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jjtf00 11-02-2009 08:03 PM

do i need a sump for a 29 gallon tank?

Pasfur 11-02-2009 08:18 PM

You don't "need" a sump for any size tank. However, a sump can greatly simplify the entire process. Most equipment is easier to maintain and more efficient when a sump is used. Can you provide us some details about the aquarium you wish to keep? Fish only or corals?

jjtf00 11-02-2009 09:12 PM

fish only. 1 to 2 fish at the max

Pasfur 11-02-2009 09:23 PM

Then you have no real benefits from the sump. If you really only want 1 or 2 fish, your system can be very simple. What fish do you plan to keep?

jjtf00 11-03-2009 06:47 PM

maybe, MAYBE, a dwarf lion fish. what do you think? if i get the lion fish it would be the only one.

Pasfur 11-03-2009 09:50 PM

I see no problem with a Dwarf Lion as the only fish in a 29 gallon tank. If this is really what you plan to do, then a sump will simply be unnecessary. There is no reason to spend the cash.

For this very specific aquarium setup, I would actually recommend the CPR Bakpak. It has a built in skimmer, and biomedia following the skimmer. This design is nice for fish only systems without live rock, because it allows the skimmer to remove organic waste, and any waste which is not removed by the skimmer then passes through the biomedia for breakdown into Nitrate. This design is unique in the hobby because ALL water flows throught the protein skimmer BEFORE it comes in contact with the biomedia. As a result, Nitrate accumulation is very minimal and easily controlled with water changes. CPR BakPak II Protein Skimmer / Filter w pump: Kitchen & Dining

There is a model on eBay:
CPR Bakpak2 HOT Protein Skimmer/Bio Filter - NIB - eBay (item 350273569036 end time Dec-02-09 06:05:54 PST)

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