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Old 08-02-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
 
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Cycling Update!

we're about 1.5-2 weeks into it now, can't rightly remember how long to be honest. I've done as many members have advised and purchased an API master liquid test kit, ran the tests earlier and came up with these numbers
PH- hard to tell between 8.0-8.2
Ammonia-Between 0 and .25ppm
Nitrite-0ppm
Nitrate- just a ting darker than the 0ppm not enough to be 5ppm however.

Now I know my PH is ridiculous high, water comes out of the tap between 7.8-8.0.
This leads me to believe that I'll be housing some high PH tolerant fish because the alkalinity of my water is also very high.(test strips ran 300). And a Reverse Osmosis system is just out of the question as far as price and setting it up go.
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For anyone that has read my other posts the Blue Gourami is coming around, I've added some live plants for more cover just in case she is shying away from the Opaline Gourami, she's lifted off the bottom and is hanging out behind the new foliage. Byron mentioned the use of Peat as a water softener to me but I am unfarmiliar and have yet to come across any simplified explanations of how to use it.
If anyone else has a high PH tank I'd like to hear from you, what fish you house and if you've ever tried lowering your PH levels to sustain other fish! I don't plan on messing with the water softeners until the tank has cycled per Byron's advice. Thanks in advance for your commentsdictionary.com
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:47 AM   #2
 
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amonia chips and carbon in the filter might help a little =) the peat thing is like this get and old mesh stocking and fill it with peat.run it under flowing water to get rid of any debris till the water runs clear then rinse in tank water add to filter system and thats it =) btw it turns the tank water brownish or yellowish.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:10 AM   #3
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Peat is suppost to bring the pH of the water down to about 7 or slightly more acidic from what I've read, I'm not to sure how fast it will bring it down but you may want to do it in stages so you don't pH shock your fish. Maybe someone can elaborate that has used it before on the rate of change. But if its fast I imagine the safest way to do this would be to do it during water changes, treat the water you are going to put in the tank with the peat first, test it to see if it got down to 7, if so then do a 20% water change mathematically this should bring the tank down only about .2 pH then do another water change the same way the next day or day after that with about 30% to factor in the dilution factor. The aim being to reduce the ph of your tank by .2 everyday or every other day so the fish have time to adjust. once you get to about 7.2 or 7.3 you could probably go ahead and just add the peat right to the tank.

This is all theoretical of course, I have no practical experience with it, but it was the way I was planning on doing it to mine. Of course you will have to remember to treat the water for water changes with peat before hand unless you can stick with smaller water changes so your pH never goes up to high to fast.

Or you could just chicken out(like I did) and join my new 8ters club, for all of us smucks with a pH of 8.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:32 AM   #4
 
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@ kitten. Additional carbon? There is some in the filter cartridge. And software I may just join your club.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:08 AM   #5
 
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oh so thats not helping sigh a ph blocker could work.they have it in tablet form. or get those ph up or down things in bottles
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