsightly filter socks/media, heaters, etc, plus I feel it makes WC less disturbing to the tank inhabitants. I was running an Aquaclear 50 before adding the sump and decided to place that onto the sump as well, to continue running carbon mainly. It makes a handy little filter media box. I'm considering adding a DIY wet/dry (more or less a couple of air stones and bio balls) if I feel it needs it but the tank is heavily planted.

I guess my tank would be considered "medium tech" due to the EcoTech equipment and overflow/sump but I am not running Co2. This may be a future upgrade but the plants (including my favorites, ludwigia repens and rotala indica) are growing like crazy with just some Flourish dosing.

Current inhabitants include a pair of Moscow Blue guppies (no babies yet), neon tetras, oto cats, scuds/amphipods (these greatly appeal to the reef keeper in me, microfauna is an essential part of SW tanks and I love how that line of thinking is extending into FW tanks as well ), and a variety of snails.

I'll post some old and current pics but it's kind of a jungle right now. I need to trim the stem plants badly. Yesterday (after a long period of procrastination) I unpotted the anubias "petite" and tied them to the driftwood. Anyone local (St. Louis) want some? I'm too lazy to mail things but I hate to throw them out.

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29 gallon planted started 06/25/17 - Radion XR30 Gen3 Pro - VorTech MP10 - 10 gallon sump with LifeReef overflow

I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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Been a while since this was bumped, but I found it via Google search, so thought I would ask....how has the MP10 done for you? With it turned all the way down, does it seem to be OK in a 29?


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Been a while since this was bumped, but I found it via Google search, so thought I would ask....how has the MP10 done for you? With it turned all the way down, does it seem to be OK in a 29?
I don't know why I'm just now seeing this, my apologies, and I imagine it's irrelevant at this point, but I love the MP10 on this tank! I have it on the lagoon setting at 25% with the foam guard over it. Over the two years it has grown a layer of java moss over it, so the neocaridina shrimp are always climbing all over it. It has a gentle enough flow my betta used to sit on top of it, too.

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29 gallon planted started 06/25/17 - Radion XR30 Gen3 Pro - VorTech MP10 - 10 gallon sump with LifeReef overflow

I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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My, how time flies! Not a great pic but Iím amazed at how much this tank has changed. Iíll be replacing this tank with a 72 bow front I got super cheap (yay!) after I reseal it (boo!) just to be safe, so itíll be a little while yet.


I think I need to thin my crypts!

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I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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The 72 bow front has been resealed as of last Saturday - Woohoo! It was a total amateur job done myself with some direction from YT videos, so it's not pretty but it should hold. I'm excited to test it outdoors this weekend to be sure!

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29 gallon planted started 06/25/17 - Radion XR30 Gen3 Pro - VorTech MP10 - 10 gallon sump with LifeReef overflow

I downgraded from a 120 gallon saltwater reef to a 60 gallon cube (nicoleah on RC) so I set up the 29 using
the extra LED light and pump (both are dialed WAY back!)

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