Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Yes, the HOB filter will go in that spot behind the light switch. You should be able to take that piece out and put the filter there.
The water will remain cloudy for a bit until you get the filtration in. I find it best to put a bunch of filter floss in the HOB filter for the first few days as it will collect all those cloudy particles.
Not sure if you have a heater around, but it does help cycling to get the temps up a bit but if not, not a biggie.
Do you have another tank, take the sponges/floss, whatever from another tank and squeeze it into the new tank to get the good bacteria in there. The Netlea soil should leech small amounts of ammonia for a while (not sure how long, I have a bag sitting here unused and the Netlea CRS is the only one I've never used so far of all the Netlea soils). Randyl should know, he's using it right now. I think it's a small amount of ammonia though.
The Netlea soil will lower the pH very low for you and a lower pH makes cycling take longer, so doing small tap water changes will help keep the pH up a bit and make it go faster.
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