So after Lebron died, he left his 3.5 bare and empty. I already have a sponge filter, and decorations.. So, why not get ready for a new addition? :D Probably going to be a HMPK. But onto what's wrong..
I had to disinfect the tank with vinegar and also the decorations; which I did. To the sponge filter, I just soaked and rinsed it in very, very hot water. I expected so much brown sludge but what came out? Just tank water. I cycled the tank before.. Where did all the BB go? Did they die after Lebron didn't produce anymore ammonia for them to eat? I have no idea.. I already set up the tank and added in ammonia. I just hope it works.
Also, I bought some Petco sand and it really, really smells. It smelled when I was rinsing it out, and it broke my garbage disposal in my sink. -.- I filled the tank with some more water to the top, and I still smell a faint plastic odor.
What's wrong with the sand and filter?