I am currently on day 13 of cycling my tank and the filter media is green? I do have live plants and some of them were dying so when I took them out a bunch of dead pieces are floating around my tank. I was told that this is good to get the cycle going but I am concerned that it will back up my filter. The water level inside my filter is about a half inch from the top, is this ok if I have nothing limiting the water intake? I also just topped off my water level with treated water as well.
Any input would be great :)