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General Freshwater Tank Questions?

1.What would I need for live plants with sand in a 29 G tank. What kind of lights,filters,scimmers, etc
2. How do you clean a sand tank?
3. Will a gourami eat the plants?
4. Can I have bottom feeders (corys) with sand?
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1.What would I need for live plants with sand in a 29 G tank. What kind of lights,filters,scimmers, etc
Mainly, the plants that you want to keep will dictate what lighting you will require (or the opposite; the lighting that you decide to get will dictate what plants you can keep). Some plants require high light, while others are more tolerant of lower lighting.

Regarding filters, canister filters are quite popular, but you can use almost anything in a 29 gallon aquarium, within reason.

A skimmer is not required in a fresh water planted aquarium.

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2. How do you clean a sand tank?
You do not need to do any deep substrate cleaning; most people just siphon any mulm or detritus from the substrate's surface and leave it at that.

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3. Will a gourami eat the plants?
In general, yes, they tend to nip at plants a bit. Of course, it depends on the individual fish too.

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4. Can I have bottom feeders (corys) with sand?
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I don't see why not. I believe there are some types of sand that are not suitable though, so you will need to do some research.

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about the light, i would love to take this opportunity to mention that when you start shopping for a light, to try to find as much info and specs as possible. get a second opinion here at the forums when you have narrowed your search to a few candidates. LED's seems to be the way a lot of people are going these days. specs that are important to note are the kelvin rating, wattage, and PAR rating if possible.
about the sand, caribsea has a few sand substrates that are perfectly fine for bottom dwellers. look into the "Super Naturals" line. i know theres a natural color and a black one as well (very well might be available in other colors too).
get a 2nd opinion about whichever sand you might be contemplating to make sure that its gonna be suitable for plants or at least the plants that you are thinking of keeping.
lastly check the forums, check the forums, ask questions, and ask s'more.
i wish i would have done what im suggesting as it would have saved me time and pain. (the pain part is where the lack of knowledge hurt the most -> the wallet)
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Cory's do a great job keeping your substrate clean.
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You have some good questions and the answer given so far are good. But planted can mean so many things to different people that you will need to do some thinking on what YOU want for your own tank. That sounds silly but really we all like things just a bit different and what we want to buy depends on lots of things. Some are kind of low level and not entirely sure they want to go this way. For those, investing a small amount of time and money to see how it fits is a good idea. But then you may be way beyond that and have some friends that have tanks so that you are sure it is for you and you want to start at a much higher level.
Another big thing to factor in is how you feel about fish and your experience. Do you want fish first, plants second or even no fish at all?
Some info on your experience with keeping tanks and fish can be very helpful in getting the right level of equipment. No need to recommend a race car if it the first drive?
Keep in mind that a 29 can be set up as a racecar or a bike. Depends on where you are and where you want to go.
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