Very soft water early/mid cycle - Do I raise the HP ?
My 29 gal is 10 days into a fishless cycle. I've never had to mess with PH before because my tap water has always been fine. I'm finding NYC water is extremely soft. I'm reading 6.8 straight from the tap. My aquarium water is softer at 6.4 (API master kit). I will have a small group of plants arrive tomorrow, and I'm wondering if at least to benefit the bacteria and plants I should try to raise the PH with baking soda.
Another question. Because I wont immediately have a fully planted tank, should I wait for my clycle to complete before starting an EI dosing schedule ? I don't know how to justify the 50% water changes. My starter plants are very easy plants -- Java ferns and Anubias.