So when the siphon is fixed, cycle and add plants then I am good?
is a swirl tank needed? or will it reduce the bacteria your trying to get started?
I am looking to use a 50 gallon patio tote as my fish tank, and need to figure out what size bed I could use.
check your PH (properly) and raise it if low - you might want to get an API test kit so that you can determine if your system has cycled.
give it a few months
George I have yet to get a kit........soon