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Old 01-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Low ph while cycling saltwater 24 gallon nano-cube.

I am currently cycling my first saltwater tank with live rock and live sand. Right now my ammonia is at 1ppm ,nitrite 2ppm ,nitrate 10ppm. However my ph has dropped to 7.8 . Should I sit tight and let it finish cycling or add a marine buffer ? Or should I do a water change? Thank you for your time , everyone here has been very helpful in getting my tank started.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome!

I'd sit tight on the buffer and the water change. Let the cycle finish. pH has dropped to 7.6 in some of my cycles. Do you have any powerheads for circulation? If so, you can aim them towards the top of the water. The aeration will increase your pH.

No need to do a water change until your ammonia and nitrites are gone. What are you using for your ammonia source?
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Thanks Rick, I have one power head aimed at the live rock. I was told that the dying organisms on the live rock will produce the ammonia. Also when I started I added fish food for the first few days , but since have stopped .
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Try aiming the PHs at the surface of the water. Also, keep adding fish food for an ammonia source. I personally like adding pure ammonia rather than fish food. The Ace hardware brand works wonders. Makes it really easy to redose as needed.

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