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Old 04-23-2004, 06:52 PM   #11
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Heater's.........Do I need one.?
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Old 04-23-2004, 06:57 PM   #12
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Yuh sure do. Your aquarium is going to have to stay at a constant temperature varying no more than a few degrees ideally. I have a 150W on my tank and if keeps it right at 79-80 degrees. I would just keep an eye on the temp. of the tank and if it is steady then you are good.
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Old 04-23-2004, 07:05 PM   #13
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You have the same size tank Im setting up..........How is you prizm skimmer working.?
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Old 04-23-2004, 07:17 PM   #14
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Well it seems to be working good, I have a super low bio load so I am not getting that much skimmate, but the stuff I am getting makes me sure glad that it is not in the tank.
It is finnicky to adjust well I must warn you, it takes some patience to get it up high enough but not have a tonne of bubbles flowing into the collection cup.

Good luck man
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maxijet 900 powerhead
100W (maybe 150W) heater, but heating isnt a prob
1.5 inches of crushed coral
some decoration stuff including a couple peices of old dried coral.) Not sure if it is real to be honest...
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Old 04-23-2004, 08:42 PM   #15
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in regards to your powerheads one is ok if you have other equipment moving water as well (such as a skimmer, filter or sump/fuge return) over all you'll want about 10 times your tank capacity in total water movement per hour. so your 29 gallon should have a total of 290 gallons per hour (GPH) in water movement. Yes, you'll want a good quality heater that is rated for your size tank. I have a couple VisiTherms and I like them. There are some out there now with digital thermometers built in, I'd like to get one of those, you might wanna look for em.
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Old 04-24-2004, 07:20 AM   #16
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A heater is a must A typical 100 watt heater is rated for 15-30 gal. That wattage may bo ok for you in south fla, but up in PA I went with a 150 watt in my 30 gal. As far as brands of heaters, I don't really have a preference, the visi- therm has been running in my tank for 12 years without a problem.
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Old 04-24-2004, 07:41 AM   #17
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Thanks. I think I will go withthe 100 watt
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