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New Tank Journal- help aling the way is appreciated! :)

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Okay. Starting a journal of the progress of my new tank and how long it takes to cycle. Basic info on my tank is: 29 gallon tank, 2 filters, fluval 206 canister filter and fluval aquaclear 70 hob power filter, artificial plants, glofish black gravel, hydor koralia circulation pump, and fluval vueTech 200 watt heater. I let a cup of tap water sit for over 24 hrs and these are my initial parameters: gh 161.1, kh 125.3, ph 7.4, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0. All tests were done with api test kits. Not strips.
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i don't know about cycling and PH, ...
i know that day/night can affect pH

day plants gobble up CO2, and your PH can rise
night, critters release CO2 and your pH can fall

i have no idea how dramatic this is, i think a full point or so it could swing

as for your nitrates, ... plants :) plants can gobble up your nitrates (if you don't have them in there already)

or lava rock (personal suggestion for freshwater tank) will eventually develop bacteria in it's deeper centers that can process nitrates into nitrogen gass ... same idea as live rock (from coral rock) in saltwater tanks
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