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Old 09-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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I'm cycling my new tank and things seem to be going ok I think. I have a 56g collum. I put together a 10g (all I had for space) sump with filter sock, 1 liter of matrix, and pump, overflow and etc.. for substrate I'm using 80# of live sand and 20# of live rock. I've been cycling for about a week with a shrimp (live rock put in 2 days ago). Amonia is present .5ppm (being generous) and nitrite and nitrate are at 0. Is this common or acceptable? My ph is a little low 8.0. Is there a way I can bring it up a tad naturally? Will it come up on its own? I do not have a protein skimmer yet but intend to when I get fish. Since I'm new I'm wondering if I'm doing anything wrong or if there is any advice out there that can help. I'll attach some pics in a sec.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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You're fine. It can take months to cycle sometimes. Once ammonia and nitrite rise and fall do a water change to bring nitrates to an acceptable level and add your first livestock.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thank you for the reassurance. The low ph won't hurt the live rock will it? I intend to get more soon, just when I can afford to
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Your pH will be fine. During cycling you don't need light, only params to worry about are Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. Helps speed up bacteria growth if you turn heater up too. Good luck!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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Thanks I will do that.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:35 PM   #7
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The easiest way to raise pH is by raising Alkalinity. Higher Alk means better pH stability which is very important. It also is important for invertebrates that build their shells tubes and for corals.
Simplest method to raise Alk if you have nothing else, add baking soda. It has the bicarbonates that make up most of the alkaline. I would start with 1 lvl tbsp and check a day later to see change. Both pH and Alk should go up.

Crushed coral will also do the same thing but slower. Better perhaps in the long run, but not as effective for the quick boost.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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Both very good tips thank you. How do I maintain the ph? Will it continue at that level after I raise it or will it taper back off over time?
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #9
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pH and Alk will decrease over time. Periodic boosting of Alk will also boost pH.
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Cool, thanks
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