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first freshwater planted tank

I have a 29 gal. tank that I am going to try and start a journal with. I hope this pic can be seen. I just started it today. It's a 29 gal. I don't want to do a high tech. tank... yet. I have a power 30inch PC light, and a HOB filter that does 200 gal. per hour. I want to keep it lightly stocked with fish. So far i am thinking dwarf gourami, 6 cory cats, and some tetras. Please let me know if this going to be too much. I really want the dwarf gourami, and the tetras. but if no on the cory cats then, a suggestion for a bottom cleaner. My experience in aquariums is all reefs. Thanks for future comments and suggestions.
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I think you should have a second HOB filter to support the bioload. But good start.

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Even with a lower bio-load, will instill need 2 HOB filters?
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I use a penguin 150 on my 29 gallon. Works well.
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How many gallons an hour is that? Also my other question is, will two filters running, bump up my energy cost significantly? I don't want to end up spending thousands on this go around like I did my reef tank. The wife is like congress and I have to keep my spending in check
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you may find the flow to be insufficient once the plants fill in. i had an aquaclear 50 which is rated at 200gph, on my 20 long, and one half of the tank had poor circulation. it worked well at first, but once the plants took off i had to add a small powerhead.


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Ahhhhhh got it. As a former reef person, flow is something I can understand. So this filter is a Aqueon 30, which is rated at 200 gph. So should I get another Aqueon 30?
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I would get another Aqueon 30. Your fish stock sounds fine.


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Hi there, here's my 2 cents. Your desired stocking rate (including corys) should be fine with that tank and with that filter. In fact you could probably add more. In my experience, overstocking just creates a larger maintenance requirement...read more frequent water changes. Assuming you are stocking within reason. As far as the water movement, that's entirely dependent on your layout. I would set it up with the one and you could add a power head/filter at a later time if necessary. One of my tanks is a planted 6 gallon fluval edge with an aquaclear 20, stocked with 5 tetras, 2 corys, 2 ottos and 10 shrimp. 50% water change every other week.
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That's a good idea, I could wait, and see how It goes, and if I need another filter, I could always add it.
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I had 1 dwarf gouramis 8 glolight tetras and 3 neon tetras in a heavily planted 10 gal and they all did very well so you should easily be able to do those fish.


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Ok good. Because the more I research on the Cory's, the more I want them. If I had a bigger tank though, would probably go with a red tail shark. Love hose fish.
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Yay! A fellow lowtech 29er. Honestly, for now, one filter should be good enough. But like what the others are saying, once it starts to get filled with plants and fish, some other source of circulation will probably be needed. Seeing that you want dwarf gouramis, I think that an asian theme would be cool, stocking wise, 1-2x Gourami, 6-10x Harlequin raspora, and some type of loach (yoyo, zebra, kuhli, dwarf chain) would be nice. Thats just a suggestion.

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