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Old 03-16-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Cycling and pH

I am in my 3rd week of cycling. I have been dosing to 4ppm ammonia daily. My nitrites have been >5 for a week and a half. Today they are 0 an ammonia is 0. I doses ammonia this morning to 4ppm to ensure I can get ammonia/nitrites to 0 in 24 hours. My nitrates are currently at 20.

The problem is my pH is a little low. It's between 7.8 and 8. How can this be corrected? I have not done any water changed since the cycle began. Will a large water change correct the pH?
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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It sounds like you are cycled.

Once you do the water change that you should do after you finish cycling I bet the ph will go up a bit. Do you have circulation on the top of the water, like from a powerhead or return pump? water surface Agitation can help raise ph levels.

But sometimes a lower ph is fine too. i wouldn't go crazy trying to fix it. If it's stable and close to 8.0 I think you're ok. For example, my pH on my 125g reef is CONSTANTLY 7.7 in the AM and close to 8.0 by lights out but it never falters and is always the same so I leave it be.
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Thanks for the response. Yes, I am utilizing the return pump to circulate the surface water.

How much of the water should I replace during the change?
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I would do a large water change, like 30-40% of possible. that will knock those trates down to like 10 or so. Then you are ready to add critters.

If you dont' have a powerhead you might really think of picking one or two up, depending on the size of your tank.
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Thanks.

I have a 60 g cube. I'm using a eco-tech mp40
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
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Oh then you should be set for flow. Very nice.

I'm picking up my 60g rimless cube at the end of the month! Can't wait! It's such a neat tank to work with i think. or I hope anyways. lol
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Ya, it my first tank and it's been really fun so far and I don't even have any fish in it yet. Here's some pics..

I put in between some columns that separate two rooms jn my basement. it's viewable from both rooms. I then cut some black plexiglass to fill in the gaps and give it a picture frame look.
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Very nice. I like the rockwork, like the overhang swim through section. Very cool that you can see it from two rooms too! Bonus!
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Checked my parameters this morning again after dosing ammonia to 4ppm yesterday. Ammonia and trites were zero. Nitrates were approx 20. pH was 8.2

I'll do a large water change today and add a small CUC.
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woot! cycled tank! Good luck!
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