Originally Posted by Mikalicious209
I'm geyting a 29g tank and I'm just wondering if I would need an under gravel filter a well as the one that comes in the kit. Do they work better? Also is there anything else I need for the tank that doesn't come with the package? It has a heater, filter, lighting, net, and food.
I'd have to agree that they're a pain. I have an old tank with one and every time I have to clean it, it gets completely pulled apart as there's no other way to get the detritus out. Reversing the flow only throws all that gunk back into the tank and subjects the fish to a storm of pollutants that requires 100% water change (no partial here
), not to mention cleaning all the decco, tank walls, etc.
If you want extra filtration, I'd suggest a second HOB
like and AC30 or 50 and the bonus with that is if you ever have to QT a fish or you get a new tank, you can instant cycle it in 10 minutes time.
If you're planning on doing plants, chances are that kit light isn't going to cut it. If you're a DIY'er, here's what I did to maintain the original look of the tank: AH Supply: 55w Strip Light Kit DIY Build/Review