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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-11-2018, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I was here at one time and then I left, but now I am back. This time I am 100% focused on getting my tank going! I am relatively new to actually keeping fish, but I have read alot about what to do and what not to do. I just do not have the actual experience. I had a 10g tank for awhile with some mollies, but recently I purchased a 29g tank with a stand and I just have no clue what to put in it. The tank is currently dry. I am a college student at Georgia Southern and I left my filter at home when I came down here :( The filter is a ehiem 2217, but there was no filter media included, so I do not know what I need for the actual media. I am assuming some filter pads cut to fit plus some of those like charcoal pellet like things and other bio media just sold at a pet store would work. Simply said though, I have no clue what to put in this tank. I saw some parrot cichlids at my lps but I learned they need a bigger tank :( I guess this size tank would work best as a community tank? I do not know. If y'all have any pointers or ideas it would be much appreciated. I look forward to hearing what y'all have to say!
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Welcome! The only media you'll need for your filter is some foam/floss material as mechanical filtration, and some ceramic bio-media. You can use carbon if you want, but if you ever decide to have live plants, the carbon actually removes some of the good stuff the plants use. Also, if carbon is left in the filter too long, it can break down and flood your tank with phosphates. Not a big deal, unless you have sensitive fish and/or invertebrates like shrimp.

My personal preference for a 29 gallon would be a autolinking image planted tank with a breeding trio of German Blue Rams or Bolivian Rams. They're South American cichlids, which get about 4 inches long and are pretty docile. You could compliment them with some corydoras catfish, some otocyclus catfish, or some Nerite Snails. For plants it depends on your lighting and fertilization. Basic plants like anubias, java fern, cryptocryne, and hygrophilia do well as low-maintenance low-light plants. You could spruce it up with higher light and do something like hairgrass or glosso.

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