as your filtration is a good idea. You will also want a DSB
. do you have that already? If you do, what did you use for a substrate? Sand, Crushed Coral or something else?
The only thing I would suggest, however, is that instead of adding alittle at a time you save up your cash and buy them all at once. Adding new LR
to an established tank can cause an ammonia spike and re-start your cycle so it would be best to only do this once. And in the mean time... and this is the hard part... no fish. Wait until you have the LR
in place and the tank's parameters are settled where they should be. I know it's tough, you've already gone through a cycle with the tank and water... but adding LR
will surely start another cycle (unless you cure it in a seperate tank)
After adding the LR
you shouldn't need the filter, but you might as well keep it for water flow (just remove any mechanical filtration). The LR
and Skimmer should be all the filtration you need. But i will make one comment. A 29 gallon tank doesn't leave a lot of room for error. You will need to be diligent with your water tests, top-offs and water changes. What many people do with small volume tanks is add a sump (explained here
) to give your tank more water volume and make it easier to maintain.
Overall... just remember that patience is key to a successful marine tank.