Okay, so I setup my 55 gallon last Sunday. I used swimming pool filter sand for the substrate. Washed it, what I thought was until the rinse water was pretty clean. added the sand, then using ammonia added to 5 ppm. Well, the water is pretty cloudy. So I hooked up a magnum 350 canister which is rated for up to 100 gallon tanks and used the micron filter to clean up the water. After three days, still cloudy. I would have thought that if the suspended particles in the water were from the sand, the micron filter would capture it?
So here it is almost a week into the fishless cycle. The ammonia is stil 5 ppm, the ph is 7.6, Kh and Gh hardness both report 100 mg/L.
This is my first time at doing this so any advice would be welcomed. What I'm concerned about is the cloudy water. Also, does the water analysis seem okay?
I know it's going to take at least 4 weeks, but I want to make sure I'm doing it right.
I have a 10 gallon and took about 3 gallons of that water and added it to the 55. That was after I siphoned the gravel and got a lot of "stuff" off the bottom. I also took the foam filter pad from the 10 gallon filter and rinsed it in the 55. Wouldn't that help the bacteria along?