PH question and Intro
Hi all, I used to have several low tech freshwater aquariums, with plants, a long time ago. I had 2 20H's, 1 30h, 1 5g, and 1 10g. After moving around a lot for many years, I gave up on til now. I bit the bullet and got a 55 two weeks ago.
I set up my all-glass, 55L about 9 days ago, and I planted moderately, about 15-18 plants 4 of which are large. I have moderate light 2.5 wpg, and 8 small fish that I added on days 2 and 4, and heater is set to 76. I have flourite/sand substrate using Buck's method, and a root/log and a few shale peices. I tested my water day two and all was fine. I had sand dust in the tank so I did 5% water changes on days 2-5 and water was perfectly clear. On day 6 water became white cloudy, temperature rose to 78, and PH and KH went off the charts (around 9ph), and there are no nitrite's and barely detectable nitratres. I did another 10% change two days ago, and it made no difference in clarity or PH/KH values. My household water was softened by a home softener when I filled the tank up, but it broke yesterday. My questions, are:
Is this a bacterial bloom, and should I totally ignore the values? or
Should I keep doing partial water changes with the unsoftened water til it clears?
I will post pics of the tank when my backdrop comes in.....glad I found this board.