Thread: Kat's 29g Adventure!
02-06-2012, 05:06 PM #1
Kat's 29g Adventure!
So, I bought a TopFin 29 gallon tank about two weeks ago. It's running a TopFin 3000 Filter, a 100w UL Heater, and the Dimensions: 30-3/16"L x 12-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H.
I also have a bubble wall, but I am in between pumps right now because I've bought two and both are ridiculously too loud for my bedroom!
I had it up and running the first week thinking "Oh, I can totally put fish in there in about a week! Woohoo!" Well then I found this site that told me all about a "fishless cycle." Needless to say I am so glad I found it out before I hurt any fishes!
I have already bought plants, natural looking gravel, one live java fern, and a cute little lantern thing. I also found some flagstone at my local hardware store to make a little cave. Here's the final product:
I am day 4 into the fishless cycle. I got pure Ammonium and have putting 1/2 a cap full in for the last few days. I tested the water last night with my API master kit and the Ammonia level was 4 ppm (I hope that's right!). I have yet to test for Nitrites or Nitrates yet and figured I could test it a little later this week.
Thanks for reading! And any tips would be very appreciated!
02-06-2012, 05:11 PM #2Member Oscar
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Very nice! What are your stocking plans? I advise cories; little active schooling catfish that are cute as buttons!
02-06-2012, 05:21 PM #3
I'm still on the fence about stocking. I REALLY want some little neon rainbows and maybe a pearl gourami. I've heard rams are good too and they are really pretty! But I keep hearing different opinions, so to be quite honest I'm a little confused.
I do like cories though they do look super cute! I'm just not sure what will be good. I want fish that are very fun to look at but not a fish you'd see everyday (like goldfish).
And it also depends on what my pet store has. I really wished there was a locally owned place around were I live but all I have is Petsmart :( However, my dad knows the company that actually sells them the fish and he says they are good. But I know not to trust the employees regardless. I haven't had a chance to go and see what types of fish they have yet because I live close to 30 minutes away and I try not to make too many trips (gas$$)!
Also does any one know how the Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer works? I NEED to get one before I have to start making water changes because the aquarium is in my room and I'd like to keep the water spillage to a minimum.
02-06-2012, 06:56 PM #4Member Oscar
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Cories are adorable. I've got Skunk and Julii Cories in my 10 gallon. I love Panda Cories though. They are the cutest.
Maybe try some male guppies? They are pretty colorful.
02-06-2012, 06:59 PM #5
Tank looks great. Glad you found the fishless cycle thread useful, it sure helped me.125g - 6 Zig Zag Rainbows, 6 Turquoise Rainbows, 6 Boesmani Rainbows, 5 otos, 6 corys
02-06-2012, 07:15 PM #6
Thanks for the suggestions! I am definitely going to add corys :)
Does anyone know when I should start testing for nitrates and nitrites? And should I test for ammonia levels everyday from now on? I tested ammonia last night and it was 4 ppm. But I didn't test for the others.
02-09-2012, 12:49 AM #7
0Originally Posted by kattiq
Can you post some details [Rated tank size/GPH] about it because the only model I am aware of that is called the '3000' is an air pump. Is it possible it is a different brand [Whisper/Tetra etc..] as many of those look similar.
Just a heads up also that the general minimally accepted standard is to have a filter rated for twice your tanks volume. This is because they often determine the stated rating by testing with no media and obviously this does not improve as the media clogs.Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
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