12-27-2011, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by muse435
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.