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Old 04-06-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Help with alk level.

Ok so I am about 3 weeks or so into my tanks cycle. Nitrite just spiked up. My ph is high around 8.4 to8.8 but my question is y my alk level is saying it is reading 0? All my rock is man made. Took 3 months Iof soaking it In water and In vinegar till it read 8.0 for ph.. so I don't think it is the rock. My salt mix is insta ocean. And ideas?
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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What is the SG of the tank (and how are you measuring it)?

Normally I say wait till the cycle is over before you bother testing anything other than Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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The sg is at 1.021 a little low. I am using a hydrometer... I know I should be using a refractometer. I'm planing on waiting till the cycle is over to do a large water change with a refractometer.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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Should I do a water change and see if that brings the alk up?
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:32 PM   #5
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I would wait for your cycle finishes to do anything really. Theres no live stock in tank correct?

I dont see how the alk will impact your cycling. After your cycle I would investigate stabilizing your tank.

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No not currently. I'm just really puzzled y the alk is so low. It won't even pick up when I test for it. I was thinking on adding a buffer after the cycle is finished. I would just really like to get off on a good start with a nice stable tank.
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No not currently. I'm just really puzzled y the alk is so low. It won't even pick up when I test for it. I was thinking on adding a buffer after the cycle is finished. I would just really like to get off on a good start with a nice stable tank.
What test kit are u using? Maybe its a bad kit. I've had that before
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I have tested it with strips(2 dif ones) and an API test kit.
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I've never seen strips for alk. I personally use a salifert. I also have never seen an api drop test either. wow I must be missing alot of stuff lol
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Lol yeah the test strips are jungle something I can't remember. It test for ph, alk, nitrate and nitrite.
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