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    Help.. I don't understand.. I started up this hobby back in High School, then stopped for 20+ years (US Navy). Now bought a 55 gal tank with items to go along with it. I threw away the heater, filter, lights as all where crusted out. Kept some of the plastic plants, gravel (black), rock caves and drift wood. Cleaned the tank with vinegar and water due to crusty. Washed everything several times to make sure clean. I started a fish cycle on Saturday. I used water that did not go through my water softener. I was testing at least once a day. I was getting high PH levels in the 8.4 range. So did some more research about it and was told that hard water can do that. So I read some more and more. Read on my water utility's site that our water in the area is 12 to 15 gpm.. Which is very hard. So decide to change out the water. Changed out about 90% of it last night. Did a test of the water from the sink BEFORE putting in the tank, it was 7.2. After in the tank about an hour later, 7.2. Now 24 hours later, it is 8.4... WHAT?? I tested it twice and it is 8.4. So wondering what in the heck is going on?? I have no shell stuff or anything that would cause that. Is this normal for a cycle as I have not read about it. Please help.. Kids are inching to put in fish but know that this needs to run its course for a month or more.

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    you washed it with vinegar? and try pH down, they sell it in most stores, it should work after a couple of days of usage

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    Are you doing a "fishless cycle"? Adding ammonia to cycle your tank? Just want to clarify before we start giving advice on your pH.
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    Put a cup of tap water aside and test the PH 24 hours later. If this happens then CO2 is leaving the tap water since it is no longer under pressure.
    Last edited by Rocksor; 07-17-2013 at 02:34 AM.

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    Could always just go with some type of African cichlids and let them enjoy 8.4.

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    Yes it is a fishless cycle and I have been adding ammonia too. PH down, have some but want to stay away as that will only be a temp help.

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    It's normal for pH to fluctuate during cycling. Don't add pH down or anything to alter your pH, they are usually only a temporary fix anyway.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Here is my reading for the week. No variation on the PH. Wondering what to do. The Ammonia that I added a couple of days ago is dissappearing and Nitrates readings are coming up. So know that it is work.

    Also. Have some white filament stuff on parts my drift wood. This wood was used in another tank and wondering what it is. No other part of the tank I can

    7/14/2013 1:00:00 8.2 1 Cloudy slightly 6 hours since put in water, 1 am
    7/14/2013 11:00:00 8.2 1 1 Cloundy slight 1140
    7/14/2013 16:00:00 8.2 2 2 Cloudy slightly Put in PH down 1 dose, 1/4 ts Am before, 3 1/4 ts am after checking.
    7/14/2013 20:00:00 4
    7/15/2013 15:00:00 8.4 4 5 20 Cloudy slightly
    7/15/2013 1700 Changed out 90% water.. Tap water PH 7.6
    7/15/2013 18:50:00 7.6 0.25 0.25 0 Clear. Added 2 1/4 ts of ammonia after
    7/15/2013 20:10:00 1 added 4? 1/4 ts of Ammonia after
    7/16/2013 18:30:00 8.4 1 0.25 20 clear
    7/19/2013 21:45:00 8.4 0.5 5 40 cloudy
    7/20/2013 8:03:00 8.4 0 5 80 Cloudy Change 10% of water after. Put in 4 1/4 TS of ammonia

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