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post #31 of 35 Old 09-11-2006, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well I cycled the water (about 5 gallons), and the tank looks much better. I still have some cloudiness, but there is a noticeable improvement. If it looks the same in a couple of days I'm going to do another cycling. If it gets worse I suppose I'll worry about it at that time.

I also did a PH test and it is between 7.6 and 8.2, which I believe is high for my fish. I'm curious though, is this dangerous to the point that i need to run out and buy something to fix this?
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post #32 of 35 Old 09-12-2006, 12:01 AM
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No. pH will not matter at this point. As you don't keep fish that are delicate and thriving in soft, acidic water, I wouldn't worry about it.
Did you buy the test kit on ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?

By the way, you got the term "cycle" wrong. It's "water change".
The term "water change" is replacing an amount of old water with a new one(which should be dechlorinated of course).

To "cycle" is allowing your tank to mature with bacteria establishing colonies to convert dangerous substances like ammonia and nitrites to harmless nitrates(at a level below 40 ppm).
Ammonia->nitrites->nitrates

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post #34 of 35 Old 09-12-2006, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Woke up today and the water looks MUCH better. There is still just a hint of cloudiness but after 1 more cycle I think I'll be crystal clear. Thanks to everybody who walked me through this! 8)
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