ok im no genious so once you read my opinion here put it in the back of your head.... i would go ahead and spend a little more money on the light now so that once you do.. and you will.... get the urge to get corals you will already be taken care of.. the good thing is that in order to achieve hte approx 5 watts per gal on a 29 gallon tank u only need like 150 watts of light, my tank required around 400 to do that... yes a lesser light will grow the coraline and stuff just not as quick, im not really sure about your chemicals, if you really want color they do make purple up, which boosts the growth of coraline algae in your tank, i have no idea how well it works but ive heard of a few ppl trying it. Alot of people prefer to stay all natural with their tank and not dose chemicals but if youre planning on the whole reefing thing, a quick investment of the usual ph buffer, calcium, magnesium, strontium, iodine, all of that will really get you going towards the whole reefing thing. As for filter, i really have no idea man, my advise would to NOT get a canister filter.... i sort of rushed into mine and yes i got the fx5 which pushes out a monstrous 940 gal per hr but it is difficult to clean and like they say nitrates and detritus builds up in it. Perhaps a hang on the back one?? ive seen some pretty good ones ..... take a look at :
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... atid=14448
i think that shuold do fine, easy to clean and hte 400 model is rated at a minimum of 30 gallons so you would be good on filtration... now i NEVER look up stuff for ppl so u got lucky....... and why do u say again?? did you fail at setting one up before???