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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-19-2014, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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So I've had the good fortune (no pun intended) to come into some money. Not a lot but enough for me to invest in new tank up to about 30 gallons. I've checked out various brands of tank kits, such as the Fluval Fresh tanks but I see mixed reviews for every brand. So my question is, which are the most reputable, hassle-free brands?
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Rather than going with a kit or package deal, I prefer to get each item by itself, and make sure that each individual part is well suited to the set up and my maintenance preferences.

The standard 29 gallon tank is a reasonable size and shape, or a slightly lower one like a 30 gallon breeder if you want bottom oriented fish. If you do not mind the rim, Aqueon makes a decent tank.

I do my own carpentry, but would suggest looking really hard at stands. Avoid particle board. Make sure it is well made, not just stapled together.

I like the Aquaclear line (Now Fluval) of HOB filters. For a 30 gallon tank I have used the 50, and I have run a 70 on my 29 gallon, but that is a bit much. The mid sized canister are good, too.

If you want a hillstream tank, then I would add a Koralia to increase the flow.
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i'd definetly check around craigslist, usually there are plenty of good deals to be had. and most tanks have been cycled. at least mine were.
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+1 for Diana because the equipment usually supplied/w a "set" is substandard or minimum standard at best.
Petco is having a $1 per gallon tank sale BTW.
+1 for Aquaclear filters. You can select any media you want for them. Not limited to store bought pre fit filter pads. And I suggest Matrix media and a coarse sponge prefilter pad.

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