View Full Version : Help on my 29 gallon setup

02/17/2007, 03:14 AM
First and foremost let me thank anyone who can help me in regards to my problems. I recently delved into this hobby thinking that I could get advice as how to get started and then take off running. What I didn't know is that everybody does things differently and now I am lost. Ok my set up is I have an Emperor 400 with biowheels, a Maxi-Jet 900, currently 17 pounds of live rock, and 40 pounds of crushed coral. Now what I want to get to is a two clown fish set up with an anemone. I have not purchased any specialized lighting as of yet because I am not sure what to buy. My tank is about 2 weeks old currently. Should I have a sump? And if so for the love of God how do I make one. I keep looking at pictures of beautiful and elaborate sumps but I still do not get how to make one. I know I can make one out of another fish tank but what size should it be? I am not able to drill my current tank is there a way around this? These are all the questions I have for now. Any responses that I get will be greatly appreciated.

02/17/2007, 03:23 AM
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A 29g does not require a sump.

Most people avoid the bio-wheels, since they can increase the nitrate level in a tank. Live rock is usually the primary filtration. I'd recommend 30-40 lbs as a starting point. This thread might help:


Crushed coral traps a lot of debris unless it's cleaned regularly, so I ditched mine and went with fine sand.

02/17/2007, 04:26 AM
Thank you sir for such a quick response. I have a side question on the live rock however. Should I add more live rock to my tank now or should I wait until my tank stablizes more? My LFS told me that I need to let my tank cycle before adding more live rock.

02/17/2007, 05:46 AM
check your thread in the nano forum. i responded and hopefully it will be of some help

02/17/2007, 07:57 AM
Definitely add more rock now. If you add it after your tank is cycled, you'll most likely end up with yet another cycle as the new rock cycles. That second cycle could end up killing everything off in the old rock. In a 29, about the only Anemone you'll be able to keep is a BTA or RBTA...which is great because they're probably the easiest to care for. Don't let others tell you that for an Anemone you MUST have MH lighting. I've had an RBTA in a 29 with PC lighting for almost a year now and it's doing GREAT...although it did just get moved to my new 75. In a tank that small, PC lighting will be fine unless you want to keep some of the high light demanding SPS or Clams. I even had SPS Montipora Caps, Montipora Digitata and Pocillipora Digitata growing in my 29 under PC lighting.

You do want to wait quite some time before attempting to add an anemone though. They're a lot more sensitive than fish and definitely need a well established tank.

02/17/2007, 02:26 PM
You could add the rock now or later. There are arguments for both approaches. I don't think it matter much in most cases.

I'd be careful about an anemone in a 29g tank. I have a BTA in one, and it's taking up a lot of the tank. Also, although some people are successful with PC, some clones require more light. Mine is under MH.

02/17/2007, 03:02 PM

I have a 29 gallon as well. If you're wondering about light options, I use these http://www.aquatichobbyaquariumsupply.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ES53403&click=35

they're bright but not overly expensive

i'm also not running a sump with my setup; i have a HOB skimmer and HOB filter and it works very well for me.

02/17/2007, 05:56 PM
Thank all of you for your responses to my questions so far. I greatly appreciate the time it took for you to type these responses.