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  1. #1

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    Hi, Aquatic community.

    I'm new in this forum and I really need help. (sorry if my English is bad, it is not my mother tongue)

    I just started my first fish tank 3 days ago, 240lt, more or less 60 gallons. I chose to do a fishless cycling process without chemicals or ammonia etc. I started adding gravel and decoration (previously washed and boiled) plus living plants, filter, heating system etc. after filling it I had crystal clear water. The next day it turned cloudy and eventually disappear.

    I have a few questions and I would appreciate if someone helps me with them.

    1. Today the tank is running for the 4th day and it has developed a weird white funguss over the gravel, is that bad? should I leave it there or clean it?

    2. I realized the floor of my old apartment is a little bit uneven from front to back, should I worry? (picture attached)

    3. I was told to just let it run from 2 to 3 weeks and then add some fishes (not too much) and then it would be cycled.

    4. adding extra oxygen during the night is ok? or would affect the cycling process? do I even need extra oxygen in my tank?

    That would be all for now, I really appreciate your help and I am looking forward to any extra tip.
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    Welcome to the AC.

    How do you intend to cycle the tank, without an ammonia source?

    If it were me, I'd get it leveled as best I could, front to back, end to end, as a first harm in draining and refilling, at this point

    "I was told to just let it run from 2 to 3 weeks and then add some fishes (not too much) and then it would be cycled."
    That is incorrect.
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