08-26-2012, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by shelli
Thank you for the detailed explanation Byron. I think we are going to go the route of keeping fish that will thrive in lower pH rather than the alternative.
Side question, what filter do you recommend for my 29G? We've had three so far of varying quaility, and are currently using a Tetra Whisper EX70 (340 Gph).
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Some like them, but I am not a fan of hang-on-back filters. And the blurb from Tetra on this one says "Outflow maximizes water agitation and oxygenation" which is contrary to what you want with live plants.
On my 29g I have a dual Elite sponge filter connected to an airpump. The latter can be noisy, so if that is a concern in the room where your aquarium is situated, another good alternative is a simple internal filter that is basically a sponge with its own motorhead. Eheim used to make one, I still have one on my 33g, but for some reason they no longer make them. The Fluval "U" series is much the same, and for a 29g I would get a Fluval U1 which is just the sponge pad for media.