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Thread: So I just inherited a tank.
08-20-2013, 03:50 AM #1
So I just inherited a tank.
I just got a 29g tank...I was originally told it was going to be a 40g but I looked at it and could tell it wasn't that large. So I measured it to confirm. up a 29g tank. I wanted to make this a Salt Water tank, because I REALLY want a SW tank...but knowing that I've lost a good 11g of space, I'm hesitant about doing so.
I have two penguin 150 BW's for it, and I can replace the lighting because I wanted to go reef.
Should I even bother to make this a Reef tank, or should I just make it a FW tank? What could I even stock in a 29g?
08-20-2013, 01:21 PM #2
A 29 gallon is not a bad size for a SW tank. You can make that a reef tank, but I would not do it without using live rock for your filtration instead of the HOB filters. Wither or not you will need to up-grade the lighting would depend on the current lighting on the tank as well as the types of corals you would want to keep. Sometimes you can just get away with only up-grading the bulbs. There are a lot of smaller fish you can stock in a 29 gallon tank, but you will be limited to smaller fish like some of the gobys, some the cardinals, and maybe a clown fish depending on the swimming space in the tank.
Wither you make it a SW or FW tank is completely up to you. If you do decide to make it a SW tank, then I would suggest to do a little research first. IMO as reef is not any harder than a FW planted tank, but you still need to do your home before setting it up.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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08-20-2013, 04:53 PM #3
I'll for sure be doing it with Live rock. But I wasn't sure how much I'd want to put in a 29g tank...
The hood has a single tube spot, and I was thinking of doing colorful polyps and corals, maybe some soft or mushroom types.
I really wanted to try and do a Clown, a Dragonet,a shrimp, maybe a clam?
I've seen some people say that Drag need at least a 55g, however I've seen people keeping them in smaller tanks online.
Equipment: Should I look into getting a protein skimmer and powerhead?
I already have a heater, and thermometer. Going to purchase a Refractometer,and the test kits that I'm missing.
08-20-2013, 04:55 PM #4
Also, this tank used to be a FW tank used for Ciclids, I know I'm going to need to give this a good cleaning before I use it for my SW, should I stick with doing SW on this tank because its been used as FW for song?