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Thanks for the info...a couple more questionsIsabella said:Welcome to Fish Lore!
It's a good thing you haven't stocked your tank yet. This is because you need to first learn about the Nitrogen Cycle. And you must be patient. Here is information about the Nitrogen Cycle: https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm, and here are the rest of important beginner's articles: https://www.fishlore.com/Beginners.htm.
After you have learned about the Nitrogen Cycle, you'll understand why it is not safe to stock your tank right away (If you do, you may lose all of your fish). You need to wait until your tank is cycled first. This takes about a month (may take faster or longer - every tank is different).
If you are patient and decide to wait until your tank is cycled, you will not regret it and your fish will be fine. You'll also have more time to research the fish you want and to see if they're compatible with a 29 gallon tank. You'll also have the time to see which species of fish are and are not compatible with each other.
Thanks again for the responses....Isabella said:Well, what kind of a heater do you have? Submersible heaters tend to be more reliable than the clip-on heaters. It certainly could be that the thermometer gets a higher temp. reading from what it actually is. But it also could be that your water flow is too weak, which causes the heat to be distributed unevenly. Maybe get another thermometer for the other end of the tank. Then see what happens. (I assume you're not getting the fish until the tank is cycled, so you have the time to get another little cheap thermometer.) Also, what filter do you have? Do you know how many gallons per hour (gph) does it pump? It should be on the filter's box, and if not, you should be able to find it out online. I'd suggest a bit higher temperature for tropical fish, something like 76F at least (but not more than 80F, unless the fish are sick). But .. you don't have the fish yet, so maybe we should talk about temp. when you have the fish. Some fish like higher temp's while other fish like lower temp's.
As for the pH ... it's never really good to try to alter the pH chemically (i.e. by using pH adjusters from a fish store). This is because sudden pH increases or decreases are very harmful to fish. And if you started to use some pH adjuster, you'd have to use it all the time. Imagine you try to keep it at 7.0 all the time, and you forget it once, or something goes wrong, and the pH goes back to 8.0 - in this case you could have a tank full of sick - or worse yet: dead - fish. For this reason it's better to get fish that naturally like a higher pH, than to get fish that like low pH and continuously alter that pH. Besides, constantly altering pH will almost certainly be causing pH fluctuations in the tank.
The filter actually came with a boxed starter set, made for the 29 gallon tank, so it doesn't have the retail box, and the manual is generic (referring to different models)....but I would think that the filter is good enough, since it came with the 29 gallon tank, but maybe you more experienced folks know more about that.Isabella said:I have a 30 gallon tank and I have a 150W heater in it. But maybe you can get away with a 100W heater - not sure, you'd have to ask what others think on Fish Lore.
Do you know how many gallons per hour your filter pumps? It should say on the filter's box (it should say it pumps "this-or-that-many" GPH). If you cannot find it on the box, go to any online fish store and find your filter brand and size. it should tell there also how many GPH your filter pumps.
Alright....thanks for the help, its greatly appreciated.0morrokh said:Ignore whatever the manufacturer says. The rule for heaters is 5 watts per gal. My 100W heater barely keeps the temp up on my 20 long so I don't think you can safely trust it to heat a 29.
About your pH, you'll read tons of stuff that says fish have certain pH limits (none of which will go up to 8.3, except maybe Cichlids)...but it is a lot harder on fish to have a fluctuating pH which will invariably be caused by pH altering chemicals. Anyway, the pH at your fish store will probably be the same as your tap water so the fish will already be adjusted. Your fish will be perfectly fine. I have kept plenty "delicate, soft water fish" in my water (which is right up there with yours as far as pH) and they are doing great.