Greetings all. This forum has already helped me muck my way through getting my first aquarium. I bought a used 55 gallon tank that was set up at a LFS
. It came with a Marineland Magnum 250H HOB
filter and a Powerhead 402 connected to a UG filter, and the gravel. My wife and 7 year old daughter had a blast "accessorizing" the tank.
We filled it up on Saturday (19th), treated the water with Stress Coat, and turned on the pumps. Oops, I quickly realized that you have to prime the 250... I have been running since and have a few questions.
The cloudiness (whitish) has not cleared up yet. Am I violating the number one law of patience here?
I looked in the Magnum filter and it has a basket with a foam type filter on the outside. Is there something else that goes in it? Isn't there supposed to be some sort of carbon filter media?
The chemistry is the following: Nitrate is 20, Nitrite is 0.0, pH is 7.2, temperature is 78, and Ammonia levels started at 0.0, went up to 0.5 and is now 0.25. I read where you can cycle a tank using fish. I thought I would start with a few zebra danios and platies, I read they are very durable and I want these fish as part of my community tank when all the tank is fully cycled.
The big question (I am not sure if this is more from my 7 year old or from me) is when to add the fish?
Thanks to all