Why is my ph so high?
So I’m currently in the middle of cycling a new 75 gallon so that I can temporarily house the fish from my 29 gallon that I plan on rescaping soon. Right now I have 2 aquaclear 50s on there with sponges and as much matrix I could fit( filters are temporary until I get my canister filter that’s running the 29) My current parameters are,
KH - 4
GH - 5
Ammonia- 5 ppm ( currently cycling with pure ammonia)
Nitrites - somewhere between 2-5 ppm ( hard to tell on the api test kit , just started seeing nitrites come up 2 days ago)
Nitrate - 10 ppm( just registered on the test today for first time)
Currently all I have in the tank is one 20 lb bag of eco complete, 4 large pieces of spider wood, about 15 pounds of seiryu stone and some plant clipping from my 29 gallon ( hygrophila and frogbit)
Why is my P.H so high? I know that seiryu stone could possibly raise it but wouldn’t it also raise my KH and GH? My tap water has a
ph of 7.4
Any help would really be appreciated.