11-21-2007, 05:50 PM
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the biowheel filter on my 29g tank only has a mech pad, and a biowheel, and thats it, and it stays perfectly clear unless i get overzealous during feeding time :)
and I cycled it the same way. if you get some funky smells in your tank, you add medication, or add driftwood that hasn't completely soaked, then you would add carbon to remove those contaminants. other than that I don't bother, and it wont adversely affect how your tank cycles.
as far as adding fish, just stick to the fishless cycle that you are doing now. it works great, just keep in mind you have a long way to go! try to be patient fizzy :)