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Old 04-23-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Help with new 29 Gal Setup and Lighting.

Hi All,
I got a 29 Gal Aqueon Deluxe Kit Tank Stats Below. in the middle of February to upgrade from my 10 gal freshwater. The only additions to the regular kit was an air pump connected to 2 air stones and an air stone bar. Currently stoked with 5 Zebra Danio, a couple plants, Decorations, and gravel.

I am having a lot of trouble with getting the cycle to go my ammonia is staying high requiring constant water changes. I am seeing brown algae growth now also.

I am think of going to a Marineland Penguin 200 or Emperor 350 Filter as these have always been good to me in the past.

I also want to upgrade the lighting but not sure what to get.

Any Recommendations for the cycling problem and for the equipment upgrades would be greatly appreciated.
Aqueon 29gal Deluxe Kit

Size 29 Glass Aquarium
30"L x 13"W x 19"H

Quiet Flow 30 Power Filter

Large Filter Cartridge

30" Deluxe Fluorescent Hood 29.25"x11.5"Fluorescent Bulb

100 Watt Submersible Heater Shatter-Resistant Accurate +/- 1ļ

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Carlos

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Old 04-24-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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the only way to fix the ammonia are water changes and vacuming unless you can remove fish, i did about a 90% water change on my 10 and it fixed the ammonia permanantly. you should keep your light off so the algae goes away or get some shrimp(when your done cycling). when you upgrade you should put your old filter cartlidge in the new filter so you dont loose any progress. you should get about a 90 watt light if you have plants that need high lighting.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:51 AM   #3
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the only way to fix the ammonia are water changes and vacuming unless you can remove fish, i did about a 90% water change on my 10 and it fixed the ammonia permanantly. you should keep your light off so the algae goes away or get some shrimp(when your done cycling). when you upgrade you should put your old filter cartlidge in the new filter so you dont loose any progress. you should get about a 90 watt light if you have plants that need high lighting.
I am working on the water changes the fish in this tank are for cycling purposes I still have my old 10gal setup and running perfectly and will move these fish once 29gal is cycled.
Any suggestions on a good canopy and light fixture?
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u dont need a new canopy just a light do you have 2 light or a strip light in your hood
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u dont need a new canopy just a light do you have 2 light or a strip light in your hood
It is a single strip with a fluorescent bulb.
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do you want high or low light plants
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Coralife 10,000K High-Intensity Purified Super Daylight Lamps at PETCO

here's a good one
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ClosMIA, you would have to replace the lid with one made of glass, and get a double strip T5 flourecent canopy. I'm going through the same procedure with the Aqueon kits, which are mostly T8 17watt flourescents.
You cannot just stick in a higher watt T8 bulb, nor use a T5 in a T8 fixture.

I still don't know if there is such a thing as 30" T5 bulbs, so you are most likely looking at a 30" canopy with 2 24" T5 bulbs.

The Aqueon 30 filter is rated at 200 gallons per hour which should be fine for a 29 gallon. I added the bio-max ceramic cylanders made for Aquaclear filters to my filter box for extra bacteria surface.

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Thank You Will look at this light.
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ClosMIA, you would have to replace the lid with one made of glass, and get a double strip T5 flourecent canopy. I'm going through the same procedure with the Aqueon kits, which are mostly T8 17watt flourescents.
You cannot just stick in a higher watt T8 bulb, nor use a T5 in a T8 fixture.

I still don't know if there is such a thing as 30" T5 bulbs, so you are most likely looking at a 30" canopy with 2 24" T5 bulbs.

The Aqueon 30 filter is rated at 200 gallons per hour which should be fine for a 29 gallon. I added the bio-max ceramic cylanders made for Aquaclear filters to my filter box for extra bacteria surface.

Good Luck

If it is not the filter causing the problem what do you think it might be?
Any suggestions on a glass canopy and light fixture?
Also is T5 better or LED?
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