Owning a fish bowl is cute and all. But if you’re a serious hobbyist, or if you just really like fish, then sticking a couple of gold fishes in a tiny bowl just can’t cut it. Unfortunately, not everyone has the room to spare to place a big fish tank.
Thankfully, tanks come in many sizes. And a 29 gallon aquarium fits right in the middle ground. It’s not too small to limit the amount of fish you can put in. But it’s not so large to require a big space and lots of maintenance, either.
The 29 gallon aquarium is mid-sized and can comfortably house about 6 freshwater Angelfish or maybe up to 8 fancy goldfish.
Below we list down some of the better 29 gallon aquarium brands out there.
1. Oceanic 82052 BioCube 29 Gallon Aquarium
The Oceanic BioCube 29 gallon aquarium comes with curved glass front corners, moon-glow LEDs, dual fans, an integrated wet/dry biofiltration system and with all the necessary components already built in.
Unlike previous models, the filtration system on this one has been enhanced with replaceable 2-stage filter cartridges to make for easier filtration.
The package comes with an instruction booklet and set-up was a breeze. This is an aquarium that looks good (lights can be set to mimic dawn, dusk, daylight and moon glow), sounds great (not noisy at all) and performs well enough.
The only downside is the top doesn’t hinge, making clean up a bit of a chore. Also, it has a tendency to trap heat.
2. Aqueon Deluxe Kit 29 Gallon Aquarium
Ordering the Aqueon Deluxe Kit can be tricky if only because this 29 gallon aquarium’s model number is very similar to the Aqueon 17755 10 Deluxe Kit Aquarium. But other than that, it does well for anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of separately buying each and every item needed to set up an aquarium.
The package comes with pretty much everything you need to start – shatter-resistant glass aquarium, power filter, filter cartridge, fluorescent hood, fluorescent bulb, submersible heater, setup guide, care guide, water conditioner, thermometer and fish net. There’s even fish food as a bonus! All that for under $150. Not bad at all.
The kit comes with a guide to help with the set up. It’s straightforward and easy to follow even for aquarium newbies. The filtration system could be improved further but it’s good enough for something that’s part of a package, you know? Just don’t go overboard with plant life because the lighting system is pretty low and probably won’t make most plants flourish.
3. Coralife BioCube 29 Gallon Aquarium
When the Coralife brand joined together with the Oceanic BioCube aquarium lines, what we ended up with was the Coralife BioCube. And this is actually a good thing because aquarium lovers were gifted with a 29 gallon aquarium that’s enhanced to have 4-button controls and separate power cords for easier set-up of the lights for daylight and other options, a hinge-top canopy design, an upgraded cooling system, a quiet submersible pump, clear glass back panel for easier addition of accessories and the ability to add more modular LEDs.
The new design limits water evaporation and the pumps work amazingly well. The noise from the cooling fans have been greatly diminished and the whole setup and operation is simple and easy. The entire thing looks good and even works with all the accessories available for the Oceanic and Coralife brands.
Of course, the lighting system can still benefit from another enhancement. It can still run hot even with the cooling fans. But other than that, this is a great kit all-around.
4. Marineland (Aquaria) Biowheel 29 Gallon Aquarium Kit
The Marineland Biowheel 29 gallon aquarium is one of the cheaper brands among the 29 gallon aquarium field. But don’t let that fool you. It’s also one of the better ones.
At less than $230, you get a kit that already includes the 29 gallon glass aquarium, fluorescent lighting, filter, cartridge, 200 watt submersible heater, fish net, thermometer, food and water care samples and set-up guide. Pretty much everything but the fish.
Setting up is simple. But what you’d really like is how maintenance is even more so. The hood is hinged so you won’t need to take the entire thing, dripping and all, off when you’re feeding the fishes or just cleaning the tank. If you have to, the hood and lights are easily replaceable. The glass is of good quality.
Marineland (Aquaria) Biowheel 29 Gallon Aquarium Kit is a good aquarium to have and well worth the money.
5. JBJ Nano Cube 28 Gallon Aquarium
In an increasingly green-conscious world, the JBJ Nano Cube is the best choice. It’s the most eco-friendly 29 gallon aquarium on this list. Okay, I fibbed. It’s actually just 28 gallons. And it’s an expensive tank at over $400.
But just consider what you get with it: an all-in-one system with high-intensity LED illumination system capable of round the clock lighting while still consuming less energy than others of its kind. It does all that while still managing to keep the aquarium cool. You definitely won’t be overheating the fish is what I’m saying.
It comes with a lightweight cover for easy feedings, a good filtration system, a thermal protector and even a wavemaker. It’s cutting-edge technology in a tank.
Fish make for great pets – they’re low-maintenance compared to dogs and cats and no less relaxing to have. With the numerous aquarium brands to choose from, you’d no doubt find one to fit your needs and your budget.
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