I am currently (fishless-) cycling a 15gal tank, using ACE Ammonia. The results of my water tests are somewhat puzzling, currently my water reads:
Ammonia: +5ppm (Probably more like 8 )
The water comes out of my tap with a slightly lower pH (around 7). According to my LFS, it should come out at 6.5 and with very little buffer capacity (, which is certainly true at GH 3). What puzzles me is that high pH, taking the following factors in consideration:
+ circulation at the water surface
- driftwood/bogwood which actually give the water a warmish tint
- CO2 feed (fermentation based) <- okay, this was installed a day ago and isn't even fully running
Anyone have any ideas? Do high concentration of ammonia raise the pH? I am a little helpless here, as I've never had to deal with alkaline water before.