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Need input on 29g tank.
Old 09-16-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
 
Need input on 29g tank.

New here, but I have been hobby fishkeeping for around 12 years now and had a few questions.

I'm starting up a 29 gallon tank, and plans are to so a sand/flourite mix bottom, planted tank. Now I'm trying to decide if i want to convert an existing light hood from incandescent to compact flourescent (if
I can find the bulbs) or go with an LED light setup, What I need to know is if the LED lights are going to be sufficient to meet the live plants needs, or are the CFL bulbs going to suit the tank better? I'm trying to shoot for around 2 WPG equivalent with either light setup. Either one is going to be a DIY project, because I do not have 100$ to drop on a new fixture.

As far as stock goes, im very limited to what I can put in, I live at a really high elevation and have found there are some fish who just cannot survive it (plecos, angels, gouramis). I have a current setup 10g planted with harlequin rasboras and a male betta and they seem to be doing ok (had the H. rasboras for over a year and the betta for about 2 months) I would love to do some dwarf rainbows in the new 29 gallon tank, a school of von rio tetras and possibly some dwarf cories. But have not tried any at this altitude (7800 ft above sea level) so any suggestions on how to make the transition easier? They have to travel from denver to the mountains, about a 2 hour trip. (it is the closest place to buy any fish)

thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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Use screw in CFL bulbs, you can get them at most hardware stores and walmart (at walmart they are called GE 6500k in a bulb package), these should fit in your old fixture, for more reference head over to the planted part of the forum and read the 3 part post about the basics of a planted tank by bryon will explain why you need to get the 6500k bulb.

From all the discussions I've seen so far, using LED lights for plant growth is pretty much out for right now as it requires the high wattage expensive LEDS and lots of them, just stick with the screw in CFL bulbs like you get for your house, minimal effort and best results for the buck since you already have a screw in fixture.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
 
thanks for the advice, will check the local ace hardware store (walmart is 60 miles away...) should i bring one of my existing incadescent bulbs with me to make sure it fits? I got a sheet of plexi glass as a hood and had it cut to fit the top, will i need to make a hole where the bulbs will sit to prevent it from melting with the CFL bulbs?

I have 2 internal filters i am going to use so i did not cut out filter or heater holes into the top. We also have a high rate of evaporation so i have tried to stick to internal filters so I can cover as much as possible with my other tank (I loose about 1 gallon a week in a 10 gallon tank)

I also have to use bottled water because our well water is off the charts with mineral content, the ph reads above 8 and the KH is at the bottom of the scale... so i get the refills at the store of RO water and add in trace additive.. ahh the joys of living in the mountains!
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #4
 
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ahh the joys of living in the mountains!

Defnitly sounds like some inconviences, but man I envy you the view that you have surrounding you. Have been to Colorado a couple of times and stayed in areas right at the foothills, also spent a couple of months overseas 10 years back in a city that was surrounded by mountains. Loved being able to look out the window and to see those mountains surrounding me. Welcome to TFK by the way
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:59 PM   #5
 
yes the view is definitely a huge bonus, we live in a valley with a river right next to us, so it really is a pretty place! We moved up here from Florida, i still miss the beach, and we hope to move back someday once the economy settles down. I had 8 tanks in FL ranging from a 55g planted rainbow community, to single gallon betta tanks.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
 
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yes the view is definitely a huge bonus, we live in a valley with a river right next to us, so it really is a pretty place! We moved up here from Florida, i still miss the beach, and we hope to move back someday once the economy settles down. I had 8 tanks in FL ranging from a 55g planted rainbow community, to single gallon betta tanks.
Does sound very pretty Never been to Florida and the only time I have ever seen the ocean was while I was flying over it, but with living in Michigan and having all the large lakes I pretty much have had the same type of view minus the saltwater and the animal life that is particular to that type of environment. One of these days I would like to make down to that area, along with a few hundred other places that I would like to see.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
 
I highly recommend the panhandle if you want to visit FL, its not as hot as south FL and the people are more laid back, I was in the Destin/Panama city area :) plus the gulf is so much prettier than the Atlantic side! Colorado is the only place i have lived that was not on the ocean, so it is a huge change for me. (and sorry for going off topic!)
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the advice, and actually I was the one that took it off topic
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
 
figured i would post a pic of the 29g , this is what i have so far, i'm not adding water until i get the filter i ordered, so a few more days, and i have a bag of play sand waiting for me at the store, i will prob just do sand for now and add in some Flourite later on. hauing home 30g of water in single gallon jugs takes a bit lol I am still 10 miles to the closest town!

sorry for the crappy pic, my camera was no cooperating in the daylight.

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Old 09-16-2011, 10:36 PM   #10
 
Looking good so far I just wanted to give you a heads up if you went with plexi glass from lowes or home depot it won't last long. I had the same idea and it bowed bad in I wanna say a month. I've been just flipping mine over but even then sometimes it falls in. I have been reading about people making them out of 3/16" stronger poycarbonate sheeting but I so far have not found where to buy it except online.
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