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Question seting up an aquarium need some suggestions

what kind of ligthing system ,heater,beding,and filter whould be the best for my 30g orwhould a sump be better than a filter
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Is a Rena xp2 a good filteration system or is there better
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An xP2 would be good for your tank. You might want to consider using a Hydor Inline 200W heater model 201 along with your xP2 if you do use a canister filter. Otherwise, a 150/200W Visi-Therm Stealth heater would be excellent.

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i have a 29g with a xp1 and it works great! the xp2 can hold more filter media and circulates about 50 more gph. i also use the stealth 200w heater (it awesome, it turns off when the water gets below during a water change). i have a glass top with a 65w cora life pc, and can grow pretty much whatever i want. i use the ei method of fert dosing, flourish excel, and diy co2plumbed into the intake of the xp1.

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I'm using a Nova 2x39 watt light over my 30 long (is this tank 30" or 36"?) and it is great for lighting.
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what kind of ligthing system ,heater,beding,and filter whould be the best for my 30g orwhould a sump be better than a filter
Depends on what your plans are for the tank.

What type of animals are going to be in it, species, adults fry?
This will help determine what type of filtration and subtrate will work best for you.

What type of plants do you plan to put in it, plastic, high light, low light?
This will help determine the filter, substrate, and lighting.

Gonna be a hi-tech (CO2, Bright light) or lo-tech (no CO2, Low Light) setup?
This helps determine the type of filter, lighting etc.

What are the dimensions of the tank?
Mostly for lighting example I'd imagine a 4ft strip would be bigger than you would want, but also helpful for determining which plants and fish.


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