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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Also have read that lower pH takes longer than tanks with higher pH but it's only what I have read and have not witnessed myself.
    yeah ive read that a couple of times, unfortunately my tap water has a very hight ph, around 7.9 and my water in my cycled tank and the one i am cycling now is at a stable 8.2. my fish have climatised to that and are happy so i am reluctant to use chemicals to reduce this value. I have driftwood in both tanks by the way

    quick question, am i right by not turning on my lights during fishless cycling to reduce algae growth?

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    Yes you are (IMO)

    I have never had my tank lights on while cycling. I was worried about algae taking hold while there was a lot in the water for them to eat. I'm always managed to aviod algae in my tanks during and right after a cycle so I'm thinking have no lights on the tank is what helped with that.

    Unless you have plants in your tank, I would recommend no lights
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    Yes you are (IMO)

    I have never had my tank lights on while cycling. I was worried about algae taking hold while there was a lot in the water for them to eat. I'm always managed to aviod algae in my tanks during and right after a cycle so I'm thinking have no lights on the tank is what helped with that.

    Unless you have plants in your tank, I would recommend no lights
    thanks for your help

    I have a little algae fuzz on my driftwood currently. im guessing it would be a lot worse if i had been having my light on during the day.

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    update

    since my previous post my nitrites have gone down to 2ppm and have been for the past 3 days. however the nitrates arent rising much, if any at all. At the moment the nitrates are about 7ppm. I thought the nitrites went down very fast.

    my ph however has been plummiting and has gone from 8.2 to 6.9. I have read that high nitrates cause lower ph and the cycle may stall.

    Does anyone know what is happening?

    I am vigorously shaking and banging the nitrate bottle to mix so my readings are correct by the way

    thanks
    garry

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    The ammonia is likely causing the PH to drop. That is normal to find in tanks while they cycle

    You will see the nitrates spike at the end of the cycle

    Your getting close to being finished
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    The ammonia is likely causing the PH to drop. That is normal to find in tanks while they cycle

    You will see the nitrates spike at the end of the cycle

    Your getting close to being finished
    ok thank you, i was getting a little concerned as the ph has dropped fast, in 24hours it has gone from 7.5 to 6.8.

    would it be advisable to do a part water change to bring the ph up a little to help the nitrite consuming bateria develop or shall i just leave it unless the ph goes to 6 or below?

    garry

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    Just leave it be. The only time you have to worry is if the PH drops well below 6. And even then the wort thing that would happen is that it would slow down the growth of bacteria

    You are doing fine. I don't even test the PH in a tank until after it has finished cycling.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    Just leave it be. The only time you have to worry is if the PH drops well below 6. And even then the wort thing that would happen is that it would slow down the growth of bacteria

    You are doing fine. I don't even test the PH in a tank until after it has finished cycling.
    thank you for your help. i will keep updated on my progress, hopefully not long now

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    update again

    tested my water just now and results are below. I have been dosing my ammonia 1-2ppm every 12hours and 12 hours after the last dose these are the results



    my ph has also risen back up to 7.4 from the 6.8 i had when i previously posed yesterday

    i am aware that my tank has cycled but i am slightly concerned why my nitrates arent very high, they are at a safe level which confused me.

    am i safe to add fish as i work all week and the next available time i could buy some is next weekend.

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    There is no issue if the nitrAtes are at a safe level - the issue is nitrItes. If these are zero and stay that way after adding ammonia, then you cycled. If not, then you have a ways to go. Of course, the ammonia level must always drop to zero and fairly quickly.

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