I promised to be specific, so here goes!
For a skimmer on a 29 gallon, using a hang on model, you will still want to incorporate surface skimming. Surface skimming is very important and worth the cost. Read this article http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...r-tanks-55195/
as a reference.
For a good hang on surface skimming Protein Skimmer, i would use the new CPR Aero Force. This skimmer rocks. I've seen it in action on several different set ups, including my step brothers tank. It is user friendly and foolproof for a beginner. You can get it for $200 here: CPR Aquatic Aero Force Protein Skimmer, CPR Aquatics AeroForce Protein Skimmer
I'm not sure if the tank comes with live rock or not. I would recommend 25 to 40 pounds of live rock in that tank, depending on the density of the rock. Higher density = smaller size rock per pound. It is very important to have a quality reef structure. This will make it much easier to choose fish that are compatible, and will allow you to have MORE fish in the tank. Read here for stocking help: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...ng-list-38579/
If you feel that you need more rock, I highly recommend Marco Rocks. This web site provides DRY ROCK, which will quickly become LIVE ROCK when added to a tank which has live rock or sand. My 180, link below, was set up using mostly Key Largo dry rock from Marco Rocks The finest aquarium rock available, base rock, live rock, reef rock, marco rock, reef tank saltwater fish, live corals, Marco rocks, Fiji live rock, Tonga Live rock
. They also provide a nice quality aragonite sand.
Right now at Marco Rocks you can get a 25 pound order of Key Largo dry rock, FREE shipping, for $62. There is just no reason not to have the proper size reef structure.
When it comes to sand, you want a REEF GRADE aragonite sand. Avoid depths between 1'' and 4''. You want UNDER 1'' or 4-6''. My suggest is to go 4'' in depth for great denitrification, which is a natural way to reduce nitrates. NITRATES. You can order 40 pounds of Key Largo dry rock and 40 pounds of aragonite sand, FREE shipping for $119.
No, I don't work for Marco Rocks. But when I have great service and a high quality product I pass the word along.
I would also suggest API Test Kits. marineandreef.com Reef Aquarium Supply (Aquarium Lighting, Coralife light, Aquarium Light, Aquarium Pumps, Coralife lighting, Reef Aquarium, JBJ Nano Cube, protein skimmer, JBJ Arctica, AquaticLife T5 HO, Oceanic BioCube, Red Sea Max, Fluval Edge Aqu
They are the easiest to use and give easy to read results. You will be testing alkalinity and calcium on a regular basis, so be sure to pick up those test kits. You will also need a supplement to adjust the levels. A lot of people here use B-Ionic E.S.V. 32 oz B-Ionic Calcium Buffer System
, which is a 2 part alkalinity and calcium supplement. I personally use Kent Marine Super Buffer DKH Kent Marine Superbuffer, 250 grams
and Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Chloride Kent Marine Liquid Calcium 8 oz
Hope this helps. I would suggest a visit to the articles area for more info on alkalinity & calcium. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...-marine-33079/