This will be hopefully a long (and probably slow) journal of my first planted 29 gallon aquarium. I've spent last 2 months reading endless topics on this forum and sourcing for used hardware and it's finally time to start bringing it all together.
My ultimate goal is to establish a lush and healthy low tech planted tank. I am sure there will be challenges on the way so i hope this journal provides enough information for anyone reading to critique and provide suggestions along the way.
PART 1: Hardware
- Aqueon 29 gallon
- Eheim 2217
- 30 inch Nicrew Classic (According to aquarium co-op review this puts out 28-34PAR @ ~18")
I started off with buying used Eheim 2217 - it did not come with media or intake strainer but it was a great deal; plus it included the installation kit set 2:
Ikea stand i planned on using for the aquarium is 30" wide 16" deep so my options were limited to 29 gallon or 20 gallon long. At one point i considered DIY rimless option but for the first time tank it felt like an overkill.
Anyhow i ended up getting used Aqueon 29 gallon:
First order of business was making sure it was leak free and filter runs fine - after 2 weeks there were no issues so i moved to the next phase:
Painted the background black and applied cheap privacy film over top to prevent any paint damage from hoses, wiring, moving, cleaning, etc...
So far i'm happy with the results:
1. Mopani driftwood has been soaking for about a month and still leaks tanin. Will probably get purigen for the filter (it's too big to boil)
2. Ikea stand, obviously not designed for aquariums, has a very slight bow in the middle - will need to reinforce the inside to avoid any leaks
3. Fish less cycling and planting over the next 3-4 weeks