05-01-2009, 06:21 AM
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I agree with above post. Run some tapwater in a bucket and test the pH after it has set out for 24 hours. This will be your source water, and the ph will be what you have available for water changes and fish. It's not uncommon for ph to fluctuate during cycling and it is the last thing to worry about at this point. Ammonia and nitrites are all you need to concern yourself with in my opinion. Were you able to get some more PURE ammonia? Some bottled ammonia contains surfactants or detergent and is NOT what you want to use.Keep ammonia levels at between three and five ppm according to the test kit.
If you cannot locate PURE ammonia then a couple of raw uncooked shrimp placed in a section of nylon and placed in the tank will serve the same purpose. As the shrimp begins to decay=ammonia.Fish food can also work but is rather wasteful.
In closing.. I would highly recommend that once the tank is ready for fish, That you do so,a few..(2or3) at a time with five days minimum between new arrivals. Some claim that fishless cycling with AMMONIA allows the tank to immediately be stocked to it's capacity but my own observations indicate that this is highly subjective. I might also consider a small rubbermaid tub or ten gal tank to use for quarantine tank for new fish BEFORE you place them in your display or main tank. Nothing is more frustrating than to finally get the tank ready for fish only to have disease present itself and spread to other fish. The small tub or tank could be cycled in half the time with the help of filter material and some substrate from your main tank once it has matured or (cycled). Hope some of this helps.
Last edited by 1077; 05-01-2009 at 06:32 AM..