09-12-2011, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by futbalstud42
My wife and I just aquired a 29 gal tank from my father-in-law. It is equiped with an undergravel filter and powerfilter.
My wife is wanting to use live sand as substrate, then introduce a boxer crab and chocolate chip starfish to start the nitrogen cycle.
We would then add upto 4 damsels, gobys or other small community fish over time.
We have several pieces of bleached coral that will be used for decoration.
Please let me know what you think about this set up.
get rid of the undergravel filter, the powerfilter im going to assume is a hang on the back freshwater type of filter? if so, run this empty just for water flow, or with carbon only ( that must be changed out weekly to bi-weekly ) or just get rid of it and get a powerhead or two for a flow source.
cycle the tank with liverock, or if needed a raw shrimp from the grocery store. cycling with fish isnt needed, esp. with sensitive inverts.
i doubt 4 damsels will work succesfully in this size tank, infact i dont think i would even do this many in a 100 gallon tank. these fish are bad news IMO and i personally suggest avoiding these fish. if your heart set on getting one, i suggest just that, get one. even with 1 damsel present in this tank, in short time it will own the tank. they can be nasty fish.
welcome to the forum.