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    Hi everyone, I recently just decided to dust off the 20 high in my garage and put some fish in it. But, while going to petco to start picking up supplies I saw that they were having a dollar a gallon sale. I couldn't resist and bought a 29 gallon. I have a T5 light coming in the mail and was wondering what type of filter everyone would recommend. I don't want to spend a lot on it, but I want it to be effective. The tank will be planted, I'm not sure if that affects what type of filter I should be looking for. Thank you

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    many here like the Aqua Clear hobs for that size tank. I have both an aquean and an aqua clear, each rated for 30 gallons on my 30 gallon tank. Double filtration is best for the fish and tank maintenance.
    How do you plan to cycle your tank? Instructions for both fish in and fishless cycling can be found in the beginners section on cycling. Speaking from experience with both methods, fishless cycling is much faster, required no water changes (until the very end) and is guaranteed to kill no fish. It took me 3 months and tons of water changes to cycle my 30 with fish. It took me 3 weeks to cycle my 90 fishless. Just saying :o)
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    With planted you don't want high amounts of current.

    Someone who knows the hob filters on your market will be along to point out what's interesting there. Personally I'm a big fan of cannister filters. Out of sight, very quiet, and effective. Not as cheap as hob filters though.

    Eheim's 2213, Fluval 206 are a few that come to mind.

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    It's going to be in my room, so I'm willing to spend a little more if it's quieter. I don't know much about canister filters so I'll do a little research on them before I think about buying one. Thanks for the quick response
    Edit: My bad fishmommie I didn't see your post. I don't want to risk the lives of any fish so I'm going to use a fishless cycle.
    Last edited by CharlieR; 04-17-2013 at 10:20 PM.

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    just an added note: my aquean HOB is whisper quiet. you cannot hear it at all so if that's a concern you could get 2 Aqueans (always good to have 2 rather than one in case you have a mechanical malfunction). I saw them at Pet Smart the other day for $22.00.
    Agree with TD, however, that a canister would be great if you have the room for it.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieR View Post
    It's going to be in my room, so I'm willing to spend a little more if it's quieter. I don't know much about canister filters so I'll do a little research on them before I think about buying one. Thanks for the quick response
    Edit: My bad fishmommie I didn't see your post. I don't want to risk the lives of any fish so I'm going to use a fishless cycle.
    no problem. good for you. I'd dose your 30 gal to 2ppm ammonia when you start out and see how you get along. that should be enough to get your cycle going.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Thanks, I kinda like the idea of having the canister filter hidden in the stand cabinet. I'm getting the mechanical parts of the tank in the next two weeks, then all of the aquascaping stuff, and then onto the cycle. This site is really helpful and I'm glad I signed up

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    I wouldn't bother to get the aqueons since you are just going to have to do some more shopping to eliminate the 'cartridge usage' scenario, Go with the aquaclears and be done with it.

    As previously mentioned an EHEIM 2213 or fluval 206 would suit well as would an AC70 - I have run all three on 29G [or 20g] tanks with no issues.

    I personally don't bother with running two filters on smaller tanks like that but I have sponge filters running elsewhere [& other filters also] I could transfer if I suffered a sudden filter death.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    Thank you very much. I'm looking on Amazon and the smallest Eheim 2213 they have is rated for 40 gallons. Would this be considered overkill or harmful to the plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieR View Post
    Thank you very much. I'm looking on Amazon and the smallest Eheim 2213 they have is rated for 40 gallons. Would this be considered overkill or harmful to the plants?
    I think you will find that is a 2211 that is rated for 40g and the 2213 is rated for 66g which is why TD suggested it.

    Generally the accepted minimum filtration standard is to get a filter with a minimum rating for twice the volume of the tank it will be on.

    TD was right on target with his suggestion and the answer is to your question is no. In fact you would be underfiltered with that 40g model.

    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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