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post #1 of 4 Old 12-26-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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New Aquarium (28 Gal.)

I am still new to having an aquarium. I have had a ten gal tank running for the last few months and things are going great. Over the holidays my uncle gave me a 28 gal tank. I have a fluval c3 power filter, and the tank. I know that I need a heater (150W I was told), gavel, bubbler, light, and plants/hiding places. There is no hood so I am planning on making one out of plexiglass.

The questions I have are:

Am I missing anything in my list?
Is a 150W heater big enough?
How much gavel?
Where should I place the filter (middle or side of the back)(does it matter)?
Should I place the heater directly under the filter where water flow is highest?
How big of a bubbler should I get?

I think I know most of the answers but any advise will be great. Thanx.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-27-2011, 02:30 PM
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I am still new to having an aquarium. I have had a ten gal tank running for the last few months and things are going great. Over the holidays my uncle gave me a 28 gal tank. I have a fluval c3 power filter, and the tank. I know that I need a heater (150W I was told), gavel, bubbler, light, and plants/hiding places. There is no hood so I am planning on making one out of plexiglass.

The questions I have are:

Am I missing anything in my list?
Is a 150W heater big enough?
How much gavel?
Where should I place the filter (middle or side of the back)(does it matter)?
Should I place the heater directly under the filter where water flow is highest?
How big of a bubbler should I get?

I think I know most of the answers but any advise will be great. Thanx.
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.

Heater: 150w fine, I myself would probably go with a 200w. Filter, at either end, heater next so the water flow passes over and out from the heater, or alternative near the filter intake so it pulls it in to heat the water entering the tank.

Bubbler is not advisable with live plants, as it will drive off needed CO2. Substrate can be fine gravel or coarse sand, which ever you prefer. By fine gravel I mean 1-2 mm grain size. And in a dark colour, whichever. You will want 2-3 inches of substrate, less at the front to slightly more at the back where larger plants will be.

You don't ask about light, but this is obviously critical with plants. As you will have a Plexiglas cover, you can select any light fixture to sit over the frame. On this size tank i would go with a single tube T8 fluorescent, taking the longest tube they make for this length of tank/fixture. The tube should be a full spectrum or daylight type, having a kelvin around 6500K. I can suggest brands if asked.

Byron.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.

Heater: 150w fine, I myself would probably go with a 200w. Filter, at either end, heater next so the water flow passes over and out from the heater, or alternative near the filter intake so it pulls it in to heat the water entering the tank.

Bubbler is not advisable with live plants, as it will drive off needed CO2. Substrate can be fine gravel or coarse sand, which ever you prefer. By fine gravel I mean 1-2 mm grain size. And in a dark colour, whichever. You will want 2-3 inches of substrate, less at the front to slightly more at the back where larger plants will be.

You don't ask about light, but this is obviously critical with plants. As you will have a Plexiglas cover, you can select any light fixture to sit over the frame. On this size tank i would go with a single tube T8 fluorescent, taking the longest tube they make for this length of tank/fixture. The tube should be a full spectrum or daylight type, having a kelvin around 6500K. I can suggest brands if asked.

Byron.
thnx for the advise. However the closer I looked at this tank it looks like its been banged up. There is a shall chip of glass missing in the corner (looks like it might have been dropped once upon a time), thogh signs of repair. The plastic frame is split at the corners. I filled it up last night and it held water, then a dumped it 30 min later. From what I have read asked of others, it sounds like I have a 50/50 chance that it is good for the long haul.

After adding up the cost to get this going (assuming that it holds water long term) I was thinking about getting Marineland® BioWheel® LED Aquarium Kit 29 Gal @ $149.99. Is this a decent tank/deal?
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thnx for the advise. However the closer I looked at this tank it looks like its been banged up. There is a shall chip of glass missing in the corner (looks like it might have been dropped once upon a time), thogh signs of repair. The plastic frame is split at the corners. I filled it up last night and it held water, then a dumped it 30 min later. From what I have read asked of others, it sounds like I have a 50/50 chance that it is good for the long haul.

After adding up the cost to get this going (assuming that it holds water long term) I was thinking about getting Marineland® BioWheel® LED Aquarium Kit 29 Gal @ $149.99. Is this a decent tank/deal?
I tend to avoid "kits" because I end up replacing most of the equipment because it is inadequate. My last tank (a 29g) was from Petsmart but consisted solely of the tank and the light/hood. I then used a sponge filter connected to my airpump, and bought a good heater. And replaced the fluorescent tube with a decent one for plants.

LED lighting has mixed reviews, I have never tried it. Some members here have, if they see this thread they will chime in. It seems to work better over small tanks, like the nano style; over larger and deeper tanks it takes a lot of LED light to grow plants.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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