I was thinking about using sand but I dont want to hurt the $140.00 filter I just bought... So what is a good looking gravel?? Ive seen some I really like but its for marine tanks... any sugestions would be great.. thanks
That is only bad thing about sand, the tiny particles that the fish kick up will get sucked up into the impeller chamber. What I can tell you if you really want to go the sand route. Just clean out the filter bi-weekly and that should keep the sand from the impeller.
You can still use the bucket method without the hose pipe. Just stir it with your hand and spill the water but try to block the sand to prevent it from spilling. Then use the hand to put the sand in the tank.
You can vacuum the sand. Just try to vacuum it by positioning the siphon in a slant manner to prevent direct sucking of the sand.
You must add the conditioner of course. Then add ammonia to 5ppm. You have to test it to ensure you have reached 5 ppm.
By the way, I have updated the Fishless Cycling sticky.
Just follow the instructions and you should be fine.
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