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post #1 of 42 Old 09-10-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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So I bought a new 29 gallon for the "Free" Guppies

I just got back from Petco with a new 29 gallon tank for the free Guppies. It cost me about $140. for the tank, lights and hood and a backdrop. Now that I have it home, I want to take it back. It is 1 inch too big to go where I wanted it to go. I don't want to buy a stand but then, I didn't want to buy a tank. I stood there in the store like a dunce trying to figure out if I should get a 20 or 30 but I kept going back to the fact that the 30 gives me more options for other fish.

My Guppies are getting along fine with everyone in the tank and I can't help but wonder if I should just wait. The tank does look nice and I would love to set up another but I also know me and I would want to drop another $100. or so on gravel, wood, plants and a few more fish. Soon, I would be outgrowing that tank. I wish I knew what to do.
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I just got back from Petco with a new 29 gallon tank for the free Guppies. It cost me about $140. for the tank, lights and hood and a backdrop. Now that I have it home, I want to take it back. It is 1 inch too big to go where I wanted it to go. I don't want to buy a stand but then, I didn't want to buy a tank. I stood there in the store like a dunce trying to figure out if I should get a 20 or 30 but I kept going back to the fact that the 30 gives me more options for other fish.

My Guppies are getting along fine with everyone in the tank and I can't help but wonder if I should just wait. The tank does look nice and I would love to set up another but I also know me and I would want to drop another $100. or so on gravel, wood, plants and a few more fish. Soon, I would be outgrowing that tank. I wish I knew what to do.
get one of those metal stands for around 20 bucks off of craigslist.
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post #3 of 42 Old 09-10-2010, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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You would have thought I could find a tank on there too but NOPE. Nothing. Anything that is on there they want NEW prices for. I wish I could get a cheap, nice looking stand. I would prefer a cabinet style stand to put the junk in so it is out of sight.

I just don't know if I should keep this or trade it in for a 20 gallon that fits on my stand (filing cabinet) or just take it back and forget it for now.
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Take it back. Don't settle for something you aren't happy with. It'll just irk you and you won't get the enjoyment out of it that you are entitled to.
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post #5 of 42 Old 09-10-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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I think I will. I mean, I would much rather keep the 29 gallon but the 20 would fit better in the spot I have for it. I could put it in the other room, but what would be the point of having it in a room I am never in? In your opinion is a 20 gallon tank large enough to house a bunch of Guppies and a half dozen Cory's? It was that thought that led me to the 29 gallon. I hate having "minimum standards" when trying to house fish. IF the minimum is a 20 gallon tank, I feel bad having only 20 gallons. Yup, I over think everything. My intention was to only have a sponge filter but if I can't have a stand to put the air pump in, I guess I don't want that either. My air pump is so loud it drives me nuts. I am a person who likes complete silence though. Most people would probably not be bothered by the hum of the pump.
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post #6 of 42 Old 09-10-2010, 11:37 PM
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My opinion is that it would be ok - but my opinion probably isn't worth much I have 5 platies (6 actually, there's a baby in there at the moment), 5 pristella tetras and 5 cories in my 75-litre (approx 20 gallon). My platies are HUGE and guppies are not as big as they are, so that's why I think the guppies would have plenty of room in a 20 gallon. It'd only be a problem if they've given you mixed sexes.
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post #7 of 42 Old 09-10-2010, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I have no idea if they are all girls or boys or a combination. It would be nice if they were all boys. Then I wouldn't have to worry about babies. I wonder if Cory's would keep the population down?
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I don't think cories are huge meat eaters, mine seem very keen on vegetables.
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post #9 of 42 Old 09-11-2010, 02:01 AM
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I would actually keep the 29 gallon and search for a stand at thrift stores,walmart,Gargae sales (lot's of fun).
For substrate ,considering you would like cory's..I would go with sand. It's cheap and corys would appreciate the sand immensley.
Slap a cheap Aquatech 30/60 (walmart) on the tank, and no noise from air pumps. These filters actually work rather well for smaller tanks so long as they are cleaned (impeller and tubes) regularly.
I frequently take walks along the river while fishing ,and find rather nice pieces of driftwood for nothing.
I boil/soak them and have such wood in nearly every tank I have ever owned.
But if you would rather have the 20 gallon due to space considerations,then that's your call.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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In the meantime, put a folded towel or cloth under the air pump motor so you don't get that annoying buzzing noise from the vibrations.

I can't stand that noise....

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