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jm667 03-06-2009 07:01 PM

Is a 29 gallon tank decent sized?
I have had a 10 gallon tank for over a year now that I originally got to put my betta in and added a couple harlequins. The betta died recently, but I still like having fish, and was looking to upgrade. Looking at 55 gallons, I think that should be ruled out because it will look way too big for where I am putting it. I saw a 29 gal kit for under $89 and was considering that, because it would not take up much more room now than the 10 gal I have does. And considering that just the tank and hood alone would cost that much, you'd be getting $60-$70 worth of a heater and filter included with that, that seems like a good price. Do you guys think that is a decent size tank? I would put those 4 harlequins in to start with, then I am not sure what else after. Maybe one or two larger centerpiece type fish, some more harlequins or other schooling fish, something like that. Do you think this size would be worth it, or should I just stick with what I have? This has a 30" length, and the only other ones that might work would be at a 36" length (like maybe in the 30-40 gallon range), but that would probably be double the price (and more than a 55 gal kit even).

Sj45 03-06-2009 07:15 PM

Welcome to the fish forum, I am in a similar situation as I have a stand and hood for a 29/37g tank (looking for a tank). As you may or may not know, 29's and 37's are the same length/width, so you might look into that...if you'd like although as I've found they're a bit rare and I think petco wanted $150 for a set-up. Sounds like a great deal on the 29 and would be a nice tank. Bigger is easier though, keep that in mind, and if your not familiar w/ it, read up on fishless cycling, best of luck...Sj

jm667 03-06-2009 07:35 PM

I wasn't aware the 29 and 37 had the same footprint. I think the 36" one I saw was like a 38 gal, but I think it was around $100 for just the tank, and the hood was $50, so we're gonna be over $200 once I get the filter and heater. Seems like a lot more for just 6 more inches. I have read about fishless cycling, and it will be easy to have that going because my fish can stay in the old tank in the meantime. I cycled my 10 gal with the betta in it, but that was just one fish. And I have read where bigger ones are easier to maintain so tht will be nice.

FordMan 03-06-2009 10:27 PM

when you go bigger you always want to got bigger side to side not up and down alot of 29 gallons are just a couple of 14 longs on top of one another remember fish swim back and forth not up and dow

jm667 03-07-2009 12:20 AM


Originally Posted by FordMan (Post 178094)
when you go bigger you always want to got bigger side to side not up and down alot of 29 gallons are just a couple of 14 longs on top of one another remember fish swim back and forth not up and dow

Yeah that makes sense. The one I'm looking at is 30" long, and my 10 gal is 20", so I'm going that much longer. Ideally a 55 would be great since it is so long, and actually probably cheaper than something 36" long, but I just don't want something that big in here where it will take over the room. I was just hoping that I could make a nice tank out of a 29 because it would be very affordable.

FordMan 03-07-2009 06:16 AM

hey if you like it then do it i mean ultimately your the one who going to have to look at it lol i was just offering my experiences i always get compact and then 6 months down the road i'm wishing i went bigger, it's the american way..i once had a toyota now i have a ford thats like 20 feet long haha

Kim 03-07-2009 08:23 AM

You can always check craigslist for some good deals on tanks. I got my 29 gallon that came with a stand and hood/light for only $10. I had to reseal it, but hey I don't think I could have beat that price anywhere ;)

jm667 03-07-2009 12:22 PM

Yeah I know what you're saying Ford. Ok let me ask this then. Would there be significantly better stocking options on say a 38 gal as opposed to a 29 gal? I suppose if I find a used one where the price would be the same, then it wouldn't matter. They both are about the same height and depth, just one is 6 inches longer. Thanks for the replies.

jm667 03-08-2009 12:11 AM

29 gal vs 40 gal stocking options

Kim 03-08-2009 11:25 AM

I say go as big as you can and you will love it later ;)

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