"I don't think it matters how long it takes to fill your bed as long as the siphon works and your FT cycles at least once per hour. The simplest way to address multiple GBs is with a large enough sump to eliminate any problems."
"1st thought is floating raft system def will not "filter" solids like a media bed system. so your external filter IS needed. You have great pH and chem levels -- My suggestion would be to look at an in line swirl filter and/or a biofilter…"
"I have some on my media, but i dont worry about it.
The water test kit shows in line with where I want to be. If you are "digging" in your beds are you cleaning them out and letting them re-cycle? how big are your beds and FT?"
"strange ?? I have used both digital and chemical testing and gotten strange results with digital when the battery was low. and I have used high end digital testers which require the probe to be moist 100% of the time. Could the probe on your…"
"Sylvia what am I doing wrong?
Started a few weeks ago and made some changes, bought too many fish to start but did that knowing I would loose some. was down to one, bought 3 more as I also enlarged my system bed a little.
Started in my 8 foot by 10…"