OK, as a few of you know, i'm busy cycling a new tank specifically for my angels. Its been up a while, and i've been chunting it through the cycle adding Bio Mature and Cycle. I've been doing regular tests to check nitrates/nitrites/ammonia but have neglected to bother with the pH checking. I thought i'd remedy this this morning and found to my horror that the pH is 8. Now, my angels really won't appreciate that!
The tank they are in at the moment has a pH of about 6.8 and my tap water has a pH of about 7.4. I've not played with the water in their old tank, i'm assuming it must be the plants and fish that have brought it down (there's no bog wood in their current tank.)
So my question is - What has made the pH go up so high? As you can see in my post in Fw pics, there's some vinewood in there, which i thought would bring the pH down like bogwood - is this wrong? Or am i panicking prematurely and this is all part of the cycle and a result of the sky high other readings (which is supposed to happen according to the bottle of Bio Mature.)
I know that it's not clever to use those various powders and potions that promise perfect pH in a bottle as it tends to cause stressfull swings and dead fish, so what's the best thing to do? Bung a bit more bogwood in there? Or just leave it to settle?
Also i was gonna put my plec in first (once the cycle has completed itself, obviously) but i remeber someone saying somewhere that plecs can be a bit funny about pH, and i don't wanna kill him either.
Sorry for the ramble, but i'm all confuddled! Cheers.