I finally got my test kits. My tank's pH is 8.1 (my tap is 8.4) and KH
is somewhere between 2 and 3 dH (I think the KH
titration kit wasn't a great purchase even if it was only $4).
I had started a fishless cycle ~12 days ago and expected I had a bit longer to go. However, thanks to my new test kit, my ammonia is reading about 0 (maybe a slight green tinge - say 0.05 ppm
), nitrite is 0 and ammonia is ~30 ppm
. So that might explain why my algae's been doing pretty well the last couple days.
So tomorrow I'm going to go get some Zebra Danios and some crushed coral to up the KH
. I had a couple biggish coral rocks that I put in the tank. And then I'll set up my DIY CO2
soon after that.
My hope is that the coral will bring my KH
up to around 5 dH and two 2L bottles of yeast can bring my pH down to 7. I'm going to stagger the two bottles a week, so hopefully the pH will drop slowly enough not to stress the fish.
Any additional tips? Thanks
SeaClear System II wet/dry filter
4 Harlequin Rasbora
3 Clown Loach
2 Pearl Gourami (m/f)
2 Siamese Algae Eaters
Physa and Malaysian Trumpet snails