I’m using the API master kit.
It has 2 pH tests.
1 goes up to 7.6 (like the bluish color)
Then there is “high RANGE pH” - sorry for shortening. According to instructions, one is to perform this when the first pH is at the highest point
So first time I tested, the first pH Test was 7.6 and I tested high pH and it was 7.4
Then the next day first pH was 7
Then I tested high pH which was again 7.4
3rd test was 7 again so I didn’t test for “high pH”
Bc I’m ASSUMING that 7 is the correct reading and if it’s not going to the top of the scale of color, it’s right.
I’m a COMPLETE novice in testing so I am just absorbing any info via research and advice (why I joined here)
I figured as much about the SLIGHT ammonia reading yesterday. So this makes sense.
NitATes then I guess are coming from the plant food then. That’s the reading that threw me.
There is 0% any of this is cycled. Everything is brand new and we just put water in it 3 days ago without any bacteria additions. (Except anything that came with plants? But that can’t possibly be enough)
The tank can’t be dirty yet.
There are no fish. It’s been like 2 days lol
As far as pH lowering, maybe my driftwood is affecting it?
I have dragon stone in there as well.
My substrate is pool filter sand so that shouldn’t change things.
I am using the API water conditioner. I dosed it as accurately as I could when we filled the tank.
I might just be overly anxious. It’s been 2 days since I officially started cycling.
I guess I just want to make sure I don’t go Too far down the wrong path 🙂
Thanks for your insight @P.Isley