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So I bought a new 29 gallon for the "Free" Guppies
Old 09-10-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 08:08 PM   #3
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 10:37 PM   #6
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 10:39 PM   #7
 
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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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Old 09-10-2010, 11:48 PM   #8
 
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I don't think cories are huge meat eaters, mine seem very keen on vegetables.
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:01 AM   #9
 
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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.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:04 AM   #10
 
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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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