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Hey, new to the forum and looking to expand my knowledge in keeping a planted and stocked tank.

Here are my tank specs:

29 Gallon
Running CO2 (manufactured version, similar to DIY types - yeast/sugar)
Coralife 65 Watt - Colormax/6700k 10 hour total
Single strip 18 Watt Lifeglow. 12 hour total
Fertilizer every 4 days and just started adding Excel daily.
Plants range and I don't know all the names...
Java Fern, Wisteria, Anubias, a few others.
I've got 1 Gold Gourami, 5 rummy nose, 4 black skirts, and 1 yellow spot pleco (small variety).

I'm currently in a battle (nearly winning) with Cyanobacteria.

I have a few questions.
Should I add a powerhead in this tank to help increase water flow?
What sort of basis should I use for my fertilizers/Co2?
Would you recommend removing the glass top and hanging the lights?

I do 2 - 3 10% water changes weekly currently (fighting the algae)

Tips - Tricks - Thoughts!!?
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What do you have for a filter? If that doesn't have enough flow, a powerhead would be helpful.

I have an open top with suspended light. I love it. I like to be able to look down on the fish and plants. It makes feeding and working on the tank nice. I have lost some fish that jumped out of the tank. It is a trade off.


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Your lighting period is too long. Most people have a big problem with algae with lights on longer than 8-9 hours. You may want to bring the period down some. My tanks algae problem have gone down considerably after I did this (also a good fert regiment).
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Awesome - thanks for the replies.

I'm running a Whisper filter right now - but I think I'll look into a power head.

Time to head to the DIY forum to check on some info for hanging lights.

Thanks again! More comments welcome!
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Well if you are running a whisper filter there is a pretty good chance that you are outgassing the co2 you are putting into the tank which will also probably contributes to your algae problem along with the extended lighting period. If there is anyway you could get a canister filter that would solve this problem. Also like stated above you need to reduce your lighting period to 8 hours max until you get your algae and co2 troubles under control then you ca tinker with it a little bit.

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I currently keep the water in my tank filled enough so that the filter doesn't really break much surface tension - my thinking is that this helps keep the C02 from diffusing, but I'm sure that a canister filter will be my next move. Will getting a good quality canister filter also help increase water flow (like a power head?).
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Do a search on e-bay under this topic. There are some good dealers selling the canister filters for a very reasonable price.
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Yes with a 29 gallon tank you should be able to increase your flow enough that you would not need a powerhead i have a Fluval 305 on my 20 gallon and it gives me enought circulation with just that alone. If you go much over that though you would have to get another canister filter or a powerhead. I have a Fluval 405 and Eheim 2213 and a pretty big powerhead on my 55 gallon tank

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