07-25-2012, 11:10 PM
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my rough biochemical understanding would predict a slight rise in pH. Any experts please correct me, but adding ammonia (NH3) is a akaline (basic, not acidic) compound meaning it will grab a free floating hydrogen (H). So as you add ammonia it will become ammonium (NH4). A pH test will measure the number of free floating hydrogen in the tank. A low pH means more free floating hydrogen and high pH means less free floating hydrogen. So if ammonia is stealing a chunk of your free floating hydrogen in the tank, then less will be detectable and pH should rise slightly.
-edit- Hang in there, your only 10 days in :) it could take a month for things to cycle through this way. But it will be worth the wait! Give it some more time and keep testing your water. I'd expect to see some nitrite readings within the next 7 days.
Last edited by Aqua Jon; 07-25-2012 at 11:14 PM..