I'm getting some strange water parameters with my cycle. I'm using Oceanic salt and I believe am using it in the right concentration on my 75 gallon w/ 30g fuge.
Right now, my SG
is at 1.023 @ 80.6 degrees. Ammonia is at 0. Nitrites at 0. And Nitrates are under 5.
pH... when I first started measuring with a digital device, pH was at 7.7, even with my SG
in the "normal" range. Got some calibrating solution, and turns out my pH was probably around 7.1 (device was off by +.6). I used some SeaChem "Marine Buffer," per the LFS
, which is supposed to bring it up to 8.3. Right now I'm at about 7.8, and trying to get it up there.
Has anyone else had this issue with their salt? Or could something else be causing this low pH problem? I think my alkaline is fairly normal, testing at about 100-125 (though the test I have is hard to distinguish).
Little worried, because I have some cleanup crew in there now, along with some LR
hitchikers (including a cool serpent star), and I don't want to lose them after having made it through the cycle.
Thanks in advance for your help.