Filter media not fully submerged?

  1. j

    jhappach Valued Member Member

    Hi, I'm super new to this so bear with me.

    I've got an AquaClear 50. I set it up with the foam/carbon/bio media that came with it. I followed the instructions to a T.

    I noticed that the bag of bio media on the top is not fully submerged, which just doesn't seem right to me. Meanwhile I'm having trouble getting my fishless cycle started and I'm wondering if this could be the culprit. Here is a photo of the HOB with some of the bio-media just hanging out there dry.

    Is this a problem, and if so, how can I fix it?

  2. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    You could always just remove the carbon since it's not necessary anyway and replace it with some fine filter floss which is much more useful.
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I don't think that's what's preventing your cycle from starting/finishing though.

    How are you trying to cycle your tank?
  4. OP

    jhappach Valued Member Member