I have a 75 gallon with 90 pounds of figi liverock, and about 75 pounds of live sand. A fluval FX5( just installed today) and an emperor 400.
I have a yellow tang, a blue hippo tang, and 2 true percs.
I cycled with the live rock and then added the 2 clowns. A couple weeks later I added both tangs which I did too soon causing me to start another cycle in which my ammonia levels skyrocketed followed by the nitrite spike. This cycle is almost over and I did everything I could too speed it up with numerous water changes. Here are my numbers:
Ammonia - 0, Nitrite - 0.2 , Nitrate - 15 , Phospate - 0.2 , PH - 8 , Alk
I know everyone is going to get on me about the Nitrite but I dont want any comments about it. I know its toxic, but it is low and the cycle is almost done. It was 1ppm a week ago and i have been changing the water every other day and I almost got it kicked. This tank has been up for about four months and I am using reef crystals.
My quetion is what should I do about the PH and the ALK
. Do I need to get it up? By the way the tank is open top and the the Ph/ALK
were tested after the lights have been on all day. Thanks guys