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A Bit Of Trouble Cycling
Old 09-24-2010, 02:01 PM   #1
 
A Bit Of Trouble Cycling

I am having a bit of trouble cycling my tank. It could all be mental.

My readings are:

1.0 or less for ammonia (totally forget, the LFS said it was fine for now)
3.0 Nitrites
0 Nitrates

All this seems normal for a cycling tank they say. The concern is this:

My ph reading is 5.0 or lower.

My set up. I have a top fin pump but I want to change it out but don't now when or how exactly. I want to change it because it sucks and I am not sure if it is really a suitable filter.

The tank is 29 gallons. I have some anubias, java fern, crypt, and a bunch of cabomba. I have some drift wood in there.

My tap water is 7.5.

I am also doing a fish cycling.

Chemicals I use are stress zyme and stress coat. I recently bought prime and I think I'm going to switch over to that my next water change.

What I've done.

Day 1 set up tank.
Day 7 and 8 - 10 percent water change.
Day 14 -15 - 10 percent water change (got a nitrate test kit and the color was off the chart for nitrates so I freaked out.)
Day 18 - 19 Water change

Got the water tested and the levels seemed be fine but the ph. The guy said stop doing water changes.

Seven days passed. I took my water in this week to another store and he said the water is ph low but don't do a water change leave it go for a week.

I told another pet store and he said do a 50% water change or use ph adjusters.

The biggest problem I am having is trying to figure out why the ph went so low in the first place.

The second problem I'm having is trying to figure out when I should do a water change.

Other than that, they say I'm having a normal cycling, the fish are fine, and the ph 5 is a problem. The fish aren't stressed out, and with it being close to being done (apparently) I don't want to touch it but leave it alone.

Can anybody figure it out why?
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:54 PM   #2
 
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Adding Driftwood to a tank can lowers its Ph..
All my waters are approx 7.8 but when I add driftwood it drops way down in the 6

So you may want to try removing the driftwood.
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