So, long story short, I got a free 30 gallon tank and stand today. it came with a heater, filter, hood, light etc, but all of it was so poorly cared for that I decided to just start from scratch with everything.
I bought a 150W heater figuring that itd be better for the tank this way it wouldnt have to strain to reach temp. when it needed to. I bought a new glass hood, and a new filter. Originally I was considering going with a canister filter ( I kinda wish I stuck with that at this point). I bought a hagen aqua clear 50 HOB filter with the advice from the LFS, it seemed like a great filter untill I got it up and running, and just from looking at it, it just doesnt seem like its big enough to handle the tank. (its rated to work between 30-50 gallons) The intake pipe doesnt even reach halfway down the tank.....im wondering if I should just go and get a canister filter like I had originally intended to....advice???\
also, I dont know what I plan on stocking the tank with so advice is always welcome...
I want to have the tank planted well also, so im wondering what lighting options I should consider....as always advice, comments, criticisms are always welcome