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Old 03-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I am new the this forum and have a problem.

I have a new 29 gallon tank. It's been filled for a couple weeks, started with Tetra Safe Start with bio-septra. I let the tank run empty for a couple weeks and added 2 dalmatian mollies and two sunburst platies. When I test my water, my nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia are non-existant, but my PH is high....8.5. And my overall hardness is very high also.

I have read that trying to adjust the PH is a risky maneuver and should be avoided. Should I be worried or just let the tank cycle by itself? On a side note, the fish are very active and are exploring their new home....they seem happy and healthy.
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You are right. Adjusting the pH can end in disaster. 8.5 is fine for most species.
What test kit are you using? I would think after 2 weeks (with fish) you would have some ammonia.
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Thanks for the advice, and the links were most helpful.

I am going to invest in a good test kit...right now I have the strips and I realize what junk they are, but its all our store had at the time. (I live in a rural area, you take what you can get!)
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Thanks for the advice, and the links were most helpful.

I am going to invest in a good test kit...right now I have the strips and I realize what junk they are, but its all our store had at the time. (I live in a rural area, you take what you can get!)
They test kits are cheaper online. in the mean time I'd recommend uping the water changes to 50% every 1-2 days until you get your test kit to see what the ammonia really is.
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